September 25, 2012
To All Peace Loving Faith Organization
Dear Reverend/Rabi/Pastor/Imam/Shepherd/and Spiritual Leader,
I bring you and members of your congregation greetings of peace and love from the Friends of The Congo Atlanta. Friends of the Congo are a group of peace loving citizens who have come together to expose the atrocity and daily killings of innocent people of the Congo the majority being women and children.
The mission of Friends of the Congo is to raise the consciousness of the world community on the challenge of the Congo and support Congolese institutions in bringing about a peaceful and lasting change. Our vision is for a peaceful and prosperous Congo wherein Congolese are able to fulfill their enormous human and natural potential.
We are dedicating October 13 to October 21 (Congo week) in solidarity with the people of Congo. The main purpose of Congo week is to break the silence, raise awareness about the situation in the Congo and raise funds to honor the millions of lives lost in the conflict.
Our purpose of writing you is ask that you support the call to end all acts of inhumanity taking place in the Congo by running a notice in your bulletin on (October 13 and October 21) about Congo and most importantly hold a special prayer on Sunday October 14, 2012 and Sunday October 21, 2012 for the people of the Congo.
Millions of Congolese have lost their lives in a conflict that the United Nations describes as the deadliest in the world since World War Two. United States allies, Rwanda and Uganda, invaded the Congo in 1996 (then Zaire) and again in 1998, which triggered the enormous loss of lives, systemic sexual violence and rape, and widespread looting of Congo’s spectacular natural wealth.
The ongoing conflict, instability, weak institutions, dependency and impoverishment in the Congo are a product of 125 years tragic experience of enslavement, forced labor, colonial rule, assassinations, dictatorship, wars, external intervention and corrupt rule.
It is our hope that you would join us in this solidarity of faith and conscience. We would very much appreciate if you can kindly confirm your participation so we can build a faith list on our website. I can be reached at (404)759-6419, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Glory A. Kilanko
For & on behalf of Chains of Faith Committee
Friends of the Congo