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This Nun Went Through The Chaos In Libya. Her Insights Into ISIS and European Immigration

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Miriam Diez Bosch - published on 07/18/15 - updated on 06/07/17

Libya is a place of chaos in which Jihadists have begun caliphates in various areas of the country.

What is the work of your community there?

It varies. One sister works in the Philippine school as a teacher; another works with AIDS patients in a public hospital, and two other sisters work full-time with emigrants who arrive in Libya in order to cross over to Europe.

Is Libya the doorway for the Islamic State to enter Europe?

It could be.  And with so much emigration, you never know; they might mix in among them… although I believe that ISIS has ways of entering Europe by normal routes. They have people who help them from outside their territory.

How do people manage to live in the midst of fear and insecurity?

It’s not easy to live in fear and insecurity. The insecurity is worse because fear is easier to handle.

The insecurity of leaving your house not knowing if you will be able to make it back home… They knock at your door and you don’t know who you are going to find on the other side.

But the truth is, there is no fear: the people there are always trusting and saying, "Tomorrow will be better than today." And that’s how they get from one day to the next, and the next…

Give us a word of hope: what seeds are Catholics sowing in this land?

The seed that Catholics leave in this country is that, even in the face of all that suffering, they keep believing and responding to the situation with goodness and hope in Him, who will never fail us.

Miriam Diez Boschis Aleteia’s experts director. This article originally appeared on Aleteia’s Spanish edition and was translated by Matthew Green.

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