This evening we welcomed three bishops from the "Lesotho Catholic Bishops' Conference" for an update on the situation of that country. We were grateful for this opportunity to be together and to express once again our solidarity. In 2014, during the political turmoil a delegation from our Conference went to Maseru. Earlier this year, a delegation from IMBISA was present at the elections as international observers.
The archbishop of Maseru said: "We couldn't wait to come and tell our story" and continued with a couple of familiar quotes: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." and another one from Henry Ford: "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success".
It was probably the clue for the rest of the sharing. We had a long and intense day but we had lots of questions in order to understand the complexity of the situation and what we could do to help...
I remembered reading on the South African media:
"Government threats to ban social media, a Catholic archbishop being placed on a hit list and a soldier's dead body fished out of a dam are the latest in a string of incidents in the country." (http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2015/07/21/Political-rivalry-mires-Lesotho-in-violence)
The session lasted for about an hour.
"We are very concerned about the situation, you have our support, you are in our thoughts, our prayers. We will be watching closely what is happening in Lesotho and are available to help in whatever possible way. We wish the people of Lesotho peace and prosperity" concluded Archbishop Brislin, SACBC president.