We work with an organization, Butoke, which operates schools, a health clinic and supports orphans in the Kasai region. Their experience provides a personal dimension to the crisis. They were forced to leave their base in Tshiakaji because of widespread violence. They faced food shortages and difficult travel. Their school was ordered closed by a militia group. Thirteen final year students were scheduled to take their final state exams, but one was killed, five fled to their homes for safety and only seven sat for the exam. Twenty-seven extended family members of Butoke's chief nurse were massacred by the Tshiokwe militia.