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1000s march for peace in DRC

2012-08-02 11:41

Kinshasa - Thousands of Catholics staged marches in Kinshasa on Wednesday to call for an end to the fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Small groups scattered across the capital, some of them holding Bibles and rosaries, held a minute of silence for the victims of the civil unrest in the Kivu region before breaking into song and prayer.

"No to the balkanisation of the DRC," read one placard.

Former rebels who had been integrated into the regular army and defected again earlier this year have been battling government troops since May in the eastern DRC.

The fighting has displaced more than 200 000 people and sparked fears of a fresh regional escalation, amid allegations the mutineers are supported by neighbouring Rwanda.

The Catholic church wields tremendous influence in the vast resource-rich and conflict-prone central African country.

Comments
  • raymond.billson - 2012-08-02 14:15

    The violence will only stop when CMO civil military operations is taught to all the people of the DRC. CMO educates and intergrates the military, politicians, police, population and the NGO's into overstanding the principles of Humanitarian Law, the DRC Constitution, for the military and police the rules of engagement and many many more that assist with the final intergration. These 3 week courses have been very sucessful in the last 18 months and need to be implemented throughout the continent of Africa. For further enquiries email me at cinaoprojects@gmail.com

  • waterloo.mathis - 2012-08-02 18:25

    This actually shows how tyrants rule. If only those people were marching against the government in place, fire, gunshots, bullets, and tears gases would have been experienced there. However, this is not the first time that the eastern DR congo is being attacked. The attack of rebels in the eastern DR congo is like a \Dormant Volcano\. To be honest with all of you, you should all know that the eastern DR congo will still be attacked by rebels as long as we don't have a truly and bloody Congolese president...

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