Nairobi, 13 November, 2020 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishops in Eastern Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Ethiopia amid reportedly escalating violence pitting the Federal government against the local authorities of the country’s Northernmost Tigray region.
In a Friday, November 13 statement availed to ACI Africa, the leadership of the Association of Member Episcopal conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) says that the Bishop members in the region have “noted with great concern the escalating of tension between the Ethiopian Federal government and the Northern Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).”
“I write to express our solidarity with you, the entire Catholic Bishops Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) and all the people who are so much affected by the worsening situation in Tigray so much that hundreds of people are already reported to have died and thousands have fled to Sudan,” the Chairman of AMECEA, Bishop Charles Kasonde says in the statement.
Although AMECEA Bishops believe that the conflict can be resolved peacefully and a civil war avoided, they express their awareness that a peaceful resolution “can only happen if there is political will for negotiation for a peaceful solution.”
The leadership of the nine-member country forum cautions, “Without quickly reaching a peaceful resolution the discord between the two warring sides in a political landscape, which is already characterized by ethnic alliances is likely to result in more casualties on the troops, more blood shade among the civilians, destruction of properties and displacement of millions of the people.”