Young climate justice activists in the US join the Congolese communities of Isangi in a call for support and love after historically devastating floods.
“If all in our homes, schools, farms and clinics were washed away, what would we hope others would do?” - 11 year old Magdalena, Earth Guardians Bay Area Crew member.
In the past, about 12 villages were affected by the floods, now up to 84 villages are being affected. The Isangi region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo experienced widespread flooding as a result of torrential rains at the end of 2019. In recent years, the floods have been more frequent and far more severe due to climate change. The areas affected also expanded. Kisangani, the largest city in the region, was one of the main victims of the floods.
The Devastating Impact
The impact of the flooding in the entire region was devastating - major autoroutes became unpassable, harvests were destroyed, triggering a food crisis that has heavily impacted children and women in particular.
The floods destroyed toilets, wells, and cemeteries. The resultant toxic brew has left the local population exposed to malaria, diarrhea, and sleeping sickness. Schools have been destroyed and children have not been able to return to school.
- 100,000 households were affected in the Isangi region
- About 250,000 acres of agricultural land and harvest were destroyed
-50 schools and 30 health centers were destroyed
- 15,000 toilets and three dozen cemeteries were laid to waste
- 5,000 animals perished (pigs, horses, cows, etc)
1. Medicine for health centers that were not affected and have been inundated with patients from affected areas
2. Equipment and support for the restarting of agricultural activities
3. Material and equipment for schools most affected by the flooding
4. Support for campaign to buy and ship urgent care materials to the remote areas of the region
5. International solidarity in sounding the alarm about the impact of climate change on rural communities in the Congo basin.