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Archbishop pleads for international aid to western Congo

Catholic World News - May 06, 2010

The fighting that has claimed 5.4 million lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has spread to the western part of the nation, causing 120,000 to flee for the adjacent nation of the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), according to Archbishop Joseph Kumuondala Mbimba of Mbandaka-Bikoro.

“We need the help of the UN, NGOs, and the international community in general to get the refugees caused by recent fighting in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo back home,” he told Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. “It will in fact be necessary to repair or rebuild homes, schools and healthcare centers destroyed in the conflict. To do this we need the help of the international community.”

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  • Posted by: wolfdavef3415 - May. 06, 2010 12:18 PM ET USA

    This conflict extends all the way back to the civil war in Burundi. In 1993. 17 years ago. Followed by the shameful genocide in Rwanda in 1994, and the collapse of Zaire under the weight of refugees forming the DRC as we know it today. But hey, back then Clinton said that the region had no 'strategic interest', so I guess it isn't a real problem. Like picking apart 30 year old abuse cases. Glad we have the priorities straight.

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