The Democratic Republic of Congo is in crisis. The crisis has gone more or less completely unreported in the western media but the UN estimates that 1 million people have fled their homes and that 731,000 people, the majority of whom are women and children, need humanitarian assistance. The number of people affected generally appears to be over 4 million.
How the crisis has affected Butoke
The crisis has affected Butoke directly:
- Kananga, the city to which Butoke evacuated its orphans following fighting close to Tshikaji where it is normally based, has now also seen widespread violence. Civilians have been killed.
- Of the thirteen final year students whom Butoke was sponsoring, one was killed in the fighting, five fled their homes, and only seven took their final exams.
- Twenty seven members of the extended family of Butoke’s chief nurse were murdered in a massacre committed by a militia group.
- Butoke has had to close its school in Tshikaji for the time being due to the insecurity all around it.
How is Butoke responding to the crisis?
Butoke continues to care for its orphans in Kananga. It has got them into a school there but is struggling to pay the fees.
It is providing food to displaced people.
The school, which was closed for several months as a result of the violence and instability, is now open.