Wreckage & Destruction
- October 2002:
In her own words Maud says: 'In
September 2002 Nyankunde was invaded by
ethnic rebels and many, many people were
That huge mission/church/complex has been
completely destroyed and the whole community
devastated. Similarly at Mulita, my old mission
station / church /hospital /Bible school where
the Mayi-Mayi rebels have invaded, looted,
burned down houses, taken church leaders hostage
and created much fear and despair to the local
people, thus causing them to flee into hiding
in the surrounding forest. The people have
returned to rebuild their burned down houses
and classrooms, and the nurses have courageously
carried on the medical work, despite practically
no medical supplies of any kind.
For this reason
I need to return to Mulita again, bringing
aid and medicines, as soon as it is safe and
to do so, following my arrival back in Africa.
I hope to fly to Entebbbe, Uganda
on 21st October '03, purchase the medicines
then fly on into Isiro, with MAF. There the
church President, Pastor Kibuka, will be
able to advise me about returning to Mulita.'
So, there was much work to do and, In October
2003, Maud did indeed set out once more on
another six month period of voluntary 'duty'.
to John Gregg on BBC Radio Ulster's 'Your Place
and Mine' programme shortly before she went.
Maud Kells also lent us her photo albums from previous visits to the Congo which contain powerful and compelling images of a lifestyle we can barely comprehend.
Below is a very small selection of the pictures
from her most recent visits.
Click on any of
the pictures below to open a large version in
a new window.