Black Positive People : HEAL Africa

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    HEAL Africa
    (Health/Education/Action/Leadership

    Congolese led
    Globally connected
    Community focused
    Significant Impact


    Our mission is to provide holistic care for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo: training health professionals, strengthening social activists and providing physical, spiritual and social healing.

    Based in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, a region where war has claimed over 5 million lives since 1998, HEAL Africa's medical, social, and economic initiatives foster peace and development.

    HEAL Africa’s hospital and community development work address the root causes of illness and poverty for the people of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The hospital and the 28 women’s houses in Maniema and North Kivu have provided a safe place for many victims of the war, and have been a motor for combating poverty and promoting community cohesion over the past 14 years.
     
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    Congo has been called the "worst humanitarian disaster since World War II" by the International Rescue Committee. An estimated 5 million people have died due to the conflict since 1998. The eastern region of Congo, where HEAL Africa works, is characterized by extreme violence, mass population displacements, widespread rape, and a collapse of public health services. The outcome has been a humanitarian disaster unmatched by any other in recent decades. In the midst of this conflict faith communities are the one constant presence and reach into every village and HEAL Africa works through these communities to provide social, physical, and spiritual healing.

    A Background of Conflict
    Since 1992 Central Africa has been torn apart by a war in which over six million people have lost their lives. Congo has been brought to its knees in a bloody regional which began with the spillover of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Armed groups from Congo and from neighboring countries continue to vie for power and natural resources in a country endowed with the largest amount of mineral wealth per sq km in the world. In 2000, Madeleine Albright suggested this war was of such great magnitude and regional impact that "it could be described as Africa's first world war". A peace agreement was signed in January 2008, but stability is yet to be seen and violence continues. The remaining militias continue to rape, loot, and destroying remote villages.

    As a result of our medical specialists, HEAL Africa is called upon to deal with the physical, psychological and emotional consequences of this war.

    Goma
    HEAL Africa is based in the city of Goma which lies on the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, bordering the country of Rwanda (area map). During the genocide of 1994, the UNHCR estimates that nearly a million refugees sought shelter in the area. After the eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in 2002, tens of thousands of families lost their homes. Unlike the rural areas which are very fertile, Goma is built on volcanic lava without water supply or soil, making it very difficult for the population to support themselves. 70% of families in the area have an average monthly income of less less than $25.

    Sexual Violence against Women
    Women have born the brunt of the war. We are only now beginning to see the extent of the suffering of women whose villages have been destroyed, whose husbands have been killed, whose children have grown up without an education, and who have been raped, tortured and enslaved by militia. As of August 2006, over 4,200 violated women have been identified by the forty counselors working in Masisi Territory alone. Rape has been systematically used as a weapon of war. These women are left with huge physical and psychological needs which HEAL Africa is beginning to address.


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    Don't you think it is rather hypocritical for white folks or global leaders to be talking about healing Africa, when Americans and Europeans need healing as well? How can a sick person help another sick person?

    Not to mention, the women hosting this video are obviously a feminist.


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    Well, I wasn't concerned with the woman who was HOSTING the video.

    I was more interested in what the actual African doctors had to say, the very doctors who treat the victims of rape and perform fistula surgeries on the women of that village and surrounding areas.

    One of the co-founders of this organization is Dr. Jo Lusi, an African doctor. The other co-founder is his WHITE wife, Lynn Lusi.

    So, for you, with your strong opposition to inter-racial marriages, the question begs, "Does that fact take precedence over what this organization does in medical treatment, counseling and economic empowerment for the women of Goma?"

    This organization is dedicated to helping the women of this impoverished, war-torn village.

    So, "hypocritical" or not, I don't think the women of Goma who have been raped and/or used as sexual slaves or who are HIV positive (and their babies) really care about any "hypocrisy."

     
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