The conflict that raged across eastern Congo from 1996 to 2002 is estimated by the United Nations to have resulted in the deaths of over 5 million people. Millions more who did not lose their lives were traumatized in multiple ways. This same conflict (referred to by some as “Africa’s World War”) involved nine sovereign nations and a plethora of ethnic groups pitted against each other.
Since the very inception of our work, Congo Initiative has sought to bring healing and renewal to those who are suffering from war.
We provide training and an opportunity for trauma healing and reconciliation through our Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict workshops. Since 2013, Congo Initiative has facilitated 75 seminars that have reached nearly 15,000 people across Congo, teaching peace and reconciliation.
The reconciliation that is born from these seminars is widespread. Our team travels to remote areas in Congo and even to neighboring countries, using a train-the-trainers methodology for expanding the message and impact of these workshops.