Bamako, 27 January, 2022 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Mali have appealed for dialogue to find solutions acceptable to all citizens of the West African nation amid sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).
On January 9, ECOWAS announced it would close borders with Mali and impose economic sanctions following the government’s attempt to extend the transition period by five years, despite a commitment to holding elections in February this year, BBC News reported.
Huge crowds gathered in Mali’s capital Bamako and other towns on January 14 to denounce sanctions imposed on the country by ECOWAS and UEMOA.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, January 27, the members of the Episcopal Conference of Mali (CEM) express concern about the current crisis the West African nation is facing.
“Mali is living a critical moment of its existence, but with faith in God and trusting in the Malian men and women, as well as in the people and institutions that are helping us, we reaffirm our faith in the virtue of dialogue among brothers,” Catholic Bishops in Mali say in their message issued at the end of their Plenary Assembly in the Archdiocese of Bamako.