Independent Appeal: Africa’s Schindler

Published on The Independent, by , 7 December 2009.

In one of the continent’s bloodiest battlegrounds, one man has saved thousands from the clutches of lethal militias. Claire Soares launches this year’s Christmas Appeal from Butembo, Congo.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, blessed with an abundance of precious minerals but blighted by years of war, hope can sometimes seem the scarcest commodity. But if that is the case, no one told Henri Bura Ladyi.

He has single-handedly rescued 5,000 people from the clutches of militiamen as they deliberated whether to keep the group as a human shield or simply massacre them in an immediate show of strength. He has freed scores of kidnapped child soldiers by persuading Mai Mai rebels to exchange them for goats … (full text). 

Links:

Ethiopia: Oxfam calls for radical shake-up of aid system to break cycle of hunger, 26 Dec 2009.

What Congolese Children Expected for Christmas? December 26, 2009.

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