Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: AFRICA/DJIBOUTI – Mutual solidarity, rediscovery of fundamental human values: Christians and the pandemic
Djibouti – Covid-19, the devastating floods in some areas of Hirshebelle, Southwest, Jubbaland and Puntland, and a new plague of locusts were the three factors that triggered the crisis and aggravated the main pillars of the Somali economy in recent months. In response to the pandemic, Caritas Somalia has intervened in Mogadishu, Garowe and Bosaso with information programs, through local Puntland television, and with the distribution of prevention materials in the three areas. In Djibouti, the official data released by the local Ministry of Health on the spread of Coronavirus reported, as of February 21, 2021, 6 024 positive cases, 5 873 recoveries and 63 deaths, mostly of patients over 70 already hospitalized with very serious pathologies in progress. “We can say that from a health point of view, the pandemic is developing very slowly, thanks also to the timely interventions of the authorities”, wrote to Agenzia Fides Sara Ben Rached, volunteer and head of Caritas Somalia and operator of Caritas Djibuti together with Msgr. Giorgio Bertin bishop of Djibuti and Apostolic Administrator of Somalia. “According to ministerial statements in this area, the virus seems less aggressive and does not produce devastating symptoms as in Europe, and even, in many cases, patients, even if they test positive, are completely asymptomatic. At the same time – she explains – society seems to have divided into two factions, on the one hand the richest and most educated people who respect the precautionary measures imposed by the Government, on the other the largest group of communities who tend not to respect preventive measures, especially due to the complicity of numerous families who believe little or nothing in the existence of a global pandemic emergency”.