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Congo clergy warn of 'genocide in the making'

Catholic World News - November 29, 2010

In a message approved by their bishop, clergy of a northeastern Congolese diocese are warning that “populations in the east of the country remain subject to a regime of growing terror: insecurity, violence, massacres, sexual violence and murders are recorded every day.” The priests warn of a “genocide in the making.”

Referring to the recent murder of Father Christian Mbusa Bakulene, the priests of the Diocese of Butembo-Beni said that attacks against pastoral servants, clergy and civilians have no doubt intended to sow fear and panic among those who are the voice of the voiceless, so to silence an entire people.”

The priests criticized UN peacekeeping forces for remaining “passive” and called upon the nation’s police and army to protect the population, rather than committing crimes against it.

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