Mafrwestafrica lettre du 02 février 2017

Mafrwestafrica logoAujourd’hui, les Missionnaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest vous proposent de visiter de nouvelles pages sur leur site


« Intentions générales et missionnaires 2017 » telles que confiées à tous les croyants pour l’année nouvelle (lire la suite).

« Statistiques Missionnaires d’Afrique au 1er janvier 2017 » le nombre de nos communautés, des missionnaires, les nationalités, et autres chiffres intéressants (lire la suite).

« Niger, Burkina, Mali contre le terrorisme » une rencontre des responsables de ces trois pas pour contrer la violence (lire la suite).


« Otages d’Arlit et assassinat de 2 français ? » y a-t-il un lien entre ces deux réalités ? Un article à ce propos (lire la suite).

« Au revoir inquiet de la présidente de l’Union Africaine » Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Mentionnant violences extrémistes de toute sorte, les actes de terrorisme, le crime international, les mouvements des populations à travers le monde (lire la suite).

« Que le NEPAD élargisse ses compétences », ce qu’en pense Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, qui en est responsable depuis 2009 (lire la suite).

Dialogue interreligieux

« Quel dialogue réellement ? » Caritas Europe mentionne l’islam à deux reprises dans son rapport, et le fait que le dialogue n’est pas suffisamment pris en compte (lire la suite).

« Les religions dans les medias en Algérie » L’Autorité de régulation de l’audiovisuel (ARAV) en Algérie a lancé un rappel des règles de traitement du fait religieux (lire la suite).

« Deux états : Palestine et Israël », telle est l’orientation souhaitée par les évêques d’Europe, dans leur rencontre du 14 au 19 janvier 2017 (lire la suite).

Justice et Paix

« Côte d’Ivoire : les évêques expriment leur inquiétude » au sujet de la situation politique actuelle dans leur pays (lire la suite).

« Le festival d’Angoulème dénonce l’injustice en Afrique » tout particulièrement par un auteur malgache et un autre congolais (lire la suite).

« Procès en Côte d’Ivoire » c’est seulement six ans après les faits que s’ouvre le procès des disparus du Novotel d’Abidjan (lire la suite).

« Gambie : Ousman Sonko sera-t-il poursuivi pour crimes contre l’humanité ? » une procédure dont Trial International serait à l’origine (lire la suite).

Vu au Sud – Vu du Sud

« Côte d’Ivoire, sortie de crise ? » c’est la question qui se pose même si une évolution positive semble prendre place dans ce pays (lire la suite).

« Gambie, retour de Adama Barrow » Le chef de l’état est enfin rentré au pays après de nombreuses questions se posant au sujet de son retour, et l’exil de son prédécesseur (lire la suite).

« Manger « Burkinabè » ! » le gouvernement burkinabè ordonne aux services publics de prioriser les produits alimentaires locaux (lire la suite).

« Le Maroc de retour à l’UA » discours historique du Roi du Maroc suite à l’acceptation de l’adhésion de son pays au sein de l’UA après une longue absence (lire la suite).

« Qui succédera à Alassane Ouattara en 2020 ? » une question qui n’est pas évidente, mais il semble que l’actuel président est plutôt favorable à  Amadou Gon Coulibaly et Daniel Kablan Duncan (lire la suite).

Vigil of Prayer: International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, February 8, 2017

vigil-of-prayer-human-traffickingHow can we ignore this severe warning when we see the exploitation carried out by unscrupulous people? Such exploitation harms young girls and boys who are led into prostitution or into the mire of pornography; who are enslaved as child labourers or soldiers; who are caught up in drug trafficking and other forms of criminality; who are forced to flee from conflict and persecution, risking isola­tion and abandonment.

Moreover, the dividing line between migration and traf­ficking can at times be very subtle. There are many factors which contribute to making migrants vulnerable, especially if they are children: poverty and the lack of me­ans to survive – to which are added unrealistic expecta­tions generated by the media; the low level of literacy; ignorance of the law, of the culture and frequently of the language of host countries. All of this renders children physically and psychologically dependent. But the most powerful force driving the exploitation and abuse of chil­dren is demand. If more rigorous and effective action is not taken against those who profit from such abuse, we will not be able to stop the multiple forms of slavery where children are the victims.


  • Worldwide there are 168 million children in child labour. More than half of them, 85 million, are in hazardous work. (ILO)
  • 20 million child workers are employed in fac­tories that make garments, carpets, toys, ma­tches and hand-rolled cigarettes. Agriculture remains by far the most important sector where child labourers’ can be found (98 million, or 59%), but the problems are not negligible in services (54 million) and industry (12 million) – mostly in the informal economy. Most children work in farms that produce consumer products such as cocoa, coffee, cotton, rubber and other crops. (ILO)
  • Asia and the Pacific still have the largest numbers (almost 78 million or 9.3% of child po­pulation), but Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region with the highest incidence of child labour (59 million, over 21% of child population). (ILO)
  • There are 13 million children in child labour in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the Middle East and North Africa there are 9.2 million. (ILO)
  • Every year, 22,000 children die in work-re­lated accidents. 9% are in industry, including mining and quarrying, manufacturing and con­struction. (ILO)
  • The number of children involved in armed conflicts has increased to about 300,000 over the past decade. 14 is the average age of a child soldier. 40 % of child soldiers are girls. (ILO)
  • 2 million children are subjected to prostitu­tion in the global commercial sex trade (UNICEF)
  • Millions more children are likely exploited in prostitution or pornography each year around the world, most of the time lured or forced into these situations through false promises and li­mited knowledge about the risks.(UNICEF)
  • About 1 in 10 girls under the age of 20 have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point of their lives. (UNICEF)

kids-are-not-slaves-02Message from Pope Francis:

“Dear brothers and sisters, today, 8 February, the liturgical memorial of St. Jo­sephine Bakhita, a Sudanese Sister, who as a child had the traumatic expe­rience of being a victim of trafficking, the International Union of Superiors Ge­neral of Religious Institutes have promoted the Day of Prayer and Reflection against trafficking in persons. I encourage all those who are committed to hel­ping men, women and children enslaved, exploited, abused as tools of pleasu­re and often tortured and mutilated. I hope that those who have responsibili­ties in government will seriously strive to eliminate the causes of this shameful scourge, a scourge unworthy of a civilized society. Let each of us be committed to being a voice for our brothers and sisters, humiliated and deprived of their dignity. Let us all pray together.


O God, when we hear of children and adults being deceived and taken to unknown places for purpo­ses of sexual exploitation, forced labour, and organ ‘harvesting’, our hearts are saddened and our spi­rits angry that their dignity and rights are ignored through threats, lies, and force. We cry out against the evil practice of this modern slavery, and pray with St. Bakhita for it to end. Give us wisdom and courage to reach out and stand with those whose bodies, hearts and spirits have been so wounded, so that together we may make real your promises to fill these sisters and brothers with a love that is tender and good. Send the exploiters away empty-handed to be converted from this wickedness, and help us all to claim the freedom that is your gift to your children. Amen


February 8, 2017 – Liturgical Memory of St. Bakhita:


Life of Josephine Bakhita: See PDF file HERE.

Statistics Sources:

Marking progress against child labour – Global estimates and trends 2000-2012 (ILO-IPEC, 2013).  ( USA)

Source: National Crime Agency (2014) UK

Present Magazine, December 2016 – A Newsletter for the Candidates and Students of the Missionaries of Africa, Zambia.

12-present-magazine-dec-2016-logoGreetings from Kolibo and may the Lord be with you always! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2017!

pre-mag-dec-2016-01-copieChristmas is a time for us Catholics to rejuvenate and gain more strength to follow Christ the Saviour and the Redeemer of the world. Jesus, the Son of God, has come to free the world from its bondage of sin and corruption. The Light has come into our darkened and broken heart. May this Light shine evermore in us throughout 2017!

2016 has been a very busy in the Office of vocation promotion in Zambia coinciding with the 125 anniversary of the Catholic Faith in Zambia under the theme: “Planted in our families!” It began with the coming of the Missionaries of Africa in Mambwe-Mwela in July 1891 currently situated in the Archdiocese of Kasama. The official opening of the 125 years commemoration took place on the 6th August on the very same spot when the first Missionaries planted their tents.

This year has been a blessing for our Sector of Zambia with the perpetual Oath and Ordinations of Brother Sense Moses Simukonde and Brother Elvis Ngandwe respectively on April 30 in Nairobi, Kenya, and July 2 in Chingola, Zambia. From St Paul Nchelenge parish, Mansa diocese, Fredrick Mulenga together with Martin Kasongo from St Stephen parish Chingola, Ndola diocese were ordained Deacons on 10th December 2016 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Rev. Fr. Sylvester Chimenge cardPRIESTLY ORDINATIONS:

On the 06th August in the Cathedral of Ndola, Fr. Sylvester Chimenge was ordained Priest. He celebrated his thanksgiving mass on the 07th August in Chibuluma Parish. The parish priest and his council made it a joyful lively celebration. A good number of Missionaries of Africa and a White Sister were present to grace the event. Fr. Chimenge is now in Tanzania for his missionary ministry.


On the 19th November at St Monica in Kabwe, Fr. Robbin Simbeye was ordained Priest. The Bishop had combined the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the ordination. Many people came to attend the celebration. The following day, in the same parish, He celebrated his thanksgiving mass full of joy and jubilation. Fr. Robbin is going to Tunisia (North Africa), for his missionary work.

ON APOSTOLIC TRAINING (Pastoral): We have 4 zambian students who are on pastoral; Rodgers Mwansa (from Mazabuka) in Tanzania; Biness Chungu (from Chingola) in Niger; Emmanuel Banda (from Katete) in Niger and Grant Chansa (from Luanshya) in Mali.

SPIRITUAL YEAR (Noviciate): In July 2016, we escorted Leonard Katulushi from Sacred Heart parish, Kabwe to Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso. He has received the habit on the 22 October 2016. Blessed spiritual journey!

pre-mag-dec-2016-04OUR STUDENTS IN PHILOSOPHY: They are 10 who are studying philosophy in Balaka (Malawi). They are happy and are progressing well in their studies. 3rd Years: Evans Mwila (Ndola), Horris Banda (Katete), Ivor Mutamba (Lusaka). 2nd Years: Darious Mwape (Mansa), Kelvin Mutalala (Chingola), Louis Kangwa (Kasama), Sandram Mwanza (Mukushi), Vincent Mutale (Chongwe). 1st Years: Enest Katema (Mansa), Peter Nkhoma (Chipata).


The vocation and missionary animation is a busy office where correspondance with aspirants all over Zambia is done from. The address is still the same over 26 years now. We thank God for his grace of vocation in Zambia


The group of April (1st to 13th) in Serenje, I was helped by Fr. Frederic, parish priest of St Lawrence (Lusaka): Embarking for a pic-nic, last day before the departure. They are from Lusaka, Mongu, Kasama, Kapiri-Mposhi, Chingola, Kitwe, Mpika. Extreme left, Fr Frederic, and Extreme right Fr Camillo.

pre-mag-dec-2016-07The group of August (15th to 27th) in Lavigerie formation centre Chipata: From Kitwe, Chingola, Lusaka, Serenje, Kasama, Nchelenje; With Frs Jean Luc Gouiller and Henk van Kessel.

The group of December (16th to 22nd) in Serenje was a program for those who have completed Grade 11 and are now going to Grade 12. This is to encourage and journey with our
pre-mag-dec-2016-09aspirants for a good period of time as they discern their vocation. I was helped by Innocent Majune Stagiaire in Serenje.

CHIPATA PRE-FIRST PHASE IS KNOWN AS LAVIGERIE FORMATION HOUSE CHIPATA don’t miss it when passing along the Chipata Malawi border, 6,5 Km from town. We have 07 students from Zambia. 

Wishing you God’s blessing!