Disturbing images from the Congo reveal the impact of civil war
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/28/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
The Congo is one of the most troubled states in the world. The massive, central African country is home to dozens of ethnic groups and even more local militias, some of which are large and well-equipped and others which are small, but equally terrifying. The Daily Mail recently shared some images depicting the troubled situation there.
Congolese rebels train for their inevitable clashes.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the world's most troubled countries with internal violence spanning decades. Historians and political scientists can debate who is most to blame, be it the Belgians who occupied the area well over a century ago, or the clash of rivals within the country. Regardless, the situation for the civilian population is horrific.
Refugees flee an outbreak of violence in the remote, eastern part of the country.
Many young boys join militias, especially in rural areas where government control is weakest. There are literally dozens of militias, all of which tend to be fairly well-armed and supplied. These militia units, as a matter of course, rove the countryside, taking what they demand from the people.
Occasionally they clash with other militias or government forces, but by and large they prefer to prey on weaker, unarmed civilians. In addition to theft, rape is common, as well as killings where people resist or fail to please in some way.
Government soldiers celebrate as they approach a militia stronghold in an effort to defeat the infamous M-23 rebels.
For civilians, the choice is stark. Either flee and become a refugee, or remain in place and risk repeated victimization. Peace isn't an option.
Children play in sprawling refugee camp. Life in such places has become routine, possibly permanent.
The UN has a mission there, and UN forces are permitted to engage militia groups, but clashes remain rare and the UN is unwilling to bear the brunt of conflict with the militias. This leaves the UN to distribute aid, some of which invariably ends up in the wrong hands, and militias to operate with impunity.
A refugee looks out of his makeshift tent.
The world has little interest in Congo and what happens there, so it is unlikely that any changes are near for the people who are so often victimized by roving bands of thugs.
Government forces depart a position amid a torrential downpour.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for MARCH 2017
Support for Persecuted Christians. That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
The United Nations reported the famine in Africa has put 20 million people at risk of starvation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading
African church minister Emmanuel Momoh supplements his meager stipend by mining various minerals in the mines of eastern Sierra Leone. LOS ... continue reading
Is this the statue of the Pharaoh of the Exodus found toppled in a muddy pit under an Egyptian slum? Watch
Archaeologists in Cairo have recovered the top half of an ancient colossus, likely built for Pharaoh Ramses II. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading
The Church in Ethiopia is mourning the deaths of four religious sisters who died in a car accident that critically injured three other ... continue reading
Suffering South Sudan Watch
People are beginning to starve to death in South Sudan. The United Nations has formally declared that a state of famine exists in this east ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Readings for Thursday, March 23, 2017
- Pope Francis defends millennials, but warns them about too much ...
- 'Living Lent': Thursday of the Third Week of Lent - Day 23
- ISIS deploys child soldiers to keep Christians from returning to Mosul
- Adorable girl captured stealing Pope Francis' hat in hilarious ...
- Daily Reading for Friday, March 24th, 2017 HD Video
- St. Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo: Saint of the Day for Thursday, ...
- Supreme court nominee faces tough questions on religious freedom during confirmation hearings HD
- Christ's tomb reveals surprise after restoration HD
- Peruvian woman miraculously survives deadly mudslide HD
- Daily Reading for Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 HD
Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.