IN THE NEWS A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE

The Kivu provinces: Finding peace when war is at your back door

To take a mental journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and conditions in the North and South Kivu provinces, consider what it would be like if the state or province in which you live was bordered by nine other countries, and refugees and militants from one or two of those nations regularly poured into your neighborhood, fighting and pursuing their own political agendas without any concern about how that might affect your life, your home, your work, your children.

For over a decade, people who live in the Kivus—two of the provinces in DRC—have had that experience. Situated in eastern DRC, they share a common border with Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. (See www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/drcongo.pdf.) North Kivu is home to the Virunga National Park, a World Heritage site that contains the endangered mountain gorillas. This writer, who lives in Kinshasa, the capital of DRC, explains the devastating effects of this prolonged warlike state, and the spiritual truths he is using to pray about it.

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