Salesians in DR Congo Receiving “war-displaced people, in very precarious situation”

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Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are receiving and facilitating the resettlement of thousands of “war-displaced people” from the country’s four Provinces, who they say, “are in a very precarious situation”. 

In a report published Wednesday, March 15, SDB officials speak about the assistance that Salesian Missions, the U.S.-based development arm of SDB, has given to help those fleeing conflict, which, the report indicates, “has left more than 5.8 million people displaced across the provinces of Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika.”

“Salesians in Goma and the surrounding areas in DRC are supporting people who have been displaced because of ongoing conflict,” SDB officials say, and add, “Thousands of displaced people have settled on the grounds of Don Bosco Shasha, and Salesians are trying to provide food and shelter.”

A Salesian member with the East Delegation of the Central Africa Province has been quoted as saying that SDB members “have received yet another group of war-displaced people in our community of Don Bosco Shasha. We are trying to see how we can help them.”

The displaced persons, the SDB member says in the March 15 report, “have fled leaving almost everything in their homes and are in a very precarious situation. We need to remain united in prayer for this situation which is going to continue.”


He recalls that on February 9, “forces from one of the warring parties entered the area of Kimoka, a village located eight kilometers (about 5 miles) from the town of Sake and just 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from Shasha.”

“Around 10 a.m. there was a stampede in the area. The parents of our students from Don Bosco Shasha came and collected their children to get ready to move out. By 2 p.m. the displaced had settled on our grounds and in front of the classrooms. We opened the doors for them. On the first night alone, we took in 582 refugees from 89 households,” the Salesian Missionary explains.

Since the beginning of October 2022, SDB officials say, “More than 28,000 people seeking refuge from violence have arrived at Don Bosco Ngangi”

“Salesian missionaries, with support of volunteers from the Salesian-run International Volunteering for Development (VIS), are supporting people as best they can,” they say, and add, “Those displaced are also turning to Don Bosco Shasha, located outside of Goma.”

In the March 15 report, Salesians in DRC say that they are “working to provide shelter, food and other supplies to people in need.”

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They appeal for more assistance noting that “supplies are running low as people are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.” 

“We say a big thank you to all the people who are helping us to help all these displaced people,” the Salesian Missionary with the East Delegation of the Central Africa Province has been quoted as saying in the March 15 report, adding, “We will continue with other activities according to the needs we identify in the camp.”

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.