Niamey, 01 October, 2023 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in Niger’s Niamey Archdiocese is facilitating help to members of families in “almost impossible situation” amid effects of the July 26 military coup that led to the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum from power.
In a Tuesday, September 26 report by the Information service of Propaganda Fide, Agenzia Fides, Fr. Rafael Casamayor says that the effects of the Coup, including the closure of the borders, have led to food scarcity in the West African nation.
“We are in our mission in Dosso committed to helping the most disadvantaged families who are already in a difficult and almost impossible situation,” Fr. Casamayor says, adding that “Niger is isolated in this delicate and difficult time because of the lack of rain, poor harvests, lack of international aid and the closure of borders in a landlocked country.”
The Italian-born member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) says that “despite the uncertainty” of Niger following the July 26 coup, the ministry among the people of God has continued.
The harvest in the whole of the Sahel region has been poor, resulting in food scarcity and high prices, he further notes, adding that their mission for the most disadvantaged families in the Dosso community is done as “discreetly as possible” to avoid causing tension in the whole community.