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Cookstown to Congo 2002/3

Maud Kells has been travelling to Congo for almost 40 years to do missionary work. This is what she found on her 2002/3 visit

Maud Kells

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This web diary updates with each Visit Maud makes back to Congo. You can navigate to the individual articles below:
2002/3 trip

 

Wreckage & Destruction - October 2002:

In her own words Maud says: 'In September 2002 Nyankunde was invaded by ethnic rebels and many, many people were massacred.'

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 advisable to do so, following my arrival back in Africa. I hope to fly to Entebbbe, Uganda on 21st October '03, purchase the medicines and supplies in Kampala, 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'. She spoke to John Gregg on BBC Radio Ulster's 'Your Place and Mine' programme shortly before she went.

 

Click Here to listen to the discussion

 

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.

 

A whole family sets out on a journey on a small motorbike
 
A lorry falls through a weak bridge into the river below
A whole family sets out on a journey
on a small motorbike
 
A lorry falls through a weak bridge into
the river below
 
Local people clear away brushland to make an airstrip
 
Children gather the grass cuttings by hand to clear the new airstrip
Local people clear away brushland
to make an airstrip
 
Children gather the grass cuttings
by hand to clear the new airstrip
 
A view inside the Orthopaedic ward at Nebobongo
 
A view inside the Paediatric ward at Nebobongo
A view of the Orthopaedic ward
at Nebobongo
 
Photograph showing the interior of the
Paediatric ward in Nebobongo
 
Relatives of patients making lunch under a tree in the waiting area
 
Cooked termites and flying ants are a commonly made meal
Relatives of patients making lunch
under a tree in the waiting area
 
Cooked termites and flying ants are
a commonly made meal
 
Children delivering hand-made bricks for their new school
 
Putting a roof onto a new kitchen block
Children delivering hand-made bricks
for their new school
 
Local men putting the roof onto a
new kitchen block
 
A woman loses a finger in a fight
 
The bicycle is a primary form of transport in Congo
A polygamist's wife loses a finger in
a fight with a rival wife
 
The bicycle is a primary form of
transport in Congo
 
Women distributing hand made soap
 
The skeleton of a new building which will house nursing students
Women distributing hand made soap
 
The skeleton of a new building which
will house nursing students
 

Click on any of the pictures above to open a large version in a new window.

Maud returned from the Congo again in March '04 and gave many talks to various groups around the country about her experiences there. John Gregg caught up with her again in May '04 to find out how her last 6 months in the Congo had gone for her.

Click here to see pictures and listen to Maud talking about her 2003/4 visit back to Congo.

 



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