Tuesday, November 11, 2008
LDS Church to aid Congolese refugees
On Wednesday, November 10th we were contacted by Uganda's Minister of State for Relief & Disaster Preparedness & Refugees requesting the Church's help with the refugees fleeing into Uganda from the war in the DR Congo. They are being sheltered in a camp in the Naki Valley near Mbarara, Uganda. As the rainy season is approaching, the nights here are in the 60's and there are many children and infants in the camp. We contacted the Area office in Johannesburgh, South Africa to see if we could avoid the delay and costs of shipping items from Salt Lake City by purchasing them locally. With the help of a local member, Ssimbwa Busulwa Kakinda, we have secured 1800 blankets, 2200 lbs. of powdered milk and 800 cooking pots. We have rented a truck and will load tomorrow and deliver the supplies to the camp this Wednesday. The Minister and U.N. officials will fly by helicopter from Kampala and meet us there for the distribution. We will post pictures of the camp when we return.