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27 Jul 2009 description

By Fredrick Nzwili ()

(World Council of Churches Feature) - There is much hope in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that the guns will soon fall silent. But the trail of human rights abuses the combatants leave behind compels the churches to intervene.

For the civilians it may not matter on which frontline they find themselves, says Dismas Kyanza, the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) emergency officer for North Kivu, since all armed groups are committing atrocities.

"There are the local armed groups, international armies, national armed groups and foreign armies.