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Bishop Chissengueti Decries Illegal Immigration, Says “A Threat to National Sovereignty”

Illegal immigration in the Southern African nation of Angola has the potentiality of disrupting the ability of the country to govern itself, Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of Cabinda Diocese has said.

Addressing journalists on February 4 after his pastoral visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Malembo Parish of his Episcopal See, Bishop Chissengueti also decried the rising poverty levels among the inhabitants of his Diocese.

“The phenomenon of illegal immigration, specifically here in our province of Cabinda is a real threat to Angola’s sovereignty,” the Angolan member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CSSp./Spiritans) said.

He added, “There’s a risk that right now young people leave the villages because they have no future and some elements of subsistence such as cassava and maize could be taken over by others and there will no longer be a place on our table for these products.”

“Before it’s too late we need to wake up to this reality, and have a concrete programs to encourage our farmers and young people,” the Catholic Church leader further cautioned.

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