After Cyclone IDAI - Letter from Mons. Claudio Dalla Zuanna, Archbishop of Beira: "God will make us triumph"

Between March 14 and 15 of 2019, the inhabitants of the city of Beira, Dondo and the “Beira corridor”, where about one million people live, watched desperately and were helpless to the devastation of cyclone IDAI, accompanied by intense rainfall; it was a phenomenon described by many as something "never" seen in the annals of this province of Central Mozambique.

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Mozambique: ‘No one heard victims crying for help as they were carried away by floods’ says priest

A priest in Mozambique has given a graphic account of the devastating impact of the cyclone amid reports that up to 1,000 people have been killed.

Speaking in an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Father Sandro Faedi, apostolic administrator of Tete, described how people cried for help as the flood waters came towards them. The priest’s personal testimony comes as ACN revealed that it is working with the local Church in the port city of Beira to provide essential aid.

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Image: Mozambique - A girl carrying a smaller child in a cloth on her back. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.

Speech by The Coordinator Of Coalition Against Kajuru Killings, Rev Fr Williams Kaura Abba, On The Occasion Of A Peaceful Procession, On Tuesday March 19, 2019 At The Unity Fountain, Abuja

Introduction:

We are a group of men and women, united by our common humanity, from different creeds, tribes and tongues. Saddened by events in our dear state, Kaduna, we have gathered here in Abuja, our nation’s capital, to bring to the attention of fellow citizens and the international community the horrendous attacks on many Adara communities living in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State by herdsmen militia. The latest death toll of this mindless carnage has already surpassed 130, with several communities reduced to rubbles, and setting the stage for a major humanitarian crisis that has so far displaced no fewer than 10,000 persons now living in four camps.

NIGERIA: Victims of Herdsmen Militia Attacks, The Internally Displaced and Our Common Humanity

Report: 19.03.2019 / Nigeria Killings in Southern Kaduna by Fr. Williams Kaura Abba, Catholic Priest, Diocese of Kafanchan

If the English saying, 'pictures are worth a thousand words' is true, I don't know what coming face to face with victims of terrorism and barbarism will be worth; may be a zillion words. No sane human being ever comes face to face with victims of human viciousness and wickedness and does not get moved to tears, no matter how heartless. I had to go back to Kajuru hospitals yesterday to move 2 little boys whose story I made earlier on Facebook.

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Nigeria 2019 : The peaceful procession against the Kajuru Killings has taken pleace on Tuesday 19.03.2019 at the Unity Fountain in Abuja. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

Christians in Syria divided on returning

A bad day for Selma. Today, the Syrian mother of three children had to watch her oldest son leave for Lebanon. “My son had to go because of the difficulties. It was hard to say goodbye,” she says, fighting back tears as she washes a few coffee cups. “I don’t know when I will see him again. I was only able to give him some money for the trip. Not even something to eat. He has to walk the last leg. I will send him his clothes later.” Her story mirrors the current situation of many Christians in Syria.

The family fled when the crisis began in 2011 and terrorists descended upon the homes of Christians in Idlib. “They hammered against the doors to let us know that we had to leave because they wanted the houses. Who? We had never seen them before. They shot their guns into the air to frighten the people. Everyone packed up their belongings and left.” Since then, the family has been living with Selma’s mother Johaina in the Valley of the Christians in western Syria. When Selma’s husband died in a car accident three years ago, from one day to the next, the family had lost its breadwinner and its entire savings. Her son, 16 years old at the time, suddenly had to support the family by himself.

Image: Syria, Homs, June 2018. A Christian walks in the old quarter of the city of Homs (Syria) with graffiti that expresses the desire of the birds to take refuge in another safe tree, a metaphor for the city at war.

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