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Cookstown to Congo

Maud Kells has been travelling to Congo for 37 years to do missionary work. We keep a web-diary of her recent visits

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:
Introduction

Cookstown to Congo. Maud Kells - a very dedicated nurse

Maud Kells from Cookstown, trained as a nurse in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital. Since her first trip, by boat, in 1968 she has made 16 visits to Congo where she still carries out missionary nursing work
Maud Kells
This is Maud Kells from Cookstown Co. Tyrone. Maud trained as a nurse in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital. 2005 makes it thirty-seven years since she made her first trip - by boat - to Congo to do missionary work.

Since then she has made 18 visits to the Congo, staying on occasions up to four years at a time. She now spends half of her year in Congo and half back home in Cookstown.

When she's home she gives illustrated talks and slide-shows to PWA and other groups. Her most recent missionary work has involved overseeing the opening of an airfield, managing the construction of a new school and hospital, both with hand made bricks.

Maud works near the eastern border of Congo near Isiro and Mulita, an area that continues to experience ongoing conflict and hardship. She has been evacuated twice from the area and has had to rebuild many buildings including her own house there after it was ransacked by rebels who left none of her belongings behind.

The hospital she helped build has also come under frequent attack and much equipment - even Maud's precious Land Rover - was stolen at one point.

In her own words Maud said: '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.'

(Updated July 2005)

 

Map showing position of Mulita, Nebobongo and Isiro in relation to overall area of the Congo
Isiro, Nebabongo and Mulita are on the eastern side of Congo

 

Click here to see pictures and listen to Maud talking about her 2002/3 visit to Congo.

 



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