EVENT: CAFOD speaker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo at St Mellitus, 15 July

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On Monday 15 July, the Justice and Peace group of St Mellitus Church, Tollington Park, will play host to visiting CAFOD partner Bernard Balibuno who will give a first-hand account of CAFOD’s work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There will be a particular focus on CAFOD’s response to the humanitarian problems unfolding in the east of the country as a result of the ongoing conflict between government forces and rebel military group, M23.

The fighting in the region has driven more than 250,000 people from their homes leaving them without access to decent shelter, water, sanitation and medical care.

CAFOD has so far been able to distribute shelter materials, cooking equipment and clothing to more than 45,750 people forced to flee their homes because of fighting, and plans to reach a further 8,500 people in the coming weeks. CAFOD’s partners are also providing medicines to hospitals and health centres in the region, piping drinking water from natural springs, building latrines that will assist 43,000 people and providing medical care for women who have been sexually attacked.

If you would like to take this unique opportunity to learn more about how CAFOD is working to help people affected by the conflict from someone who has been directly involved, the meeting will take place on Monday 15 July at St Mellitus Church, The Presbytery, Tollington Park, London N4 3AG (click for map) at 7pm. The talk will run for approximately 20 minutes with a chance to ask questions afterwards. All are welcome to attend. If you would like any further information, contact CAFOD Westminster on 0208 449 6970 or westminster@cafod.org.uk.

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