Mission

Our mission is to educate and mobilize the population on matters relating to national/ regional unity and reconciliation and to carry out constructive discourse relating to peace, unity and reconciliation.

Education for Peace
"Congo"

“Education for Peace - Congo” or “Education Pour la Paix - Congo” is a legally registered organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), fully registered with the Ministry of Local Government under laws governing DRC. It is an NGO that is a non-profit Association with no political affiliation.

Our Team

Pastor Amos Semuzima

President and Founder

Dr Yoseph Ndakize

President of B O D

Pastor Evariste Rubibi

Vice-President

Azarias Sebikamiro

Secretary

Me Mugaju Ngirimana Obed

Provincial Coordinator

The greatest challenges before humanity today are conflict, violence, terrorism and war, along with their terrible consequences of poverty, disease and environmental destruction. The challenges are at all levels of human society: families, schools, communities etc. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the challenges are often extreme.

What we do

We serve the following groups

Families

Including children, raising them to become vessels of peace in society in the next generation.

Gender Equality

War exacerbates gender inequality. We work towards: • Improving equality in all forms of education. • Improving equality in political and public administration. • Reducing ignorance of women and girls, fighting against superstitious ideas, poverty, and prejudices which cause gender discrimination.

The Elderly

Similarly, the elderly suffer more than most in war. We support them financially, emotionally, socially and medically.

Youth

We work with experts to serve young people affected by war, addressing issues affecting them, including underlying emotional issues such as confusion, frustration, uncertainty, as well as intellectual struggles and sexual development.

Marriage

War puts pressure on marriages and so we help to foster healthy marriages and deal with crises in marriage.

Widows

Supporting widows and orphans is a top priority of this project. Many widows from different parts of High Plateau who fled war were brought together in Minembwe Sector. Their husbands died in the war.

Victims of Violence

We support the victims of war seeking mental, physical and social improvement.

Parenting

We train couples in good parenting in conflict situations, because the relationship between husband and wife has a direct impact on the welfare and progress of their children and society at large.

Communities

We build community resilience, enhancing the culture of peace and holistic development after reconciliation is sought.

Orphans

We support children either separated from their parents, or whose parents died. Some of these have no relatives, others are taken care of by siblings or other relatives or friends.

The Disabled

Health care is very important for displaced people, who often do not have insurance or money to buy medicines. This is especially true for the disabled, so we provide basic health care and counselling, helping them overcome their emotional struggles: Denial, anger, depression, rejection.

Perpetrators

We encourage criminal justice for perpetrators, and provide counseling to help them change their violent behaviors.

The Causes of the War in Eastern Province

War broke out in 2017 when the Mai-Mai militia group, together with armed forces from Burundi (FNL, Red Tabara and Forebu) attempted to uproot the Banyamulenge tribe from the soil of their ancestors.

  • The accusation: The rebel groups accused the Banyamulenge of being Rwandan refugees seeking to improperly gain benefits in DRC, starting with collectively obtaining Congolese nationality, including the indigenous right to land.
  • The reality: The Banyamulenge are not Rwandan refugees, because their presence on the territory that became the DRC dates back long before the existence of the DRC as a state, with clearly defined tribal geographic boundaries during the colonial era.
  • The accusation: The rebels additionally claim that the Banyamulenge are plotting the balkanization of their area of DRC.
  • The reality: On the contrary, the Banyamulenge have consistently functioned as good and faithful citizens of DRC. This false accusation aims to demonize them in order to facilitate their extermination. We fear that this may become genocide.

The endless war and conflict in Eastern Kivu, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their territory and seeking refuge in neighboring countries, has caused civilians to suffer, violence and ethnic tensions to worsen.

The UN Security Council has witnessed the deterioration of security in Eastern Congo. Their plan to resolve the conflict in the Kivu by emphasizing peaceful dialogue has been failing. The current situation has created great uncertainty.

Current Situation

The situation continues to worsen daily. More than 200,000 people have fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu highlands in recent months, as the long-simmering struggle over land, power, and citizenship descends into village burnings and widespread killings.

Coalitions of militias drawn from the Babembe, Bafuliru, and Banyindu communities – who consider themselves “indigenous” Congolese – are fighting the Banyamulenge, a vastly outnumbered cattle-herding group of Rwandan origins, often falsely derided as “outsiders”.

Foreign rebel groups from neighboring counties are suspected of participating in the violence, which is centered on Minembwe and Itombwe – remote mountainous areas where many Banyamulenge have lived for generations.

Fighting here is common, but residents say the recent clashes are among the worst in years.

More than 300 villages, the majority of them Banyamulenge, have been burned down, according to some estimates. The UN is struggling to verify these claims due to its limited presence in the region, where many roads are impassable.

 

Mass theft of cattle, approximately 350,000, has wiped out the livelihoods of many Banyamulenge residents, some of whom told The New Humanitarian (see link below) of brutal killings and alleged a calculated campaign to dislodge them from their villages in Minembwe and Itombwe.

Clashes have intensified, as the militias, known as Mai-Mai, close in on Minembwe town, where thousands of displaced Banyamulenge have sought protection around a UN peacekeeping base. Social infrastructures such as schools, pharmacies, and hospitals have been destroyed, disrupting vaccination programmes, while deadly measles and cholera epidemics ripple through Congo.

While all communities have been affected, UN officials and aid workers say the Banyamulenge are suffering the most.

Rarely have the three other communities, whose militias have their own internal rivalries, operated in a military alliance. Now they are doing so against the Banyamulenge, which today is at “high” risk of suffering atrocities, according to UN officials.

Intensifying village burnings have now squeezed the Banyamulenge into an increasingly small patch of land in South Kivu. Others have fled to safer towns such as Uvira, along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Still others are fleeing in large numbers all the way to Nairobi, Kenya.

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