The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has a myriad of problems, many of which are a result of the Belgian colonization which ended in 1960. Ever since, there has been political instability, corruption, and war. The Congolese Civil Wars that started in 1996 have been responsible for over five million deaths and immeasurable pain. Furthermore, much of the country struggles with poverty, access to clean water and basic necessities, and the fallout from years of war over the rich natural resources in the country. DRC has been called the “rape capital of the world” and violence against women is commonplace.
The DRC is one of the biggest messes in the world, but it also has great potential. It is home to one of the largest rivers and rainforests, has a plenty of natural resources, and is primed for agriculture. This blog post sheds some light on the concerns of the mission in the DRC. The region is plagued by corrupt police and leadership which will do anything to maintain control, even deny basic needs to the population. Our missionaries refuse to give up though, and emphasize love in their dioceses by helping in any way they can.