Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: AFRICA/IVORY COAST – The nation needs forgiveness and reconciliation: the Church alongside those who suffer
Abidjan – “Ivory Coast left civil war behind only ten years ago, and we still suffer from the wounds this conflict caused. Many problems arose from it: many citizens fled, many were arrested, others injured or killed. In this decade the government has tried to restart the country after the disaster and the situation has partially improved, but wounds take a long time to heal after a civil war and it is often difficult to find a way out. There have been attempts at reconciliation, but in general it can be said that they have not been successful: tensions have remained, no one has been able to develop a process or a way to finally overcome tensions, heal wounds, promote real forgiveness, as happened in South Africa”. This is what Father Matthieu Silue, an Ivorian member of the Congregation of the Stigmatines , told Fides, facing the serious tensions in Ivory Coast following the last elections on October 31st.