WHAT IS CONGO WEEK?
Congo Week is an annual commemoration of the millions of lives lost in the conflict within Democratic Republic of Congo, while also celebrating the country’s enormous potential. Since 2008, the week of activities has engaged people in over 70 countries. Congo Week aims to raise global awareness about the situation in DR Congo while advocating for peace, justice and human dignity. The initiative seeks to celebrate the ability of the Congolese people to overcome the tragedy of conflict.
WHAT IS THE CONGO CONFLICT?
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued with conflict since the late 20th century. Numerous civil wars, genocide, and a flurry of violence has crippled the Congolese nation. Between 1994 and 2003 alone, DR Congo was caught in the crosshairs of Africa’s first world war, resulting in about five million fatalities. The situation is most brutal in the eastern region due to its close proximity to the unstable states of Rwanda and Uganda.
This war-torn region is especially close to our hearts as it houses the vast majority of the students, many orphaned, that we support. Through our participation in Congo Week, we remember the lives lost during the conflict and strive to create a more promising future for the Congolese.
To celebrate this global initiative, we are hosting four events at Queen’s University. These events aim to engage the local community and raise awareness about the challenges in DR Congo. In alignment with many others celebrating Congo Week around the world our objective is to commemorate lives lost in conflict and celebrate the country’s potential. Specifically, our main goal this year is to develop an Educational Technology Centre (ETC) to promote digital education and increase chances of employment by teaching Congolese senior high school students computer skills. You can help our ETC initiative by supporting our events on campus or donating directly at www.nyantendefoundation.org.
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