Niger Experiencing “complicated situation” Three Months After Coup: Missionary Priest

Credit: Agenzia Fides

Three months after the July 26 military Coup in Niger, the West African nation is experiencing a rise in the prices of products, a situation that a Catholic Missionary Priest in the country says has led to the suffering of many people.

In a Friday, November 3 report by the Information service of Propaganda Fide, Agenzia Fides, Fr. Rafael Casamayor says that the country has been paralyzed and that the situation keeps worsening as there are no mitigation efforts.

“After three months of military government, there is no way out. We continue to experience a complicated situation throughout the country,” Fr. Casamayor says, adding “The situation seems to be getting worse because so far no solution has been attempted or proposed, neither economic nor political.”

The member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) continues, “Since the coup last July, the country has been paralyzed, not even the civil servants receive their salaries, the prices of basic products, including medicines, continue to rise or are completely absent.”

The July  coup that led to the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum from power was orchestrated by Colonel Amadou Abdramane alongside nine military officers who attributed their action to putting “an end to the regime” that they said had failed to address “the deteriorating security situation and bad governance.”


In a report published on November 3, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation of vulnerable people in Niger especially IDPs and refugees.

“Imposed sanctions, rising prices, and the continued closure of key access points for the import of goods, such as Benin and Nigeria, continue to weaken the overall resilience of the population,” the UNHCR report indicates.

The UN Refugee Agency  warns that “unless there is a significant breakthrough in resolving the political crisis, the humanitarian situation of a very large segment of the population living in Niger is likely to become alarming.”

In the November 3 Agenzia Fides report, Fr. Casamayor says that he has experienced “greater unity and solidarity in the Christian community with which he works” despite the worsening situation.

“What made this gesture of solidarity with our most needy brothers possible was the spirit of fraternity that arose between people from such different cultures, spaces, countries, and worlds,” says Fr. Casamayor who has served the Dosso community in Niger’s Niamey Archdiocese since 2021.

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“In the last three or four months, five young couples have been married in church, the number of catechumens has increased slightly and there is a more fraternal and generally more relaxed atmosphere,” he says.

The Italian-born Catholic Missionary Priest says that his pastoral mission which involves the distribution of food to poor families has remained unwavering. He attributes this to the support of grassroots communities.

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.