The city of Bukavu lies in the Eastern part of Congo.
Congo has been decimated by the Second Congo War, also known as the Coltan War and the Great War of Africa, which began in August 1998 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly called Zaire), and officially ended in July 2003 when the transitional government took power (though hostilities continue to this day).
The largest war in modern African history, it directly involved eight African nations, as well as about 25 armed groups. By 2008 the war and its aftermath had killed 5.4 million people, mostly from disease and starvation, making the Second Congo War the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War 2. Millions more were displaced from their homes or sought asylum in neighboring countries.
Despite a formal end to the war in July 2003 and an agreement by the former belligerents to create a government of national unity, 1,000 people died daily in 2004 from easily preventable cases of malnutrition and disease. The war and the conflicts afterwards are driven by, among other things, the trade in conflict minerals. Today the Eastern area of Congo (formerly known in Assemblies of God in Great Britain as the Kilembe Lembe field) is still affected by strife and war, and many men carry a spirit of violence.
Bukavu lies at the south end of Lake Kivu and directly on the border with Rwanda. The Bible College at Bukavu was ransacked during the war and lost all furnishings, furniture and even fittings. The roads in Congo have not been maintained since independence in 1960 and as most of them are dirt roads, each rainy season results in further deterioration so that many roads are inaccessible by car. Certainly the Bible College at Fizi which is officially the Assemblies of God College, although having a decent road immediately to it, has virtually inaccessible roads in all directions leading to it.