December 31, 2019

Apostle Gitwaza Sends Medical Team to Congo’s War-Ravaged Mulenge Region

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The medical team arrived in Minembwe over the weekend and began work on Monday

A medical from Rwanda has arrived in Minembwe, an area in DR Congo’s Uvira territory of south Kivu where bitter ethnic conflict and displacement have been taking place for over a year now.

The mission is organised by Apostle Dr Paul Gitwaza’s Zion Temple, one of the largest churches in Rwanda – with presence also in North America. The team comprises of 4 doctors, who will provide free treatment.

Minembwe is located in Mulenge region settled by Banyamulenge who have been at war with other Congolese tribes. The ethnic conflict has also been compounded by regional geopolitical interests involving Rwandan and Burundian rebels and government-backed groups.

It is a conflict that has yet to make it to the international media airwaves, except for social media hashtags #SaveMulenge and #IamMulenge which trended for some days and died away.

The conflicts reached its peak last month and Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame was asked about it at a press conference last month. He admitted the conflict had regional dimensions.

As a result, thousands have abandoned their homes, villages torched, and Banyamulenge cows looted or taken by force by mai mai militias.

Many of the Banyamulenge are also in refugee camps in Rwanda, as the wars in the region have been ongoing since 1996.

The Zion Temple team began on Monday yesterday and will be there for 6 days, according to Mulenge Press Channel, a local news site based in the area.

Children share a meal at site for the displaced in Minembwe where thousands are said to have abandoned their villages escaping attacks
Some of the medical equipment brought by the Zion Temple church from Rwanda

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