Meanwhile the systematic looting of the mission premises goes on unabated. The buildings are stripped of everything, of doors and windows, and even of zinc sheets from the roof.
Religious personnel, the Bishop included, remain in hiding. They have suffered no physical injuries and do not feel threatened; they are just leaner and freer of earthly possessions. Wednesday, January 1st, World Day of Peace, the Bishop asked the priests in hiding to reach the different churches in the area and celebrate the Eucharist "offering forgiveness to receive peace" as indicated by Pope John Paul II in his message for the World Day of Peace.
The missionaries working at DURU and DUNGU crossed the border with Sudan and took shelter at Nzara, where they are awaiting a plane to move to Nairobi.
The missionaries working at ANGO and DAKWA, crossed the borders with Central Africa Republic, on their way to Nairobi.
The premises of the Church at RUNGU have been looted. The personnel of the mission is still in the forest. They are reported to be well.
At KISANGANI the situation is worsening. Preparations are on the way to evacuate church personnel from the town.
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