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A gift that lasts forever

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Ambassadors for Christ

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War no more

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A spirit of generosity

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A home that receives no blessing

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On the shore of Lake Kivu in eastern Congo, it is difficult to miss the blue tarps that cover many of the small temporary huts in the Shasha camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The tarps are new one-year tarps that MCC has given the 198 families who have called this camp home for the last six years.
Eastern Congo is unstable, perhaps because the government lacks both the will and capacity to control the dozens of armed groups, both Rwandan and Congolese, that have roamed the countryside since the genocide in neighboring Rwanda 20 years ago this month. There are millions of Congolese internally displaced in eastern Congo. A smaller number of Rwandese are also refugees here.
The Shasha camp is much smaller than the other IDP camps nearby. The camp is populated by the Batwa, a Pygmy group, who once lived in the hills about a 15-hour walk from here before they were routed from their homes by one of the armed groups. They have chosen to camp here, rather than in one of the larger …