Kinshasa, 11 November, 2022 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have expressed concern about insecurity in the Central African nation and are calling for collective action to restore peace.
In a statement issued Thursday, November 10, members National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) highlight cases of insecurity recorded in the country in recent times and call for collective responsibility to restore peace.
“We are concerned about the deterioration of security in our country and moved by our prophetic mission, sound the alarm on the danger that our country is facing and on the responsibility of all of us,” CENCO members say in their message issued at the end of their November 7-9 Extraordinary Plenary Assembly in Kinshasa.
The Catholic Bishops note that “since 13 June 2022, certain localities in North Kivu, notably Bunagana, Rutshuru and Kiwanja have been successively occupied again by the M23 rebels with, according to reliable sources, military support from Rwanda and even Uganda.”
“In addition to the loss of human life, both in the ranks of the FARDC (Defense Forces of DRC) and the civilian population, the occupation of these localities has led to massive displacement of the population,” CENCO members further decry.