It is hot again in Congo! Fighting has begun on the hills adjacent to our hospital. Shots are heard and bombs explode.
” Each war has a new, increasingly convoluted scenario. There is a great unknown ahead.” write the sisters from Congo. “Two bombs have just exploded. We hope this night will be peaceful…”
Masses of people are fleeing their homes. Nobody knows exactly who is shooting at whom. And when nobody knows what is going on, it is usually about money and business, which in this part of Congo the whole world would like to be involved in.
The people here do not remember peace. Hunger, poverty and helplessness are their daily reality, even though they walk on a land rich in diamonds and rare minerals. Diamonds are called ‘beans’ here, and if they were edible, they would solve many problems. Unfortunately, they are not and, in addition, they continue to generate problems. The whole world would like to mine here. North Kivu also has abundant deposits of tungsten and coltan, containing tantalum, which allows for increasingly miniaturised electronics. Congo is currently the world’s second-largest exporter (after Australia) of ores containing tantalum. If you own a laptop, PlayStation or smartphone, there is a one in five chance that you are in possession of a piece of Congolese earth. So we cannot say that this problem does not concern us.
A wave of Congolese people who are fleeing bombs falling from the sky are heading for the Ugandan border. The pictures do not do justice to the scale of the problem, but the situation is very tense. The medical centre’s team will have its hands full in the coming days. We very much need you! Please support the hospital as we need to stock up on blood and medicines. GoodWorks 24/7 is the easiest tool for you to do something good today for these terrified people who are fleeing violence. You will find all the important links in the comments. Please join us. If you can’t do so today, share these posts and help us get the message out to people who are not indifferent to the situation.
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