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Dying in the Great Lakes – A Living Portrait

Posted on the 16 August 2013 by Therisingcontinent @Ambrosenz

Dying in the Great Lakes image

The event will take place in London on Saturday 14th 2013.

What is it?

It is a public spectacle against the indifference of the West to the suffering of Africans.

It is a claim to Western governments about their responsibilities in the plight of the victims of political and military leaders in the Great Lakes region they support.

It is an act of raising consciousness among the victims and their supporters to show that change depends on the determination of people.

It is a small scale visual representation of the tragedy that millions of Africans in Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi experience since the 80s until today.

It is a testimony about one sad and revolting picture of the chains of production of electronic devices [iPad, iPhone, mobile, laptop, playstation, etc] that the Western world cherishes and cannot live without.

It is a way of honouring and remembering the millions of people who died in Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo since that the Ugandan president Joweri Museveni started his bush war in that country in 1981.

Script on the day

The event will bring together as many people as possible in a square in London to be indicated a few days before 14/09/13. We will play the dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo in particular, but also Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. Participants will lie down on the floor with blood-stained clothes for 30 to 40 minutes, when others will be watching the scenery while being blindfolded. While all this takes place in silence, four people will speak out alternatively the names of the missing ones. A flyer will be distributed to passers-by asking people to write down on a scale of 1 to 10 how indifferent they can be to message of the spectacle.

Encrypted by history

This action will be filmed by two Swiss journalists who are trying to make a film about our regional struggle with a particular emphasis on the issue of raw materials in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

How to get involved

We ask you [if you are in London or can travel there] 40 minutes of your time to support the millions of Congolese, Rwandans, Ugandans and Burundians whose leaders are responsible of their death with different levels of responsibilities. Provided the significance of the initiative, we ask people who intend to get involved only to register on the facebook event page – [type DYING IN THE GREAT LAKES on your facebook page] if they are effectively committed. Honoring our dead requires some seriousness in our commitment.

Thank you in advance if you plan to get involved.

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