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Congo to Cookstown 2003/4

Maud Kells returned to Cookstown from 6 months in Congo in March 2004. This is her update on the situation she found.

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:
2003/4 trip

 

Back to Mulita 2003/4:

Maud returned from the Congo in March 2004 and gave many talks to various groups around the country about her experiences there.

John Gregg caught up with her to find out how her last 6 months in the Congo had gone for her. Maud told him some of the stories connected with just a few of the many photographs she had taken. She'd returned to the Congo in October 2003 and was delighted with the reception she received from the local people.

It was her hope to make it to her old missionary station at Mulita and when the fighting between the various groups ceased in December, she was able to make her way there in January 2004.

Her home and hospital had been cleared of furniture, medicines, and equipment but thanks to the generosity of the people back home in Northern Ireland she was able to replace some of the items that had been taken.

 


Click on any of these pictures below to listen to Maud talking about it.

 

A group of Nebo folk with Maud and the pilot David Jacobsson... Click to listen
A group of Nebo folk with Maud and the pilot David Jacobsson
 
Locals put on a welcome party for Maud's arrival in the village
 
Maud's house needed some repairs after the recent fighting had ended
Locals put on a welcome party
for Maud's arrival in the village
 
Maud's house needed some repairs
after the recent fighting had ended
 
A story of a carpenter who was saved from a near-death experience
 
During the fighting the hospital was riddled with bullet-holes
A story of a carpenter who was saved
from a near-death experience
 
During the fighting the hospital
was riddled with bullet-holes
 
Sadly the hospital was raided and vital equipment taken
 
How the nearby forest has changed since Maud's last visit
Sadly the hospital was raided
and vital equipment taken
 
How the nearby forest has
changed since Maud's last visit
     
Christmas cards arrived late but were very welcome
Christmas cards arrived late but were still very welcome
 
A tortuous journey by bicycle - the only way to get to Mulita
 
The airstrip, overtaken by forest, being cleared by the locals
A tortuous journey by bicycle -
the only way to get to Mulita
 
The airstrip, overtaken by forest,
being cleared by the locals
     
Rebuilding a hospital wing which volcano lava had destroyed in 2002
Rebuilding a hospital wing which volcano lava had destroyed in 2002
     
Maud teamed up with  a woman from another project
 
Maud teamed up with a woman from another project
 
  Click on any of the above pictures above to listen to Maud talking about it.

 

Click Here to listen to Maud's complete discussion with John (27 minutes)

The people of Congo were sorry to see her leave to come back to Cookstown but knew that she would be returning again in the Autumn of 2004 with more much needed supplies.

Maud did returned once more to Congo in the Autmn of 2004
Click here to follow the story and find out what she found

 



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