In October church and other aid workers were asked to withdraw from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province after shooting, looting and rapes in Goma.
Emile Mpanya of Lutheran World Service said Goma had fallen into the control of rebel forces, and residents feared “retreating [Congolese government] soldiers will commit brutalities on the population.”
To help, Lutheran partners in Action By Churches Together distributed food and medicine to people displaced by the fighting.
Since 2007, between 1.4 million and 2 million DRC residents have been displaced, according to the U.N. World Food Programme.
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