Goma, 20 June, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishop of Goma Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called on the people of God in his Episcopal See “not to fall into the trap of the enemies of peace” amid insecurity in the Eastern part of the county.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa, Monday, June 20, Bishop Willy Ngumbi Ngengele says, “The current conflict between our army, the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and the M23 rebels in Rutshuru Territory may push some of us to violence.’
“But let's be careful: let's not fall into the trap of those who want to create chaos in our country in order to serve their personal interests,” Bishop Ngumbi says in the statement dated June 17, and adds, “Let us remain upright and vigilant so as not to fall into the trap of the enemies of peace and of a united and strong Congo.”
“There are even among them enemies of peace who would not like to hear the message of peace and brotherhood that Pope Francis would like to come and announce to us,” the Burundian-born member of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) says.
Fighting between FARDC and the M23 rebels have intensified in recent weeks in the Eastern part of DRC.