The crisis in the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC) affects the whole nation
not just the eastern region where
violence is centred,
the world Council of Churches (WCC) has said.
After an ecumenical visit to the Bas Congo
and Kasai Oriental provinces, the head
of the Africa desk of the German Church
Development Service (EED), Karin Döhne
and WCC programme executive for Africa,
Dr Nigussu Legesse, said the effects
of the conflict in the east are felt in
other parts of the country as well.
of solidarity from the churches of the world
saying that the churches in the DRC want
to continue to use their different avenues
of influence in the country thus they
should be supported by
the worldwide ecumenical family.
"Refugees are resented, even when
they are Congolese and the church has
to work hard at changing people's minds
and overcoming feelings of distrust,
even hatred, of newcomers," said Legesse.
Legesse and Döhne were traveling as
part of a larger Living Letters delegation,
headed by WCC general secretary
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, which broke into
five groups to visit different parts
of the country from 8 to 11 July,
before coming together in
the capital Kinshasa, 12 to 14 July.
"Living Letters" are small international
ecumenical teams traveling to locations
around the world where
Christians strive to overcome violence.
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