Congo bishop begs international community to stop Lord’s Resistance Army
March 30, 2010
Lauding a Human Rights Watch report that is drawing attention to atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Congolese bishop is calling upon the international community to defend innocent civilians.
“I hope that the Congolese authorities and the international community finally act to stop these killings,” says Bishop Richard Domba Mady of Doruma-Dungu, which is located in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, along the Sudanese border. “We cannot have entire populations living in fear because of this group.”
Conflicts in the nation-- the deadliest since World War II-- have claimed 5.4 million lives since 1996, leading Congolese bishops in 2008 to lament the “silent genocide” taking place there.
- “It is a serious investigation, conducted with interviews with victims and rescuers,” says Bishop of Doruma-Dungu on the report on LRA atrocities (Fides)
- Trail of Death. LRA Atrocities in Northeastern Congo (Human Rights Watch)
- African bishop decries barbarity of Lord’s Resistance Army (CWN, 3/24)