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Senegal Christian graves desecrated

2012-10-11 19:07

Dakar - Roman Catholic church officials say nearly 160 graves have been desecrated in the two largest Christian cemeteries in Senegal's capital.

The Reverend Roger Gomis, head of communications for the archdiocese of Dakar, said on Thursday that crucifixes had been torn off of gravestones in Christian cemeteries.

The church said the vandalism had taken place over the last several months.

Vandals took crucifixes, statuettes and other pieces made of bronze without touching those made of iron or aluminium.

Sebastien Diatta, whose mother's grave was among those desecrated, said on Thursday that the government must launch an investigation and stop the vandals.

Senegal is a predominantly Muslim country in western Africa where Muslims and Christians coexist peacefully.

Comments
  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-11 21:08

    They just want to sell the metal, I saw a monument plaque stolen from a church property in Western Cape the other day, what can you do it's only metal not a life so I'm not bothered, people need to eat and support bad habits.

  • jojo.balela.1 - 2012-10-11 21:59

    Is nothing sacred any longer? Surely even thieves should have SOME limits?! Whether they believe in God or not!

  • steele.oyle - 2012-10-12 10:36

    come on news24!! You are so one sided on your topics. Lets see some articles on the desecration of churches in Israel, as well as the numerous arson attacks on mosques in the US, all committed by christian fundamentalist.

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