When a militia force arrived in her Central African Republic (CAR) village, the life of 70-year-old Rose* changed forever.
Despite her age and vulnerability, the armed men who took control didn’t spare Rose and her family from their malevolent intent. After two days of being trapped in her home, Rose was subjected to a brutal beating. The shock of the attack led to her daughter dying of a heart attack.
The militia stripped the villagers of their possessions, even down to the tools, seeds and livestock they needed to survive as subsistence farmers. What little money Rose managed to keep from the raiders’ clutches, wasn’t enough to restart the growing of cassava, groundnuts and maize. Hunger soon set in, quickly followed by malnutrition.
Tearfund has been working to help the people of the CAR since inter-communal conflict erupted there in 2013. We’re particularly helping people like Rose rebuild their means to survive by providing tools, vegetable seeds and training to ensure they are correctly used.
This help has enabled Rose to not only feed her family, but also to sell the surplus to boost the family’s income. This in turn means they can afford medicines and soap, which go a long way to protecting the health of the family.
- Give thanks that Tearfund is able to provide hope of a better future to people like Rose.
- Thank God for the recent peaceful elections in CAR, but continue to pray for peace in the country, where 368,000 people have been forced from their homes by violence since 2013.
If you feel led to give as well as pray, you can help us stop the suffering of people in the CAR by donating here.
*Name changed to protect identity
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