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Congo Emergency Appeal

Alarming news is reaching us from Congo that fighting has broken out again in the area where Friends from Communauté des Églises Évangéliques des Amis au Congo, or CEEACO, live, causing some 1,000 Friends becoming displaced.

Bridget Butt of CAPI has filed a detailed update on the situation which reports alarming clashes taking place in the past two weeks in the Uvira and Abeka areas, where Friends live. CEEACO has prepared a project for immediate humanitarian relief, including a proposal for an urgent information-sharing campaign to try and dispel rumours and fear. A report from OCHA and a BBC article give further details of the growing levels of violence that are once more affecting the lives of Friends.

CEEACO operates a community hospital in Abeka. Patients were among those who fled the fighting in Abeka, taking their drips, transfusion needles, mattresses and sheets with them. A few patients who were in the Maternity ward have remained.

The Quaker Congo Partnership, an initiative of Quakers of Cambridgeshire and Manchester & Warrington in the UK, which supports CEEACO, has launched an emergency appeal to aid Friends’ relief efforts to keep the hospital going and meet the needs of the new wave of refugees. They ask for donations to be made through their web-site.

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