The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Dreams of home

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, church partners help families cope

About 250,000 people have been newly displaced by fighting between Gen. Laurent Nkunda’s rebel troops and the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s government in the eastern part of the country.

(At presstime, Nkunda was being held by the Rwandan government, which arrested him in January and hopes to repatriate many of his troops to Rwanda.)

Since 1998 more than 5 million people have died in the DRC from war-related violence, hunger and disease. About 70 percent of those left homeless by war are taken in by other families. But the hosts, like the guests, have few resources.

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