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Congo: priest attacked by soldiers

A Catholic priest was attacked by security forces in North Kivu, DR Congo on Friday night. Fr Pascal Misugho, vicar of the Visiki parish, in the north-eastern Butembo-Beni diocese  was beaten by some soldiers of the regular armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC). They also robbed some of his personal belongings, and ransacked the parish building where they found him. Fr Pascal was on a parish mission. He managed to escape from the solders while they were looting the building and is now said to be safe.

The episode comes amid persistent insecurity in the north-east of the country, involving both soldiers and armed groups. Some village leaders of the Lubero territory, also in North Kivu, in the past days denounced an increase in armed robbery attacks against the people of the area. Women and young girls are often raped in the attacks. The wide insecurity jeopardises farming activities, limits health services and increases the number of displaced, the village leaders said in a meeting.

Source: MISNA