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27 Apr 2018 description

April 28, 2018 - Compiled by Rachel Bergen

Worldwide more than 65 million people are displaced from their homes — nearly double the population of Canada.

The United Nations says this number is unprecedented and the need for humanitarian assistance is only growing.

The crisis isn’t isolated to one region. People are being displaced all over the world, testing the resources and resilience of populations around the world.

06 Apr 2018 description

By Rachel Bergen and Linda Espenshade

Agnès Ntumba remembers the day her husband and seven children fled the violence that took over their village in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo).

“I saw people being killed. They were coming to kill us, and we had to escape,” Ntumba recalled.

13 Mar 2018 description

By Rachel Bergen

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa - Pastor Samson Matabaro waves at people he passes walking down the streets of Pietermaritzburg and seems to know everyone's name and history. As he makes his way through Little Addis and Little Harare, named for the number of Ethiopians and Zimbabweans populating the areas, he offers a bit of welcome in a country that isn't always hospitable to foreigners seeking asylum.

30 Nov 2017 description

By Rachel Bergen

With the support of MCC and other Anabaptist agencies, Mennonite churches in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo distributed emergency food and shelter supplies for 460 displaced families.

14 Sep 2017 description

By Rachel Bergen

Sept. 14, 2017

MCC is known for supporting access to education around the globe by paying school fees, supporting vocational training and providing school supplies. What you might not know is that MCC also works with its partners to improve the quality of education that is offered.

From teacher training to involving the community in school management, here are some examples of partners creatively improving education:

Teacher training

17 Aug 2017 description

A collaborative Anabaptist response will soon reach some of the 1.4 million people displaced by armed conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) with food, household items and shelter supplies.

The response, shaped and implemented by Congolese Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren church-based relief committees and coordinated by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), is supported by global and Canada- and U.S.-based Anabaptist organizations.

03 Dec 2015 description

Blurb: Through an MCC-supported program in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwandan refugees, including combatants, who have been living there for decades are returning home to live in Rwanda.

Dec. 3, 2015

KIGALI, Rwanda --Mwasa Niyon Senga felt trapped as a first sergeant in the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group that terrorizes villages in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

20 May 2014 description

MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE (MCC) NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two MCC-supported groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Rwanda are working together to help Rwandan refugees living in Congo for 20 years to return home peacefully and adjust when they arrive.

**By Patrick Maxwell*

May 20, 2014

30 Nov 2012 description

By Linda Espenshade

Nov. 30, 2012

AKRON, Pa. -- During U.S. Thanksgiving week, more than 250,000 people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo were displaced from their homes and camps as rebel group M23 took control of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu.

Many of the displaced people were moving for the second or third time, having already been forced from their homes and villages earlier in the year as M23 fought Congolese troops and terrorized villages on its way toward Goma.

06 Sep 2012 description

Sept. 6, 2012

AKRON, Pa. – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) efforts to ease the suffering of displaced families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue with short-term distribution of food and household items and emergency access to health care for about 225 families or 1,350 people.

26 Jul 2012 description

Blurb: Increasing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo forces more than 200,000 people from their villages in search of safety.

July 26, 2012

GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Rukimba Furaha fled her home and fields in the village of Kabuya in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), out of fear for the safety of her eight children.

07 Jun 2012 description

By Linda Espenshade

June 7, 2012

AKRON, Pa. -- Carrying the pleas and hopes of people in the churches of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in their hearts, members of a Congolese delegation met with government officials in Canada and the U.S. and officers in the United Nations in April to ask for assistance to address ongoing violence in eastern Congo.

03 Dec 2010 description

MCC supports Congolese Mennonite women who stand with others in support of peace, demilitarization and the end of violence against women. After participating in the World March of Women in October, they are more determined than ever to work for peace.

By Emily Will

Dec. 3, 2010

AKRON, Pa.

16 Jun 2010 description

June 16, 2010

KASIKA, Democratic Republic of the Congo - Hoes, rakes, forks and machetes are more than gardening tools for 635 families in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

They are keys to rebuilding the lives of refugees who were forced from their Kasika homes in eastern Congo last spring because of conflict between military groups.

26 Mar 2010 description

By Dismas Kyanza and Suzanne Lind

March 26, 2010

AKRON, Pa. - Staff members of a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partner organization in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo were injured when their vehicle was ambushed by armed men March 20.

The group of six men and women was returning to the city of Bukavu in South Kivu province after visiting a site designated for a humanitarian aid project in cooperation with MCC.

04 Aug 2009 description

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02 Jul 2009 description

Blurb: MCC is appealing for financial contributions to help provide medications and other supplies to Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren hospitals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

04 Nov 2008 description

By Tim Shenk

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is accepting financial contributions to help provide relief to people affected by violence in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Armed conflict escalated rapidly in late October as a rebel group attacked the Congolese Army and advanced toward Goma, a major city in eastern Congo.

28 Mar 2008 description

MCC provides emergency assistance to help shelter and care for women and children affected by two earthquakes in Democratic Republic of Congo.

By Cathryn Clinton

March 28, 2008, AKRON, Pa--Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is providing $10,000 in emergency material assistance to help shelter and care for 100 women and children affected by two February earthquakes in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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08 Jan 2008 description

Blurb: MCC is helping to provide food to about 30,000 people who have been displaced by violence in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Amid violence in eastern Congo, MCC helps provide food

By Tim Shenk

AKRON, Pa.