Agenzia Fides reports an interview with Monsignor Zerbo, cardinal of Bamako, capital of Mali, where the dramatic reality of the country and, more generally, of the Sahel emerges.
Mali, in particular, in addition to various conflict scenarios and the jihadist threat, is facing a major political crisis that is causing severe disability.
Faced with this, says Msgr. Zerbo, the Catholic Church cannot remain firm: “we have set up a group of religious, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant leaders, in order to put pressure on the government and create conditions for dialogue. We meet regularly and try to speak directly with the protagonists, we do constant work to avoid breaking. I believe that religious have two main tasks. On the one hand, as Ezekiel says, behaving like sentinels, not spies, sentries: when there is a threat we must warn and try to solve the problem before it explodes […] Then we must be intercessors and when there is hostility between two groups , families or people, mediate in truth. ”
The cardinal also recalls the importance of prayer for God to convert hearts. But it is from all over the Sahel that a cry of alarm rises. UNHCR reports tens of thousands of refugees forced to flee due to armed clashes.