Today, Al Jazeera released a report about the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) activity in DR Congo. Malcolm Webb, reporting from Dungu (the home of one of the She’s My Sister staff members’ family and now two trauma healing sites), notes that “[t]he LRA attacks are sporadic, but the violence causes villagers to flee to the towns out of fear.” Even though the LRA has dwindling numbers and may attack less (the report notes that the purpose of more recent attacks is to take food and other resources), the Army has instilled into a population a greater fear, a fear that forces them to flee their homes to a “safer” place.
Jorge Holly, a worker for the United Nations High Commmission on Refugees (UNHCR), properly notes that “people here have been seriously traumatized by repeated attacks of LRA, but also from the violence and the mutilation that some of them have suffered.” The video shows the food supply and aid that the UNHCR is able to provide; however, the UNHCR does not provide healing for the trauma that Holly mentions.
But you have the opportunity to bring healing to women who, like Micheline in the news clip, have suffered as a result of the LRA conflict. By supporting one of this year’s My Sister Tour cyclists, you can help them ride so he or she can tell the story of the LRA and how She’s My Sister seeks to bring restoration to those who have survived the LRA attacks. Visit http://www.mysistertour.org/sponsor-a-participant/ to give. Bless those riding so that they can be a blessing to others–to those they meet while riding, and most importantly, our sisters in DRC.
For the full article, visit the Al Jazeera site.