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Woody M. Collins
Indianapolis, Indiana, US
Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes -- God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Ec. 9:7 (MSG)
Interests: congo, humanitarian, Christian, information communication technology
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From: <ACSKinshasa@state.gov> Date: Aug 19, 2017 8:13 AM Subject: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests for August 21, 2017 To: Cc: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests for August 21 August 17, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has learned that on August 15, the Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) separatist group released a video calling for protests on Monday, August 21. On August 7, protests led by the BDK resulted in violence and several fatalities in Kinshasa and other cities. Nevertheless, it is unclear whether protests will materialize or turn violent on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at News About Congo
Yesterday, I read a blog post titled, ClassPass: The Perfect Gym Membership for Frequent Travelers? http://pointchaser.com/classpass-perfect-gym-membership-frequent-travelers/ As a frequent traveler and avid gym member, I read work interest. Was there something better I had missed? No, Anytime Fitness is the Best Gym Membership for Frequent Travelers. http://www.anytimefitness.com Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at What's Woody Doing Now
http://m.france24.com/en/20170807-dr-congo-several-killed-kinshasa-deadly-wave-violence Congolese security forces killed at least 14 members of separatist sect Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) on Monday during clashes in the capital Kinshasa and southwestern city of Matadi in which at least one police officer also died, police said. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at News About Congo
"With the breakdown of law and order in the current conflict in Kasai, and with the geographical expansion of the conflict zone, observers fear that the DRC will return to the chaotic violence of the devastating Congo Wars." http://www.ippreview.com/index.php/Blog/single/id/523.html Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at News About Congo
Below reported by local news outlets, Voice of Congo. Panic in Kinshasa this morning: heavy shots heard, adepts of Ne Mwanda Nsemi spotted in some municipalities Posted by: August 7, 2017 The panic spread to the capital Kinshasa this morning, heavy gunfire has been heard since around 9:00 am in the communes of Selembao, Ngiri-Ngiri, Bumbu and around the central prison of Makala, in the city of Kinshasa. According to several witnesses, crowds of followers of the sect Bundia Dia Mayala of Ne Mwanda Nsemi were spotted especially in Selembao, brandishing caliquots with anti-Kabila messages. In a video that had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at News About Congo
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57309#.WYWOBiUpDqD Violence in the Kasai provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) appears to be taking on an increasingly disturbing ethnic dimension, a United Nations human rights wing has warned, citing testimonies that Government forces have led ethnicity-based attacks. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: General Strike in Kinshasa, August 8-9 August 4, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has learned that opposition groups have called for a general strike, or “Ville Morte,” in Kinshasa from August 8-9. As with any planned political event, there may be disruptions to transportation and road blockages in and around Kinshasa. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and to limit non-essential trips. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at News About Congo
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Sometimes in the midst of a crisis, we find humor, and, or good food to relieve the tension of human suffering. Yesterday, I realized that I have been back in the US for four months. Quite frankly, I think that's the longest I have stayed in US since January 2007. So I sent a text message to my house-mate James to relay that thought. James is former Peace Corps volunteer and former chef in Champagne, IL. Here's the exchange of messages. [7/31, 9:14 AM] Woody: Wow, time marches on. Arrived in the Newark (not really the US) four months ago.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at What's Woody Doing Now
ADDITIONAL $9 MILLION PLEDGED FOR THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSEThe Netherlands and the United Kingdom respectively pledged US$3 and $6 million to the DRC Humanitarian Fund to support the humanitarian response in the Kasai region. This new funding comes in addition to the US$2 million allocation from the DRC Humanitarian Fund for assistance in the sectors of protection and education which had been suspended a few weeks ago for technical reasons and was launched this week. The total funding announced amounts to $16.8 million, which represents 26% of the total $64.5 million required in the Flash Appeal. Funding being currently used in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at News About Congo
Today, July 31st, the US Embassy in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) issued a warning to US citizens about the planned political protests in several major cities. It was rumored that planned political protests were scheduled for August 8th. U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Political Protests in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Lubumbashi July 31, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received reports of planned political protests in Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, and Lubumbashi on Monday, July 31. As with any planned political event, disruptions to transportation may occur in these cities. U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at News About Congo
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July 18, the day former South African President Nelson Mandela was born, was declared by the UN in 2009 to be the Nelson Mandela International Day for freedom justice and democracy. This year’s theme is Action against Poverty. So, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Ending Extreme Poverty in the Congo
Today, I attended my first ceremony for the naturalization of new US citizens. And it will be rememberable. Congo has lost another good man when a great friend became a US citizen. http://www.wthr.com/article/an-american-tale-man-becomes-citizen-after-decades-long-dream Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at What's Woody Doing Now
Story highlightsFour young children in two provinces have been identified with paralysis caused by polio infectionThe World Health Organization is boosting monitoring, testing and immunization efforts http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/15/health/drc-polio-outbreak-congo.html Story highlightsFour young children in two provinces have been identified with paralysis caused by polio infectionThe World Health Organization is boosting monitoring, testing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
World Water Day was March 22nd. Here's two sets of interesting of facts for those that like numbers and those that like percentages. Top 10 countries with the greatest numbers of rural people without clean water are India (63.4 million population), China (43.7 million population), Nigeria (40.9 million population), Ethiopia... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
THE Democratic Republic of Congo has emerged the country worst affected by a deadly cholera epidemic that claimed at least 850 lives in Central and West Africa. About 31 000 cases were reported, with a fatality rate of 3%. The majority of cases, 92%, are from the Congo River basin... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
Traditionally, the Kasai was a quiet area in terms of politics and voilence. However, that has changed. http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20170108-rdc-violences-kasai-fait-moins-150-morts-depuis-aout-milice-kamwina-nsapu Violence continues in the three provinces of Kasai, Kasai, Kasai-Central and Kasai-Oriental. Since August 2016, there have been recurring clashes between the security forces and the Kamwina Nsapu militia. After the events of Wednesday in Tshimbulu, in the territory of Dibaya, which left four dead, this militia appeared in the territory of Luiza.On Thursday, a group of twelve militiamen from Kamwina Nsapu arrived in the village of Kamukenji. They had spent the night there with the blessing of the local chief.Conducted by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at News About Congo
What can be done in Congo? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africaMore than 20 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, over President Joseph Kabila's failure to give up power, a UN official has said. Some of the dead were shot at close range by troops, witnesses said.Mr Kabila's 15-year rule was due to have ended on Monday at midnight, but has been extended to 2018. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Unrest December 20, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of clashes between security forces and protestors in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi and other cities, which have included gunfire and tear gas. Remain indoors in a safe location until further notice. Security forces have established checkpoints and military deployments and have initiated aggressive ID checks and car searches in certain areas of Kinshasa. Carry identification with you in case you encounter a checkpoint. The U.S. Embassy is expected to remain open on Wednesday, December... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Demonstrations and Unrest December 19, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of the potential for demonstrations and civil unrest on/around December 19, the date on which President Joseph Kabila’s term in office was due to end before the government delayed elections. Security forces have reportedly established checkpoints and military deployments in certain areas of Kinshasa. You should carry some form of identification with you in case you encounter a checkpoint. U.S. government employees have been instructed to limit their movements to and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at News About Congo
I think Joseph Kabila will be staying in Congo. His close supporters and advisors will not let him leave. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/world/africa/congo-joseph-kabila-corruption.html KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In a mansion along the Congo River, with a collection of expensive watches, expensive motorcycles and a chimpanzee in a cage, Joseph Kabila, the president of this vast and troubled country, should be packing up. Instead, he is digging in. His second term is up in a few days, the Constitution forbids him to run for a third, millions of people are threatening to mobilize against him, and still Mr. Kabila shows no signs... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at News About Congo
Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Demonstrations and Unrest December 16, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of the potential for large-scale demonstrations and civil unrest on/around December 19, the date on which President Joseph Kabila’s term in office was due to end before the government delayed elections. Security forces have reportedly established checkpoints in certain areas of Kinshasa. The checkpoints are marked by tires, string, and/or cones and some may be manned by non-French speakers. You should carry some form of identification with you in case you encounter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Take Precautions December 17-19 December 15, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in the DRC that U.S. government employees have been instructed to limit their movements to and within Gombe starting on Saturday, December 17. Employees have also been asked to remain in their residences from Saturday at 23:00 until Sunday, December 18 at 05:00. On Sunday, December 18, a Shelter-in-Place order will go into effect at 19:00. The U.S. Embassy will be open on Monday, December 19. U.S. citizens should: · Remain indoors in a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at News About Congo
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How beautiful is this? It's breath-taking! Just awesome. Thank You God. In two days, I need to remember the beauty when the temperature is in the single digits. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
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In Kinshasa, it was pouring rain. Now, I'm at Dulles International in Washington. And it's pouring rain. Is the rain following me? Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
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The renovated Ndjili International terminal looks good. But you have to ride a bus to a plane sitting on an open tarmac. No gates. No covered walkways. Guess what? Yes, a heavy downpour is in progress. We are already an hour late in boarding. This is my first time, ever, loading a plane in the pouring rain. And it's will be followed by an eight hour flight to Brussels. It's a warm rain! Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now