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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
Recent Activity
There is nothing easy about working in the Congo. http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/08/watch-aid-trucks-swarm-across-pools-of-mud “It took us weeks to travel 320 km (200 miles). This shows that we face a lot of problems bringing aid in, not only issues related to the armed conflict, but also conditions like these”, said an International Committee of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
In the past, refugees have been treated poorly by neighboring countries. Citizens have objected to their meager resources used to help foreigners. https://southernafrican.news/2017/10/06/drc-conflict-rises-as-refugees-flock-to-zamibia/ Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has called for a meeting with his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart, Joseph Kabila, over the rising turmoil in the central African state as the number of asylum seekers hit 3,500 this week. During the United Nations General Assembly in New York recently, Lungu appealed for humanitarian assistance from the international community to meet the needs of the increasing number of Congolese nations that have sought asylum in Zambia. This follows increasing turmoil,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Fighting in Uvira September 28, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received reports of violent clashes and fighting between government forces and militia groups in and around the area of Uvira in South Kivu. As the security situation has degraded significantly around Uvira, the Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Uvira and exercise caution in all parts of South Kivu. The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to remain aware of your surroundings and take appropriate steps to enhance personal security. U.S. citizens should review the Travel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at News About Congo
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Last Night, this was posted on social media by a Congolese. FLASH FLASH FLASH!!! Weapons fire heard in downtown kananga tonight while we are in the preparations for the forum for peace! This morning, this is the explanation of the gunshots heard. Last night's shooting was because two groups got in an argument and the police fired in the air to disperse them. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at What's Woody Doing Now
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The western Kasai region of has a suspected ebola virus outbreak. This is a remote area, so if it is confirmed to be the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) then it is good possibility of containing it to that area. Remember EVD is just a plane ride from the US. https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/suspected-ebola-virus-kills-17-in-drc-78064 Medical experts from the World Health Organisation flew to central Congo on Thursday to investigate the deaths of 17 people with Ebola-like symptoms, said state radio. The deaths occurred over several weeks starting on November 17 in Dekese, a small village about 700km east of the capital, Kinshasa, said United... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at News About Congo
Over 300 adults and children died directly as a result of the unrest in the central Kasai region. Although the violent killings has stopped, hundreds more will died due to the cholera epidemic. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-cholera/over-500-dead-as-congo-cholera-epidemic-spreads-who-idUSKCN1BL0UN More than 500 people have died so far in a cholera epidemic that is sweeping the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
I have only minor inconveniences due to Hurricane Harvey. But I pray for those directly affected in the Houston area.You are receiving this email because you are enrolled in the following Grundfos Technical Institute webinar: Power Quality and Pumps…Is your power killing your pumps? Scheduled for Friday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m. eastern standard time. Unfortunately, due to hurricane Harvey, our Subject Matter Expert for this webinar has traveled to the Houston area along with some other Grundfos Employees to assist with getting the municipalities and local pumping stations up and running. We must cancel the webinar for now, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at What's Woody Doing Now
Tensions must be still simmering in Kinshasa, if, the US Embassy issues a warning about an upcoming soccer match. From: <ACSKinshasa@state.gov> Date: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 2:35 PM Subject: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Soccer Match on September 5, 2017 To: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Soccer Match on September 5, 2017 September 5, 2017 On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s soccer team will be playing against Tunisia. The match will take place at the Stade des Martyrs and is scheduled to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at News About Congo
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 Aug 19, 2017 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 Aug 16, 2017 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