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PEACE AND SECURITY

Cette journée, je viens de vivre une situation angoissante. Je me suis rendue à l'hôpital Général de référence de Bukavu, situé au chef lieu de la Province du Sud-Kivu, à l'Est de la RDC.
Après avoir visité les malades, j'ai pris contact avec une Soeur réligieuse qui m'a fait part de la présence dans son service social des enfants rescapés des récents massacres de Bunyakiri en Territoire de Kalehe.
Ces derniers dont l'âge varie entre 8 et 2 ans étaient au nombre de 18. Etant donné que leur prise en charge pose encore des problèmes, des démarches avaient été effectués pour qu'ils soient admis au Centre hébérgeant les enfants orphélins, le SOS international. C'est ainsi que il y a eu seulement de place pour 9 enfants, qui selon les déclarations de la Soeur venaient d'être rétirés par les agents dudit centre depuis hier.
Par ailleurs, les 9 autres sont restés à l'hôpital, sous l'encadrement de la Soeur, qui malhereusemnt, son service ne dispose d'aucun appui pour leur prise en charge. J'ai visité ces enfants, ils sont traumatisés; ls ont vus leurs parents et leurs frères abattus à la machette... C'est horrible ! Allez-y comprendre combien les réalités à l'Est de la RDC constituent une boucherie humaine. A quand la justice réellement équitable ? C'est très déplorable et amer.
Certains d'entre ces tout-petits présentent la fièvre, d'autres ne savent où ils sont, ils s'efforcent de méditer sur la situation, ça dépasse leurs capacités.
Il est grand temps que la Paix revienne en RDC et que Justice soit faite.

English translation by PulseWire member Rebecca D

Today I experienced an agonizing situation. I made a visit to the General Hospital of Bukavu, located in the capitol of the South Kivu province in eastern DRC.

After visiting the sick, I made contact with a religious sister who shared with me the presence, in her service, of children having escaped from the recent massacres of Bunyakiri in the Kalehe territory.

There were 18 children ranging in age from 2 to 8 years. Given that their care was still problematic, steps had been taken for them to be admitted to the housing center for orphans, SOS international.
However they only had space for 9 children, who, according to the Sister, had just been taken by workers of said center yesterday.

On the other hand, the 9 others stayed at the hospital under the care of the Sister, who, sadly, has absolutely no support to take them in. I visited these children - they are traumatized; they saw their parents and their brothers slaughtered with machetes... it's horrible! Try to understand how much the reality of Eastern Congo resembles a human butchery. When will we see equitable justice? It's very deplorable and bitter.

Some of the small children had fevers, others didn't know where they were, they're trying to understand the situation but it's beyond their capacity of understanding.

It's high time that Peace returns to the DRC and that Justice is made.

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Rebecca D's picture

Translation: EN

Today I experienced an agonizing situation. I made a visit to the General Hospital of Bukavu, located in the capitol of the South Kivu province in eastern DRC.
After visiting the sick, I made contact with a religious sister who shared with me the presence, in her service, of children having escaped from the recent massacres of Bunyakiri in the Kalehe territory.

There were 18 children ranging in age from 2 to 8 years. Given that their care was still problematic, steps had been taken for them to be admitted to the housing center for orphans, SOS international.
However they only had space for 9 children, who, according to the Sister, had just been taken by workers of said center yesterday.

On the other hand, the 9 others stayed at the hospital under the care of the Sister, who, sadly, has absolutely no support to take them in. I visited these children - they are traumatized; they saw their parents and their brothers slaughtered with machetes... it's horrible! Try to understand how much the reality of Eastern Congo resembles a human butchery. When will we see equitable justice? It's very deplorable and bitter.

Some of the small children had fevers, others didn't know where they were, they're trying to understand the situation but it's beyond their capacity of understanding.

It's high time that Peace returns to the DRC and that Justice is made.

Rebecca D. Inman
Portland, OR USA

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

PEACE AND SECURITY

Merci beaucoup Rebecca pour le travail de traduction de mes articles en faveur de tous ceux qui ne parlent pas la langue française. Votre contribution permettra à tous de comprendre ce que nous disons, mais aussi ce que nous pensons. J'estime qu'avec votre intervention l monde entier lira nos message et comprendrons la lutte que nous menos en faveur du retour de la Paix dans notre Pays, la République Démocratique du Congo.

Neema's picture

Wow

Ma chere c'est grave! je suis de coeur avec vous et toutes les Femme du Sud-kivu et Nord.Sorry about that.
Mama usichoke na unaweza kuomba WP batiye journal yako kwenye banatiyaka zingine juu yakutafuta msaada yawale Watoto.Ungaliye utaona kwenye banaandika Need uposte pale watu wote wataona na WP ataitiya pale juu tuangaliye kama tunaweza kupata musaidizi.
Leo nilipata kawakati kidogo nikafata Okapi ni ajabu,kama unaweza pata wakati andika juu yamambo yenye iko inapitikana ku Nord-K.
Asante
See you online.
Neema

wanja's picture

Save the Children

Hi Madeleine,

It is really sad that children as innocent as they are, have suffered so much. My heart goes out to them and I am full of gratitude for those nuns and others like them, who selflessly look after this children. It is humbling that even without enough resources the nuns soldier on.
Thank you for sharing this with us. I wonder whether there are government initiated efforts to protect children. I think it would help if the plight of these children and others in similar circumstances is brought to the attention of government and/or able organizations so that a long term solution is found.
I commend you for speaking up. it is a step in the right direction.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Liz

EWG

MADELEINE BWENGE's picture

Save the children

Merci beaucoup ma chère Liz pour vos réactions par rapport à la situation des enfants en RDC. Je poursuis à vous informer qu'à l'heure où je vous écris, la situation des femmes et celle des enfants devient de plus en plus très précaire compte tenue des atrocités qui viennent de reprendre à Goma; chef lieu de la province du Nord-Kivu où presque 100.000 personnes sont jetées dans la rue, fuyant la guerre. Ces femmes et leurs enfants passent la nuit à la belle étoile, sous la pluie et affamés. Voilà combien pèse l'insécurité ici dans la partie orientale de la RDC

wanja's picture

Karibu sana!

Merci beaucoup ma che're

EWG

Dear Madeleine~

I first send you, the nuns and all the children a heartfelt HUG, as the atrocities experienced by all is unimaginable and HUMAN LOVE is needed to combat the inhumanity. When there is this level of violence and atrocities happening to innocent children and people, we can not ignore the cry and need to find solutions, action and vigilant prayers to end the violence.

The love and care you and the nuns provide the children is a blessing but help is needed. Are we able to find international organizations to step in and provide a safe haven for the children to recover. To save the life and future of the children is critical and urgent. THANK YOU for bringing to the world's attention the urgency of the fate of these children. You are not alone, we will share your story and cry for these beautiful children!

Prayers and Action for Peace and Humanity for the children in Eastern DRC!!!

Linda

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Merci beaucoup pour toutes vos prières en faveur des enfants de la RDC. La situation du moment est très catastrophique ici dans la partie orientale avec la reprise des hostilités. Plus de 100.000 personnes fuyant l'insécurité se trouvent dans la rue, exposées aux intempéries, à la famine, au froid, mouillées quotidiennement par la pluie puisque nous sommes en saison de pluie. La majorité étant composée des femmes et des enfants; voilà à quel niveau les populations civiles payent lourdement le tribu de la guerre à l'Est de la RDC. D'aucun se demande, à quand la fin des hostilités en RDC?

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