North Kivu and the other Eastern Provinces of DRC have suffered attacks from rebel militia groups and criminal gangs.
The International Charity foundation, which supports a number of projects in the Central African country has expressed joy at the freedom of the Catholic Nun.
The Director of Projects at CAN, Regina Lynch, says, “We are very pleased that Sr. Francine is back safe and sound with her community.”
“Unfortunately, we are finding that kidnappings, especially of Priests and Religious, have become a weapon and a means of pressure in numerous African countries,” the ACN official says.
Pointing out that abductions have occurred across sub-Saharan Africa, Ms. Lynch adds, “Many Priests and Religious, such as Gloria Cecilia Narvaez in Mali, often go missing for years. Other church members do not survive the abductions.”
She expresses regret that over time, the kidnappers have succeeded in instilling fear and terror among the populations, adding, “This is a very worrying development.”
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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