AFRICA/CENTRAL AFRICA - A priest engaged in peace attacked in Bangassou

Monday, 8 January 2018 priests   violence  

Bangui (Agenzia Fides) - A priest engaged in dialogue and reconciliation in the Central African Republic was attacked by unknown persons. We are talking about Fr. Alain Blaise Bissialo, parish priest of the parish of Christ the King of Tokoyo and president of the Bangassou Peace and Mediation Committee, in the south-east of the Country.
According to news sent to Agenzia Fides, on the evening of 4 January, the priest was attacked in his home by unknown persons who stabbed him and then stole money and some objects including a computer. Given his condition Fr. Bissialo was transferred to a hospital in the capital Bangui to receive appropriate treatment.
In Bangassou, about 2,000 Muslims have been welcomed in the fenced area of the Cathedral defended by MINUSCA soldiers (UN Mission in Central Africa). The local Bishop, His Exc. Mgr. Juan José Aguirre Muños, has repeatedly asked for the transfer of these people who live in insecurity.
Vast areas of Central Africa are still in the grip of armed gangs, despite President Faustin Archange Touadéra's election in February 2016. In the city of Paoua (North West) clashes broke out on December 27 between two rebel factions. More than 5,000 people have found refuge in neighboring Chad, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 8/1/2018)