“We are all ‘travelling companions, truly brothers and sisters’ and thus should be each other's keeper,” they say, referencing the book of Genesis.
As a way forward, Catholic Bishops in Africa call for the “immediate laying down of arms, on the part of everyone involved in the conflict.”
They urge the parties in conflict to “resolve their differences amicably through open dialogue, and in a spirit of brotherhood, respect, understanding, and reconciliation.”
The members of the Ghana-based Symposium appeal to local, national and international security personnel and agents to “safeguard the lives of all the people, especially civilians, and to restore peace in the region.”
They also invite the Church, civil society organizations and all people of good conscience to provide basic needs like food, water, and clothing to the displaced people as a sign of solidarity with them.
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“We lastly call on all Christians on the continent and the islands to intensify prayer to God for an end to the conflict, and for the return of peace and normalcy in the region,” the members of the 51-year-old Symposium that brings together Catholic Bishops in Africa and Madagascar.
In the December 5 statement, SECAM members further make reference to their February 2020 statement dubbed “Silencing the Guns” in which they called for an end to violence and bloodshed in Africa.
“Let us, therefore, always bear in mind that any form of violence perpetrated against a fellow human being is an offence against God and a violation of the person's dignity. For each human being is created in the image and likeness of God,” the Bishops say in reference to their February statement, citing the book of Genesis.
They assure the people of God in Ethiopia’s Tigray region of their “spiritual closeness” amid the ongoing crisis saying, “As we continue to pray for you, look up to God with hope; He suffers with you and has not abandoned you. Courage!”