Nairobi, 21 March, 2023 / 5:07 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop at the helm of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has described the situation of those who have survived the Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Malawi as “bad”.
In his statement shared with ACI Africa Monday, March 20, Bishop Charles Kasonde appeals for support for those who have survived the deadly cyclone from the national Bishops’ Conferences in the AMECEA region in what he calls “regional pastoral solidarity with the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM).”
According to Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), 508,2444 people have been displaced by the Cyclone, another 499 have died and 427 are missing.
“Even though the cyclone has weakened, the situation is bad as lack of proper shelter and poor sanitation exposes the survivors to diseases, especially cholera and malaria,” Bishop Kasonde says.
The Local Ordinary of Zambia’s Solwezi Diocese in Zambia adds, “As we continue to pray for the victims, in the spirit of solidarity as AMECEA, let us reach out to our suffering brothers and sisters in Malawi who need our assistance.”