Angelique was forced from her home and all that was secure in her life. Captured from her house in a small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angelique was repeatedly raped by armed men. But that was nowhere near the end of her ordeal. Because she had been raped, her husband rejected her. Angelique was homeless and abandoned to darkness.
Angelique now needs support to rebuild her life and create a safe place for her children to call home. Your support this Christmas will help light the way for survivors like Angelique.
In his 16 years as a priest in the DRC, Celestin has witnessed more darkness than most. He’s seen his own bishop killed by armed groups, and nine other priests slain in front of him.
Celestin had to flee – but now his ministry brings the light of Christ to others who’ve been forced to escape from horrific violence. He is now a priest in a relatively safe community – so it's become a sanctuary to many distressed survivors of violence. Local host families show extraordinary generosity and kindness to newcomers, but their few resources are often already stretched. There is hope beyond the darkness of violence. You can shine the light for families seeking safety in Celestin's community.
In November 2014, Georgette was captured by armed men, held captive and raped for four days. Fleeing for her life, she and her family found some solace living in a host household. Georgette was given support by our partner Sarcaf to buy and sell cassava flour. This helped her get back on her feet and pay for three of her children to go to school. She has also received psychological support to work through her horrific experience. However, the family continue to face poverty and hunger. Help to bring light to families like Georgette’s who are escaping darkness.