Connecticut Post, CT
BRIDGEPORT — He can laugh about it now, but seven years ago the daily torture and looming threat of execution in a Congolese prison was no laughing matter for Alexis Tshimbalanga.
He's safe in Bridgeport as a political refugee after an escape from jail he credits to a miracle from God, but he can't forget the plight of his impoverished and suffering countrymen and women in the Democratic Republic of Congo....
Halley Davis, World Relief partnership officer, said the August home-building project is also relationship-building that involves members of a church in Indiana as well as Congolese churches and pastors, who identify the neediest in their communities.
"You have a lot of orphans and vulnerable children as parents are lost, whether to disease or conflict," she said.
The International Rescue Committee estimates that some 425,000 people have been displaced and hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped in Congo since fighting broke out in 1998.
Saturday's show will start at 9 p.m. It will be open to all ages for a donation until 11 p.m., when it will be only for those 21 and over.
For more information about World Relief or to help the Congolese people, call 685-5740.
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