Africa

Charline Kavugho shared the news that she and her two-year-old son, Jonathan, had been declared free of the Ebola virus, 17 days after her husband Gerome Kanyitondi died of an Ebola infection. Kanyitondi had been a pastor for the Community of Baptist Churches in Central Africa (CBCA). Kavugho was sharing her testimony with the Church…

Read more The urgency before us: A call for collaborative effort towards DR Congo

July 2, 2019 Restoring Pell Grants to incarcerated students In 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, also known as the crime bill, in an attempt to be tough on crime. The bill included an amendment to ban Pell Grants for incarcerated students. As a result the number of education programs within…

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In April Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), visited the United States. Controversy and protests around his victory in the long-delayed presidential election linger on, even as the transition and transfer of power has been described as the most peaceful since DR Congo’s independence. In Washington Tshisekedi met with Secretary…

Read more Rebuilding lives is foremost

On April 30 and May 1, pastors Ry Siggelkow of Faith Mennonite Church in Minneapolis and Gordon Smith of Mennonite Community Church in Fresno, Calif. came to Washington, D.C. They joined other faith leaders in an annual event to advocate for increased foreign assistance, including poverty-focused development and emergency relief. Natural disasters such as cyclones…

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Now that Nigeria’s 2019 general elections have concluded, President Mohammadu Buhari’s government will need to evaluate its policy priorities for the coming years. The country continues to face enormous humanitarian challenges that will require an urgent response from the Nigerian government and the international community. As of January, about 1.95 million people have been displaced…

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Countries invest a lot of resources in national elections but sometimes the process is accompanied by violence, leading to the destruction of lives, property and livelihoods and perpetuating cycles of trauma. Nigeria’s recently concluded presidential elections were regarded as relatively peaceful, but incidents of localized violence and electoral misconduct affected the credibility of the elections. More than…

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Toward an end to the Korean War The second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) took place in Hanoi last week. Many were hoping for more concrete action steps and details on the initial agreement that was signed at the Singapore summit in…

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