Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

‘Untold rebel terror’ in Democratic Republic of the Congo as silent genocide continues

Catholic World News - October 16, 2009

Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing their homes as the conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and Congolese forces expands in the northeastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Bruno Miteyo, director of Caritas in the nation, told Vatican Radio that two million Congolese are now internally displaced.

“The local population is the target of violence: murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse,” said an official of Doctors Without Borders. “Our patients have told us the most brutal stories-- about children who are forced to kill their parents and people burnt alive inside their homes.”

The conflict in the nation-- the deadliest since World War II-- has claimed 5.4 million lives, leading Congolese bishops to lament the “silent genocide” taking place there.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($21,612 to go):
$35,000.00 $13,388.44
62% 38%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Difficult Decisions in the Real World 2 hours ago
The real reason why divorced/remarried German Catholics are leaving the Church 3 hours ago
An unexpected surge in confessions? August 21
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching August 21
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8