Pope Francis designated the First Friday of Lent, February 23, to be a day of prayer and fasting for peace for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Rwandan-backed M23 militia withdrew from the eastern area of the DRC on December 1, but, according to Bloomberg news, "the rebels have remained in a ring around the city, within a 20-kilometer (12-mile) neutral zone they had agreed to leave."
In early September, faith-based organizations issued a statement citing the “recent surge in violence in eastern Congo with the mutiny and rise of the March 23 movement, or M23,” and their alarm at UN reports revealing Rwanda’s role in supporting and perpetuating violence by orchestrating and bolstering M23 with both military and financial support. The following article was published in the September-October 2012 NewsNotes.
The September-October 2012 issue of NewsNotes includes a report of a recent toxic spill at a mining town in Peru; a small shift in policy by the U.S. toward Honduras; a report on new concerns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; a more expansive explanation of the necessity for a Financial Transaction Tax; and much more. Read the entire issue in PDF format (link at the bottom of page.)