news from goma
From a friend in Goma:
"The casualties are many, especially from the populated areas, where most of the looting occurred in private houses. One family near ULPGL lost seven children. The bandits were also out in force, including the ones that come over from Gisenyi."
"Pray for the family of Mrs. Esanga and her family. They are all here in the hospital. All four children were seriously injured and the mother was tortured. They put a grenade under the mattress of the six-year old, where he was sleeping. I went into surgery while [redacted] and [redacted] were repairing the older brother, putting his liver and intestines back. We pray he will survive. Such cruelty is incomprehensible. It has nothing to do with war; it is banditry and terrorism."
Listen to a story about the situation here. The FARDC (national army) soldiers are back in Goma. Please keep the people of the eastern Congo in your thoughts and prayers.