Sunday, 18 December 2016

New book about Goma

Goma is a fascinating city of around one million people caught up between volcanic eruption and armed conflict. Capital of Congo’s North Kivu Province, it is living hell for some but a city of promise for others. In contrast to dominant discourses, this book relates the population’s attitudes about well-being, resilience and opportunity. Resigned and hardened by struggle, they give the impression that life is neither beautiful nor ugly, but an unending skirmish with destiny.
Based on twelve personal narratives, we recount the story of an urban landscape in an authentic and humanizing way. The revelations are sometimes agonizing, often surprising but always full of meaning. This qualitative approach helps make sense of this vast enigma of a city and the relationships between the population and their economic, social, ecological, political and religious environments.
This new book is an invitation to discover the intimate feelings and multiple realities of ordinary people determined to define their future.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Friday, 16 December 2016

19 December 2017

“Dear friend, the wolves have always eaten the sheep; are the sheep going to eat the wolves this time?”
        Quote from Elias Canetti’s Crowds and Power.
Article 64 of the 2005 Constitution of the DRC
       All Congolese have the duty to oppose any individual or group of individuals who seize power by force or who exercise it in violation of the provisions of this Constitution. Any attempt to overthrow the constitutional regime constitutes an offense against the nation and the State, an offense which is not subject to the statute of limitations. It is punished in accordance with the law.