Tag Archives | Democratic Republic of the Congo

Love’s Law

In late 2006, I came back from two years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) totally convinced that the rule of law is one of the greatest gifts any nation can have. Congo is a “failed state” and, not being ruled by law, it is ruled by chaos. Millions have died since the […]

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Filming in the DRC

I like movies. I admire the screenwriters’ creativity and how they are able to imagine things and bring them to life, for people to enjoy. Most movies that do well are built on a running tension between good guys (protagonists) and the bad guys (antagonists). Often the good guys are in pursuit of the bad […]

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Mothers Ending Poverty

Mothers are key players in ending poverty. All over the world, Food for the Hungry (FH) is investing in mothers by educating them in health, agriculture, small business management, finances and more. One exceptional way women are partnering with FH to reduce child mortality is by serving as mother leaders in care groups. FH trains […]

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Beyond the T-shirt for a Congolese Mom

When Freddy Kitwa, my colleague from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), sent me a story this week – he included one of those small details about a young mom that made the story spring to life. Freddy detailed the story of Mande, a 32-year-old mother of three children (Jean, age 11; Kisimba, age seven; and […]

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Photo of a woman in the Democratice Republic of the Congo

“The worst place on earth to be a woman”

On March 7, 2012, the PBS NewsHour ran a piece with this title about women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Food for the Hungry (FH) has been working there since the eastern part of the country’s descent into hell in the mid-1990s.  For women in the DRC, March 8th, International Women’s Day, is […]

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Farmers inspire me to knit my socks

In August 2012, I became a great-aunt for the first time. I have always been a good aunt — just ask my niece — but when my dear niece had twin boys, I graduated to GREAT aunt. I grew up with a plethora of great aunts. Like all good Northern farm girls, they could knit up […]

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Protecting women, children from disaster in DR Congo

Women and children — particularly women WITH young children — are among the most vulnerable people when disaster strikes.  It’s a problem at the top of our list and for our staff working with the current crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recent developments in the country’s long-standing war have sent tens of […]

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