Bishop Dominic Kimengich, recently-appointed Bishop in the
Diocese of Lodwar in north eastern Kenya, was special guest at a
charity wine tasting in the Bankside Gallery near Tate Modern for
New Ways on Friday.
New Ways raises funds for water, health, education, agricultural and peacebuilding projects run by the St Paul's Missionary Community in Lodwar. Bishop Dominic praised their work and said the region was one of the most remote, undeveloped and arid desert areas in Africa. For months now there has been a serious drought, triggering ethnic clashes over water.
"In one of our parishes, we have a huge refugee camp hosting over 80,000 people, mainly from Somalia who are fleeing the war in their country. In the beginning of the month of May, some fighters from a tribe in Ethiopia that are our neighbours killed over 30 people from the Parish of Todonyang. One of those who died was the parish chairman."
The evening was lead by Master of Wine, Margaret Harvey MBE (one of very few women Masters of Wine in the world).
L-R: Bishop Dominic Kimengich, Margaret Harvey, Fr Albert Salvans from St Paul's Missionary Community
Author: Jo Siedlaecka
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011