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Wycliffe responds to escalating violence in DRC through trauma healing


March 16, 2018


Wycliffe Canada is joining with other ministries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to provide trauma healing for thousands of displaced Congolese who have recently arrived in Bunia, on the eastern edge of the Central African country.

Over the past few weeks, violence in the region has displaced well over 100,000 people. As a result, tens of thousands of traumatized men, women and children have made their way to Bunia, the capital of Ituri province, or fled by boat to neighbouring Uganda.

“It's a horrendous situation,” says Wycliffe Canada’s Marian VanderMeer, who, with her husband John, serves in Bible translation efforts for language groups in DRC. 

“A camp has been set up on a piece of land near the general hospital and another one is being prepared.  At this point, there has not been enough food or tarps or anything else for the tens of thousands that have fled here with nothing. . . .

“The attacks are coming closer to Bunia and there is much fear among the people here. On International Women's Day (observed on March 8), many women gathered to pray and to plead with God to stop this war.”

In response to the crisis, a major church denomination in DRC has asked CITBA, Wycliffe’s key partner for trauma healing in DRC, to join with local churches and Christian agencies, including Samaritan’s Purse, to provide trauma healing workshops and practical aid. The workshops aim to first help pastors living in the camps, so they can find healing for their own trauma and then use their training to help others.

Pastor Calliste Duabo (featured in the Jan-Apr 2018 issue of Word Alive magazine) will lead the delegation of experienced trauma healing master facilitators. The team also hopes to provide refugees with the trauma healing handbook and audio materials in Ndruna, Swahili and French.

 

You can help
Wycliffe Canada raises funds to provide Bible-based, trauma healing workshops for local believers involved in Bible translation, as well as pastors, church members, children and others in DRC who need healing.

Help provide trauma healing in DRC