Renewed Fighting In Eastern Congo

Congolese children displaced by fighting rest in open at camp in Uganda, July 13.

As fighting continued in late July between government forces and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations refugee agency expressed concern for the welfare of civilians in the area, including many who have fled to Uganda. “Access to the area is not possible for humanitarian agencies, and conditions of those who do not make it across to Uganda are unclear,” the spokesperson for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Adrian Edwards, told reporters in Geneva. “It takes refugees from the Kamango area around 12 hours to walk to the Ugandan border.” Tens of thousands of refugees first began pouring into western Uganda after fighting erupted between Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan rebel group, and Congo national troops in Kamango on July 11. “Many refugees brought their animals with them…and are sleeping in their tents with their ducks and goats, increasing the risk of disease,” Edwards said.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The latest from america

Bishop Lawrence T. Persico of Erie, Pa., speaks during a meeting in late January at the headquarters of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
“I think we need complete transparency if we’re going to get the trust of the people back,” said Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico.
Mélanie Thierry as Marguerite Duras in “Memoir of War.” © Music Box Films
The film tells the story of a woman who worked for the German-controlled Vichy government but secretly joined the Resistance movement.
A. W. Richard Sipe (photo: Facebook)
Sipe's research into celibacy and priestly sexual behavior helped guide the work of church leaders and others responding to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.
Catholic News ServiceAugust 17, 2018
Did Pope Francis depart from Scripture and tradition in declaring the death penalty "inadmissible"? Or was his declaration rooted deeply in both?
Tobias WinrightAugust 17, 2018