A lack of water does not just mean drought. Heavy clouds have just swept over North Kivu, causing everything, including sewage to pour out in rushing streams. We are moving to the rescue of our hospital, which is on the brink of a humanitarian disaster due to warfare and no access to water, medicine or food.
Let us remind you. In the eastern part of Dem. Rep. Congo there has been war for several weeks. The frontline of the fighting has come to a standstill on a line cutting through our village. So we are sleeping on a proverbial barrel of gunpowder, which at the same time, for several thousand refugees, is the safest place so far. The Sisters of the Angels and all the hospital staff do not leave the patients’ sides. The new arrivals find not only medical help, but also food and shelter – 400 of the weakest and most needy people are being cared for in the Sisters’ mission.
In addition, there has been a problem with water for several days. The sources upstream, under the volcanoes, have been damaged. There is no access to them because the area is occupied by rebels. The pressure in the taps has dropped. There are periods of time when there is no water at all. Heavy rains have flooded the septic tanks and bacteria are multiplying in the dirty tanks. It is also a paradise for malaria-carrying mosquitoes. We need to quickly replenish malaria medication, secure a supply of blood for transfusion and prepare for the wave of disease that is increasing every day.
We calculated that we would need $10 000 to respond quickly to the situation. That is PLN 47 000. We know we’re asking a lot, but we’re not the ones setting the exchange rates. These people really need us now. We cannot refuse them. If there were 1,000 people among us ready to entrust us with PLN 47 or 2,000 who are ready to help with their PLN 23.50, we would be able to help in time. We are not asking for ourselves. We are asking for the people who, if we do not help, will not be helped by anyone.
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