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Catholic Bishops in the Ecclesiastical Province of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo condemn recruitment of children into a rebel Force



The Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo issued a pastoral letter last Friday condemning the violations of human rights by a separatist movement known as Kata Katanga which they said had caused insecurity and also disrupted social, political and economic activities of the area. The movement wants the independence of the Katanga region. In the letter the bishops accused the Movement of arming young people and promising them unexpected happiness if they rob and loot property and if they rape and torture people. They reminded the Movement’s leaders that forcing children into becoming killers is a crime against humanity which can be referred to the International Criminal Court at the Hague. The bishops criticized the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo for ignoring the suffering of the people, reminding it that it has the duty to take into account people’s legitimate demands.




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