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ICC Note: A Catholic priest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was murdered after several years documenting human rights abuses in the region he labeled as “genocide.” Catholics in the region are mourning Rev. Vincent Machozi who had previously survived multiple assassination attempts. While his murder appears to be more politically motivated than religious, it brings into view the danger that Christian voices put themselves into when they also advocate for earthly justice in addition to preaching Christ. Machozi chose to embrace the danger because he felt God was calling him to that ministry, and he paid with his life.

3/23/16 North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (Crux) – Around midnight on Sunday, a dozen armed men wearing uniforms of the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo burst into a social center called “My Beautiful Village,” located in the North Kivu region of the country bordering Rwanda and Uganda, where a meeting for peace involving traditional tribal chiefs was underway.

Their target was a Catholic priest named the Rev. Vincent Machozi, a member of a religious order known as the Augustinians of the Assumption, who operated an influential website documenting atrocities committed against his Nande people, also known as the Yira after the language they speak.

Machozi used the site to denounce what he saw as collusion among political elites, armed factions, and commercial interests in what he termed the “Balkanization” of the region in order to exploit its natural resources, especially its rich coltan deposits. Since 2010, so much violence has been unleashed on the Yira — often in grotesque fashion, including beheadings by machetes — that activists such as Machozi have referred to it as a “genocide.”

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