Emergencies in Congo

Millions displaced in Kasai province as violence continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Millions displaced in Kasai province as violence continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kasai: does the name mean nothing to you? That is no surprise! One year ago, no one was talking about it. And even today, it is rare for the media to show interest. And yet this province situated in the centre of the Democratic Republic of Congo has for the past nine months been in ...

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Congo bishop urges peace:  “In the name of God, let us live!”

Congo bishop urges peace: “In the name of God, let us live!”

Bishop Theophile Kaboy of Goma has condemned the violence sweeping the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a pastoral letter, Bishop Kaboy says called for an end to “the vicious circle of violence” and pleaded “in the name of God , let us live!”

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Fighting returns to Nord-Kivu in Congo

Fighting returns to Nord-Kivu in Congo

By Guy-Marin Kamandji After about six months of a truce, fighting has resumed around the eastern Congolese city of Goma, in North Kivu. An offensive by M23 rebels started on Monday 20 May at dawn in Mutaho. Eye-witnesses, speaking  on Radio Okapi, said, “We heard heavy arms fire on the hills around our homes from ...

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Congo’s women dream of water

Congo’s women dream of water

By Guy-Marin Kamandji, Caritas Congo Musawu walks with a firm step, carrying 20 litres of water on her head with great agility. The water must be equivalent to about half the 10 year old girl’s weight. It’s Monday morning in Bukwa Mulumba, a town in Kasai Central in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Musawu still ...

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From child soldier to top student in Congo

From child soldier to top student in Congo

By Taylor Toeka, Caritas Goma Francais Germain Muhindo comes top of his class almost always, yet a few months ago the eight year old first grader had never even seen a chalkboard. But he had seen war. He was forced into being a child soldier for three months in September 2012 by fighters in the ...

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Urgent need of assistance for displaced Congolese suffering from mental disorders

Urgent need of assistance for displaced Congolese suffering from mental disorders

Read in French The end of a Caritas Goma project last December has meant that many patients suffering from severe mental disorders are completely vulnerable and left without care and support. The Mapendo health centre, 4 km from Rutshuru, is filled with busy men and women. Some look  healthy, others who are accompanied by their ...

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