Congo bishop fears ‘bloody Christmas’
December 21, 2009
A Congolese bishop is calling upon the international community to prevent the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from massacring civilians in the northeastern section of the nation.
Recently “the LRA rebels attacked the village of Tapili (about 50 km from Niangara), killing several people and forcing the flight of over 2,000 inhabitants, who are now in Niangara, without any assistance,” said Bishop Julien Andavo Mbia of Isiro-Niangara. “If the international community and local authorities do not intervene in time, there is a real risk of another bloody Christmas.”
- “We are fearing a bloody Christmas, like that of 2008.” (Fides)
- ‘Untold rebel terror’ in Democratic Republic of the Congo as silent genocide continues (CWN, 10/16/09)