AFRICA/GABON - A religious woman who dedicated her life to abandoned elders has been murdered in Libreville

Monday, 23 March 2020

Libreville (Agenzia Fides) - On the night between 19 and 20 March, Sister Lydie Oyanem Nzoughe who had dedicated her life to welcoming and caring for the elderly abandoned by their families, poor and homeless, was attacked and murdered in her room , in the Center d'accueil Fraternité Saint Jean in Libreville. Some personal items and the religious’ car have disappeared. The criminal turned himself in: he is a person who did small jobs for the house.
Archbishop Emeritus of Libreville, Archbishop Basile Mvé Engone, recommends "to pray for the soul of our sister Lydie Oyane, pending the judicial police to communicate the results of the investigations". The modalities of the funeral have not yet been disclosed, considering that even in Gabon all the churches have been closed due to the coronavirus emergency, and only the blessing is allowed for funerals.
According to information collected by Fides in the local Church, the Fraternité Saint Jean reception center, run by Sister Lydie, is located in Valleé Sainte Marie in Libreville, under the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, without public funding. It welcomes sick and abandoned elderly people, accompanying them with love and dedication. Sister Lydie, who belonged to the indigenous religious congregation of the Religieuses de Sainte Marie, was also the founder of the Mouvement eucharistique des Jeunes (MEJ Gabon). (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 23/3/2020)