Vatican, 24 July, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis is calling upon governments in Africa and Europe to urgently help migrants in North Africa, who he said are undergoing “unspeakable suffering”.
In his Sunday, July 23 Angelus address, the Holy Father said that drama “continues to unfold for migrants in the northern part of Africa.”
“I address my appeal, in particular to the European and African heads of state and government, to give urgent aid and assistance to these brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on the third annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which he established in January 2021.
He added, “Thousands of them (migrants), amidst unspeakable suffering, have been trapped and abandoned in desert areas for weeks.”
According to the Migration data portal, six Northern African countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia “have historically been and remain significant countries of migrant destination, transit, and departure. Economic, environmental and political instability contribute to the mixed migration patterns observed in the sub-region.”