The most severe drought in recent history caused immense suffering among Zambians in 1992, as half of the harvest failed. In their brief Statement, the Bishops said that the drought should not be looked at as a punishment from God but a call to work for a society marked by greater social justice. The response must be three-fold: the charity of relief, the work of development, and the pursuit of justice. This response is the test of true faith in God and authentic Christian commitment. The international community is thanked for its help, but cancellation of our external debt is again called for.
Signed:Bishop Dennis De Jong, Bishop of NdolaChairman - Zambia Episcopal Conference
Lusaka21 June 1992Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ