With the assistance of the international community, a potential genocide can be averted. Homes, schools, churches and health centres of 160 Banyamulenge villages have been burned, forcing families to flee for safety in the highlands of the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Many families have been subjected to extreme violence with deaths reaching into the hundreds. Today around 85,000 are displaced in the region with many gathering for safety in numbers in the region of Minembwe. They lack food, shelter and protection from the threats of violence and death. Thousands of lives are now at risk.
In response to the call of the Banyamulenge community, we are seeking support from international multi-lateral agencies, foundations and non-governmental organizations to:
- Raise awareness of the acute crisis in East DR Congo,
- Respond to the humanitarian emergency and
- Gain the support of the international community to ensure the protection of Banyamulenge families in the region.
See our East Congo Crisis website for updates.