[Francophones] Insecurity in Eastern D.R. Congo
michael.scott-joynt at dsl.pipex.com
Mer 25 Nov 21:15:23 GMT 2009
Very many thanks for your graphic letter, which I found on the same day that the BBC News on Line website (www.bbc.co.uk/news ) describes a leaked report to the UN which is saying very much what NGOs etc and you and others with whom I spoke in July-August have been saying - and to which I tried to give a voice in the Upper House last week.
I have sent your letter to the UK Minister for Africa - with a clear request to be very careful not to disclose your or others' identity.
Thanks too to +Enoch - some of us in each House of Parliament are trying to make just these kind of points to our Government.
With my prayers and my best wishes
The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt,
Bishop of Winchester
Tel: 01962 854050
Fax: 01962 897088
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Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3:52 PM
Subject: Insecurity in Eastern D.R. Congo
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Since the beginning of the operation known as ‘’KIMYA I and KIMYA II’’, the political situation in eastern D.R. Congo is worse and critical.
KIMYA 1 is an operation by Congolese and Rwandese militaries sent by Congo and Rwanda governments together trying to track the FDLR (Interahamwe) who live as refugees in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces since 1994.
KIMYA II consists to do the same operation by the Congolese army and Rwandese army in South Kivu province.
These two operations aim to force by guns the FDLR (Interahamwe) to go back to their country Rwanda , where they have committed genocide in 1994. Now six months since KIMYA I and KIMYAII started but without success.
Being angry with Congo and Rwanda governments fighting against them, the Interahamwe militias are now to revenge against the civilian people. From the forest, they attack the villages by making ambuscades over roads; looting of properties, sexual abuse, killing and other kind of violence.
The following are some cases:
1. On October 24th 2009, we have been victims of fighting between the Interahamwe against Congolese army at NYAMIRIMA RUTSHURU in North Kivu , where we visited the parishes for confirmation. Till now, there is no peace in many villages around Goma town.
2. The night of November 21, 2009 the Vicar of the Anglican Parish of KAUNDJU / BUNYAKIRI, Revd KULOLA MULUME has been taken out to forest as hostage with other people by the Interahamwe, there they are tortured and nobody knows what will be their final sort.
3. A great number of our Pastors and believers of RUTSHURU, KATANA, KALEHE, BUNYAKIRI, MWENGA, SHABUNDA and ITOMBWE are victims and displaced. They have leaved their Churches, their houses, their fields and have gone in displacement some where else to look for safety areas.
4. We have a SOMA/UK conference at Bukavu town from 22 to 29 November 2009. All the Pastors are invited but some did not reached because of insecurity.
The political situation in North Kivu and South Kivu Provinces still be instable.
One can see a confusion among the militaries. Different groups in the same army. FARDC (Congolese army), FDLR (Rwandese army), MAIMAI (people militias) and NGUMINO (Banyamulenge).
These groups are fighting one against another for unknown reasons, thus the civilian people are victims.
Now Congolese are wondering what is MONUC’s role in D.R. Congo while such situation is happening and they can't react? When will end their mandate?
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we request your prayers for our Revd MULUME KULOLWA brought by the Interahamwe in the forest. Also, pray for peace in our diocese in particular and the eastern D.R. Congo in general.
We thank so much His Grace ROWAM WILLIAM Archbishop of Canterbury , His grace Henry ISINGOMA KAHWA Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Congo and Rt Revd Michael Scott Joynt Bishop of Winchester Diocese for their support in denouncing the bad political situation met daily in the Country D.R. Congo.
Rt Revd BAHATI BALI-BUSANE Sylvestre
Bishop of Bukavu Diocese
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