May 21, 2012

Recruitment of child soldiers returns to Congo

By |21 May 2012|

Thousands flee as horror returns to Congo

By |11 May 2012|

February 27, 2012

A future for Congo’s women

By |27 February 2012|

"Karibu, welcome," said Adèle. She and a dozen other women are hard at work in a field beside the Goma to Rutshuru Road in North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Adèle is an agronomist and also heads three associations supported by a Caritas project to rehabilitate women war victims. "We've planted peanut seeds and we're in the process of taking out the weeds so they don't overrun the place," she said. "When Caritas launched the project, 60 women were involved. We were given peanut, bean and pea seeds. After the first harvests we bought some maize seeds. Look at what they’ve turned into. We have two hectares of fine maize that we'll soon be able to harvest." Marie-José is one of the women who have benefited. “When I joined the association, I wasn't in very good shape,” she said. “My husband had been killed and all our property had been [...]

December 12, 2011

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    Caritas Congo rapporte des cas de violence dans le pays à la suite de la proclamation des résultats de l’élection présidentielle.

Caritas Congo rapporte des cas de violence dans le pays à la suite de la proclamation des résultats de l’élection présidentielle.

By |12 December 2011|

Suite à la proclamation de la victoire de Joseph Kabila à l’élection présidentielle, vendredi 9 décembre par la Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI), de nombreux cas de violences ont été rapportés à Caritas Congo par les diocèses du pays. Ci-dessous, le lien vers le rapport publié sur le site de Caritas Congo. le rapport de Caritas Congo Dans le même temps, lors d’une conférence de presse organisée ce lundi 12 décembre 2011, le Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Archevêque de Kinshasa a remis en cause les résultats provisoires annoncés par la CENI. Il indique que « l’Église est moralement tenue à offrir son aide à la justice pour établir la vérité des urnes là où ont été ses observateurs ». Le Cardinal insiste sur la nécessité de résoudre les contentieux par les voies légales et d’éviter toute forme de violence. La déclaration intégrale du Cardinal

Départ de la République démocratique du Congo

By |4 December 2011|

Congo bishops urge peace ahead of elections results

By |4 December 2011|

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    Caritas Congo is ready to intervene in the event of problems on announcement of the presidential election results

Caritas Congo is ready to intervene in the event of problems on announcement of the presidential election results

By |1 December 2011|

Various cases of violence have been reported on the sidelines of the double presidential and general elections held in the DRC on 28 November. The Congolese people are holding their breath ahead of announcement of the presidential election results, which should be made on Tuesday 6 December by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Caritas Internationalis delegation, which is staying in Kinshasa, was informed that a 20-year-old man, called Léandre, was shot dead while observing the posting of initial results at a polling station near his home. The incident took place in the Banunu neighbourhood, in the municipality of Matete, at 9:30pm on Monday. The delegation saw the young man's body and met his family. His father asked us to report his account. (See the account of the young man's father below) "If the violence escalates on announcement of the results, we will be ready to respond to the needs [...]

November 29, 2011

Mobilisation de la jeunesse congolaise.

By |29 November 2011|

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    Bilan contrasté du processus électoral à Kinshasa en RDC.

Bilan contrasté du processus électoral à Kinshasa en RDC.

By |29 November 2011|

Video: Tensions au début de vote à Kinshasa

By |28 November 2011|

Congo Elections 2011: violence flares

By |27 November 2011|

By Ryan Worms in Kinshasa Kinshasa is tense. As I arrive Saturday evening, there is a heavy presence of state security and the police . Today is the last day of the general election campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Political rallies were cancelled in the capital under the  orders of the city governor, André Kimbuta Yango. The decision follows clashes between rival political parties and the deaths of two people. The airport is a flash point. Opposition candidate Etienne Tshisekedi has been blocked at the international airport of N' Djili. He had come to join his supporters despite being banned. At the offices of Caritas Congo, we follow the changing situation. The  hope is that the end of the electoral campaign can make it possible to calm the spirits before the vote of Monday. Français Arrivée ce soir à Kinshasa. La ville est sous tension, quadrillée par les forces de sécurité de l’état et la [...]

Caritas appeals for peaceful elections in Congo

By |25 November 2011|

On 28 November 2011, Congo held its second democratic election since a 1998-2003 war in which as many as 5 million people are estimated to have died. Despite a formal peace accord eight years ago, Congo still faces simmering conflicts with rebels in its east. Caritas Congo and the Church in Congo have been part of peacebuilding efforts throughout the country to campaign for a peaceful election and monitored the November 2011 elections. The election commission delivered millions of ballot papers to more than 50,000 polling stations, in a country of 2,345,000 square kilometres (77 times the size of former colonial ruler Belgium). Although some violence was reported during the week of November 28, Caritas hopes the outcome of the elections is a peaceful Congo. Caritas Internationalis Ryan Worms is monitoring the elections with Caritas Congo. Please follow his reports on our blog. Media contact mobile : +39 335 823 4233 and email worms@caritas.va

June 10, 2011

The power of voting in Congo

By |10 June 2011|

The Congolese will go to the polls in November to elect a new president. The country held its first democratic election in 45 years in 2006 following a long conflict. The vote ran relatively smoothly despite fears of violence. Caritas Congo has met with other Catholic agencies from Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, the US, the UK and Spain to plan how to best prepare communities for the upcoming elections. Bruno Miteyo, secretary general of Caritas Congo, explains some of the issues around voting. The people of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) are wondering if the elections will really be democratic and if they’ll be an expression of their will – or if they’ll be manipulated in a way that the outcome reflects a decision that has already been taken by others Our main worry at Caritas Congo is security before, during and after the election and how the election will be organised. [...]

April 6, 2011

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Caritas launches a comic strip about violence and hope in Congo

By |6 April 2011|

February 28, 2011

Helping ex-soldiers in Congo back into society

By |28 February 2011|

“It will still take a lot of time and effort to build a stable peace in Congo,” said Guezing Kizinga, in charge of Caritas Congo’s disarmament, demobilization and socio-economic programmes for ex-combatants. “But slowly, the ideas and concepts of peaceful conflict resolution we promote through our peacebuilding workshops will become part of people’s ways of thinking and everyday behaviour.” Caritas in Congo works with former combatants, in particular child soldiers, as part of the National Disarmament and Demobilization Programme. Around 24,000 former soldiers and the communities they live in are supported through this programme. Former combatants, especially ex-child soldiers, need help not only to receive schooling or to find a job but also to readapt to life in a peaceful environment. “We mainly work with the soldiers themselves through discussion, role plays or other activities but we also promote awareness raising and tolerance within the communities they live in. Former soldiers are often [...]