AMERICA - A map to reach the Amazon in a realistic way, where poverty and inequalities favor Covid 19

Thursday, 26 March 2020 amazon   environment   coronavirus   missionaries  


Bogotà (Agenzia Fides) - "The idea of offering a map responds to the work that the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network (REPAM) has been carrying out for years: helping to understand the complexity of the Amazonian reality, its great diversity and those situations that damage and affect it most", assures Father Mauricio López, executive secretary of the Network. For this reason REPAM has developed an updated information system with the largest database of information on the Amazonian reality from an ecclesial point of view.
In the note sent to Fides, it reads: "As we develop the maps, we study the relationships of very specific areas and analyze the information that we receive, after the Synod, we see that the results, and also the type of information are different. This phase reflects a certain imbalance in the final results. And this applies to both the regions and the ecclesiastical jurisdiction".
These words invite you to reread the Amazon under a new presentation of the reality. The same can be read in the introduction of the Map, published online: "In this document you will find multiple opportunities to understand the reality, so the context will be a potential indispensable tool for every activity and pastoral planning, to create projects, but above all to respond to situations asking for our effective response".
Unfortunately, as Father Mauricio López mentions, this global health emergency confirms that the Amazon is also a victim of Covid-19, and the map updates this scourge almost every day in the Amazon as well. "Nobody is exempt from the possibility of contagion, but we have structural situations of profound diversity, poverty and inequality that make it practically impossible to adequately accompany the most vulnerable people and communities. These Amazonian peoples - says the secretary of REPAM -, on the one hand, cannot stop carrying out their daily activities because they depend on them to survive every day, to face the poverty situation in which they live and, on the other hand, there are no adequate conditions for health infrastructures. For decades, these peoples have been excluded from the possibility of adequate development and this now, in the face of the current pandemic, prevents them from being able to face the situation". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 26/3/2020)