The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Zaire's forgotten refugees

Tens of thousands are starving in Eastern Zaire

On a remote mountain slope in Eastern Zaire, Agnes Ninamwiza, a 20-year-old refugee from Rwanda, buries her only daughter. The frail corpse, dressed in a pale-blue frock and a stitched bonnet, is lowered into the red clay soil. Rain starts to fall as three local Zairean Red Cross workers begin filling the grave with earth. For Agnes this is the tragic end of a hellish four-month odyssey in the jungles of Eastern Zaire.

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