QUEZON City, July 30, 2014—With the repatriation process of OFWs in Libya already underway, the Catholic Church in Libya joins the Philippine government in its efforts in keeping Filipino citizens, safe from the raging conflict in that predominantly Muslim state.
In a Radyo Veritas report Monday, July 28, Filipino priest Amado Baranquel, who runs the Maria Immacollata Parish in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, underscored the need to send these Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) back to their home country to ensure their safety.
Baranquel shared that the armed clash between Libyan government forces and the rebel groups make the area dangerous for foreign nationals.
The priest explained the repatriation team considers evacuating these Filipino “war refugees” by sea as land travel land has been deemed “too unsafe”.
He said, “Depending on the number of evacuees, we might transport them by ship…A trip by land is unthinkable at the moment. The militias and Al-Qaeda Islamists are after each other’s throats battling for supremacy here.”
Baranquel renewed his appeal to the faithful to continue praying for the well-being of their fellow Filipinos stranded in Libya.
Meanwhile, he confirmed that two congregations of nuns, seeing no end to the conflict, have recently left Libya for the safety of Italy. (Raymond A. Sebastián)