|Fiori di mango|
Fleurs de mangue
Bangui - Bozoum
On my return from Cameroon, last Wednesday, January 9th, I spent a few days in Bangui with my friends, members of the NGO, Siriri from the Czech Republic with whom we have been collaborating for years. Thursday and Friday were days full of meetings and briefings, between Ministries and several Organizations.
On Saturday morning, Paolo Silvestro and Giuseppe Occelli arrived from Cuneo. Their journey was very long, due to a canceled flight by Air France, which then forced our two friends to begin an even longer flight journey: Paris, Casablanca in Morocco, Douala in Cameroon and finally Bangui! At about 10 am, with loaded the cars, we all left, 3 Czechs and 2 Italians, towards Bozoum. The road continues to be in bad shape. Furthermore, the road construction inaugurated in August on the Bossemptele - Bozoum track has not advanced. In 5 months 13 km have been repaired (and very badly, at that).
We arrived Saturday night in Bozoum, and Sunday morning, after the Masses, I delivered the wheelchair, which I bought in Cameroon, to Gauthier: he was one very happy fellow! With the guests from the Czech Republic, we went to visit the schools. Just in recent days we had the visit of second in command for the Ministry of Education (the Director General of Teaching) who visited our high school and elementary schools, expressing his appreciation.
The preparation for the Agricultural Fair is also going to take place next week. Unfortunately, other severe problems have intensified. Our area has been disturbed by armed men for a couple of weeks. On the streets around Bozoum there are the Peuls (Mbororo, a nomadic people of shepherds) fleeing their "protectors", the rebels of the 3R movement. Occasionally also the local population is implicated, with some antibalaka attacking the villages attracted by the livestock. This triggers the rebels' reaction, with more killings and devastations.
On Wednesday afternoon they called me to go to a village, 10 km from Bozoum. Here I found a family of Peuls, who were running away: a mother (pregnant), a girl and three children. They had lost everything and were very scared. I brought them to Bozoum, and welcomed them at our Mission facilities. Today, Thursday, I took them to the hospital, where the doctor saw them, and we got them the necessary medication. Fortunately, one of the sisters knows Foufouldè, and we were able to have a brief chat.
For how long will peace be so fragile in this country?
|Presentazione del Programma "Imparare giocando" ai Vescovi del Centrafrica|
Présentation du programme "Apprendre en jouant" aux éveques de Centrafrique
|Intervista al disegnatore Didier Kassai|
|George, Ludmila et Veronika di SIRIRI.ORG|
|gli alunni di 3a Liceo nelle nuove aule|
Les élèves de Terminale devant les nouvelles salles de classe
|Issa, con la sua capretta|
Issa, avec sa chèvre