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“They have burned down churches and destroyed convents, and also abducted two sisters. But almost nobody has paid any attention to this new focus of terror and jihadist violence in Africa.”
“These are people who not only need to eat; they also have to have some spiritual accompaniment. Some of them have seen their parents, their brothers beheaded.”
They are sowing terror among the population, burning towns and villages and attacking civilians on the roads or those travelling by public transport.
“There are many financial interests and those who are funding all this are finding fertile ground due to the poverty, the lack of opportunities and the resulting youth unemployment.”
There are no official statistics, but the bishop is certain that at least 500 have been killed since late October 2017, when the attacks on villages, administrative centers and army personnel began. The attackers have left decapitated bodies behind to sow terror.
“Beira is no longer a city. It has been destroyed almost entirely. From an airplane, the city presents itself as a large lake, from which emerge buildings without ceilings. You don’t see streets, houses, fields. A lot of people have lost their lives.”