The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a nation endowed with great potential for wealth. Abundant deposits of diamond, cobalt, copper, gold, petroleum and uranium are within her borders. The land is fertile and criss-crossed with rivers, thick forests, lakes, and rolling hills. However, this is also one of the poorest nations in Africa. DRC’s population of over 70 million has known civil war, assassinations, occupying armies, mass exodus, diseases and natural disasters like Ebola, volcanic eruptions and land slides.
The first atomic bomb used in Hiroshima was manufactured by uranium mined from Congo. But western and African nations continue depleting DRC of her wealth. As I write, there is war in Kivu region; M23 rebels have taken over Goma. The fighters are from Rwanda and Uganda. You can guess what they are taking out!
However, insecurity in DRC is artificial. Powerful nations, while plundering the Congo’s wealth, actually benefit from these endless wars.
Oxfam described the fighting as a campaign of looting and extortion. “Congolese civilians are not only suffering violent abuse on a massive scale — including rape, kidnap and murder — but are also being subjected to an unprecedented level of financial exploitation, as belligerents loot and extort illegal taxes in their battle for control.”
Last week I was praying with around 100 Congolese leaders in Bukavu, near the eastern border with Rwanda. The Lord encouraged us that the nation will begin to experience change. Please pray that the Christians and the people of Congo will soon see the end of wars, plundering and corruption. Pray that their country will have godly leaders and the economy will blossom. Pray also that the church will be vibrant and experience a great revival.
“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Ps 82:3).