Corruption that Kills: Floribert Bwana Chui’s story

Francesco Occhetta, SJ

 Francesco Occhetta, SJ / Issue 1705 / 15 June 2017

The story of Floribert Bwana Chui, a young Congolese customs officer, is the story of a man assassinated for not having succumbed to corruption.1 Looking at his life and death helps us to understand new forms of martyrdom: this is a silent sacrifice far from the interest of the media that disturbs the social and political life of those countries where corruption has become endemic.

This was repeated by Pope Francis during his trip to Africa in 2015 when a young woman asked him, “Can corruption be justified by the fact that everyone is corrupt? How can we be Christians and fight the evil of corruption?” In reply, the Pope stated, “Corruption is something that enters inside us. It is like sugar … Every time that we accept a bribe, it destroys our heart and our country … As in all things, we must begin. If you don’t want corruption, begin now! If you do not begin, neither will your neighbor.

While talking with the youth during the visit, he added, “Boys and girls, corruption is not a way of life, it is a way of death!”2

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