Kisangani, 06 November, 2020 / 8:29 pm (ACI Africa).
Promises of action from “political authorities” amid persistent insecurity and killings that have been going on for at least 10 years in the region covered by the Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) need to be fulfilled, the Local Ordinary of the see in North Kivu Province said in a recent interview.
In the November 4 interview with Radio Moto, Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku highlights the recent attack on a village and the desecration of a church as examples of the protracted insecurity in his jurisdiction.
“We have been in a state of insecurity for more than a decade. It is happening in silence as if it only concerns the victims of these massacres,” Bishop Paluku said.
The Congolese Bishop challenged the Central African country’s leadership to walk the talk.
“The political authorities tell us ‘yes, we understand, we will try to put an end to it.’ We want these promises to be fulfilled, otherwise it would be better to keep silent,” the Prelate who has shepherded the people of God in Butembo-Beni Diocese for the last 22 years said.