Support Catholic Radio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
For almost 30 years, Assumptionist Fathers have been engaging in a fruitful media apostolate in the Diocese of Butembo-Beni, in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In particular, the Catholic radio station they have set up, “Radio Moto Oicha,” is proving to be a vital instrument of evangelization, information and communication in a region that has been plagued for many years by bloody internal conflicts.
According to human rights organizations, the current crisis in the eastern DR Congo is the longest running humanitarian crisis in all Africa. It is estimated to have resulted in 3 million internal refugees, thousands of deaths and at least 7,500 abductions. There are repeated massacres and other atrocities. Many schools and health centers have been destroyed, and churches have been burned down. Many villages are now cut off from the outside world.
The radio station, whose name means “Radio Rising Sun” (or “Light of the rising Sun”) can reach up to 1 million listeners, providing spiritual nourishment, enlightenment and support in areas that can be otherwise inaccessible. Thanks to its broadcasts, listeners are able to take part in Holy Mass and other liturgies, stay informed, find comfort in the Word of God and be guided towards love, peace and reconciliation.
For so many of its listeners, “Radio Moto Oicha” is now an indispensable part of daily life. However, there are technical problems with the transmitter, so that often it cannot broadcast for days on end. Additional equipment is also needed, such as laptops and microphones, and a few recording devices for recording programs outside of the studio.
We are proposing to make a contribution of $7,900, so that Radio Moto Oicha can continue to bring consolation and the news that is truly Good News to all the people in this region of conflict.
Will you give to support Catholic radio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?
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