Disciples News Service

Students Organize 'Congo Week' Over Congolese Crisis

Global MinistriesThe Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries encourages Disciples to support "Break the Silence" Congo Week, Oct. 19-25, to help raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis occurring in the Congo. Students from 100 countries and 1,000 campuses will hold events, including films, lectures, demonstrations, and more, on their campuses dealing with the Congo crisis in October. Nearly 6 million people have died in the Congo since 1996. More than half of them have been children under age 5. Hundreds of thousands of Congolese women have been raped in the battles over the country’s wealth.

College students on several campuses are the key organizers of Congo Week. The students also have organized "Cell Out," an observance that will take place Oct. 22, when everybody is urged to turn off their cell phones from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and refrain from text messaging. Many Congolese people have been killed over Coltan, a precious mineral that is used in cell phones and other electronic devices. To learn more about "Break the Silence" go to www.congoweek.org/english and "The Cell Out" www.globalministries.org/news/africa/the-cell-out.html