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USCCB, CRS to host online discussion on Congo conflict

Catholic World News - October 19, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services will be hosting an online discussion devoted to peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“In the eastern part of Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II has been ongoing for the last 15 years,” the event announcement notes. “Since 1998 it has claimed more than 3 million lives, displaced over 2 million people, and hundreds of thousands of women have been brutalized as an array of armed groups vie for control of territory and access to DRC’s vast mineral resources using rape as a weapon of war. Violence has surged in the last several months with a renewed rebellion in North Kivu province causing over 250,000 persons to flee their homes.”

The discussion will take place on October 25.

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