Aid to the Church in Need – ACN United States

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (ACN) has learned that a sister of Congregation of the Daughters of the Resurrection has been kidnapped in Goma, in the region of Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to ACN’s local partners, Sister Francine was kidnapped July 8. The nun had gone to the local market to shop for the community and did not return. Subsequently, kidnappers have contacted the local Church and demanded a ransom. It is not clear if they are bandits or part of a group connected to rebels fighting in Kivu. The Congregation of the Daughters of the Resurrection, founded in DRC, has appealed to ACN donors for their prayers and support. For years, the eastern provinces of the DRC have been besieged by militia groups. Important factors in this development are ethnic conflicts, demographic displacement, and the struggle to access to raw materials. Over the last few years, the situation has been exacerbated by a strong radical Islamist element. Daughters of the Resurrection Last year, the bishops of the Ecclesiastical province of Bukavu, which is comprised of six dioceses, expressed their alarm at the prevailing conditions, but also warned against making interpretations that are too simple. “We [are] of the opinion that the fighting within the communities on a national level is possibly being used as a pretext to hide a conspiracy between internal and external players to obscure the ruthless exploitation of natural resources (mining, oil, woodland, land).”

Aid to the Church in Need – ACN United States

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