While Rwanda is waging war in Eastern Congo, on Saturday 26th, 2013 representatives from some of the world’s largest information and communications technology companies were heading to Kigali for the Transform Africa ICT Summit.
BK Kumbi, Congolese historian and activist, seeing this news, created an online page inviting people to boycott Facebook at least for a minimum of three days starting from October 28th, 2013.
This is what Kumbi explains to highlight the reasons people should show their disagreement with the support these multinationals have persistently provided to the Rwandan president Paul Kagame, despite his widely demonstrated responsibility in the genocides and other crimes he continues to commit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“…Facebook think particularly moving to Rwanda because the country is performing well economically. However, this country is responsible of the genocide against the Congolese who lost more than 6 million of their people. Rwanda, while using its militias such as M23, has been raping over 500,000 women, girls, boys and men in the Congo. This barbaric inhumanity inflicted on Congo is mainly due to the fact that major powers like the United States, Britain, Canada and Belgium have decided to arm Rwanda so that it could plunder Congolese raw materials on their behalf. Despite numerous reports that show very clearly that Rwanda is at least responsible of crimes against humanity in the Congo, powerful countries, and especially their multinationals who benefit directly from the massacres committed in the Congo continue to provide substantial support to Rwanda. This time it is Facebook joining a list of others such as Google or Samsung [or Starbucks]. This trend of promoting impunity for the sake of economic/business reasons is no longer acceptable.“
As Kumbi also explains on her facebook page, this action of boycotting the company’s social media platform should be an opportunity to start an alternative social media operated by Africans for Africans, and whose owners are politically aware and conscious of the value of African lives. It cannot be business as usual where crimes are being committed in the process of making money.
To the African developers and specialists of social media platforms, the ball is from now on in your camp. Where are you to offer us efficient alternatives to free us from supporting the accomplices of our murderers?
How to deactivate your Facebook Account?
If you did not know, this is how Sister Amma Fosuah Poku explains the process.
BOYCOTT STARTS 28 OCTOBER 2013
For 3 days minimum, 7 days maximum (your choice)
TO DEACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT
1. Click the account menu at the top right of any Facebook page
2. Select Account Settings
3. Click Security in the left-hand column
4. Click Deactivate your account
When you deactivate your account, your timeline and all information associated with it disappears from Facebook immediately. People on Facebook will not be able to search for you or view any of your information.
You can reactivate your account by logging in with your email and password. Your timeline will be restored in its entirety.
Can we get involved in this initiative every month around this same date, and each time think of the hundreds of thousands of raped Congolese women and girls, the millions of displaced populations, and those millions of young children who have missed out to a proper education because of the constant state of insecurity which prevails in Eastern Congo for the last two decades?
The indifference is as deadly as any other weapon of mass destruction.