Monday, March 23, 2009

DRC: Congo: North Kivu; North Africa: Fighting continues: Humanitarian situation far from over

(Social Justice South Africa; c.f. Zenit News Service : French (Catholic; American; Independent) 23 / 03 / 2009)

Article by Marc Aupiais

According to Zenit News (French Edition): fighting, conflict and displacement of peoples in the North Kivu Region, of the Eastern stretch of the ("Democratic Republic of the Congo": DRC) Congo: continues: as government and rebel troops continue to confront one another.

A good translation of the French beginning of the Zenit article is:

"The seven bishops delegated by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo have returned to Kinshasa Friday after a week of mission of solidarity and comfort from populations of North Kivu and Eastern Province, victims of a humanitarian tragedy due to ongoing clashes between rebel troops and government forces have created new waves of displacement."
(Zenit News Service : French (Catholic; American; Independent) 23 / 03 / 2009)

The seven Bishops had been in the region: in a mission to create sustainable peace, solidarity, and reconciliation. The Bishops have been attempting to raise awareness of the innocent civilians, who being non-combatants: are often caught up in the conflicts of the DRC.

Both of the most publicized rebellions, that of the LRA ("Lord's Resistance Army": who appose the Ugandan government), and that of the "Kivu Rebels" (FDLR): are from foreign nationals operating in the Congo, and from those they have recruited to their cause. Accoring to the United Nations (UN), as quoted by Zenit News: 0.8 million (800 000: Eight hundred thousand) people are currently displaced in the DRC: these people are not easily accessing humanitarian aid: are vulnerable to criminals, rape, and threats to survival.

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