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Marrion, a widely respected African fixer, needs a kidney transplant. (Bryan Mealer)

Pastor Marrion, a Congolese fixer, needs your help

By Maria Salazar-Ferro/CPJ Journalist Assistance Coordinator on January 21, 2011 1:17 PM ET

A group of international journalists is seeking donations to pay the costs of a kidney transplant for Marrion P'udongo, a Congolese fixer who has worked tirelessly with reporters from around the world to make sure his country's story is told.

P'udongo, known to his friends as "Pastor," fell ill while on assignment in Kigali, Rwanda. He was diagnosed with a kidney infection, and flown immediately to Uganda, where he is receiving medical care. P'udongo is stable and undergoing dialysis, but he needs a kidney transplant to survive. A suitable donor has already been found.

With the support of international press freedom organizations, including Journalisten Helfen Journalisten, the Frontline Club's Fixers Fund, and the Rory Peck Trust, colleagues have created the Pastor Marrion Fund, hoping to collect the necessary donations to cover P'udongo's operation. You can visit the Fund's website to find out more and make a donation.


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