Maradi, 23 May, 2020 / 4:19 am (ACI Africa).
Amid a variety of COVID-19 related restrictions in the West African nation of Niger, the head of Fraternity of the Servants of Christ, a local congregation of nuns, has shared about the impact of the pandemic on the activities of the religious community.
The nuns are based in Maradi diocese, south-central of the country. For the past 12 years, they have been running a school in the community of Tibiri and a nutrition Center that benefits the people of God in Dan Bako community.
“The school has been closed since March 20th. Our resident girls are back with their families,” the head of the Fraternity of the Servants of Christ, Sr. Marie Catherine told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International in an interview published Friday, May 22.
“There are still about twenty (girls) who could not return home because of the insecurity,” Sr. Marie added and explained, “Their village is on the border with Burkina Faso (more than 1,000 kilometres from Tibiri) and the transport costs are also very high there. We preferred to keep them by taking them to our community in Dan Bako.”
The restrictions put in place by the government of Niger also forced the nuns to close the nutritional Center at Dan Bako, that accommodates between 300-400 malnourished children on March 19.