Friday, March 20, 2009

We are crossing from Rwanda into Congo, having been met by the ALARM Congo staff. The change is immediate - boulder strewn dusty streets, bicycles loaded with cargo, wooden wheeled

carts their owner bent to push the heavy load. We immediately saw relief trucks - UN, Save the Children CARE, Doctors Without Borders, Samaritan's Purse, Red Cross, World Vision, and Oxfam were just some we saw. Blue turbaned or blue helmeted armed UN troops looked at us suspiciously as they passed us in their large trucks. We were taken to our hotel - Bungwe

Guest House and stowed our luggage and then drove to our first IDP camp surrounding a Baptist Church. Oh, my gosh - the sights and smells of hopelessness were overwhelming. How

do you begin to address this humanitarian crisis?Over 300 000 people displaced because of fighting between rebel groups (some who are Hutu's who fled Rwanda after the genocide),

renegades, Congolese army troups, and groups whose loyalty is uncertain but all have brutalized, murdered and raped with impunity. These people have nothing that is not provided and although with the "capture" of the rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, things are safer oeple are still

afraid to return home. Samaritan's Purse, Franklin Graham's non profit has provided the water supply here

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