All hell has broken out again in the Congo. Explosions and gunfire could be heard all day yesterday. Bullets glided across the roof of the Sisters of the Angels mission. Three bombs exploded in a courtyard full of civilians for whom the missionaries’ house was the safest shelter they could think of. Now, however, nowhere is safe anymore. The rebellion has entered the village. There have been deaths and injuries.
In the Congo, there are no shelters, nowhere to run. For the last few months, the front line has been between the hills, just above our village. Yesterday the rebels moved to lower ground. The fighting is concentrated in the very centre of the village.
The hospital and the sisters’ mission are only a few hundred metres apart. However, those injured in the night bombardment cannot be moved to the emergency room. It is not known how the invaders will react or where they have dug in at their new positions. The wounds are bleeding, but one has to wait and take cover under beds and mattresses.
It is not yet time to assess the losses. We know that the hospital is functioning. It is helping the injured who are able to reach it. We have lost contact with two nurses. We do not know for what purpose or where they were abducted by the invaders.
Can you help us? Yes!!! Think of Congo today. Whoever can, please pray for this hell to end as soon as possible. It is also time to replenish the blood fund for transfusions, which we will soon run out of. What the missionaries and the entire hospital team need most from us now is to know that we are there, that we have not forgotten them!