Helping families displaced by violence in the Kasai region of DR Congo
Displaced families living in the cities of Kikwit and Tshikapa and the Kabwela area of DR Congo are among more than 1.4 million people who were forced from their homes by violence. About half of the displaced people have not been able to return home because it’s not safe or because their homes and villages no longer exist, said Mulanda Juma, MCC representative in DR Congo. Families who are still displaced need food, education, hygiene items, trauma healing and ways to support themselves until they can return home.
Small positive changes encourage Juma as he works with the Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren churches to provide displaced families with tools, seeds and pigs to get started farming. “People need more and more income generation, need more support for education and more support for health,” he said.
Mennonite denominations in DR Congo continue to respond to the needs around them with support provided by MCC, other Anabaptist organizations and you.