August 30, 2019
It was held at the center Kariboe bibi located on Van Meursstraat 1, 2524 XN DEN HAAG / Netherlands, as of 26/8/2017, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, a reflection on the carnage in Beni and the security situation too precarious in the Democratic Republic of Congo especially in the east of the country and more specifically in Beni where for more than 5 years the population is killed in a way too atrocious.
This reflection organized by Stichting Umoja ni Nguvu in collaboration with Kariboe Bibi was attended by 46 people including 26 women and 20 men all living in Europe (the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy) but coming from different countries of origin.
This reflection was articulated on three large parts namely:
- The screening of the film Benifiles, a very informative and very moving documentary at the same time where Elien, the designer of the film, makes the victims speak.
- 5 pannelists who address the problems that the DRC is going through as well as the killings of the populations in Beni.
- A debate on the way forward so that there is more attention for what is happening in Beni and its surroundings.
Progress of the activity
At first glance, Mrs Lerina KWAMBA, coordinator of Kariboe Bibi greets the guests, presents the program as well as the panelists.
Then, Mr. Samuel MUSHOBEKE, Financial Director of Stichting Umoja ni Nguvu briefly presents the Umoja Ni Nguvu Foundation, its mission, its vision and its objectives.
Marie Louise BALAGIZI, president and initiator of this Foundation, thanks everyone for attending. Then the speech went to Elien SPILLEBEEN for the viewing of the film.
A break took place to calm the emotions aroused by the very moving images before listening to the different panelists.
Nadia Nsayi, the first panelist emphasizes the absence of the Congolese state that remains inactive in front of the tragedy that is happening in his country. No army capable of defending the country. Hence, it is necessary to turn to the International Community and International Justice. According to Nadia, young Congolese are resistant and are determined to fight for justice one day and build a new Congo. It insists on the right of the people to choose their own leaders and also deplores the climate of impunity that reigns in this country.
Alphonse MUAMBI then goes on to say that what is happening in the Congo is terrorism that the Congolese government is organizing to stay in power. He talks about the plan to start balkanization in 2008. This plan is to flee the population to occupy the eastern part of the country. He underlines the fact that the Democratic Republic of Congo is an international problem because several countries are involved to maintain the vagueness to continue to plunder the resources of this country. He urges the Congolese to stand and continue to insist and knock on all doors until peace returns to their country. Immigrants who live outside their country must one day be allowed to live at home. Then he asks parliamentarian Braam to bring what he has heard about DR Congo to the Dutch government.
Next is Kees Ton. He talks about the social and economic situation that is constantly deteriorating in Congo. He thinks it is very good to break the silence and talk about what is happening in Beni, killings and massacres in the east of the country. He stressed the importance of remaining vigilant with respect to the sub-regional aspect with neighbors who are getting too involved in Congolese affairs.
Bram Van Oijk says he has come to listen to the problems that are happening in DR Congo and translate them into a political agenda to present to the Dutch government since the DRC is not at the top of the Dutch government’s agenda for several reasons .
Finally, Abbe Romuald Miruho intervenes by pinning the psychological aspects and the stresses that come from the killings east of the DRC. Most migrants suffer from psychosomatic illnesses that come from tragedies in their countries of origin. He insists on the need to get rid of hatred to focus on the future in order to build a better Congo. He calls for awakening consciousness and teamwork to achieve palpable results.
A heated debate follows the interventions of the panelists and the following messages emerge:
- Independent surveys to be organized in Beni
- Seeking the security of the Congolese population in Beni
- Good communication between Monusco and the population
- Arrest those responsible for the killings in Congo
- Recognize the suffering of the population and break the silence on what is happening in Beni
- Organize events, write articles and lobby more with the international community.
- Organize elections and kick Kabila to return peace to Congo
- Stop Kabila for all crimes he commits in the Congo
- That the multi nationals stop funding conflicts in the Congo
Marie Louise BALAGIZI, president of Stichting Umoja ni Nguvu finally presents her collaborators, members of the Umoja ni Nguvu Foundation, a group of 10 people who work together to contribute to the good integration and the de-traumatization of migrants coming from the region of Great Lakes of Africa.
She thanks Kariboe Bibi for financial and logistical support. She then thanks the panelists for the brilliant analyzes and finally, the Dutch partners as well as the Congolese compatriots who become aware of their responsibility in relation to the crisis that is going through the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The key message around this activity was :STOPING KILLING CONGOLESE, TOO MUCH IS TOO MUCH.