Rape and gender-based violence is an issue that affects girls and women around the world. It happens in families of privilege as well as those in poverty. It occurs on university campuses, in armed forces and in offices of all kinds. It is an issue that cuts across all sectors of society, all religious groups, and all socio-economic levels. One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime (onebillionrising.org). [...]
On the 20th of November the rebel group M23 took Goma, the capital of the eastern province North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During and after the fighting between the M23 and the Congolese army the people in Goma found themselves in an environment of violence and war. Unfortunately frustration was growing and with it also the fragmentation of people and the mistrust between different tribes and ethnics.
To prevent further harm, HEAL Africa invited young people of [...]
HEAL AFRICA’s mission is to preserve the dignity of all people and to improve the health of all communities. Within this framework, HEAL AFRICA’s emergency team carried out a mission to analyze the situation for people displaced by war in Mugunga and Don Bosco and to identify emergency needs there.
The general objective of our field visits is:
To analyze the general situation of internally displaced people in the Mugunga camp and in the Don Bosco transit site.
For our site visits, [...]
On Monday, November 19th, 2012, war erupted in Goma between a rebel group, called ‘M23,’ and the Congolese army. As these two armed groups engaged in a two day-long firefight, many people were displaced, wounded, and killed. By Wednesday morning, M23 had declared victory and stated that they will continue to ‘liberate’ the rest of the country from the control of the Congolese army. While sentiments are mixed about the new regime, even those supportive of the new government regret [...]
The HEAL Africa team did a rapid assessment of the situation among the displaced people on Tuesday and Wednesday. HEAL Africa is working in partnership with PPSSP, a Congolese organization with ten years of experience in community development and relief work in North Kivu. They are members of the UNOCHA coordinating committee which will orchestrate the various international development organizations providing relief and response. This complex and constantly changing situation will require a concerted effort to maximize efficiency and prevent [...]
Cette guerre nous l’avons vécu dans un climat de peur, on attendait des crépitements de balles, et des bombes, nous sommes restés dans des maisons sans bouger, nous avions faim, il n’y avait pas de marché pour s’approvisionner en vivre, et jusqu’à maintenant dans la ville de Goma, il n’ya ni électricité, ni eau, c’est une situation catastrophique qui peut nous amener des maladies comme le cholera, et autres maladies diarrhéiques. Nous sommes [...]
Updates and Letters of Appeal from Dr. Luc Malemo and Dr. Margaret Salmon
Tomorrow is uncertain –Dr. Malemo
From Dr. Salmon, received Wed, Nov 21, 2012:
Subject: Goma, a functioning trauma center without supplies. Unacceptable
Below find our chief of surgery and director of emergency medicine’s morning comment and second appeal for assistance. HEAL Hospital is functioning, has 24/7 surgical coverage, multiple general and OB surgeons on site, emergency medicine residents in the emergency room, FAST trained, trauma trained and ready to be there [...]
This morning we received an update from Dr. Lussy at HEAL Africa in Goma:
‘It was calm in Goma last night, so we slept. Until this morning we have received 49 seriously wounded that we are taking care of. We ran out of fuel during the night and the generator stopped. We have gotten a bit of fuel for today. I just talked with Dr. Jo in Kigali.
We really appreciate the efforts that Margaret Salmon made, and an MSF (doctors without [...]
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In Goma, HEAL Africa gives emergency care to the war wounded.
Goma, 20 Novembre 2012 – 41 people are now inpatients at the HEAL Africa hospital after being injured by bullets during the fights between the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the Movement of March 23 (M23). These battles occurred in the city of Goma Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th of November 2012.
The number of wounded includes 19 children under 18 years [...]
The city of Goma passed to the control of the rebel group M23 over a series of struggles this morning the 20th of November, after a hard battle in the center of Goma. The M23 rebels are visible everywhere in town. There is some sporadic shooting in the outlying neighborhoods of the city.
Some gunshot victims came to the hospital affer the intense gun battles. Now there are calls from various neighborhoods for HEAL Africa’s ambulance to come and pick up [...]