Mogadishu, 02 June, 2022 / 8:52 pm (ACI Africa).
The Apostolic Administrator of Somalia’s Catholic Diocese of Mogadishu has said that while the election of president Hassan Sheikh Mahamud is a sign of hope, “new direction” in the Horn of Africa country is still unpredictable.
In a report by the information service of Propaganda Fide, Agenzia Fides, Bishop Giorgio Bertin said that there is always “a rebirth of hope” whenever there is an election of a new president in Somalia, but that the hope fades with time, a situation he said also affects the direction of the country.
“It is difficult to talk about a new direction in Somalia. I have seen 'new directions' in this land,” Bishop Bertin who is also the Local Ordinary of Djibouti has been quoted as saying.
In the Wednesday, June 1 Agenzia Fides report, the Catholic Bishop adds, “With the election of a new President, there is always a rebirth of hope that then fades over the years, and this was also the case when Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo was elected; we had many hopes which then faded.”
The Italian-born Bishop told Agenzia Fides that he perceives the election of president Mahamud with much caution. In the report, he says that together with the faithful, they will embrace hope rather than despair for a better Somalia.