Bukavu, 01 June, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their ordinary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in their province are facing, which they want addressed for peace to reign.
In their collective statement issued Tuesday, May 30, the members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB) highlight insecurity in their province, Challenges in the organization of December general elections, economic hardship, and solidarity with flood victims as issues they want addressed.
On insecurity in the Eastern part of DRC, the Catholic Bishops are concerned that “the situation of dramatic insecurity persists” in the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in North Kivu.
“In the Diocese of Goma, the same situation of insecurity is only worsening, despite the state of emergency in force since May 2021, and the forty or so extensions that have never proved their worth,” ASSEPB members say.
They add, “The same situation of insecurity is causing massive displacement of populations into makeshift camps. The result is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis: famine, disease, death.”