Tuesday, January 31, 2017

IVORY COAST - Peace must be a project for the future, says a missionary

The situation of young people in Duékoué is marked by the wars of 1997 and 2011. 

In 2016 the first elections were boycotted. 

In December there were those laws, to which an opposition party failed to submit candidates. 

"When a country is marked by war, the first thing that comes out is the lack of recognition of the results by the exponents of the government parties in office", says, in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, Father Xec Marques, a Salesian missionary in Africa since 1992. 

For young Ivorians peace has to do with what to eat every day, how to cope with school expenses, or how to cure the sick.

"They do not have a project - continues the missionary. Many are old enough to vote, but few took part in the last election because they do not believe in politics and politicians". 

"For us Salesians and educators the challenge is knowing how to promote the values of social consciousness, political responsibility. Peace cannot just be the absence of violence, must be able to be a project for the future", concluded Father Marques.