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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.
The neighboring Iteso and Karimojong peoples of northeastern Uganda have much in common, but they are divided by conflicts over cattle, water and land.
MCC is supporting the Church of Uganda, which is part of the worldwide Anglican church, in a project to help members of both groups to be peacemakers in their communities.
Both the Iteso and the Karimojong traditionally raise cattle for a living and share a common ancestry.
MCC has joined nine other international aid organizations in calling on the United Nations and the Ugandan government to respond to the humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda.
For 20 years, a rebel group called the Lord's Resistance Army has terrorized northern Uganda by abducting children and forcing them to become child soldiers in a regional war. An estimated 25,000 children have been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and more than 1.7 million people have been driven into displacement camps by the conflict.
In a written statement to the U.N.
Joint written statement submitted by American Jewish World Service, Caritas Internationalis, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights, International Rescue Committee, International Save the Children Alliance, Jesuit Refugee Service, Mennonite Central Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council and World Vision International, for circulation at the 62 nd Session of Commission on Human Rights under Agenda item 14 (C)
Consideration of the Human Rights Situation in Northern Uganda
1. The year 2006 marks the 20 th anniversary of the conflict in northern Uganda.
Families in two northern Ugandan camps for displaced people recently received MCC seeds and hoes. Many people had been forced to forage in the nearby countryside for greens and other food.
By Fr. Carlos Rodríguez, Research, Documentation and Advocacy Officer ARLPI
by Marla Pierson Lester
With violence escalating and more than a million people internally displaced in Uganda, MCC is preparing a major aid package in two of the most affected areas. MCC is also launching a campaign to supply rebels who want to leave the conflict with seeds, tools, food and trauma and reconciliation services. MCC seeks to raise $79,200 CDN / $60,000 USD to fund this effort.
MCC food aid since August 2002
MCC is planning to fund more food purchases and is shipping 483 bales of blankets for displaced families in northern Uganda. To contribute to MCC's food aid in Uganda, mark your donation "Uganda Relief."
Recent MCC assistance:
June 2003 - $40,540
Local purchase of sorghum for 75,000 displaced people in Kitgum.
Distributed by the Diocese of Kitgum.
April 2003 - $29,491
Local purchase of maize, sorghum and seed for 49,500 farm families in Kotido.
In July, volunteers from MCC Manitoba and
MCC Canada packed a container with 15,000 blankets destined for the northern
Ugandan city of Kitkum. The population of Kitkum has grown from 42,000
to 75,000 over the past few months. People are fleeing conflict as fighting
between Ugandan government forces and the Lord's Resistance Army moves
through their villages.
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By inviting others to study their organic farm, Josephine and John Kizza have influenced how thousands of Ugandans are farming. In 1991 the couple opened an agricultural extension school on their family farm in Masaka District, southern Uganda, called St. Jude Rural Training Center. Both former secondary school teachers, the Kizzas now teach hands-on courses about composting, fruit drying and raising all sorts of organic plants and animals on St. Jude's demonstration farm.
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An outbreak of Ebola Virus has been reported in Gulu, and country representatives Dave and Mary Lou Klassen confirmed that cases have also been diagnosed in Kitgum, another northern town, where MCC workers Dan and Kathryn Smith Derksen live. The couple is from Wellman Iowa, most recently from E. Palo Alto Calif., and will most likely leave Kitgum on Friday. Many other agencies have evacuated the area, said Tesfa Dalellew, MCC Africa co-director.