By Philippe LOLONGA
October 10/3/2018/Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo In 2018, the Democratic Republic of Congo experienced two episodes of the Ebola virus disease: first in early May in the health zones of Bikoro, Iboko and Mbandaka in the Equateur Province, (in the northern part of the country); then at the beginning of August in the Beni region, in the North Kivu Province (Eastern DRC), with the extension in Ituri
(Northeast). Since August, the Ebola virus has been p
By Chadrack Tambwe Londe October 2, 2018 | KINDU, Congo Since the repeated outbreaks of Ebola in several provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, The United Methodist Church, in partnership with Harper Hill Global, has worked in the prevention and control of the disease through a communications strategy that includes a new song called “Lavage Des Mains.” Losoma thinks he will continue to compose more songs related to health education. The Ebola virus appeared once m
Written by Quinn Needham, Neelley Hicks, ed. Special thanks to Lynn McAlilly, Bishop Gabriel Yemba and Judith Osongo. Turning a Dream into a Reality In June of 2016, the East Congo Episcopal Area officially teamed up with the Tennessee, Memphis, and California Pacific Annual Conferences and began developing the Mama Lynn Center for Congolese Women. Now, just two years later, the three annual conferences have raised enough money to surpass the center’s initial fundraising goal
Written by Judith Osongo Yanga, edited by Quinn Needham. Horrific acts of war have ravaged the provinces and peoples of Kivu. At the center of these terrors lies the manipulation of sexual violence against women and children as a weapon of domestic destruction. Since stigmatization of rape victims remains commonplace throughout the region, survivors of these gruesome assaults are often abandoned by their husbands and families. Additionally, many women and young girls have bee
“Women Arise from Stigma” is a campaign originated in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo to help women claim the fullness of their identity in God: beloved and able; fierce and bold; from different places, yet from one tribe. Resources (available in English, French, Swahili, +). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request. A Plea to My Father animation to overcome stigma by Harper Hill Global, Chocolate Moose Media, WiseHeart Foundation.
“A Plea to My Father” Drama and Dr
written by Judith Osongo Yanga (français) March is a special month dedicated to women worldwide. The Congolese woman and The United Methodist Church, in particular, are pleased with March 8 each year. The situation of the woman in our country, especially the eastern part of the Congo, presents some challenges. The country’s situation exposes the eastern Congo woman, bringing us many cases of rape of women and children in this part of the country. “Coordination of women throug
par Judith Osongo Yanga Le mois de la femme est un mois spécial dédié à la femme dans le monde entier. La femme congolaise en générale et celle de l’église méthodiste en particulier se réjouit de cette journée du 08 mars de chaque année.
La situation de la femme dans notre pays, surtout celle de l’Est du Congo présente quelques défis. La situation sécuritaire du pays la R.D.Congo expose la femme de l’Est du Congo ce qui fait que nous enregistrons plusieurs cas de viols des f
Several friends contacted me yesterday to share NPR’s story, “Attempts To Address Rape In Congo Produced Unintended Consequences.” I’ve worked for the last several years with The United Methodist Church throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and wanted to share my thoughts. A Bigger Problem It’s never a good idea Chameleons are often made in dire situations…people become who you want them to be, when they are living in chronic hopelessness. This is the human conditi
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. – Frederick Buechner Over the past two decades, I’ve become a believer in using communications and technology to improve lives and reduce human suffering. I’ve also come to a deep understanding of the influencing role that religious groups play – particularly in parts of the world where new communication technologies are emerging. My calling in life is to address societal issues
Stigmatization of rape victims happens the world over. Survivors face harmful words of those who want to lay blame at their feet. But in East Congo, women who suffered at the hands of rebels and soldiers were thrown out of their homes and, as Germain Mupasa said, “treated worse than dogs.” A new communications campaign that reframes “victims” as “survivors” is beginning to take shape – aimed at giving women renewed access to society that has previously shunned them. Working w
Judith Yanga, qui est la directrice des communications pour la région épiscopale de l’Est du Congo Parfois, le début de la guérison survient lorsque notre propre histoire est finalement entendue et validée, attribuant le blâme correctement au coupable et non à la survivante. L’animation l’a fait pour eux, devant un groupe de leurs pairs. Comme je voyageais le lendemain, j’ai vu Georgette sur la route, je l’ai appelée et je lui ai fait signe de la main. Sa réponse immédiate a