A hero in need: The Oskar Schindler of Congo’ fights for his life
This past July, I got a call saying that a dear friend had suffered severe kidney failure and wasn’t expected to live. Pastor Marrion P’Udongo has been called the “Oskar Schindler of Congo,” a man who’s helped save and nurture hundreds of lives in a country where war has claimed millions.
To the people of northeastern Congo, Pastor Marrion was both a saint and a hero, providing shelter to the hunted and hope to a community withered by violence. And to journalists like myself, he was an ace fixer and translator — one of the few people to offer access into this complicated and often incredibly dangerous conflict.