As the church service started two mortar bombs dropped through the ceiling and exploded, there were cries everywhere, these rocket propelled grenades were fired by Muslim Seleka rebels at the Evangelical church in the suburbs of Bangui, the capital city killed seven and injured at least 33. Jeovani Mongounou (9) and Quanizolo Saint Jacob (23) were two injured that day.
Jeovani (above) was with the other children on the Sunday school bench and sustained such serious leg injuries both his legs had to be amputated. He wants to get back to school, get educated, become a civil servant and misses walking and is deeply emotionally traumatised according to his mother Lydie Daily Kanzo. Jeovani prays daily for protection and the supply of his family’s needs. Lydie has five other children between 6 weeks and 12 years of age and no means of making a living.
Quanizolo was busy in his first year of legal studies at the University of Bangui when Seleka seized power. The grenades shattered his left leg so badly it needed amputation below the knee. He comes from a poor family and lives with his elder brother. He had great expectations. ” I implore God to give me courage and keep supplying our needs. I am not angry or bitter. We must pray for peace in our country and Christians all over the world need to know what is happening.” You can pray for Jeovani and Quanizolo and write a note or card to them.
Dieu-Fera (in care of grandmother) also had an amputation and so did Steven; both have prostheses. All three lads are progressing physically, educationally and spiritually in their church.