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Exclusive Alliance pictures show hidden victims of DRC conflict

18 September 2012

Exclusive pictures sent to the Anglican Alliance by Bishop Bahati Bali-Busane Sylvestre from the Diocese of Bukavu in DRC show the plight of displaced people living in Anglican churches and schools in inhumane conditions.

This is a call for more attention to this neglected humanitarian crisis that is devastating the lives of people in Eastern Congo.

Bishop Sylvestre spoke out about the “pitiful” situation of the thousands of people who have been driven from their homes in north eastern Congo.

 “In recent days I visited the displaced people in North Kivu. I saw some of those who are living in the Kanyaruchina camp, in Munigi Anglican Primary School and in Buvira Church building. Their situation is pitiful and needs prayer and any kind of assistance,” he said.Woman and child in Bukavu refugee camp

The pictures attached to this report were sent to the Alliance by the Bishop from his visit. They show people living without proper shelter, children suffering from inadequate food, and children in the host community studying in schools with no desks or chairs because all the furniture has been used  for fuel for the displaced people.

Thousands of people have fled from their homes, escaping violence: killings, rapes, looting, property destruction, and child recruitment are causing huge and permanent movement of people. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of humanitarian Affairs there are 320.000 people displaced only in North Kivu since April 2012. (Situation report No. 6)

Early last month the Anglican Alliance launched an appeal on behalf of the Diocese of Bukavu which has been responded by Anglican Agencies worldwide. The Australian Anglican Board of Mission has been supporting this appeal and is hoping to raise $5,000 to help the church’s relief work.  The North American Episcopal Relief and Development has already made a donation to the Diocese and continues its work in the country.

 

The church is asking for support to implement the following plan to help the affected communities:

Targeted area: villages of Bukavu, Rutshuru, Masisi, Bunyakiri, and Kalonge

Targeted community: families displaced hosted by other families

Number of beneficiaries: 517 families which include 702 children and 89 pregnant women or new mothers

Who is responsible for implementing the response: Diocesan Emergency Committee

items

Number

Cost of the items USD

Rice

13 000 bags

$13,260

Beans

5 200 bags

$ 5,200

Oil

2600 bottle

$ 6,240

Soaps

2600

$ 858

Salt

260 bags

$ 228,8

Logistics

-

$ 3,500

Supervisors

(Administration)

-

$ 1,950

Total

 

$ 31,236.8

If you would like to contribute to this appeal, please send your donations to the following account of the Province of the Anglican Church of Congo:Inside the Buvira Church, Bishop Bahati with the local pastors are praying for the displaced people.

Account Name:     PROVINCE DE L'EGLISE ANGLICANE DU CONGO

Bank Name:          RAWBANK

Account Number:  01000114503-41

Currency:               $US

Swift Code:            RAWBCDKI

Address:                 BP 2499; KINSHASA 1

                               REPUBIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU CONGO

The Diocese of Bukavu will provide updates about the evolution of the situation and how resources have been used to respond to this emergency. The Anglican Alliance will post the report back on this appeal.

Bishop Bahati visiting the people without shelters in Kanyaruchina camp.

In this part of Kanyaruchina camp, people are cooking their food plainly with firewood got after destroying infrastucture in the vicinity.Bishop Bahati comforting children in the Munigi Anglican Primary School. They are asking him to improve the basic facilities.

In this Anglican classroom, the chairs and other equipment have been used for firewood. The children sit on the dust floor for their classes. Innocent children are the victims of atrocities and live in hardship in the camp.