Tigray, 08 December, 2020 / 11:03 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Africa have, under their collective forum of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), added their voice to those of other Bishops in Eastern Africa and international leaders in expressing concerns about the violent conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.
In a statement circulated Tuesday, December 8, the Bishops in Africa express their awareness about the “deteriorating situation” in Ethiopia’s Tigray and call for the “immediate laying down of arms.”
“We the members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have followed with deep concern the deteriorating situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia,” the members of SECAM say in a statement obtained by ACI Africa.
In the statement dated Saturday, December 5, SECAM members decry the “growing humanitarian and security crisis not only in Tigray but in neighboring Eritrea and Sudan.”
“Several innocent people have died, while many others have been displaced,” Bishops in Africa bemoan in the statement signed by the President of SECAM, Phillippe Cardinal Ouedraogo.