When Georgine waved goodbye to her husband Dieudonne Kakule Kahamulwa the morning of January 4, 2020, she had no idea that would be the last day she’d see or hear from him. She didn’t realize the value of that familiar moment—or that it would never happen again.
“Dieudonne went to the farm to harvest palm nuts. He asked me to join him after I had finished cooking for the children who were still at school,” Georgine explained to us. “I arrived at the farm only to find his bicycle abandoned along the road. I called his name, but no one responded … I returned home and informed the [village] chief of my husband’s disappearance.”
Knowing the numerous dangers lurking for Christians in this part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), I can only imagine Georgine’s distress: hoping for the best but expecting the worst. As she recounts what happened, she cries. At times, she stares into space.
Hearing the news, the chief and some family members began searching for Dieudonne. The next day, the police and the army joined the search. A few days later, they found Dieudonne’s body. He had been killed at least one day earlier. Georgine doesn’t know what happened to her husband between his abduction and when he was killed.
He was only 30 years old and a teacher at a church school.
Georgine and Dieudonne have three children: nine-year-old daughter Renestine Masika, six-year-old son Muhindo Stefano and daughter Kavira Justine who is four years old. It’s clear that the sudden loss of their father has traumatized each one, especially Renestine who understood the gravity of their loss. She was inconsolable. Muhindo looked too serious for his age and stood protectively next to his sisters and mother. Kavira looked confused by all that was happening.
“Our team was confronted by such pure grief and found it hard to hold back our own tears,” says one of the visiting field workers.
Though Georgine is heartbroken, the visit with Open Doors team members lifted her spirit, if only momentarily. “I want to thank Christians who think about me,” she says. “I am pleased to know that people are praying for me, for God to comfort me and my children.”
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