Rwandan woman leader, Victoire Ingabire has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. She returned to her country to challenge General Paul Kagame and found herself targeted by the Rwandan government and imprisoned. She has been in prison since 2010 along side with Rwandan genocide survivor Deo Mushayidi and Rwandan opposition leader Bernard Ntaganda… and many more prisoners of conscious. In Rwanda, anyone who disagrees with the government policies either found him/herself imprisoned, killed or pushed to exile. So guess what Bill Clinton is saying about Rwanda… It is still sad that the many organizations working in Africa, pushing for women leadership, are all silent on the unjust imprisonment of Victoire Ingabire. As a Congolese human rights activist, I stand in solidarity with her and the many Rwandans fighting to have a representative government in their country, despite US interference in supporting dictator Paul Kagame.
Congolese need equal partners and not saviors to rescue us from our “misery.”
The arrogance of international organizations amaze me. Some wants to decide for the Congolese people by pushing for economic integration. Others flatly just claim they stopped M23. All that’s in my head right now is the many Congolese soldiers who have died in the front fighting for peace in the Congo.
Let’s remember there are new mass graves in the Kivus that have been found while we are trying to get credits.
Both Republican and Democratic administrations have vigorously backed the government in Kigali.
This is very important for our supporters. Remember how we always say that the conflict in the Congo is not a partisan issue? I have in the past shared with friends who were frustrated with the democrats that when it comes to Africa and Congo in particular, US foreign policy is still about supporting strong men/dictators rather than letting Africans choose their righteous leaders.
When Bush was president, we pushed for the enforcement of Public Law 109-456. With Obama as president, we are also pushing for the enforcement of this law. It’s even more important now given the president actually wrote this law.
Keep educating people in your community about the situation in the Congo.
While traveling this country, many people have asked me why the situation in the Congo is not covered in mainstream media. I have even put some journalists on the spot to answer that question and I am clear that we can’t depend on the media.
This is why I write and encourage all Congolese to write too. We must keep rewriting history because there are those who don’t want the truth about the Congo to come out.
If you watched CNN today, you probably know what I am talking about. If you didn’t, here is the story for you.
CNN journalists are in Congo. David McKenzie and Erin Burnett have been traveling back and forth from Rwanda to DRC for about a week now. Tonight on CNN Outfront, Erin Burnett interviewed Bill Clinton who is visiting Rwanda. It was a shock to see what type of questions she asked Clinton. She was even afraid to ask a question about how Paul Kagame won presidential elections in 2010 by 93% of the votes. She did not even mention the war in Congo. And they also talked about the mountain gorillas… yes… they did talk about the mountain gorillas.
Just think… 220,000 people have lost their homes. Right now we have over 2 million internally displaced people in Congo due to war. It is NOT a civil war! Over 6 million Congolese have died. Yet, CNN says in its program “by saving the gorillas, you save the people of the Congo.” Remember that these two journalists are actually on the ground in Congo and Rwanda. They see what is happening and yet they choose to not tell the truth about what is happening in Congo.
I still can’t believe what happened… yet it was predictable.
My appeal to you now is to always be the voice of the millions of voiceless Congolese. Mainstream media won’t cover it until you are clear about US support of oppressive regimes in Africa, the mining companies involved, what Bill Clinton did in the 90s, and so on.
Spread the word… Break the silence!