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14 Oct 2009 description
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Lynne Hybels - co-founder of one of America's biggest churches - this week spoke out about her experiences in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hybels, whose husband Bill is senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, spent two days with World Relief workers in the field.

She met victims of the horrific violence, prayed with local church leaders and experienced the difference that the Church can make in one of the "darkest places" on earth.

"My heart and mind is still full," Hybels said by phone from Africa on Wednesday.

02 Jan 2009 description
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World Relief has delivered food aid to local churches caught in the middle of Congo's horrendous civil war.

War in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed more than 5 million lives in the past 12 years.

08 Dec 2008 description
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World Relief responds directly to the world's most complex humanitarian crises.

Darfur, Sudan

World Relief's response focuses on the communities of Um Tagouk, Azirni and Sanidadi in war-torn West Darfur:

In 2008, World Relief's feeding centers provided nourishing food - plumpynut and corn soya blend - to thousands of vulnerable children under 5 and their mothers.

Two health clinics supported by World Relief in Um Tagouk and Sanidadi provided essential medical services for thousands of people; a World Relief doctor and public health expert …

03 Nov 2008 description
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Baltimore, Maryland - November 3, 2008: Evangelical churches are responding to what relief workers are calling a humanitarian catastrophe in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

The situation in eastern Congo is critical with thousands facing starvation, according to World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Along with other aid organizations, World Relief evacuated its expatriate staff last week because of the high level of insecurity as rebel forces advanced on the city of Goma.

29 Jul 2006 description
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Thousands of people are dying in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While unrest waxes and wanes, deaths directly related to violent conflict make up a very small proportion of fatalities. As a result, DRC has received relatively little in the way of media attention, humanitarian aid or peace-keeping efforts. 4 million Congolese, half of them under 5, have died, largely from preventable diseases and lack of proper nutrition.

24 Jan 2006 description
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Baltimore -- World Relief staff in Goma, the North Kivu provincial capital located in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are keeping a watchful eye on an alarmingly deteriorating security situation 75km to the north. Rebel fighters seized six towns in eastern DRC late last week. As of Sunday, militaries loyal to the government, with the help of the UN, have regained partial control of the towns.

14 Apr 2005 description
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Heart pounding, a young mother grips her child's hand as she runs for her life. The Congo's dense forest will provide a hiding place from the militia. If captured, she knows what her fate will be. The militia shows no mercy. Women are brutally raped and forced to work as sex slaves.

Human rights sources estimate that militiamen have raped tens of thousands of women and girls since the civil war began in 1998.

17 Jun 2004 description
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BALTIMORE, June 17, 2004 - As violence rages in the volatile African countries of Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), World Relief responds with aid for refugees affected by these growing humanitarian crises.

30 Jan 2002 description
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BALTIMORE, January 30, 2002 - World Relief staff coordinating the distribution of food relief in Goma, Congo, are amazed by the response from volcano victims who lost everything.

21 Jan 2002 description
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World Relief monitors situation in the Congo

17 Jan 2002 description
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BALTIMORE, January 17, 2002 - Aid workers with Christian relief agency World Relief were today monitoring a volcanic eruption in Central Africa that appeared likely to cause widespread devastation.

04 Sep 2001 description
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BALTIMORE, September 4, 2001 - Up to 900 refugees are expected by World Relief to arrive in September, making it the busiest month of the year for resettlement work.

03 May 2001 description
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On May 3, 2001, Dr. Donald Hammond, Senior Vice President of World Relief, spoke before the Immigration Subcommittee of the United States Senate in support of the Refugee Protection Act. The full text of his testimony is reprinted here.

02 May 2001 description
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Amid the unfolding horrors of war, World Relief and church partners are responding to widespread suffering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - a central African nation torn apart by brutal conflict.
According to recent reports, almost 3 million people have died in the Congo, formerly called Zaire, in the past 33 months - surpassing the death toll of other devastating conflicts in Sudan and Sierra Leone.

11 Apr 1997 description
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P.O. Box WRC, Wheaton, IL 60189-8004 USA
Phone: 630-665-0235
Fax: 630-665-0129

Linda Keys
Phone: 630-665-0236, ext. 202

21 Nov 1996 description
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Wheaton, IL -- As the first refugees from eastern Zaire begin flowing into Rwanda's capital Kigali, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has asked World Relief to help those returning to several sections of the city. "We're expecting nearly 40,000 people to begin arriving in these sections tomorrow," World Relief's David Larson said yesterday from Kigali.