Children of Congo: From War to Witches (Documentary by Dan Balluff)

Over five million people have died during the past decade as a result of the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Few people are aware of the unimaginable scale of human suffering, death, and destruction that has occurred in this vast country deep in the heart of Africa. In the aftermath of this brutal war, children have endured the brunt of the suffering. This 67 minute film documents the plight of thousands of street children living in Kinshasa and confirms the wide-spread accusations of child witchcraft, torture and child prostitution. The film also examines the efforts to reintegrate demobilized child soldiers, displaced refugees, and orphaned children following the eruption of the massive Nyiragongo volcano, near the city of Goma in Eastern Congo. These heroic efforts are finally bringing some measure of hope and stability to the lives of the Congolese people.

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There is also a 57 minute version (with or without captioning) available to broadcasters,  distributors, libraries, and individuals, upon request.
25% of the DVD sales of “Children of Congo: From War to Witches” from this website go to organizations helping street children and orphans in DR Congo (See the links page for more information).

Cast and Crew

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Sadia Kaenzig:                          

 International Committee of the Red CrossDan Balluff:                                

 Narrator

Fr. Zbigniew Orlikowski:             Director of ORPER

Tony Akundi:                              Teacher for ORPER

Annette Wanzio:                         Teacher for ORPER    

Alphonse Kabwe:                       Director des Activities Educatives/Pedagogiques, ORPER

Fr, Bernard, llunga                     Provincial Provinciat SVD, Divine Word Missionaries 

Fr. Hugo Tewes:                         Reverend of Notre Dame of Africa Parish

Paul Lukubu:                              Director of financier and Administratif

Jacques Mayenikini:                   Director of Habitat for Humanity, Congo

Bwami JM Vianney:                   Secretary of Centre Des Jeunes, Don Bosco Ngangi

Zebe Kitabingo:                          Director Congolese Red Cross, Goma

Music by Tony Akundi and Kevin MacLeod

Produced, Directed, Written, Camera, Sound, and Edited by Dan Balluff

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