Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei, South Sudan, has denounced the “deafening silence of the media” and the “indifferent gaze of the international community” in the face of continuing slaughter in the young African country.
In an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano,
Bishop Tombe said that the world has ignored the massacres that have
cost hundreds of lives in his diocese.
The bloodshed has caused
residents to live in fear, he said. Roads are unsafe, people living in
the countryside cannot travel to the city and farmers are afraid to work
The violence—spawned by a lingering conflict between political
leaders—has crippled the region, the bishop reported. Food and medicine
are in short supply, and humanitarian aid cannot reach the villages most
in need. The people of the region will continue to rely on relief
supplies for at least a year, he said, since farmers have not been able
to prepare crops.
In the Yei diocese, Bishop Tombe said, “unfortunately only two
parishes are functioning.” In other parishes, priests are unable to
provide pastoral care because of constant violence.