After eight years of war, we can see the extent of the humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the millions of people uprooted from their homes. Years of violence and destruction have forced Syrians to flee almost every second. The ongoing fighting has left 6.6 million displaced in the country and 5.6 million displaced worldwide, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Last August Georgette Tshibang Kabong, founder of Tulizeni, was with us for a few days. The film of her interview will be soon available to you. Among the many protection and support activities for vulnerable children and women, we can mention two designed in tripartite partnership:
1 ° South and North Kivu, R.D.Congo
– Urgent relief: on 24th July armed men related to Mai-Mai fighters, in collusion with Burundians armed from Kiryama, raided the village of Kitembo in search of Peter Byagolo, activist of our local partner the association ACMEJ.
Georgette Tshibang, head of the Tulizeni Welcome Center, our partner in North Kivu (DRC), has just confirmed her next visit to Lausanne. We invite you to listen to her testimony and to speak with her Wednesday 8th August at 6 pm, at Mike’s home address below. All those who can are welcome, just warn us by a word of your presence so that we can provide sufficient snacks.
As part of our legal advocacy work for capital detainees who were minors at the time, Mike was able to visit the families of 3 of them. Divided between the anxiety and the hope that the life of their son will be saved, coming from poor social backgrounds, they have no other recourse than that provided by the lawyers working with Vivere.
Legal defence of women unjustly imprisoned: since last January, three women have been released following the resolute action of our lawyers. Two of them, accused of a simple dispute with the neighbourhood, were acquitted after 2 months of incarceration only. The third, accused of stealing food to feed her hungry children, had to serve 8 months in prison before being released.