Congo Week at Queen's University

October 25, 2016

The Nyantende Foundation’s chapter here at Queen’s had yet another successful Congo Week! Occurring each year, Congo Week involves activists intended to raise awareness concerning the conflict in the DRC that led to the loss of millions of lives between 1994 and 2003. The Democratic Republic of Congo, slowly but surely has taken steps to recover from the devastating consequences caused by the countless amounts of civil and politically charged violence. In addition to acknowledging and remembering the lives lost, Congo Week seeks to ignite a growing awareness with reference to the continual aftermath of the civil war on certain areas of the country, specifically, the eastern areas that continue experience violence due to the occupation of rebel groups within that area. With the unfortunate current political climate, this years Congo Week also drew attention to the state of the DRC with regard to the government affairs of the country and citizens response to Kabila’s refusal to step down. To observe this years Congo week, the chapter here at Queen’s organized a variety events, events held included, the homecoming bottle drive, a handprint mural, a pumpkin sale, the screening of the movie Virunga a bake sale and finally a sale of underground line skip tickets, aimed at generating revenue for the newly established Educational Technology Center, (ECT). In addition to raising funds, events held here at Queen’s during Congo Week, exposed students and faculty members to discussions concerning the current hostile political climate in the DRC, and the potential for the DRC to progress and create favourable conditions for a better future. Special thank you to everyone that participated in the successful organization of Congo Week and an additional thank you to everyone that participated in our events.

 

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