The mission in Ntamugenga had to evacuate

Democratic Republic of Congo

The second largest country of Africa, full of paradoxes. On one hand, it is rich in natural resources (including cobalt, copper, coltan, crude oil, diamonds, gold); on the other hand, its inhabitants are among the poorest in the world. For decades, the DRC has been suffering from prolonged conflicts that have led to one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world.

Overview:
  • 77% of the population live in extreme poverty for less than $1.90 a day
  • 16% of the country’s population, i.e. over 13 million people, require immediate humanitarian assistance
  • 13,6 million people are deprived of access to safe water sources and proper sanitary and hygienic facilities
  • numerous outbreaks of deadly diseases, including measles, malaria, cholera and Ebola
  • about 10% of all malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa occurred here
Our hospital carries over

27 000

medical procedures per year
We treat about

7000

malaria patients every year
Our midwives delivered about

953

babies in 2023

07.07.2022

“It’s a very difficult decision. When you know that the whole village is looking at you with scrutiny and in your decision whether to leave, they are making predictions about what will happen next. It’s as if the missionaries know more, that they know the maps and the strategy of the rebellion that is advancing every day,” says Sister Ania.

The mission in Ntamugenga had to evacuate. Sister Ania Nowakowska first reached Rutshuru and from there proceeded to the Rwandan border. She is now safe. She met up with the sisters from Nyakinama. None of us thought that this would eventually happen, that it would get so dangerous that we would have to leave our home and hospital. Unfortunately, the situation suddenly became complicated. Sister Ania left at the last possible moment.

What about the hospital? Dr John and some of the staff remain on site. They are not leaving the bedsides. The hospital is still treating and ready to receive those most in need. A shipment of supplies will arrive at the first possible moment. It is ready and waiting for a moment of calm amid the fighting.

It is not that we are leaving the hospital, because the hospital is not the walls, which can be rebuilt, but it is the people, the missionaries, the staff who make it up. We are in touch all the time with those who have decided to stay. Sister Agnieszka and Sister Ania are doing what they can to keep everyone safe. We are waiting for developments.

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This amount will allow for equipping pharmacy shelves for the first half of the year. Ania and Mateusz will take care of this, and they will fly to Togo in February and fill the shelves with the most essential antibiotics, antimalarial drugs, and pain relievers. The Saoudé Pharmacy has people to save. It cannot succeed without your support.

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