Church leaders decry atrocities a Congolese fight over minerals

Nearly 200,000 displaced
A prominent minister told African religious leaders meeting in Uganda that the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo in which civilians are suffering heavy atrocities was triggered by a conflict over natural resources.

“Is it not correct to say that while this war is raging, the mineral resources are being taken out of the country for the benefit of others, rather than for the citizens of the DRC?” said Ishmael Noko, a Zimbabwean clergyperson who is general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation.

(The discovery of tin ore in 2002 and the high prices the ore brings have spawned chaotic looting, killing and ecological ruin, according to the November 16 New York Times.)

Noko addressed the November 10-13 meeting of Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa, in Entebbe, near the Ugandan capital of Kampala. IFAPA, with representatives of seven main faith traditions, was founded in Johannesburg in 2002.


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