Corona Update: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Alfred Mbuta sensitizes street children about protection from Covid-19 and distributes hand-washing kits and protective masks. Photo: Mission 21

Alfred Mbuta does not mince words in his assessment of the situation. The experienced church leader of the Communauté Evangelique du Kwango (CEK) denounces the actions of the authorities. But he is also critical of individual exponents of the churches who, as "false prophets," would unsettle the people.

Mbuta notes that the authorities prescribe hygiene measures, but do not offer any help against the social misery of the poverty-stricken population. Therefore, the population would hardly adhere to the lockdown and the infections would increase.

Practical help from the church

He feels helpless, Mbuta explains - and yet he is very committed to the survival and health of the disadvantaged. For example, he helps street children by providing them with simple training in pottery.

Mbuta also carries out information and awareness work. The street children should know why hygiene measures are important and how they help to protect themselves from the virus. Mission 21 supports the work of CEK in the DR Congo. A work that is particularly important against the backdrop of the desolate situation in the country.

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