MEMORANDUM FOR VICTIMS OF RIOT in Koule,N'ZEREKORE and in BEYLA GUINEE-FORSTIERE (07/17/13)
Since Sunday, July 14, 2013 everything is going wrong in Guinea in general and more specifically in the forest region whose chief town is N'Zéréloré where currently there is a great concern fight between two ethnic groups.
This morning I exchanged several times with the direction of the diocesan OCPH / Caritas Guinea, the local Bishop, and other resource persons who made me aware of the situation prevailing in the fight in that region (Prefecture of N'Zérékoré and Beyla).
On the night of Sunday 14 to Monday, July 15, 2013, it would have been an attempted robbery at a petrol station (gas station) in Koule (village) located at forty km from N'Zérékoré on national N'Zérékoré-Macenta. The securities guards at the gas station reportedly shot one of the robbers who was an ethnic Konianke. The Konianke having heard the news, would have mobilized to burn that gas station and stores belong to the owner of the gas station. This is a fight to be waged between the two ethnic groups (Konianke and Kpele) who quickly took a religious coloring dèslors the first targets become places of worship (Temple Protestant, Catholic Churches and Mosques). And I let you know that the fight continues to do a lot of victims and survivors.
At the time I speak to you, the Bishop of the city of N'Zérékoré with several of his priests and religious of the cathedral of the city were evacuated by escort out of town after a good time at the military camp of the city.
First damages observed:
The Protestant temples, churches and chapels burned,
The deaths (54 people) and many serious injuries in hospitals in N'Zérékoré and Beyla.
The missing people etc..
No food available for the displaced, no clothes for those whose houses were burned or blankets and no habris.
What has been done: Nothing is done yet because the situation continues. So the damage is estimated to the maximum.
Effects and Needs: The State seriously undermines human dignity and religious heritage of the site and request for assistance to the many victims who are: no food, no clothing, homeless and without proper care.
General Secretariat l4OCPH/Caritas Guinea has decided to take you and ask you very respectfully your help and support necessary to ensure the protection of human life, food security and the interests of any religious faiths.
The Secretary General
Father Matthew LOUA
The Secretary General
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