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Indifference Contributes to the Congolese Tragedy

Posted on the 10 October 2013 by Therisingcontinent @Ambrosenz

The actress in the video clip is Western.

She looks as an ordinary citizen going about her daily business. She does not seem to notice where she is putting her feet.

Dead bodies she passes over to continue her journey appear to be inconveniences that don’t disturb her conscience, though they should.

Whose fault that these bodies of Africans have become so trivialized that Westerners don’t seem to notice that there are millions of citizens from the Great Lakes region [Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda] who are dying without much notice?

The beneficiaries of the ongoing genocides, war crimes, crimes against humanity being committed in that region are responsible.

These are multinationals, particularly mining companies from US, UK, German, Belgian, and others, plus regional governments, especially Rwanda and Uganda, who are pulling the strings for the commission of those crimes.

The created chaos and humanitarian tragedy and the ensuing impunity which are devised for crimes being committed allow the predators to continue exploiting Congolese resources at the expense of nationals.

For more information on what is going on in DRC and the Great Lakes region and how to play your part, you are invited to a number of events, depending on where you live.

October 16th, 2013, Geneva: Conference on the exploitation of Congolese mineral resources and impacts on human rights.

October 19th, 2013, London @Piccadilly Circus: Dying in the Great Lakes, which is a citizens’ action to raise awareness on the millions of lives being wasted in that region for more than 2 decades.

October 20th to 26th, 2013, US and across the world: Congo Week, mainly at university campuses. Many and varied activities are run about DRC to bring to the attention of the world what this country is experiencing as especially a human tragedy.

Let’s also be clear in this note. Highlighting the indifference of the Westerners about what is going on in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes in general could be seen as pointing the finger. This would be too easy to think that the West again should be seen as the savior of Africa.

No. We Africans need to take responsibility. Westerners should be shown the part they have to play once we have played ours: taking the lead in solving our problems. For DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Somalia, Sudan, Mali, Libya, Egypt and so forth, Africans have to stand up against what is going wrong in their respective countries. Nobody else will do on their behalf.

We have to understand that nobody develops nobody. People and nations develop themselves. That is the reality of the civilized jungle.

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