Restore peace in the Congo25 mai 2017
"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: firstname.lastname@example.org