A Cup for Humanity was born from a long history of individual and collective experience about violent conflicts in the eastern democratic republic of Congo and the need to address its causes at the micro level. It is reported that more than six millions Congolese have died due to direct or indirect consequences of such violence. Besides, due to the intricacy of the violence, the Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked number one with most new displacement by conflict and violence, with almost 2.2 million new cases, more than twice the number in 2016 and more than the next three worst-affected countries in the region combined. Moreover, Congolese refugees are scattered around the region in neighbouring countries and beyond with hope to find again a place they call home.
The unrelenting cycles of violence, and their subsequent effects, embodied by severe human rights violations put the conflict itself among one of the world’s largest, most acute and complex warfare of our time and there is an urgent need of reconciliation efforts to bring it to an end. It should be held that, ethnicity, power struggle among others are the major precursors of such violence. the eastern Congo is characterized among the most evangelized/Christianised areas in the country (nominally speaking at least there is a swift cartographic expansion of churches in the area). Therefore, it would seem anomalous to see such kind of inhumane acts of violence arise and claim a central place in the society.
A swift degradation of such critical centrality of the gospel in society, which saw communities adopting the culture of violence as the best alternative to engaging conflicts thus making killing a commonplace, poses the enigma about the level of inconceivable ‘Christianity-violence cohabitation’. The question is: how could such culture of violence and obliteration rise at all and why did people adopt it with overmuch eagerness and what is the role of the church in offering new alternatives against violence? Without denying the contribution of other stakeholders in addressing the conflict in the eastern Congo, it is obvious that question evokes a new Christian approach to address the problem at the micro level in order to create new identities in Christ. Therefore looking at the profoundly brokenness of the society by civil conflict, by economic exclusion, by inconceivable human rights abuses, by disease, and by a failure to acknowledge the human dignity of the other, has set an alarm to contextually re-adapt both the method and message of reconciliation and community healing in the eastern Congo.