What Does a Missionary Brother Do?
Bro. Ottorino Zanatta, PIME, is an agricultural expert who uses his talants and experiences to teach others in Cameroon.
By Bro. Fabio Mussi, PIME
Often, introducing myself to people I have never met before, I am asked this question: “What does a Missionary Brother do?” As an example I would like to present you with my life experiences in the concrete reality of Cameroon, more precisely in the diocese of Yagoua in the Far North region of the country. In these years I am living this journey together with other Missionary Brothers, specifically Bro. Ottorino Zanatta, an agricultural expert who follows a farm of experimentations and training; and Francesca Bellotta, a social worker who takes care of school children and marginalized people.
As coordinator of the diocesan Caritas Agency since 2009, I have the task of organizing and managing all the social and charitable activities of the diocese of Yagoua: schools, healthcare, rural development, digging wells for drinking water, assistance to the disabled and other vulnerable people.
Bro. Fabio vows not to be discouraged by the violence and fear perpetrated by Boko Haram;
sometimes military escort is available, but not always.