For Immediate Release


Carrie Crawford
Friends of the Congo

Nita Evele
Congo Global Action

Friends of The Congo

Sunday, March 8, Vigil in Support of the Women of the Congo

Nationwide - Global vigil in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Oakland, Washington, San Francisco, New Orleans, Dallas, Denver, Vashon
Island, and several other cities throughout the United States,
Canada,  Brussels, Belgium, North
and South Kivu in Congo and Europe gathering
in solidarity with the women of the Congo as they overcome the challenges of
war, rape and sexual violence.




Nearly six million
people have died in the ongoing Congolese war since 1996 and hundreds of
thousands of women and girls raped and mutilated. 45,000 Congolese continue to
die each month. Congolese women who recently arrived from the Congo will show
films, provide testimonies and present reports about the impact of conflict and
rape on women and children in the Congo.


WHERE: Washington, DC


Vigil Featuring Batala Women Drummers

Time: 3 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: DuPont Circle

Avenue, Connecticut Avenue, New Hampshire Avenue, P Street and 19th Street

Click here for directions!

Film Screening & Discussion: The Anguish of War in the Congo, By Sylvie Maunga

Time: 6 PM- 8:30 PM

Location: Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW 14th and U
Streets, NW

Click here for directions!

SPEAKERS: Dr. Roger Luhiriri, Physician, Panzi Hospital, DRC & filmmaker, Sylvie Maunga Mbanga, Beatrice
Mundela, President, Bondeko Organization

Pulitzer Prize author, Alice
Walker sent her love and
support to the women of the Congo... "To my beautiful sisters in the Congo,
I write to you today to send you my love, my deep wishes for your peace and
happiness, for the prosperity of your suffering country, and all of its people,
animals and vegetation.

Read entire message from Alice Walker to the women
of the Congo:


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