December 6, 2012

Congo bishops decry chaos in East

By |6 December 2012|

The Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo are urging for an end to the conflict in the east of the country. They condemn rebel militia for seizing the city of Goma last month and the foreign powers who support them. They also urge their government and politicians to address the root causes of the war and the lack of governance, infrastructure and services in the East. The Church leaders are urging the international community to look again at the mandate for UN peacekeepers based in Eastern Congo, who took no action during the fall of Goma. Read the full text: Read the message in French Read the message in English

Appel au dialogue du Pape Benoît

By |5 December 2012|

Debout femme de Mugunga!

By |5 December 2012|

November 30, 2012

Caritas appeal for crisis-hit Congo

By |30 November 2012|

Caritas is appealing for more than US $2.6 million to assist people caught up in the latest conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. M23 rebels seized Goma, the provincial capital of Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern North Kivu province on 20 November from government forces. Recent clashes have forced more than 140,000 people to flee their homes and seek refuge in camps or makeshift accommodation. Local Caritas staff in Goma are working in challenging conditions with transport to provide those displaced with food and other aid items. “Unlike the electricity, we operate full time and all our Caritas team members are in the field working around the clock,” said Fr Oswald Musoni , Director of Caritas Goma. “We have done assessments and have now started food distribution, provided by WFP in the largest camp. “The situation is still very fluid , people are not sure what will happen next, but all the schools, [...]
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    Democratic Republic of Congo: thousands take refuge in Church buildings

Democratic Republic of Congo: thousands take refuge in Church buildings

By |30 November 2012|

From our Caritas member in England and Wales on the situation in Congo

Caritas aid gets through to Congo camps

By |29 November 2012|

Goma diary

By |22 November 2012|

International aid on its way to Goma in Congo

By |22 November 2012|

In the town of Butembo 1,250 family kits will be handed out by Caritas Congo, a local partner of Cordaid. The majority of the kits are destined for Goma. The 3,750 kits will be distributed by our local partners, Caritas Goma and Caritas Bukavu.

Catholic Church in Africa outraged by Congo violence

By |22 November 2012|

African Catholic Church leaders meeting in Kinshasa say that escalating violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo is causing a major humanitarian tragedy. Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences and Bishop-Presidents of national Caritas organisations from 34 countries in Africa signed a statement condemning the conflict, which has seen the city of Goma fall to ‘M23’ rebels on 20 November. The African bishops say, “We are outraged and shocked by the escalating armed violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo which is causing again a major human tragedy. “Thousands of men, women and children, the victims of this war which is imposed on them, are displaced and abandoned in destitution in Goma and its surroundings. They are exposed to the bad weather, hunger, rape and all kinds of abuses, including recruiting of children into the army. This constitutes an offence to their dignity as human beings and children of God.” Caritas staff [...]
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    Caritas looks to provide aid in Congo after Goma falls to rebels

Caritas looks to provide aid in Congo after Goma falls to rebels

By |21 November 2012|

Caritas is expressing deep concern over the humanitarian situation in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo after rebels seized Goma, a city of over a million inhabitants. ‘M23’ rebel fighters took over the city 20 November, sparking an estimated 100,000 people to flee according to local caritas staff. Pockets of violence were reported in Goma and Bunia. Caritas staff say that populations in Kasindi, Himbi and the relief camp in Kanyaruchinya have all fled to unknown destinations. Goma was home to significant populations of people already displaced from their homes by earlier fighting between the rebels and government forces. Caritas organisations working in eastern Congo have met to decide a coordinated humanitarian response trough the national confederation member Caritas Congo. Initially, this aid will go to people affected by the conflict in Goma, Bukavu and Butembo-Beni. M23 rebels say they will continue the offensive. Caritas is making contingency plans for Bukavu. Bishop Nicolas [...]

Life in Congo’s camps

By |21 November 2012|

"I came to the camp looking for safety from the rebels,” said Chantal, a 32 year old mother who is now living with her six children in Mugunga camp in North Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. She reached the camp after travelling 60km from her home in Masisi. Her family escaped Masisi safely after it was attacked by ‘M23’ rebels. Jacques Mouhindo, another camp resident also from Massisi, wasn’t so lucky. His infant son was injured by a stray bullet while they fled, but thankfully survived. Mugunga camp is home to about 27,000 people. It is just one of the 40 camps that dot this part of Congo. Over a quarter of a million people have been forced from their homes since the M23 rebellion began in April. Chantal says life in the camp is difficult for her family. They’ve been there for six months. “I’m facing [...]

Congolese rebels take Goma as people flee

By |20 November 2012|

Anxiety in Goma

By |19 November 2012|

Conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo is getting worse. Rebels called the ‘M23’ are only a couple of kilometers from the main regional city of Goma. Any attack would create a largescale humanitarian emergency as Goma has around one million residents. A Caritas staff member Eddy Yamwenzyio spoke to Valerie Kaye earlier by phone from Goma. At 0800 this morning, says Caritas Goma emergency officer Eddy Yamwenzyio , the Mayor Mr. Kubuya announced on the radio that the schools will be closed and children should stay at home. Meanwhile, the M23 rebels said that if the government failed to hold negotiations and withdraw troops from Goma then their military campaign would continue. Eddy Yamwenzyio says that during the course of the morning “the government forces were clearly taking their position in town and they were visible in every roundabout in the city. By 14:00 the shooting began, and everybody who was out started to run for shelter. [...]

July 3, 2012

Peacebuilding in Eastern Congo

By |3 July 2012|

En français:E x-combattants The situation in the eastern Congo province of North Kivu continues to deteriorate since conflict resumed in March after hundreds of former rebels defected from the army to join a renegade general. Keeping ex-rebels from returning to the bush is difficult. Poverty, lack of opportunities and lack of acceptance within their communities for their past lives, can lead the former fighters to pick up the gun once more. Caritas Goma is the diocesan Caritas operating in the area. Part of its peacebuilding programme aims to give the ex-combatants a future . Caritas works with the local villagers and the former fighters to create employment opportunities for the latter and improve relations between the two groups. Caritas organises the former fighters into groups of three plus one member of the community. Together they build small community projects. They also receive specialist training. The jobs range from motorcycle taxis to farming, working [...]

June 11, 2012

Caritas food aid gets though in eastern Congo

By |11 June 2012|