(CBCI News): The Secretary General, Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), Archbishop Albert D'Souza, has appealed for peace and calm in the conflict affected Lower Assam.
A press release issued by him has said,
“The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India is deeply pained at the violent clashes taking place in Lower Assam especially in the districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Dhubri and Bongaigaon, and strongly requests the concerned communities to explore ways and means of living in love and brotherhood. It is disheartening to hear that three districts of Assam are undergoing ethnic violence that has lead to loss of 40 deaths. The humanitarian crisis and the mindless violence have shattered the lives of many.
The church while expressing heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased assure solidarity with those displaced and suffering due to the clashes.
The Catholic Church along with the diocese of Bongaigaon is exploring the possibilities of working together with the State administration and other like-minded NGOs in extending help in restoring peace and normalcy.