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AFRICA/DR CONGO – "Wars play cynically with the fate of entire peoples": A vision from the south of the world of the war in Ukraine – Agenzia Fides

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Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) – A vision from the South of the first great war on European soil since the Second World War (with the exception of the wars in the former Yugoslavia). This is what is reported in a note sent to Fides by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Bukavu, capital of South Kivu, a province in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An area that has been experiencing instability and insecurity for decades due to a “low intensity” war fought by regular armed forces and a series of guerrilla groups. Based on what is lived and experienced in this part of the DRC, the note denounces the business of war and the cycle of destruction, humanitarian aid, reconstruction, carried out by different subjects but who probably respond to the same stakeholders.
“In the name of security, weapons are sold to people who are asked to fight. Entire villages and towns are consciously destroyed to perhaps create a market for reconstruction. The same countries that wage wars at the same time generate humanitarian organizations to distribute blankets, medicine, and food to the victims of the disaster. They are cynically gambling on their fate when it could all have been avoided without fighting”. In the case of the DRC, recalls Justice and Peace, “it is the minerals that arouse greed and the view that it is necessary to have them at all costs”.
Some miseries have names and surnames, but others are forgotten and archived without a trial”. Then there are wars and victims that attract the attention of the international community and others that are completely forgotten and ignored. “Some victims deserve help and attention, others may die because of the color of their skin, their language or their religion. How can we be surprised then at the rise of extremists?” “We thought that Covid-19 would help us globalize a common vision for a better coexistence, but it seems that man does not learn anything from history and continues to play with fire” concludes “Justice and Peace”. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 24/3/2022)

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