AFRICA/LIBERIA – Election year 2023: On the sidelines of the election campaign, missionaries work in silence
AFRICA/LIBERIA Election Year 2023: Missionaries work in silence, while the election campaign is underway
Monday, January 10, 2022
Foya (Agenzia Fides – “In a new year, politicians expect that they will win the next election, but the poor of Foya want better living conditions,” writes Fides Fr. Lorenzo Snider was a missionary in the small village in northwestern Liberia.
“This 2022 campaign in Liberia will see President George Weah play all the cards needed to be reaffirmed for a second term. Fr Lorenzo says that in our district of Foya near the border with Sierra Leone or Guinea, one of the most important matches is being played: the support from the Kissi. This is the ethnic group of Joseph Buakay who is the main opponent and deputy to former President Ellen Sirelaf Johnson.
Fr. Fr. “After the midterm election, gifts to the traditional chiefs and donations to the churches, promises for better roads, photovoltaic streetslights planted in all towns, and a great flow of vehicles, money, began.”
“The march of senators and members will occupy the streets of this station for a few more days. They are used to transport goods from the market and NGO cars. The market is mostly talking about them, what they can do, their promises, and their power. Missionaries continue to work with discretion, for the people, and with the people in this context. Our communities grow in number and commitment because of the hard work of catechists as well as “simple Christians”. Our Catholic Children’s Organization CCO is attracting more young people and children.
The hope is that many children and youth who haven’t yet attended school will soon change. “We have finally opened the school in Ngesso Pio Kongor. In Foya, we are still working on the kindergarten and high school. The missionary stated that we should be ready for the rainy season, and that we have already opened our first high school this year. (LS/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 10/1/2022)