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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Intercultural interpreting and mediation» in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources. Yet there is considerable poverty in the society. Moreover, bad governance and strife have rendered the social and political situation highly unstable. The crime rate is high and violence against women is rife. Land conflicts lead repeatedly to violence and ethnic tensions. HEKS/EPER is playing a part in conflict prevention and resolution. Local partner organizations advise and support young ex-militia fighters or soldiers in embarking on a professional life, they provide psycho-social support and medical care for female victims of violence and assist farming families in securing their right to own land and in boosting agricultural output.

HEKS/EPER in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Facts

In 2017, some 19000 people living in a conflict-ridden environment were reached through peace initiatives or protective measures.

Intercultural interpreting and mediation are indispensable if people are to understand one another across language and cultural divides. Intercultural interpreting enables patients, for example, to understand their doctor. Intercultural mediators for their part conduct workshops on health promotion or parent education. HEKS/EPER provides intercultural interpreters and intermediaries in the regions of Basel Stadt/Baselland as well as Aargau/Solothurn, and runs parent education projects with intercultural intermediaries, as well as basic and advanced training courses in intercultural interpreting and mediation.