AMERICA/COLOMBIA - The church denounces the violence of groups and asks for a truce

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 violence   peace   armed groups   bishops   missionaries   indigenous  

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Quibdò (Agenzia Fides) – Mgr. Juan Carlos Barreto, bishop of the diocese of Quibdó, denounced the increase in conflicts in the Colombian Pacific area.
The situation, according to the Bishops of this Colombian region, is unbearable.
In a video shared with Fides on social media, the Bishop asked to follow Pope Francis' request, that is, to stop all the wars in the world, then added: "on behalf of African Americans and Colombian indigenous people, we have ask armed groups to call a truce.
The situation in Popayan, Alto Abdon, and many other towns in Chocò is simply unbearable, as well as in Chauca, Nariño, Putumayo, Catatumbo and other places in this area.
"To armed men we say: You must stop this war! We do not know how to say it, but we will never get tired of saying it. You are invited to reflect, to convert.
The state must also play its part, it must act effectively. We pray to the God of peace to make the stony heart of the violent become sensitive".
Unfortunately, the Colombian guerrillas has not stopped in the Chocò area, the clashes of armed groups to have the command of the territory have continued even after the Peace agreements.
The church, missionaries and the peasant population of the area are the only ones to experience violence as spectators which does not allow the development of the area. Despite all this, the voice of missionary pastors has always been heard in denouncing injustices and in favor of the rights of the little ones. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 15/4/2020)