CNA Newsroom, Nov 18, 2022 / 18:30 pm
The Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference (CEN) expressed its concern for the thousands of people who are migrating because of the crisis in the country and said that “it’s a reflection of a human drama that challenges us.”
The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) indicated that “the political instability that has prevailed in Nicaragua since April 2018 has forced around 200,000 people to flee persecution and human rights violations.”
“Most of these people (150,000) have gone to Costa Rica, a neighboring country. The number of Nicaraguans who have requested protection in Costa Rica since 2018 exceeds the number of people who fled the Central American civil wars in the 1980s,” the U.N. agency said on its website.
In its Advent message issued Nov. 16, the conference said that the joy that the time of preparation for Christmas brings doesn’t prevent the bishops from “acknowledging the concerns we have about the social, political, and economic events of our homeland.”