By Taylor Toeka
Bishop Theophile Kaboy of Goma has condemned the violence sweeping the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a pastoral letter, Bishop Kaboy says called for an end to “the vicious circle of violence” and pleaded “in the name of God , let us live!”
The Congolese army has been battling the M23 rebels for nearly a week in and around Goma, the capital of North Kivu. Shelling has left dozens dead and wounded in Goma.
“August has been very painful,” said Bishop Kaboy, saying the shelling and killings spread fear and panic among the people.
The M23 rebels seized Goma briefly last November. Bishop Kaboy said that action caused “lives lost, people forced from their villages and fields to live in misery in makeshift camps. Human rights violated, children forced from their schools and forced to fight with armed groups, women and girls raped.”
The bishop called on all parties involved in the conflict to give peace to North Kivu, which has suffered two decades of war.
“Don’t betray the hopes of an entire people,” he said. “Nobody understands the motives for this war or how long this terrible nightmare will continue.”
Goma, le 28 août 2013 (caritasdev.cd) : La Lettre pastorale condamne “le cercle infernal des violences qui fabrique des victimes à tour de bras”. Continue reading