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Caritas leader analyzes drought in Horn of Africa

CWN - July 28, 2011

Michel Roy, the recently elected secretary general of Caritas Internationalis--the confederation of Catholic relief and development agencies--spoke with Vatican Radio on July 27 about how the worst regional drought in 60 years is affecting the different nations of the Horn of Africa.

In Somalia, “we as Christians witness the death of our brothers and sisters who are dying, and it is a terrible situation to know they are dying and not be able to rescue them,” says Roy. In Ethiopia, the situation is nearly as severe, but aid agencies are able to reach those affected by famine. The brutal Marxist military regime in Eritrea denies there is a problem and forbids Church agencies to act.

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