DR Congo: Africans across the world must mobilize

Patrice Emery Lumumba – First only elected prime minister of the Congo

But the revolution will come from inside DR Congo. INGETA

In the last 16 years, DR Congo has already lost more than 10% of its population due to the Rwandan and Ugandan sponsored wars.

Brothers and Sisters Africans, wherever you are across the world, we have been asleep for far too long. It may become impossible to wake up at all, if we don’t stand up right now. There have been many challenges, as there will still be. Hiding heads in the sand won’t let them go away. Soon or later there won’t even be only heads hidden, but all the bodies will be buried if we let DR Congo pursue the unfortunate path we have been seeing for quite a while without purposely taking actions as a people.

Past and ongoing challenges

They killed Patrice Lumumba, first only elected prime minister of DR Congo, Kwame Nkrumah, former Pan Africanist and president of Ghana, Amilcal Cabral, Guinea Bissau revolutionary, Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso and Muammar Kaddafi of Libya.

They have sent to The Hague Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivorian president, and Jean Pierre Bemba, Congolese opposition leader. Though these two were not saints at all, their freedom could’ve jeopardized Western plans for their respective countries. Popularly elected Congolese challenger Etienne Tshisekedi is under house arrest.

In the Great Lakes region of Africa, they killed Melchior Ndadaye of Burundi, Cyprian Ntaryamira of Burundi, Juvenal Habyarimana of Rwanda, Laurent Desire Kabila of DR Congo, and John Garang, former Vice President of Sudan.

In the process and aftermath or even before these assassinations, infrastructures worth billions of dollars have been destroyed, millions of lives wasted, others displaced, women raped in the hundreds of thousands, and children made orphans. All educated people where they managed to survive fled to Western or other African countries.

They put in place and supported their puppets Mobutu Sese Seko of former Zaire, Joweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Allassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and many others such as Joseph Kabila in present DR Congo.

They keep on their knees those who resist them, leaders like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, or Muammar Kaddafi of Libya when he was still alive, or Sekou Toure of Guinea Conakry in his time.

In recent decades, they have been working with consistency on a new redistribution of the continent like this was at the time of the Berlin Conference in 1885 which among other  results gave Congo to the Belgian King Leopold II.

New fallacies

From a number of years, particularly starting with the international financial crisis of 2007/2008 which is far from ending, they have also come up with unusual praises for Africa.

Where they usually talked of the continent under a totally negative outlook, they are associating this perspective with positive messages of an economic growth which has been lacking for many decades.

But it is difficult to believe when one contemplates what is being done to jeopardize that so called growth. How can economic growth be on the agenda when the whole continent is experiencing in many regions significant insecurity which is in many cases sponsored by Western powers working with their local warlords?

That’s not the only fallacy. There is also this new emerging tendency aimed at intoxicating African consciences and letting them think that the same institutions which caused their past and ongoing misery could change and become their saviors. UNSC and MONUSCO were created by and have always been instruments of the same forces which for centuries have exploited Africa.

Despite the millions of dead in the DR Congo and other countries of the region, all caused by the duo Kagame/Museveni since the end of the 80s, the capitalist forces behind its criminal actions until today are seemingly trying to fool the general opinion through experts’ reports acknowledging some roles of the two presidents in the current crisis in DR Congo.

But the commissioners avoid sanctioning them, knowing that DR Congo has already lost more than 10% of its population due to these sponsored wars, as explains Cameroonian author Charles Onana.

How could these forces which have ruled the world so far change, knowing that, more than at any other time of their history, they need more and more of African resources to fill what their declining capitalist system have been creating in its imperfections? 

Necessary sacrifices and new leadership for DR Congo 

As I researched for my next article for this blog, I came across this question from a Californian friend: “How Pan Africanist forces could help redress the tragic situation in DR Congo?”

Another contact in Guadeloupe explained that they would like to help, but didn’t know where to start, or what they should do to make some difference.

With recent events from North Kivu which saw the capture of Goma by the Rwandan and Ugandan backed rebels, Congolese people are again waking up to a nightmare which has lasted far too long.

Congolese inside DRC and in the Diaspora are mobilizing, undertaking a series of actions: making songs of raising awareness, and unifying the nation to defend its integrity, organizing protests in different cities across the world, sending out messages of encouragement, etc.

In their efforts to mobilize against the partition of their country, Congolese should, whenever this is possible, associate other Africans and friends of the continent. What is happening in DRC has already happened somewhere else in Africa at some extent, and might happen again elsewhere in the future, if people don’t join efforts.

United and working together we will definitely overcome. We need to find in ourselves the new Lumumba, Nkrumah and Sankara, leaders who will not betray the existence and future of our people.

We have to find among us leaders who have already proven that they are trustworthy to become the bearers of our national flags and could give their lives for the sake of many.

As Africans across the world we mobilize to support our brothers and sisters from DR Congo, let’s play our part as effectively as we can, and as we undertake our different actions in conjunction with Congolese people, the right leader for the great Congo will certainly emerge in the process.

Different planned actions

Global Rally for Congo November 28th

Hunger strike for Congo in Paris starting December 1st

Protest in London November 28th

 Correction

In our previous post M23: A glimpse of what DRC expects we mistakenly featured a link to a video which didn’t correspond to the place it said it represented, but some other location in the city of Brazzaville of the Congo Republic and not Goma of Eastern Congo in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We present our apology.

One response to “DR Congo: Africans across the world must mobilize

  1. The coverage of congo over here is awful and yet*, not surprisingly, people always manage to spin some controversy on this luxury nation. Even the congo “crisis” of the 60’s is a testimony to the legacy of instability that has been inflicted upon it.

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