Disciples are urged to join with over 100 countries in solidarity with the people of the Congo during Congo Week, which started Oct. 19 and extends through Oct. 25. Congo Week is a global initiative led by students to raise awareness about the situation in the Congo and provide support to the Congolese people.
Although the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the most mineral-rich countries on Earth, 80 percent of its people survive on less than 30 cents a day. Multinational corporations have exploited the Congo for its abundance of Coltan, which is used in cell phones, DVDs and computers. The country is also exploited for diamonds, cassiterite and gold.
Disciples also are encouraged to participate in "Cell Out" which started today, Oct. 22, when thousands will turn off their cell phones from noon to 6 p.m. and refrain from text messaging. To read a solidarity statement addressed to the Disciples in the DRC and signed by General Minister and President Sharon Watkins, visit:
To read a statement by Disciples leaders in the DRC, visit: www.globalministries.org/news/africa/statement-from-the-disciples.html