Held at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Congo Lobby Day event was organized by Congo Global Action, with support from World Vision, CARE, and Oxfam. On March 30-31, participants increased their understanding of the crisis and advocacy through panel discussions and legislative training, hearing from several experts on the region. On April 1, participants took to the Hill to speak out on behalf of the Congolese people, who have endured more than a decade of hardship.
Conflict in the eastern DRC has, to date, caused the deaths of more than 5 million people. Half of these deaths were among children under the age of 5. Most are the result of malnutrition, disease, and lack of access to health care as a result of the conflict.
Ironically, the DRC's vast natural resources have prolonged the conflict and have worsened the poverty of most of the Congolese people, as bordering nations continue to destabilize the DRC in order to pillage and smuggle resources into their own countries.
Rebel groups continue to target civilians as a tool of war. Women are raped and abducted to serve as sex slaves. The recruitment of child soldiers still occurs frequently; about one-third of those recruited are young girls.
>> Pray for peace and stability in the DRC.
>> Take action! Ask your member of Congress to contact the State Department to encourage work to bring peace in eastern Congo.
>> Sponsor a HopeChild in the DRC. World Vision in the DRC is participating in our HopeChild program to provide additional resources for children and families impacted by HIV and AIDS in this high-prevalence region.
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