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A Polish missionary kidnapped in the Central African Republic

Mateusz Dziedzic in his parish - (credit: MD - facebook profile)
Mateusz Dziedzic in his parish – (credit: MD – Facebook profile)

(BRUSSELS2) A Polish missionary was kidnapped in Baboua, in the west of the Republic. Central African Republic during the night from Sunday to Monday (October 13). Removal confirmed by the spokesman of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. According to information obtained by him, the missionary would be well treated ».

A hostage taking

Father Mateusz Dziedzic, priest of the Polish diocese of Tarnow, was kidnapped by a dozen armed men, from rebel group, the "men de Miskine” or Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC). This group is demanding the release of its leader, Abdoulaye Miskine, who has been serving a prison sentence in Cameroon for a year. In September, he was already responsible for the kidnapping of several villagers in the region. Initially, they wanted to arrest the two missionaries, but after negotiations to reach a compromise failed, only one of them was released, said Tomasz Atłas director of Pontifical Mission Societies, according to the daily Gazeta. There is still 32 polish missionaries working in the republic Central African.

Sangaris and EUFOR RCA on alert

A cell emergency was set up in Warsaw consisting of a special interministerial team, and in touch permanent with la Commission de la Polish Episcopal Conference for missions, directed by the father Kazimierz Szymczycha,” he says.. And the'kidnapping of the missionary Polish has been " communicated to competent authorities of the Central African Republic, missions internationally in this country et the organization United Nations » we specify in Warsaw, in particular the French operation Sangaris, Minusca (the United Nations operation) and EUFOR RCA, the European operation which counts in its ranks 50 Polish soldiers. They should participate in the negotiations, according to the Polish media.



Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).