The members of Sum 41 traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to film a documentary for the War Child Canada organization, but their trip was cut short this week due to escalating violence in the region and the band was evacuated by armored vehicles. Sum 41 were in the Congo town of Bukavu to meet with children and ex-soldiers in hopes of drawing attention to the civil war-ravaged nation. While there, a peace agreement between two warring rebel groups was broken and fighting broke out. Frontman Deryck Whibley told Rolling Stone, "When we heard those gunshots, we knew what was going on. We just hung out in our room and passed out to gunfire. We didn't really sleep, though. We were just lying there hoping we were going to get out the next day."
As the fighting raged on, the pop/punkers were transfered to a United Nations compound and then flown out to Uganda. They are now safe and sound back in Canada and have a whole new outlook on life. "It puts value on things, and you realize what you really care about," Whibley said. "In that situation, you're thinking about one thing, just the one thing you want to do the most, and I was just like, 'I wanna be at home with my friends right now.'"