AFRICA/TANZANIA - Alarm on the increase in domestic homicides; the lack of religious sense and the detachment of children from their parents are among the possible causes

Monday, 14 February 2022 violence   family  

Dar es Salaam (Agenzia Fides) - "We have given birth to children of and globalization. In our time we used to stay with parents, we spent time with them, talking to them, they tell you stories and you stay together. Nowadays, a child does not see the father or mother. Instead, the child is glued on the television and cell phone…All the child knows is the TV, phone, and computer. All the child learns is from these gadgets", said Msgr. Methodius Kilaini, Bishop of Bukoba, who is seeking an explanation for the recent spate of domestic violence in Tanzania. Some of the cases reported by the Tanzanian media involved a 24-year-old man from the Arusha region suspected of killing his mother after an argument, whose body was hidden in a septic tank; in early January, Kilimanjaro Police reported that a girl had killed her biological mother in order to inherit the family property; in late January, police in Mbeya arrested a man suspected of killing his father.
In trying to understand the causes of these horrific acts, some psychologists have also cited the loss of religious sense on the part of the younger generation. A view shared by Fr Pambo Martini, of the Order of St. Benedict of the Abbey of the Holy Spirit, Mvimwa, that Tanzanians must return to prayer, strengthen faith, teach justice and restore social and family ties. "Today parents are strangers to their children, and children are strangers to their parents. We have come to a scenario where you hear the father slaughtering the wife and the children, and the radio/ television announcer announces with complete peace. We need to be concerned about this bad situation, or else something worse will happen to our society", he concludes. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 14/2/2022)