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Congolese bishops lament ‘unspeakable violence’

Catholic World News - February 24, 2014

The bishops of Katanga, a province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have issued a pastoral letter lamenting the “unspeakable violence” perpetrated by rebels there.

Agence France-Presse reported that over 400,000 residents have been displaced by the violence.

The youth, said the bishops, are “continually subjected to magical practices” and “ransack, rape, kill, torture and burn,” according to a Fides news agency report.

“The dramatic situation in Katanga has multiple causes: weakness of state authority, poor distribution of wealth, economic imbalance between urban and rural, frustration, [and] impunity,” the bishops added.

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