Congo week in /K
Since 1996, 6 million people have died in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from genocide, war-induced disease and famine. The largest loss of life since WW2 in the heart of Africa has been largely overlooked. An especially striking fact since the world’s technology, including computers and phones, largely run on the blood-soaked coltan that is mined from the conflict-region. This is why Congolese activists and students initiated Congo Week in 2008: an international week of events, actions and fundraising in solidarity with the Congo.
This year in Studio/K we will have a documentary and panel-discussion looking at the history of the Congo: from slavery to colonialism and cold war dictatorship, right up to the recent genocide, in an attempt to answer some pressing questions. What is the historical context to the ongoing atrocities? Who are the perpetrators and who is benefitting? What is the role of the West, Multionals Corporations and how do we stop the wars?
➯ We will be screening the film ‘Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth’
➯ Followed by a panel discussion with speakers Patricia Lokwa Servant, Sylvestre Mido, Angélique Mbundu, Eric Bimule and Aimé Miltoni
➯ Tickets in ticket-link in the event: standard ticket €5, low income €3, solidarity €7,50
Introducing our speakers:
Patricia Lokwa Servant is born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Congolese-American radio host of CongoLive!. She is an educator affiliated with the Association of African Students in the Diaspora (AASD), United Partners of Hope (UPH) and the Crossway Community (CC), with particular experience in assisting and educating recent African migrants and economically disadvantaged single mothers. Patricia is also a Development Consultant with the Friends of the Congo and the founder of Congo Love, an organisation promoting Congolese culture.
Sylvester Mido is the co-ordinator and spokesperson of the Congolese Action Youth Platform, an organisation promoting social engagement among the Congolese diaspora in the UK. He is also a Congolese British IT professional and activist with Genocost, a U.K.-based Congolese organisation advocating for the recognition of genocide against the Congolese people. His family fled Congo in 1999, when he was 16 years old.
Angélique Mbundu is board member of the organisation Yangambi and the artistic director of the iAfrica Film Festival. She is also one of the founders of the African Young Professional Network, a network organization for African young professionals in the Netherlands. Mbundu is a lawyer, entrepreneur and has her own consultancy firm. She was born and raised in Congo, leaving for the Netherlands with her family at the age of 16.
Eric Bimule was born and raised in in East Congo, where the war erupted when he was five years old. Bimule eventually fled to the Netherlands where he is still denied an official status. He now vlogs for the Refugees Forward Movement about the plight of undocumented refugees in the Netherlands and is involved with We Are Here, a self-organised refugee action collective.
Aimé Miltoni is a social worker, human rights activist, musician and father. He is also involved with the National Consultative Committee for Africans (Landelijk Overlegorgaan Afrikanen – LOA) in the Netherlands.
SK3 // €5,- // 20:00 – 22:00
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This event is organised in co-operation with Congo Week, Friends of the Congo and the Congolese Action Youth Platform. There will be a follow-up event in Pakhuis de Zwijger the day after: https://dezwijger.nl/programma/congoweek-breaking-the-silence.