Africa

Q & A with Sr. Mary Ellen Francoeur, ‘living contemplatively in the universe’

April 13, 2017

Sr. Mary Ellen Francoeur lives with intent, focusing on “growing into being more fully human.” After decades doing peace work, seeking truth and reconciliation for Canada’s indigenous people, and in short-term healing work with communities in Rwanda and the Democratic…

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Bracing for violence, praying for justice 

December 21, 2016

DR Congo update – December 21, 2016. The Congolese people are bracing themselves for social unrest and violence after the mandate of President Joseph Kabila expired at midnight on Monday, December 19. Gerard Kwigwasa, the executive secretary of Héritiers de…

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Spirited Reflection: Feast of Christ the King, from South Sudan

November 9, 2016

Last Sunday in the Season of Jesus’ Teaching and Healing Ministry (Also called ‘Ordinary Time’) This sounds like a triumphant feast. But it isn’t. At least not in the gospel and in the lives of people in this war-torn country…

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Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on the current situation in Democratic Republic of Congo

July 13, 2016

In this letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, KAIROS joins four other human rights organizations in calling on the Canadian government to support democracy and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo by increasing diplomatic pressure on the Kinshasa government to hold…

Post filed in: Africa, En français, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

South Sudan Council of Churches condemns the violence in Juba & calls for de-escalation & calm

July 11, 2016

KAIROS is deeply concerned and saddened by the outbreak of violence in Juba, South Sudan, this past week. The following statement from our ecumenical partner, the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC), condemning the violence and calling for de-escalation and…

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Easter Hope for South Sudan

March 24, 2016

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Churches gather to support democracy and peace building in Congo

June 16, 2015

Two years ago, Peter Lamont was deeply moved by testimony from Eliza, a rape survivor.  The retired military judge was in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) representing the Presbyterian Church in Canada with the KAIROS’ delegation. Prior to his…

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How Can Canada Help End Sexual Violence in Conflict?

June 10, 2014

On June 11-13, survivors of sexual violence will gather with governments and civil society groups for the first ever Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, hosted in London by the UK Government. Over the past year, more than…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

URGENT ACTION: As peace talks resume, South Sudan needs your support today!

February 27, 2014

Since mid-December 2013, widespread violence, killings and displacement have been the daily reality for millions of South Sudanese. Church leaders in South Sudan issued a plea for peace shortly after the violence broke out on December 15. This is the…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Bringing a message of urgency and hope from Congo to Parliament Hill

February 14, 2014

The KAIROS “Women of Courage” delegation to DRC reunited in Ottawa in December 2013 to brief politicians on the urgent situation in eastern Congo and what Canada can do to help build peace and prosperity. Read more about their recommendations.

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Bringing a Message of Hope for DR Congo to Parliament Hill

December 3, 2013

With recent talk of peace returning to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, KAIROS is hopeful peace-building efforts will continue at all levels – from international diplomacy between DRC and its neighbours, down to the grassroots level at which our…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Gendered Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

November 27, 2013

Michiko Bown-KAI reflects on where we can find hope in the context of gender-based violence and a war over mineral wealth in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Women of Courage in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: Tour Review

July 24, 2013

The KAIROS church delegation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which took place between June 17th and 30th, was invited and hosted by KAIROS-funded partner, Héritiers de la Justice (Heirs of Justice). HJ is an ecumenical human rights…

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KAIROS and Héritiers de la Justice Press Briefing: Bukavu, June 26

July 23, 2013

In Bukavu on June 26, 2013 KAIROS and Héritiers de la Justice presented a press briefing at Hotel Horizon featuring brief presentations by Jim Davis, Danielle Dubuc, Rev. Marie-Claude Manga, and Perpetue Kankindi.  

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Media Releases

Democratic Republic of Contrasts

July 2, 2013

Amelia Torrie We KAIROS delegates went our separate ways on Saturday, June 29, and no doubt, like me, everyone is reflecting on what we saw and experienced during our 12-day trip. For me, the word “contrasts” applies. Contrast the wide,…

Post filed in: Africa, Gender Justice/Women of Courage

Remembering our partner and mentor, Pascal Kabungulu Kibembi

June 25, 2013

On Sunday, June 23, KAIROS delegates to the DRC took part in a ceremonial commemoration of Pascal Kabungulu, the  former Secretary General of KAIROS’ partner organization,  Héritiers de la Justice, based in Bukavu, eastern DRC. Pascal was murdered 8 years…

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Visit to Archevêché Catholique de Bukavu

June 24, 2013

Sister Mary-Ellen Francoeur In the absence of Msgr. Francois Exavier Maroy, the Catholic Archbishop of Bukavu, Msgr. Pierre Bulambo welcomed us warmly.  Bishop Maroy had flown to Kinshasa for a gathering of the Council of Bishops.  This meeting was opened…

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Eliza’s story

June 21, 2013

I would like to share with you Eliza’s story. On the morning of Thursday, June 20, the KAIROS delegates gathered with about thirty people for a workshop on the subject of gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We…

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Unforgettable first day

June 21, 2013

Sister Mary-Ellen Francoeur A highlight of our first day in Africa was an unforgettable drive through Burundi, Rwanda and finally into the Congo.   Having been in Africa 12 years ago, the changing countryside and the drive through the villages brought…

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KAIROS Delegation to DRC Tour Photos

June 20, 2013

The DRC delegation is underway and delegates have sent us some wonderful updates and photos.  This first series of photos gives us a sense of their first few days – the excitement of their arrival in Bujumbura, Burundi, their meetings…

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People get ready: KAIROS delegation to DRC

June 14, 2013

– Peter Lamont Excitement is building among the delegates for our departure Sunday as part of KAIROS’ Women of Courage delegation to the Democratic Republic of Congo. I think we have prepared well for the meetings and events on our…

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Is the new BlackBerry 10 conflict free?

February 23, 2013

This article first published in ‘rabble‘ Much of Canada is abuzz with news of Research in Motion’s launch of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Canadians are understandably both proud of the Waterloo-based RIM, and anxious about its future. Many Canadians…

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Congolese massacre victims denied justice in Anvil Mining lawsuit

January 16, 2013

Two years ago, a group of Congolese citizens launched a class action lawsuit in a Quebec court against Anvil Mining Ltd., alleging that the company was complicit in widespread atrocities committed during an October 2004 raid by the Congolese military…

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Honouring human rights defenders in photos: A KAIROS slideshow for International Human Rights Day

December 11, 2012

KAIROS marks International Human Rights Day, December 10, and the following week of celebration by commemorating the courageous work of our human rights partners in Canada and in the Global South. Through our migrant justice, Indigenous rights, women of courage and…

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