Bishop calls on world community to respond to DRC "genocide"

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Archbishop Frederick Etsou of Kinshasa has called on the international community to condemn the occupation and plundering of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially in the eastern part of the country.
Questioned on the situation in Bukavu, South Kivu Province, which he recently visited, Etsou said that the people are doing their best to survive the occupation but the occupiers (rebels and their backers Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda) should leave the Congolese to find a solution to their problems themselves.
He denounced the dire poverty rampant among the people in the province, adding that the conditions are "unacceptable and the people are fed up.
" "Human life is sacred and, in my capacity as a priest, I cannot tolerate this state of affairs," he said, while condemning the international community for having remained silent in the face of what he termed as the "Congolese genocide.
" He urged the international community to treat the situation in his country in the same serious manner as it did in the Kosovo Province of Yugoslavia.

29 june 2001 20:48:00

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