Pastor Marrion P’udongo earned the nickname “Schindler of Congo” in 2003 when he saved almost 100 people from being murdered by Lendu militiamen who were determined to kill ethnic Hema people in the streets of Bunia, Congo.
He has also gotten medical treatment for rape victims, rescued child soldiers and helped inmates in a Congo prison. He is widely regarded as a hero in Africa. But he now needs someone to help him, according to reports.
The pastor has long suffered from kidney disease, which nearly took his life in 2011. A fundraising campaign raised enough money to get him a transplant and earlier this year he learned that his body was rejecting the new kidney.
“I don’t feel in my heart that I should die now,” P’udongo told NBC News. “There are really people who want to help. So many. But the challenge is we don’t have money.”
Among those who volunteered as new donors for him, a match was found and arrangements were made for another transplant procedure to take place at a hospital in India. But the cost is around $35,000 and P’udongo is living off of about $200 a month and donations for his medical care.
I’m not very strong to walk and many times I feel a lot of pain,” he said. “Sometimes you feel like you will not make it anymore.”
A new fundraising campaign on Generosity.com has raised almost $9,000 of the money needed.
Bryan Mealer, a journalist and author who organized the campaign told NBC News that P’udongo is like a “Moses character.”
“Look at the world right now…you don’t see a lot of good people left,” Mealer said. “This is one of them.”