The World Council of Churches (WCC) says
any solution to the crisis in eastern DRC must also take into account other
regions of the country.
bordering conflict areas have received many displaced people, it says. The influx has often resulted in resentment
and violence, even though the displaced are fellow Congolese.
Legesse, World Council of Churches program executive for Africa, spoke from Geneva
about the WCC delegations sent to the DRC, known as "Living Letters."
went to DRC, but divided into five different groups because we had to visit
different parts of the country…. So my
group went to the…central province of Kasai (Oriental) and the western province
of Bas Congo," he says.
Neglect leads to hatred
of the problems the local people in…Bas Congo mentioned to us was that they
have been totally neglected by their own government, as well as the
international community," he says.
says they blame that on the flood of displaced people fleeing fighting in the
there is hatred. Hatred has developed
even to the extent of coming to violence.
This is what they told us," he says.
of the violence is blamed on higher unemployment.
is a major problem because every time the refugees are coming there's not
enough food, no humanitarian support.
There aren't even many NGOs from what we also observed," he says.
WCC official says besides food, people in Kasai oriental and Bas Congo provinces
need farming tools and other humanitarian support. He also says local governments need more
support to cope with the influx of people from the eastern DRC.
The information gathered by the
"Living Letters" groups, says Legesse, will be presented to aid agencies and