Lusaka, 06 May, 2020 / 6:06 am (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Zambia and Malawi has expressed concerns over inequality and the level of poverty in the Southern Africa nation of Zambia amid COVID-19, calling on the government to work toward addressing the gap and give an opportunity for affected people to bounce back.
“We are concerned that in a country where there is enough to go around, others have almost completely nothing. We wish to urge that steps be taken to heal the inequality and poverty around so that every Zambian should build resilience against any threat like COVID-19,” the Provincial Leader of the Society of Jesus for Zambia-Malawi (ZAM) Province, Fr. Leonard Chiti, said Monday, May 4.
Fr. Leonard, who was speaking at the Launch of the Jesuits Relief COVID-19 response for ZAM said, “Jesuits and our collaborators, we do not end at giving bread to the hungry; we care about “why” the hungry are hungry.”
“We are taking food to the poor because we notice that they are completely powerless and under the current circumstances there is no social protection being provided for the vulnerable and poor,” he said and added, “Many in our compounds have no running water, have inadequate and poor housing and have no sanitation facilities and systems.”
“In a country endowed with abundant resources including water, this should not happen,” Fr. Leonard decried.