Salesians in DR Congo Seeking Humanitarian Aid to Deliver “desperately needed” Supplies

A camp of displaced people spontaneously arises around Salesian work “Don Bosco Ngangi”. Credit: Salesian Missions

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are seeking humanitarian assistance to facilitate the delivery of supplies that they say are “desperately needed” by thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have escaped violence in the Eastern part of the country.

In a report, SDB officials say thousands of IDPs fleeing violence between the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) and the M23 rebels in Rutshuru Territory, North Kivu Province, are seeking shelter at the playground of Don Bosco Ngangi Youth Center in the Archdiocese of Goma.

“The situation is dire as there are not enough supplies for people and this area was not set up for a camp like this. Supplies are desperately needed and Salesians are calling for help,” SDB officials say in the Tuesday, November 22 report.

“There are no latrines, drinking water, food or firewood,” they say, and add, “During the first day, about 30 trees were cut down to build more stable shelters and provide wood for cooking.”

SDB officials further say that about 10 food plantations belonging to local residents were damaged to accommodate the IDPs.


The conflict between the FARDC and M23 has reportedly intensified in Rutshuru Territory in recent months.

In the November 22 report, the Salesian Provincial Delegate for the Eastern Zone of the Central Africa Province (AFC-EST) says the conflict has displaced about 2,500 families.

Fr. Aurélien Mukangwa says that it is difficult to witness, and unable to intervene in the misery to which so many innocent people are being forced. 

“Men, women, and children who are fleeing the combat zones in the Rutshuru Territory, North Kivu Province, are visibly tired, hungry, and traumatized,” Fr. Mukangwa says.

The Goma-based Salesian Cleric has also called on the people of God in Goma to “be open and willing, according to your possibilities (and as a community) to do something for the displaced youth, in collaboration with the Project Office of the AFC-EST Delegation.”

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“The time has come when we must go out to meet the youth, our target recipients, in the existential peripheries,” Fr. Mukangwa says.

He has also called on SDB members to make known the situation in North Kivu “and, according to our possibilities, let us bring humanitarian aid and call for peace in the Great Lakes region.”  

“Let us unite in prayer for peace in the east of our country. Let us pray both for the victims of this situation, and for those in power,” implores Fr. Mukangwa in the November 22 report.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.