Aboard the papal plane, 12 May, 2023 / 9:47 pm (ACI Africa).
Presidents of Caritas in the region of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have appealed to humanitarian agencies operating in war-torn Sudan to “urgently” increase their support for victims of the war that is raging in the country’s capital, Khartoum.
The Caritas officials who met in Rome for their 10th regional assembly that ended May 10 further urged the humanitarian agencies to extend their support to people seeking refuge in Sudan’s neighboring countries.
“We are compelled to write this solidarity message with the Catholic Church and the people of Sudan who are in a challenging situation as a result of the war which erupted in Sudan, particularly in Khartoum, the Capital City, and other parts of the state since the 15th of April 2023,” Caritas officials said in a message they shared with ACI Africa on Thursday, May 11.
They further said, “We appeal to all Caritas Member Organizations operating in the region, Caritas Internationalis, UN Organizations, and other NGOs to urgently step up on humanitarian support and rescue the people of the Sudan who are affected by this crisis inside the country and those who have fled to the neighboring countries.”
The message was signed by the Bishop Presidents of Caritas in the AMECEA region, including Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel of Caritas Ethiopia, Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Caritas South Sudan, Archbishop Menghesteab Tesfamariam of Caritas Eritrea, and Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe of Caritas Kenya.