Saturday, November 19, 2011

We are adopting from...

We have chosen to adopt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the 2nd largest country in Africa and the 2nd poorest country in the world, according to the United Nations' 2010 Human Development Report.  It is estimated that 15% of the DRC's under-18 population are orphans, which amounts to just over 5,000,000 people.  This is equal to the entire population of Scotland! 

These pictures are of children who are in orphanages due to war. Rwanda's genocide in 1994 plunged Zaire (now DRC) into the deadliest conflict since World War II. Over two million Hutus fled Rwanda into Zaire, many of them militiamen, who began to attack the Tutsis. The militia eventually toppled the government and the new president renamed the country the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The "African World War" continued for five years on Congolese land, with fighters from six countries represented, many of them child soldiers. Although a peace treaty was signed in 2003, fighting continues in the Eastern regions of the country. 

“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; 
he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.”     
1 Samuel 2:8 

God bless the people of this country, especially the helpless children 
that have been made orphans.

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