Living Letters visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo

8 to 15 July 2009                                                  Read more about the visit

Makeshift shelter in Bukavu

Displaced people inside one of the makeshift shelters in Bukavu. Many of them were displaced from their homes in the Mwenga area, South Kivu, about two months ago.

Panzi Hospital, Bukavu, South Kivu

The Living Letters team listens to nurse Esther Munyerenkana and Dr Christine Amisi (far right). From left: Rev. Aaro Rytkönen (FinnChurchAid), Monica Njoroge (FECCLAHA) and Rev. Elenora Giddings Ivory (WCC).

Dr Denis Mukwege, founder of Panzi Hospital

Dr Mukwege's daily work is to treat victims of sexual violence in eastern DRC, where armed groups are using rape as a weapon of war

Nzulo Camp in Goma, North Kivu

Rev. Kakule Molo (in the front), president of the Baptist Community in Central Africa, took the Living Letters team to Nzulo Camp on 11 July.

Displaced women and children

Children living at the camp

In the background: Anna Muinonen, DRC programme coordinator for FinnChurchAid.

Church leaders

WCC general secretary Kobia (right) presents a cross to Mgr Pierre Marini Bodho, the national president of Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) at the close of an AACC workshop on Transformative Leadership for Peace, Healing and Reconciliation in Kinshasa, 14 July 2009.

All photos © Fredrick Nzwili/WCC
High resolution versions of these pictures are available upon request.