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  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 9

    Published February 9, 2016

    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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    From Swords into plowshares

  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 8

    Published February 9, 2016

    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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    From Swords into plowshares

  • Congo travel-study seminar - Reflection 7

    Published February 9, 2016

    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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