Living confinement in different countries

La pandémie Covid-19 touche le monde entier. Ceci a entraîné un changement brusque de la vie à cause du confinement. Nos sœurs racontent comment cela est vécu là où elles sont.

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the whole world.  It has brought with it an abrupt change in life due to confinement.  Our sisters tell us what it is like where they are:

In Cuba lsr Maïté writes that “for the first time in 60 years the May Day parade (May 1st) was cancelled because of the confinement!  Our two communities in Havana were unable to meet for the birthday of lsr Roselyne because all means of transportation have been shut down.  My work at the canteen for the elderly stopped in March, but they asked me to bring medicines to the elderly living alone and without family.  There are many of them in our area.  This has allowed us to discover this reality.
We also have more time for personal and community prayer.  Our telephone often rings for "visits".  And there are the gestures of sharing during this time that, as one neighbor said "are our salvation."

Little Sister Maria Fumi, who is Japanese but living in Hong Kong, had a surprise because of covid-19: "I was in Vietnam for my retreat and at the end of my stay I went to visit our sisters in Cambodia for a few days.  But on my return I could not go back to Vietnam... the border was closed!  I had to purchase another ticket from Cambodia to H K.  The day after my arrival the borders of HK were also closed!  And Agnes came from Macau to visit us and was quarantined at home with an electronic bracelet!  On her return to Macau after a month, she was again quarantined for 14 days, this time in a big hotel.  Fortunately there was no charge!  For the past 3 months we have not able to go and visit our sister Marie who is in a home for the elderly.  What loneliness in these homes!  Luckily we can phone her.


  In Goma, DRC, there is another way of living this event.  The sisters there write: "At the end of the ordination mass of 4 priests, our bishop announced that schools and churches would be closed for perhaps 3 months because of the coronavirus.  And the next day the confinement began….  It was sad to see the Christians who came in the morning for Mass and who found the door of the church closed and the catechist telling them the news....  Our pastor proposed coming to say Mass every day in our chapel for us; but after discernment, the community chose to have it only 4 days a week.  On the other days we join in heart with the other Christians who are deprived of it.  It is hard to refuse people who want to come pray in our chapel.


In the city, since there are not many cases in the region, the majority of people minimize the danger posed by this virus. Prevention measures are not well followed: the 2 big markets are open, people gather for funerals, not everyone wears a mask.  And how can you wash your hands often in a city that has known a lack of water for years?  In several sectors work goes on.  People ask themselves the question, "Why bother with the coronavirus that has not yet arrived here when we need to stop the massacres that have been raging in Eastern DRC for years causing thousands of deaths and displaced people in our region...."

And in our prayer we keep crying out, "How long, Lord?”