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Over five million people have died in DR Congo since 1998. Communities have been torn apart as neighbour turns on neighbour, law and order disintegrates and development grinds to a halt. Boys as young as seven are abducted in rebel militias, their mothers and sisters raped, their fathers murdered. The tragedy seems overwhelming – but local NGO CRC is dedicated to making peace last.
Henri is now director of local organisation Céntre Resolution Conflits (CRC). Twice he has been abducted and tortured by militia, with sticks forced between his fingernails. The last time he fled for his life with his wife and child, walking for three days through dank jungle, in fear of the threat of brutal militia at every moment. He is now more determined than ever.
The CRC has been working right through the war, mediating in violent flashpoints, building relationships between the UN and militias and training people from different tribes to live together peacefully, to prevent violence, unite communities and save lives.