Restore peace in the Congo

25 mai 2017 Par eastcongoumc

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ildren UMNSDes to weave and playing with a baby goat in Kanana village, a community Pygmy beyond Tunda, (Democratic Republic of the Congo), in October 2015. Reconciliation between the indigenous Pygmy tribes and a different ethnic group is part of a vision broader for the Mande Muyombo Bishop, newly elected.

Reconciliation between the indigenous Pygmy tribes and a another ethnic group is part of a broader vision of one of the new Bishops United Methodists in the Democratic Republic of the Mandé Muyombo Bishop Congo.Comme wrote in his Easter pastoral letter addressed to the members of the Church in northern Katanga region, the resurrection of Christ offers hope and newness of life including "peace in the region of Tanganyika and the reconciliation between the (Bantus) and Pygmies. We were all created in the image of God. "His appeal to the" spiritual renewal through sanctification, prayers and forgiveness towards the other "extends to the supply of the hope of peace and stability in all of this African nation, manifested by a desire to"move towards free and fair elections. "This desire is not new. The United Methodist Church has been at the forefront of the actions of peace, reconciliation and development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said Muyombo in an interview last month in Atlanta, where he was honored by the staff and directors of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Church agency responsible missions. Before being elected to the episcopate in March, Muyombo was part of the staff of this Agency for 2012. Were also elected as bishops, the Reverend Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge, assigned to central Congo and the Reverend Kasap Owan, to the South of the Congo. The Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda was re-elected and will continue to serve East of the Bashimibi Congo.Les – also known as the Pygmy – indigenous tribes living in central Congo, Eastern Congo and northern Katanga, where United Methodists have served as a bridge between the Pygmies and the Bantu majority. The current conflict, dating back to June 2016, resulted in deaths and the displacement of many people.

A grant from the Agency of the United Methodist Church, responsible for humanitarian assistance has helped people displaced by the conflict to deal with certain basic needs, said Muyombo. He also thanked the program of aviation Wings of the Morning and its pilot, missionary Gaston Nkulu Ntambo, for putting in place a program of medical aid.

"He shot a remarkable work to help some seriously injured people to be airlifted in health facilities in the city," argued Muyombo.

Muyombo said he appreciated the prayers and programs to boost peace initiatives, including a grant of $ 10,000 from the Agency of the United Methodist Church, responsible missions to support an ecumenical conference of peace and reconciliation, a few months ago. Another peace conference organized by members of the Government and local authorities also had a significant impact on the situation, he added.

Citing these "positive progress", Muyombo believes that the situation between the Pygmies and the Bantu is located in a "post-conflict stage. »

Now, a peacebuilding program is necessary. "The goal is to seek forgiveness, peace, reconciliation and healing," he said.

"The healing part is probably the most difficult," expressed Muyombo, and will require intentional programs "that help to recognize the humanity in each person. »

Permanent peace efforts continued also in other parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Among the 67 grants awarded recently by the Commission on theological education of the Central Conference, a grant of 21 285 dollars will be devoted to the "pastoral training in the fight against tribalism: an approach to theology of living together South of the Congo.

One of the challenges of the Pygmy conflict is that the indigenous Pygmy tribes had no "accompanying measures" to help integrate the community, noted Muyombo.

"We believe stimulate a program of coexistence between the two communities," explained the Bishop, which would include assistance to education, health and other needs.

The Reverend Betty Kazadi Musau, Secretary of the Central Conference of the Congo and President of the Health Council of the Conference of northern Katanga, helped bring together United Methodist Women and indigenous people in the region of Tanganyika to work towards the consolidation of peace.

Muyombo appreciated the fact that the Church and society of the United Methodist Church Council invited Musau to participate in February, with events in Norway that have focused on the links between the churches and indigenous cultures.

In an e-mail to United Methodist News Service after meetings of Norway, Musau said that his participation in a working group Methodist bringing together indigenous peoples opened the door of the Church to partnerships with Aboriginal groups in the Congo, in other parts of Africa and elsewhere in the world.

"With likely recommendations be implemented, through the report on the field funded by United Methodist Women-New York, I intend to expand the engagement of the Episcopal area of the North Katanga in the field of the consolidation of peace, of advocacy, rights and protection of indigenous peoples," she wrote.

Offer skills training professional between the Bantus and Pygmies, such as knitting, is "a good sign to live in harmony and peace to Tanganyika," Mr. Musau said.

"There has been training for the consolidation of peace in Kalemie (Tanganyika) for the case of the Congo on how to create harmony so that the two ethnic peoples live together," she said. "Too long, the only voice of Bantu was heard. Now, Aboriginal people claim their rights on land, power and intercommunal marriage. »

Another major concern is violence against women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Muyombo spoke of "significant progress" in the efforts of the Government, civil society and the church leaders to solve this problem with a goal of "zero tolerance. "A recent report by the mission of the United Nations in the Congo"has recognized that violence against women in the DRC has dropped considerably,"he added.

Conferences Methodists United Tennessee, Memphis and California-Pacifiquecollaborent with church Methodist United the Congo-East Congo Women Arise through, an initiative to meet the needs of the survivors of rape.

The progress is due in part to a campaign to raise awareness of all components of society, including church leaders, he said, "but also because the president of the Republic has appointed a special adviser in charge of sexual violence against women. "In addition, a special tribunal was created to quickly pursue any case of violence against women.

The United Methodist Church must continue to address this issue, argued the Bishop to which Congo is a "very patriarchal society" and a greater number of women should hold positions of leadership. United Methodist Women supported women's empowerment programs in northern Katanga, and Muyombo said he was considering contacting the Commission of the name on the status and role of women.

Bloom is Deputy to United Methodist News Service Editor. She resides in New York. Kathy Gilbert of UMNS contributed to this report. Media contact: