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20 February 2009


Congolese Quaker partnership - preview

An Africa-Britain joint venture

When Martin Gilbraith and Hazel Shellens visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo almost a year ago, they had little idea how the link between their two Area Meetings and Evangelical Quakers there would develop
  • A Congolese Quaker, Mkoko Boseka, had first asked British Quakers for help during a UK visit in August 2007 and they had responded with small amounts of money for a peace centre
  • Now was the time to visit and see things at first-hand

  • Our Congolese Friends live in South Kivu, just south of the recent fierce fighting around Goma in North Kivu
  • There are no direct flights to South Kivu: instead you fly to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, queue for a time at the border crossing, then drive alongside Lake Tanganyika to the regional capital Uvira, where the peace centre has been established
  • Abeka, where several more Quaker projects are based, is another twenty-five miles south along the lakeside on dirt roads

  • Hannah Morrow

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