Renewed and heavy fighting in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo had forced the suspension of World Vision’s relief and recovery programme recently. We need humanitarian relief to continue to be able to get through to the people in need in the Congo. Up to 50,000 women and children have been forced to leave their homes. The total number of people displaced is now over a million and all seeking shelter in refugee camps. The safety and protection of women and children in these camps is absolutely vital. Also children that have been captured by rebel forces, have been forced to fight for the rebel cause. Bring hope to the broken lives of these young children who have been separated from their families. Please pray for an end to the conflict there very soon and that peace efforts would be successful.
The people of Congo need our help. They are being terrorised – murder and rape are rife, hundreds of thousands have fled their homes caught between the brutal violence of both rebels and the Congolese army, without food or shelter. Only the hesitating EU can deploy an effective, neutral force in the next two weeks.
There’s no military solution, but right now a neutral force in the region to protect civilians, helping to reconstruct the UN peacekeeping presence and putting real diplomatic pressure on Congo and neighbouring countries will greatly boost our chances of stopping this humanitarian crisis and starting to build a lasting peace. So sign the petition below and spread the word – it will be sent to key European and international officials once we have reached 100,000 signatures.
Sign the petition here to spread the word, they only need 7526 signatures to reach 100,000! Avazz will then send these to European and International officers.
This is the letter:
To EU and UN Security Council leaders:
We urge you to address the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Congo by supporting the immediate deployment of a neutral European force to protect civilians from rape, murder and starvation and secure humanitarian access – United Nations peacekeepers are crying out for this help, and it would provide impetus for them to play a more effective and balanced role in Congo. UN, EU and African officials should step up political engagement to strengthen the peace processes, acting as honest brokers and guarding against partisanship and exploitation.
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So please I beg you that you sign the petition, send it to friends, talk about it and make some noise. I have digged the petition, so please spread the word by giving your digg to that article here.
If you can please donate here as well:
Oxfam – Select Crisis in Congo 2008
World Vision – Select Democratic Republic of Congo