Our Congo has seen a lot, but what the community living around our hospital is experiencing now will soon lead to a humanitarian disaster. We are already balancing on its brink.
The rebels entrenched themselves in their positions.
They are 800 metres east of the centre. The same distance separates us from the Congolese army positions on the opposite side. We are at the heart of this volcano, which is already trembling and ready to erupt. For the time being, there is a ceasefire. Any spark can reignite the mess of war. The hospital is operational and the village has already become a refuge for 15,000 families fleeing the war. 400 of the most needy people are squatting in the Sisters’ mission, getting food and essential aid from them.
The hospital is bursting at the seams. Staff regenerate by sleeping on the floor between one treatment and the next. People don’t want to flee any further. Although they are not completely safe anywhere, this is where they feel most comfortable.
We need to keep the hospital operational and respond quickly to a problem that affects the whole village. The water sources destroyed by the troops mean that the pipes are starting to run empty. At peak occupancy times, the taps run dry. We have to react because a lack of water means another sanitary disaster.
An urgent fundraiser has been launched to save our Congolese hospital! Our target is half of the monthly cost of operating the hospital. An amount that will allow us to respond to the needs of all those in need who come to us.