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Friday, August 11, 2017

Mud and rain

Mud and rain
On Saturday, August 5th, I went back to Bozoum after visiting St.Elie and Yolé, where I also brought the Fathers who came from Cameroon, and Father Daniel of Nigeria.
We are in the middle of the rainy season, and the roads are in very bad shape. On Sunday, at noon, Father Enrico calls me; he was stuck in the mud a couple of miles from Bozoum. On Wednesday, already 5 km close to Bozoum, I have to go back because the road is an impossible mess. The roads conditions are frequently a problem for our travels: sometimes you cannot leave or you have to choose much longer itineraries. Only over the last 10 days I have traveled more than 2,000 km because of this.
On Wednesday I go to Baoro, where Father Maurice begins his service as Superior of the Convent. On Thursday I continue towards Bouar for a meeting driving back to Baoro in the early afternoon, and then I continue my traveling towards Bozoum with Father Daniel. We are home around 7.00 pm.
In these days, Father Enrico gave life to a round table in the city for young people, and so on Thursday and Friday nearly 130 young people and adults did meet trying to analyze the present social situation in the Country proposing solutions while dreaming for some changes. Unfortunately, the situation in Central Africa Republic doesn’t improve. Just in these days there have been very violent attacks, with dozens of casualties some of them beheaded. Although this happens far enough from here, we are very worried because we don’t see any change ahead of us.

Foto di famiglia

Alla Yolé

Da sinistra: p.Stefano, p.Maurice, P.Daniel, p.Dieudonné e p.Aurelio appena dietro l'obiettivo)
De gauche à droite: p.Stefano, p.Maurice, p.Daniel, p.Dieudonné et p.Aurelio (tout juste derrière  l'appareil photo)

Ottimo esempio di come ci si può impantanare...
Comment s'enfoncer dans la boue...

Tavola rotonda dei giovani di Bozoum
Table ronde à Bozoum

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Fine formazione su Gestione Contabilità a Bozoum

During these two weeks I did travel a lot.  Mostly because I helped Friars of our Communities in their various residence changes and shifts as a result of Provincial Superior visit. But I needed to travel also because of the visits of Friars responsible in governing our Order. In the first half of August arrives here in Africa Father Daniel Ehigie Nigerian origin. He is one of the Councilors to the General Father, and he is the one who deals with our Order presence in Africa.  August 4th and 5th comes also Father Fausto, the Provincial of Milan, from which the Mission of Cameroon depends.
This is the reason why on Sunday, after having celebrated the two Masses, early afternoon I left driving towards Bouar. The direct road (110km) is blocked due to a truck, and I have to take the road through Bossemptele arriving at Bouar, after 250km and 5 long hours driving. I spend Monday at Bouar. In the evening I'm in Baoro, giving a ride to Father Stefano, who will be the new Pastor.
On Tuesday morning I leave Baoro, and just before 1.00pm I’m in Bangui. Here in the evening, coming from Zambia, arrives Father Daniel Ehigie. On Wednesdays we spend the day together, visiting the "Farm" of Carmel where is being planted coffee, meeting personally one by one the friars ending with a long conversation in the afternoon as a conclusion. At lunch time we take a break just for a pizza I did prepare, and that gives strength to our work.
On Thursday afternoon at 1.00pm we leave under a heavy rain. The road is long (450 km), and there are also 2 convoys of trucks driving one in the opposite direction of the other, but at 7.30pm we finally arrive at Bouar, in our convent Of St.Elia, which welcomes us with the many young religious which are present in order to follow a formation stage about St. John of the Cross, directed by Father Jean de Jean Baptiste (French and resident in Senegal). We meet there the fathers who came from Cameroon together with the Provincial Father Fausto: Father Marco Gazzoli and Father Jean Baptiste.
During these days we are going to discuss with them the collaboration that unites us which began a few years ago, exchanging experiences and personnel. Since 2013 their young people follow the Novitiate here, and since 2014 our Theology students study with them in Yaounde.

Formazione dei giovani a Bouar-St Elie

Saluti a Baoro

Trasloco di una boutique...
déplacement d'une boutique

Si pianta il caffé
On plante le café

Padri e studenti al Carmel, a Bangui, con p.Daniel Ehigie (1° sacedote a destra)