Ethiopia on the Brink
Recent reports tell of ethnic violence and bloodshed in Ethiopia, with the country facing a decisive crossroads.
CNEWA’s president, Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari, expressed grave concerns for the people of Ethiopia. “We join our prayers to those expressed recently by Pope Francis and other international bodies,” he said, “and we share the concerns expressed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, OCHA’s concern for the most vulnerable, and the concerns of UNHCR that have pointed to how the current deterioration of conditions has provoked a new refugee crisis.”
The violence is having an impact across the country, with children being affected most dramatically. The Catholic Church runs the second-largest school system in the country, and schools have long been a safe haven for children, offering nutritious meals and a sense of security among the poorest of the poor.
Now that safe haven is at risk.
We at CNEWA stand ready to support the people of Ethiopia in whatever way we can during this difficult and dangerous time. Please help our staff on the ground continue to provide material and spiritual aid to this country at a moment when it is most urgently needed. Your gift can help ensure that families are given a sense of security and hope at a time of insecurity and fear.
Thank you for whatever you can give — and, above all, thank you for your prayers for the peace and wellbeing of all the people in Ethiopia.