Bujumbura (Agenzia Fides) – Fr. Adolphe Ntahondereye, Vicar of the parish of San Francesco Saverio di Gatumba (in the west of Burundi on the border with the DRC) died yesterday, May 11, two weeks after his release, due to the stress during his imprisonment.
According to Archbishop Bujumbura, Mgr. Ngoyagoye Evariste, "the priest, who had not left his hospital bed where he had been admitted after his release, died as a result of ill-treatment that had been inflicted on him".
On 9 April Fr. Ntahondereye was kidnapped along with three other people at Concorde Bridge, on the Ruzizi River which separates Gatumba from the area of Kajaga. The three men were released after 17 days of imprisonment.
The priest's companions, who shared his plight, said that the kidnappers forced the prisoners to walk long distances over the mountains overlooking the town of Uvira in the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo. "Because of the accumulated stress, the priest struggled to walk", he said. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 12/5/2017)