An armed rebellion is spreading in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Rebel troops are attempting to expand the territory they hold. International aid organizations are evacuating personnel. There are serious concerns about the safety of DRC residents as the crisis deepens.
You can take action to help. FTS has signed onto a campaign by our colleagues at the Raise Hope for Congo project, along with Jewish World Watch and Falling Whistles. It’s a petition asking the U.S. government to exert its influence in the region to promote peace and safeguard lives. You can sign here.
Read about the situation in Congo in yesterday’s blog post. Our own staff and those working for our frontline partner organizations are now in rebel-controlled territory, but they’re safe for now.
Thank you for taking action.
The news coming out of Congo, and all too often, Africa in general, is mostly dour and depressing. It’s an unbalanced view of a continent that is actually teeming with activism, entrepreneurism, hope, joy and beauty.
With that said, as an anti-slavery organization, part of our role is to expose problems that, frankly, ARE depressing. But our message always includes HOPE that slavery can be ended, and that people most affected by slavery hold the keys to sustainable solutions.
That is why I love a new video series from our friends at the Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign. The “I am Congo” video series shows exactly where we get the inspiration to do our work: from the amazing people we meet there all the time.
When I tell people what I do or that I’m traveling to Congo, they usually respond: “Wow, isn’t it awful?” This video series shows why the answer is: “NO! It’s amazing! Congo is beautiful, and the people are amazing, and they inspire you every single day.”
I’ve met two of the five people featured in the launch of “I am Congo.” They fully deserve a shout out: Well done, Fidel and Petna!