Kroonstad, 27 September, 2021 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The inhumane treatment of refugees and migrants in South Africa is a cause for concern for a Catholic Bishop in the country who is calling for compassion toward those who have fled from various forms of instability in their respective home countries.
In his message on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), which was celebrated Sunday, September 26, Bishop Peter Holiday described the situation of refugees especially women and children in South Africa as “painful and sad.”
“The number of refugee families and individuals, women, men and children in the world and our own country South Africa is a very painful and sad situation,” Bishop Holiday says in his pastoral letter.
He adds, “Brothers and Sisters are having to flee from their country of birth in fear of being killed or from dire injustices of one kind or another. Many do not even make it to the country they are fleeing to for a better life for themselves and families.”
The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Kroonstad Diocese says the country that has offered refuge to many is, unfortunately, not giving the refugees a conducive environment to rebuild their respective lives.