Pemba, 14 March, 2022 / 7:53 pm (ACI Africa).
The newly appointed Catholic Bishop for Pemba Diocese in Mozambique has, in his first appeal after the appointment, called on the international community to support victims of extremist attacks in Cabo Delgado Province that is served by his Episcopal See.
In a message to Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Portugal, Bishop António Juliasse Ferreira Sandramo expressed concern that the media coverage of the situation in the embattled Mozambican Province has gone down even as innocent civilians continue to suffer at the hands of extremists in the embattled region of the Southern African nation.
“Terrorist violence continues to have its effects in Cabo Delgado and the humanitarian crisis is still present. Unfortunately, the situation is not much visualized in recent moments and publicized with the same intensity as it was some time ago, but the suffering of the people of Cabo Delgado still continues,” Bishop Juliasse says in the Monday, March 14 report.
He adds, in his appeal for the support of the international community, “I renew the appeal that the world does not forget Cabo Delgado and does not forget the suffering that there is.”
He cautions the international community against forgetting the suffering of the people of God in Cabo Delgado, saying, “If we forget, it will be serious, (because) there are immense people still dependent on the aid that arrives from everywhere, and, therefore, it is still necessary to continue saving lives in these conditions of extreme poverty.”