Friday 26 September 2008

Congo wars continue... despite peace perception

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Caritas International)

Article by Marc Aupiais

A recent escalation of previously calmer hostilities in the Eastern DRC, has resulted in about 100 000 persons being displaced, adding to the already 1 000 000 displaced since January 2007.

Reports of clashes report Human Rights Abuses, accompanying battles- including rape, torture and in addition to this there are reports of arbitrary arrest. Caritas has asked for a ceasefire and the opening of safe routes to those affected, for humanitarian organizations. Unfortunately a recent outbreak of disease in camps- has been met without adequate resources due to looting of medical facilities by combatants.

Despite their acceptance of a peace agreement to withdraw already 9 days ago (17 September), the Congolese government, among others- has continued war efforts. This agreement was signed and accepted, as organised with UN aid- by all parties who agreed to withdrawal. Caritas is attempting to assess the situation in the country prior further action.

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