Pope Francis has summarised in his message for Easter the conflicts and the problems of today’s World. He asked Christians to pray for those situations but also to act: never “succumb to the pride which fuels violence and war but to have the humble courage of pardon and peace”. He also asked to them “to live in service to one another, not to be arrogant, but rather respectful and ready to help.”
Kenya has suffered another massacre at the hands of the jihadists of Al Shabab. This time against an University in Garissa with at least 147 killed and 79 wounded. The worst attack since the bombing against the US embassy in 1998 carried by Al Qaeda. After a siege that lasted for 15 hours six gunmen killed mostly christian students according to the news reports.
March marks the fourth anniversary of the uprising against Syrian president Bashar Al Assad which originated the ongoing war. According to the UN, since then, at least 220,000 people have died, 4 million people have fled to neighbouring countries and are refugees and there are 7.6 million internal displaced people. In addition, 12.2 million people continue to need life saving aid. And the fighting continues, every day more complicated with multiple sides and no end in sight.
UN: The Ebola outbreak has killed already 9,442 people and there are 23,371 cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. There is a funding gap of 1 billion dollars for the fight against the spread of the disease.
It doesn’t mind what was signed in the Minsk agreement on Ukraine. The pro-Russian forces continued their attacks untill they have taken the city of Debaltseve. There were no will to comply untill that strategic town fell in their hands. And now Kiev accused Moscow to send more tanks and troops, in an apparent building of forces to prepare an assault on Mariupol.