CAPA expresses "grave concern" over the refugee crisis sparked by DRC conflict
18 July 2012
Renewed conflict in DRC, provoking a growing refugee crisis throughout the region, is causing grave concern to the Anglican leadership, coordinating under the auspices of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa.
The Anglican Church Leadership under the auspices of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Eastern Congo, particularly in the growing number of displacements of families, children and women due to the fighting.
The Anglican Alliance is receiving appeals for support for refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, where local communities are supporting people fleeing from the conflict.
The Anglican Province of DRC in partnership with the Anglican Alliance has already raised an appeal to enable it respond to the needs of helpless populations of children and women caught up in the fighting. A statement from CAPA said: "As a church we feel that we need to do more and are in consultation on stepping up our response to this growing humanitarian crisis. Meanwhile we call upon those concerned not only to support the appeal but to use their networks to engage the aggravated parties in dialogue."
The UN reported 5,000 new arrivals at the Nyakabande Transit Centre in southern Uganda, added to the 11,500 already there last week. In addition the Anglican Diocese of Muhabura has received many people fleeing from DRC, in desperate need of food, accommodation, santitation, clothing and basic essentials. Similar reports have been received from dioceses in Rwanda and DRC, and the Anglican Alliance will be posting the appeals shortly.