There’s new hope for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo

By December 16, 2008

Congo-Kinshasa (MNN) — President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila says he's stepping
up efforts to end the conflict with the rebels. Since fighting resumed in August, the war has
displaced more than 250,000 people.

Government representatives are
meeting the rebels in Nairobi, Kenya for United Nations-supported talks
Wednesday. Kabila also has promised to reduce
the violence and looting in the region and restore diplomatic ties between the
neighboring countries.

The National Congress for the Defense
of the People (CNDP) declared a ceasefire after reaching the gates of North
Kivu's provincial capital Goma in late October.  

The truce, generally respected by
both the rebels and the army, resulted in more than a month of relative calm in
the area.

Food For the Hungry sent an
assessment team in last week in the hopes of beginning infrastructure repair,
agriculture, nutrition, and launching a one year economic coalition

They're wrapping up details on a proposal
for a partnership with World Relief to work with families who have returned
home after being displaced by fighting in their own village. Together with the
proposal that Canadian Food for the Hungry (CFHI) is working on with CIDA, this
looks to be a well-rounded intervention.

Please pray that God will open a
door, allowing the believers to act as the hands and feet of Christ to the many
suffering in that area. Pray for
opportunities to share the Gospel.

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