Bissau, 10 December, 2022 / 4:27 pm (ACI Africa).
The long-standing cordial relationship between Christians and Muslims in Guinea-Bissau is under threat with the ongoing religious-based intimidation that targets churches, the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has said.
According to the charity foundation that supports the people of God in countries experiencing extremism, recent activities in Guinea-Bissau, including a church vandalization, bribing Christians to convert to Islam, as well as the springing up of Mosques in every part of the country casts a dark shadow over the future of Christianity in the West African nation.
“First was the attack, never seen before in Guinea-Bissau, on a church. It was in July. Then, in September, the government decided to suspend tax exemptions for the Catholic Church. In the middle of all this and for some time now, the construction of new mosques has been proliferating throughout the country,” ACN says in a Friday, December 9 report.
The Catholic charity spoke to Casimiro Jorge Cajucam, the Director of Sol Mansi, a Diocesan radio station supported by the foundation, who warned of the worrying signs that the Portuguese-speaking African country will become an “Islamic state”.
In the interview with ACN, Casimiro Cajucam warned about the risk of Guinea-Bissau “falling into the clutches of religious extremism.”