Europe - Central Africa
At present I did slow down my weekly blog’s updating but it didn't slow down my daily working.
Trying to have a bit of resting I have been able to meet many people who are interested in Bozoum and in Central Africa. Along with Paolo Silvestro we prepared the 2017 Calendar which will be ready very soon, enriched by a good number of beautiful pictures.
Saturday, November 12th, I was with the Association "Friends for Central Africa" who organize an annual charity dinner for projects in Central Africa Republic. We began our cooperation since 2004, mostly in agriculture and health.
Monday 14th, I leave early from Cuneo, and at 6:30 am I’m on a flight towards Brussels. Here I find Marcela, member of the Association “Aid to the Church in Need”. Here in Brussels Thursday, November 17th, will take place a large "round table" centered on Central Africa, in which the Government will present to the International Community a program for the next five years, asking Governments and Organizations for funding the projects. The EU held a meeting in previous days just before our "round table" in order to remind the civil society and the various national and international NGOs how they could come together and express to the Government and the International Community about the needs and concerns of the Country. Attending to this meeting there were many Central Africans and representatives of the Country, including the Imam, a Pastor and the Archbishop of Bangui. Together they formed the platform of religious leaders, which contributed so much to "build up" the peace in Central Africa Republic. There were also members of the Government and even the President of Central Africa Republic. Together we have had much discussion on the actual situation and on what it should and could be done. And we hope and pray that all this work bear fruit!
At these very hours Fr. Enrico informed me that the contingent of ONU Peacekeepers, who was in Bozoum, has left the city. Unfortunately, people fear that the situation will get worse. We hope and pray!