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Fighting Erupts in Mbandaka, Home of Community of Disciples of

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(From the Global Ministries website)

Fighting has erupted in the city of Mbandaka, located in the Equator Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has been reported by National Public Radio that early Sunday morning, April 4, 2010, while many parishioners participated in Easter morning services, more than 200 armed soldiers in opposition to government authorities entered the city by river and clashed with government and United Nations troops.

It was reported that some of the troops seized control of the Mbandaka airport while others took control of the city of Mbandaka and its communication networks. Earlier portrayed as an ethnic conflict over fishing rights, the invasion of Mbandaka brings to light the suffering of people in the Equator province that has been silenced by the Kabila government over the past seven or eight months.

In a telephone conversation, Global Ministries Africa Executive Sandra Gourdet learned that church parishioners remained in churches overnight to avoid being caught in the crossfire. Rev. Bonanga Eliki, President of the Community of Disciples of Christ Community is currently traveling in the interior of the country with a German group.

The true number of casualties is not yet known.

The Africa Office of Global Ministries will closely monitor the situation and send out updates as information is received. Please keep the church in Congo in prayer as anything that happens in Mbandaka will directly affect them.

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Written by ccindiananews

April 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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