Capcon Lends Support to Refugees of Congolese Violence
Capcon is actively supporting the Enough Project, whose mission is to “support peace and an end to mass atrocities in Africa’s deadliest conflict zones”. Enough Project’s Founding Director John Prendergast has recently brought the organization’s focus to bear on Uganda, where refugees are spilling over the border from the neighboring DRC. Congolese citizens from the Ituri Province, which lies along the Ugandan border, have been fleeing the violence there. Militias in the Ituri Province are attacking & killing the citizenry, and the slaughter shows no signs of slowing down. The violence is attributed to Congolese President Joseph Kabila, who most believe has ordered the attacks to foment chaos which he can use as a pretext to delay elections and thereby hold on to power.
As Congolese refugees pour into Uganda, refugee camps swell with displaced, exhausted, hungry, and emotionally traumatized people. This is where the Enough Project has stepped in to help. Capcon Founder and President Jon Freeman visited the refugee camps in Uganda last month and witnessed the horror first hand. “These are innocent people who were just going about their daily lives”, said Freeman. “And suddenly they are confronted with this utterly senseless violence that tears their lives apart. The fear, grief, and loss they are experiencing is overwhelming”.
This is a complex problem which requires a complex solution, and the solution begins with bringing worldwide attention to this humanitarian crisis. Capcon is proud to support the ongoing work of the Enough Project in its efforts to stem the tide of violence in the Congo, and throughout the continent of Africa.