Democratic Republic of Congo – Salesians, direct and indirect traditional beneficiaries, and displaced people fleeing "Don Bosco Shasha"

09 March 2023

(ANS - Shasha) - The use of heavy weapons by Congolese loyalist forces has thrown the occupants of the Salesian concession - the area designated for plantations - of the "Don Bosco Shasha" center into panic. As a result, thousands of people are on the run again, to unknown destinations.

Fear peaked last Tuesday, March 7, 2023, when rockets fired by Congolese loyalist forces stationed in the Salesian concession and its northern periphery reached the locality of Karuba, about 30 km from the Salesian house, causing casualties among peaceful farmers in the area. The belligerent side from Karuba responded with artillery fire that fell in the Salesian concession.

According to reports from "JAMBO VIJANA," the magazine published by the youth of the Salesian works of the Eastern Delegation of Central Africa (AFC-EST), this resulted in the death of one person and two wounded, while people from the areas targeted by the shelling crossed the concession, wreaking panic and havoc. 415 children and youth from Salesian schools and 23 teachers immediately fled Shasha. 250 sharecropper families and 20 plantation workers also dispersed. 623 displaced families, or nearly 5,000 people, hastily emptied their makeshift shelters erected on Salesian land. The nearest health facility is without medical staff. In all war zones, there is a massive exodus of people and fighting. The stabilization efforts that had been initiated have been thwarted by yet another menace that has come to disrupt the lives of the displaced population.



ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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