More than 200,000 people from 47 Congolese dioceses took part in a March of Hope in protest at the so-called 'balkanization' of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by a new armed rebellion in North Kivu. In the capital, Kinshasa, the march started from different parishes around 6.30am, after morning Mass, converging toward the 14 deaneries of the Archdiocese. Each parish delegation bore a banner with the same message: "No to the balkanization of the DRC, no to the plundering of our resources."
Participants entrusted the country, and especially its eastern part, to the intercession of the Virgin Mary.
According to the newspaper 'Le Potentiel' there were 200,000 protesters, while police authorities in Kinshasa said there were less. The march took place without any incidents, thanks to the presence of the police forces.
According to Radio Okapi, on 31 July in Kisangani, the eastern part of the town, representatives of different faiths and civil society launched an appeal for the conversion of Rwanda and its leaders to "rediscover in the DRC, the Congolese, a brother and a sister, to love and not to be attacked. "
Rwanda is accused of supporting the actions of the M23, the guerrilla movement that threw North Kivu into chaos and despair. Because of this, major international partners in Kigali, such as the USA and Britain that have stopped sending military and other forms of aid to the regime of Kagame.