Lydie was on my plane that was heading back from Kunming, China and we had a layover in Shanghai. I noticed her because of her beautiful and huge smile! After sitting next to her while waiting for our flight to Los Angeles I found out she and her family were refugees who escaped the Congo over 25 years ago. I thought about having to leave your homeland and move and live in a foreign country, starting over with nothing and how difficult this must be. Yet, Lydie had nothing but wonderful things to share and how God has blessed her and her family.
Even though she was a young girl when she fled, she still remembers this time and in spite of the trauma and having to flee her country has such a sweet spirit. She is thankful to be in America with her family. Many others during this time of war in her homeland weren’t as fortunate. Over 5.4 million people were killed in this conflict.
She and her husband pastor a church in Glendale Arizona and her mother, father and siblings all live there. Lydie works full-time and also owns a small boutique called Three D’s Discount (named after her three girls whose names all start with D!) and helps her husband pastor their church.
Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. It was amazing how the Lord brought so many special people into my life during my trip to Asia in 2018.
On 17 May 1997, Laurent-Désiré Kabila, a leader of Tutsi forces from the province of South Kivu, became President, reverting the country’s name to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Tensions between President Kabila and the Rwandan and Tutsi presence in the country led to the Second Congo War from 1998 to 2003. Ultimately, nine African countries and around twenty armed groups became involved in the war, which resulted in the deaths of 5.4 million people. The two wars devastated the country. President Laurent-Désiré Kabila was assassinated by one of his bodyguards on 16 January 2001 and was succeeded eight days later as President by his son Joseph.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo is extremely rich in natural resources but has had political instability, a lack of infrastructure, issues with corruption and centuries of both commercial and colonial extraction and exploitation with little holistic development. Besides the capital Kinshasa, the two next largest cities Lubumbashi and Mbuji-Mayi are both mining communities. DR Congo’s largest export is raw minerals, with China accepting over 50% of DRC’s exports in 2012. As of 2016, DR Congo’s level of human development is 176th out of 187 countries, according to the Human Development Index.