Who really won the election in Congo matters immensely to the Congolese people, but it also matters to Canada’s Catholic development agency, which spent the last three years helping ordinary Congolese get ready to vote.

“We created a team of 10,000 animators, who in the last two-and-a-half years reached more than 18 million Congolese in 800,000 local meetings,” explained Development and Peace Africa program manager Serge Blais.
Having prepared people for an honest, democratic vote, the gap between what Congo’s national bishops’ conference saw through its 40,000-plus election observers and the results reported by Congo’s election commission constitutes a huge disappointment for

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