Church leaders flee DRC militia attacks

Church leaders fleeFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – CATHOLIC priests have fled into the bushes following a reign of terror and victimisation by armed militants in the volatile Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Priests from four dioceses in the south-central Kasai , which is worst affected by the combat between Armed Forces of the DRC and militia loyal to slain tribal leader, Kamuina Nsapu, have fled their bases in Kananga, Luebo, Luiza and Mbuji-Mayi.
This comes after the recent several cases of loss of life and massive destruction and burning of houses, schools and buildings of the Catholic Church.
The plundering of a parish in the Diocese of Luiza has also caused more displacements as scores of refugees had found sanctuary at the facility after feeling their homes.
Nsapu’s men are blamed for the upheavals that have led to the displacement of 2 600 people, a majority of them children who alongside the elderly, disabled and pregnant women are most vulnerable.
Meanwhile, thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are still awaiting emergency humanitarian assistance in the three provinces affected by the crisis between the FARDC and the militants.
Kasaï (75 708 IDPs) Kasaï-Central (83 556) and Kasaï-Oriental (11 414) have the refugees awaiting aid.
.At least 400 people have been killed in the clashes emanating from the tribal leader’s killing by police last year.
“The immediate cause of this crisis is mismanagement of an administrative issue of customary power through manipulation and politicization,” the Bishops of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Kananga stated.
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