Since 1998, the conflict and humanitarian crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have ravaged the country's population of 65 million. Close to five and a half million Congolese have perished and nearly 45,000 die monthly because of related incidents. Women are vulnerable in the country — a 2011 study asserted that 48 women are raped every hour.
In a conflict that's lasted over a decade, what will bring peace?
While the country is currently trying to figure out how to address the problem on a broader, federal level, part of the hyper-local answer lies in the work of Marcel Serubungo. A Congolese pastor, and Church Mobilization Director for the Christian humanitarian group World Relief, Serubungo first found his start in community development work when he organized relief efforts after a 2001 volcano erupted in the area. more >>
After a boat capsized off the coast of Nigeria earlier this year, authorities feared that all 12 of those on board had perished. Three days after the incident, divers found Harrison Okene, the ship's cook, alive and living off of the oxygen in an air bubble.
While the wreck happened in May, new footage of the rescue shows divers coming upon Okene, offering him fresh water and bringing him to the surface.
Okene credited the Bible and prayer for giving him the strength to survive the wreck. more >>
A luxury hotel in South Africa has drawn the ire of the Internet world for offering tourists the chance to experience shanty town life in that country without a taste of the attendant challenges of the poor who live in them for real.
For roughly $83 a night, the Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa, located in Bloemfontein in the heart of South Africa, offers a four person party a chance to experience poverty safely.
Shanty towns are slum settlements located in many developing countries across the world which normally have no proper infrastructure like sanitation services, safe water supply and other basic human necessities. Millions of people in South Africa live like this in areas known as townships. They are predominantly populated by blacks in South Africa who still struggle after the end of apartheid. more >>
Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat issued a decision that bans publications from writing about the Warraq church case as well as other issues still under investigation by the Supreme State Security Prosecution.
Barakat ordered national, partisan and foreign newspapers as well as audio and visual media to adhere to the resolution.
Two armed masked men on a motorcycle fired indiscriminately at the Virgin Mary Church in Warraq, Giza, as people were leaving a wedding ceremony on October 20. The attack claimed the lives of four people, including a child, and wounded 17. more >>
Despite reports that the Angolan government had "banned Islam" earlier this month, the country released a statement on Tuesday refuting the allegations.
"There is no war in Angola against Islam or any other religion," said Manuel Fernando, director of the National Institute for Religious Affairs, part of the ministry of culture, told AFP news agency.
"There is no official position that targets the destruction or closure of places of worship, whichever they are," he added. more >>
A rape victim from the Central African Republic (CAR) has shared her testimony and revealed that only praying to God at night helps her get back to sleep from the persisting nightmares she is experiencing.
"I cannot stop thinking about what happened. I have many nightmares. My grandparents and my foster parents tell me not to think about it anymore and to pray. God was there when it happened. He knew and He saw it. What can I do? God saw. God knows. I leave it to Him," the woman, identified as Suzanne, shared in a statement with persecution watchdog group Open Doors.
"Each time I have a nightmare, I get up and pray. After that, I am able to sleep again. I ask God to prevent others to live through the same things I have lived through. I also pray to God to touch the hearts of the people who are able to help us stop this violence and bring back peace to our country. I ask Him to forgive my aggressors for what they did to me." more >>