Lubumbashi, 20 May, 2020 / 4:43 am (ACI Africa).
Persistent insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a cause for concern for the Archbishop of Lubumbashi who says attacks on the people of God in his Ecclesiastical jurisdiction have reached “unspeakable” levels. He has appealed to those behind the attacks “to give peace a chance.”
“The population of the city of Lubumbashi is experiencing a daily increase in insecurity that has reached a level that is unspeakable,” Archbishop Jean Pierre Tafunga of Lubumbashi said and explained, “Not a night goes by without us learning that rapes, robberies, killings and vandalisms are taking place, mainly on the outskirts of the city where modest populations live.”
“Faced with this situation, and with the strength of our faith, I strongly condemn this persistent insecurity and call on the perpetrators of these acts to give peace a chance,” Archbishop Jean Pierre said in the Tuesday, May 19 letter addressed to the Catholic faithful, the political, administrative and security authorities, men and women of goodwill.
In recent months, Lubumbashi, located in the Upper-Katanga Province that borders Zambia, has recorded several cases of insecurity. On the night of May 4, houses in the Annexe neighborhood in Lubumbashi were broken into. The incident saw some people killed, women raped, and a baby carried away, only to be abandoned along the way in a bag.
Lamenting the events, the 77-year-old Congolese Prelate probed, “Who are these people who operate with impunity? Do they have a hidden agenda? What are their sources of supply of weapons, ammunition and vehicles?"