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February 9, 2016

Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 9

From our partners in World Mission who are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence:

Today, our delegation had an opportunity to learn more about the links between mining, conflict and oppression. Whether we know it or not, many of us take a little bit of the eastern Congo with us wherever we go. Modern electronic devices such as cellphones, tablets and laptops rely on metals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and even gold. The eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo is ...

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February 9, 2016

Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 8

From our partners in World Mission who are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence:

We have been amazed by the incredible language skills of the women of East Congo, who speak to us in French, Swahili and English, and occasionally in Lingala or other local languages. Our hosts have been consistently gracious and tolerant about the more limited fluency (and unintentional gaffes) of some members of our team of “ambassadors.”

But there is much more to effective communication than words alone ...

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February 9, 2016

Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 7

From our partners in World Mission who are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence:

Our first visit was to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), the UN’s largest peacekeeping mission. Dominique Vidale-Plaza, the Women’s Protection Advisor for North Kivu, helped us to understand the scope and limitations of the UN’s mandate in the region, particularly with respect to preventing conflict-related sexual violence.  Dominique’s experience working with rape survivors at Panzi Hospital ...

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February 9, 2016

Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 6

From our partners in World Mission who are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence, the group has divided into three smaller groups:

I was eager to be a part of the East Congo travel-study seminar group dispatched to Bunia, as I had heard about the impressive ecumenical peacebuilding and trauma healing work being done there by the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) women. We quickly learned that the situation in Ituri Province was just as harrowing as Goma.  The very ...

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February 9, 2016

Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 5

From our partners in World Mission who are sponsoring a travel study seminar to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to look at issues related to conflict and sexual violence, the group has divided into three smaller groups:

Our dispatched group learned the value of making adjustments as our expected destination changed … twice. We ultimately found ourselves scrambling to catch a boat to Bukavu in South Kivu province. At this point in our experience, our learning is beginning to gel and certain themes are starting to emerge. While we are far from coming up with ideas for ...

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