Minembwe, Haut-Plateau, Democratic Republic of Congo
Nine year old Ruth (named changed) lives in an orphanage run by the Anglican church near the town of Minembwe on the Haut-Plateau. Ruth said: ''We used to live in a village close to here (Kalingi), but we had to flee from there when an armed group attacked us. My father was shot dead and I came here with my mother and five siblings. Three of them still live with her, but my sister and I chose to come and live here. I think that being here will help me reach my ambition of being a teacher when I grow up''.' Pastor Dogo said that Ruth was initially ''very traumatised'' when she arrived at the orphanage, but is now ''much better''.
There are about 40 children living at the orphanage, opened 10 years ago, aged between 10-18. Most are from displaced families. ''There are many orphans here because of the war'', said Pastor Dogo, ''but we don't have money or the resources to look after more''. The children, many of whom are traumatised, are from different ethnic and tribal groups but live together in the orphanage where they learn about peace and reconciliation in addition to attending school.