- Jul 27, 2021
At least nine civilians, including women, were killed in an attack by rebels in Congo’s eastern city of Beni.
Congo on Monday banned public gatherings for two days in Beni, after the eastern city was hit by two explosions.
Armed attacks on two different villages overnight in Congo’s eastern Ituri province killed at least 49 people, local government officials said Monday.
A missionary priest in eastern Congo is warning of a crisis after a volcanic eruption flattened homes, destroyed structures and left thousands of people displaced near the city of Goma.
When an attack occurs in eastern Congo, the main causes are believed to be the illegal exploitation of mineral resources, competition for land and politics. But forced Islamization — linked to extremists with ties to the Islamic State group — is emerging as a new twist in violence in the mineral-rich provinces, said the country’s Catholic bishops.
Catholic bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo “deplore” that the human rights situation in the country has worsened in recent months under President Felix Tsisekedi, especially since initial progress was made when the president came to power three years ago.
On Tuesday evening Pope Francis sent a telegram to Italy’s president conveying his sorrow for the death of country’s ambassador to Democratic Republic of the Congo, who died Monday in an apparent kidnapping attempt.
Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio was remembered by his parish priest as a “light that breaks through the fog, illuminates and warms,” after he was killed in an attack in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.