Comboni Lay Missionaries

Project “Memory of Africa”: Milagros Zabalza


We continue this series of testimonies with Milagros Zabalza.

Comboni Missionary Sister and nurse, Milagros has dedicated a large part of her life to work with patients affected by Hansen’s bacillus (leprosy), both in Egypt and in South Sudan, when the country was not yet independent. In this interview, recorded expressly for Proyecto Memoria, she narrates her life journey, linked to the African continent, during the outbreak of the Second Sudanese Civil War.

African Memory Project: José Carlos Rodríguez

Jose Carlos

We continue this series of testimonies with José Carlos Rodríguez.

A journalist of formation, he worked for more than 20 years as a Comboni missionary in Uganda reporting on conflicts and as a social worker after the civil war. He is the only Spaniard to have spoken with Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, during meetings and talks in which he participated with the aim of restoring peace in the country. He has also worked on conflict resolution projects in D.R. Congo and in the Central African Republic, where he continues to work today.

African Memory Project: Fr. Ismael Piñón

Padre Ismael

We continue this series of testimonies with Fr. Ismael and his missionary experience in Chad.

Fr. Ismael Piñón, as a Comboni Missionary, shares with us his time of missionary service in Chad for eight years. There he was in charge of the formation of a parish that would be the backbone of such important social projects as the construction of schools in villages without access to education.