The Church of Africa Denounces the Exploitation of Mineral and Natural Resources, Fueling Conflict and Suffering

Author: Caesar Montevecchio

Group photo of SECAM meeting on natural resource conflict in Africa

The Symposium of the Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) convened a pivotal seminar addressing the theme of “Conflicts in Africa in the Context of the Exploitation of Natural and Mining Resources” from March 8th to 10th, 2024, in Accra, Ghana. This significant event brought together approximately forty participants, including bishops, priests and lay Catholics, to deliberate upon the critical nexus between natural resource exploitation and conflicts within the African continent.

The meeting was organized by SECAM in collaboration with and with the support of the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Misereor, Catholic Relief Services, Mosaiko Institute for Citizenship, Centre d’Etudes pour l’Action Sociale, Denis Hurley Peace Institute, and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network.

To read more, see the SECAM press release.