Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presses British government on violence in DRC

Posted Mar 7, 2018

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has used his position as a member of the House of Lords – the upper house of Britain’s Parliament – to ask the British government how they are responding to “the escalating violence and suppression of peaceful protests across the Democratic Republic of the Congo.” Addressing government minister the Earl of Courtown on March 6, Welby said he had spoken that morning to Archbishop Zacharie Masimango Katanda, primate of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo (the Anglican Church of Congo) about the “prevailing anarchy across the country which the central government in Kinshasa seem unable to control.” He said that the ongoing war had created “two million refugees who are now living in conditions of immeasurable suffering and four million casualties over the past 20 years.”

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