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On the 04th May 2017 the Congolese Solidarity Campaign will organize a protesting picketing. It will take place outside the Durban International Convention Center hall. The event will start at 09:00 am and continue till 12:00 pm.
Since 1997, The Democratic Republic of Congo endured bloodshed and brutal, political and economical repression from its government. Congolese people’s lives remain in a permanent insecurity. Governments in these African countries were involved in causing instability in our country: Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Sudan.
Rwandese troops and DRC rebels (Rally for Congolese Democracy in 2002), both financially and military supported by President Paul Kagame and Museveni of Uganda, took over many towns in the eastern part of Congo, where they created chaos. Women were raped, men were slaughtered and children were used as child soldiers.
Rwanda, together with Uganda, massacred the people of DR Congo by sending troops under the pretext of attacking the Hutus (Interahamwe).Under the pretext of looking for their enemies many rebel wings such as CNDP-Goma (The National Congress for Defense of the People) led Rwandan commando general Laurent Nkunda in 2006-2012 and ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) in 1996, while extracting mineral resources (such as Coltan, diamonds, gold etc.) belonging to the people of DR Congo.
The war created a humanitarian chaos in our country. The children worked as laborers in the mines. This is a form of exploitation that is taking place right now in DR Congo.
All these resulted in a lot of atrocities that amounted to over 11 million people being killed.
In 2002, as soon as President Paul Kagame took over as president of Rwanda. He is a hypocrite and should not be trusted. He is a murderer who should not be given the responsibility of a leader. Today DR Congo is in the state of violent because of Kagame. He should be tried in the International Court for all the human rights violation that he has caused in our country.
We as the Congolese Solidarity Campaign and the DR Congo community in Durban and others parts of the land of South Africa have raised our voices and said no to the continued destabilization of our motherland.
We, the people of DR Congo call on all Human Rights Activists, all progressive and Pan-Africanists and all countries that respect and acknowledge the rights of the people in the world to come to our support when we say that all those who are involved direct or indirect in the gross violation of human rights in our country to face the law.
We as the Congolese Solidarity Campaign together with the Congolese community in South Africa vow to continue with the struggle for the people of DR Congo, those who are inside the country and those who are in exile.
Our country, and its wealth, must be restored to the people.
Issued by Abahlali baseMjondolo