By Kambale Musavuli
This week has been quite an inspirational and challenging week at the same time. A lesson I learned is to never take time, action and consistency for granted. Students we have met over the years and supporters in many places around the world took action because they believed that they could make a difference… and they did…
This week clearly show why it is important to get college campus all around the world to do Congo Week so that students on these campuses can be informed about the situation in the Congo and can be equipped with tools of organizing to challenge war criminals such as Kagame whenever he or others decide to show up on their campuses.
I could spend the time sharing how the team stayed up almost every night for the action on campus, phone calls we made to allies and the whole thing but… for tonight… I have five things to share:
1. It means a lot to me, and to many Congolese, if you called – emailed – tweeted – posted on facebook of these schools (Tufts, Brandeis, Harvard, MIT and Stanford) that invited Rwandan president Paul Kagame who is responsible for so many atrocious crimes in Rwanda and Congo whereby millions of Africans have lost their lives due to his evil deeds. Your action matters and actually did matter… as I look at the aftermath of the whole rapid response action, I can say that your time was valuable and I look forward to continue to work with you and be inspired by what you do… Now you know why I always say “Congo… we believe!” I believe in you and thank you in believing in us.
2. A big and special thank you to all the students in these universities who were not misled by the propaganda pushed by their school administration. Your action also made a real impact. Thank you for writing articles in your school newspapers. Thank you for calling the school administration. Thank you for all you did to break the silence. I know it’s almost finals and many of you are studying but you took the time to stand for peace and justice in the Congo and the Africa Great Lakes Region.
3. If you were not able to take part in any action for whatever reason that is… I still have love for you. Specifically for those who still don’t believe that things can change, I still hope you will join us in the near future. I used to feel powerless every time I heard about the killings at home.. it hasn’t stopped… but I can tell you that every day I wake up and see the fruits of hard work, the dedication of our team, the love and action of our supporters, I am inspired every day to do even more. Why should I not believe Congo is going to be peaceful when these warlords with millions of dollars can be exposed by actions of dedicated supporters?
4. There are small victories that lift us up every day… when I saw how people took down the facebook page of M23 after the taking over of Goma, I believed even more that anything is possible. Think about it… These lobbies set up an American “Tour of Shame” in elite universities to cleanse Kagame of the blood he has on his hands. Each one of you who took action said “No. I will break the silence and not allow this to happen without people knowing who Kagame is.” You decided to not sit idly by. You decided to speak up and that is inspiring. It is inspiring to see a dozen Congolese in a community in Boston of 5000 Congolese go out in the rain and stand against Kagame at Brandeis. Why? Because many are afraid to either be arrested, killed, deported or whatever reason they may have. It takes a lot of courage to speak up and the more people speak up the more it liberates others…
5. I will leave you with three quotes that helps me with this work we are doing to transform the heart of Africa:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.”
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Congo, We believe!!! INGETA
Note from the editor:
If you are aware of the truth about Rwanda, please do decrypt the lies that the Rwandan president utters during his speech at that American university. By doing that, you can contribute to saving lives in the Great Lakes region of Africa. Millions of them have been already lost, they cannot come back, but today victims can be saved if that criminal leader is stopped from continuing committing his crimes with the help of his lobbyists benefiting from the services he provides to them. And these are Congolese minerals.