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Eight religious offer sanctuary to hundreds of fleeing Angolans

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This isn’t going to generate front-page headlines, but the Church in Angola is engaged in a dramatic struggle to provide for refugees forced to leave their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo.

Zenit reports:

Four Franciscan Capuchins and four Sisters of Mercy in Damba are aiding the homeless Angolans, taking them into the convent and giving them care.

[Aid to the Church in Need representative] Fr Halemba affirmed: ‘The Sisters are helping as much as they can. They are taking people in, distributing food, utensils, nappies, medicines and clothing; they are making sure that the refugees are vaccinated against tetanus, polio and other diseases and trying to provide spiritual and psychological support to the suffering.’

Many volunteers are coming from the parishes to help serve hundreds every day, but the stream of refugees continues to grow.

Aid to the Church in Need reports that some 40,000 Angolans have been expelled from the Congo over the past few weeks as an “act of revenge” for Angola’s expulsion of Congolese refugees.

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm

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