The ambassador gave a speech overshadowed by over-positiveness and fake politics: The strong relations between Congo and Belgium must be kept and reinforced!
Bullshit! Strong relations between countries means I need something from you and you have to give it to me in order to survive and I’ll repay you with bread beads.
If both countries were equally rich, there would be something called ‘balance’. But in this case there is none. Belgium is Goliath and Congo is David. The Bible says David wins at the end, but in reality David gets ripped apart by Goliath. For decades now. And the funny thing is from a morphological point of view Belgium should be David and Congo Goliath. But as you can see there is a truth in the saying that size doesn’t matter.
—  Something I wrote two years ago when I attended the independence party of Belgium in Congo, unaware of everything I know today. I think it’s powerful

Urgent - Please Spotlight:

I regret to tell you that Christina Fonthes - a dear friend and organiser of Rainbow Noir has been held against her will in The Congo - she was on a family holiday with her mother who has decided to have Christina ‘cured’ of her sexuality. 

Christina has managed to escape from her aunt’s house and is currently hiding out with a friend. She has access to internet and has been communicating with us via email. The next available flight is 2nd September - 5 days away! Chris needs help and protection from the British Embassy in Congo but her mother has reported her missing and therefore we need to get in contact with both the UK Home Office and UK embassy in Congo to let them know that she is in danger and that her mother is lying/the one endangering her life!!

PLEASE SHARE THIS ON ALL YOUR NETWORKS. CALL, EMAIL, TWEET the British embassy on behalf of Christina - the more we call, the more attention it will bring to her case and hopefully they will act quicker in getting Christina to a safe place. 

HER MOTHER HAS HER PASSPORT AND TRAVELING DOCUMENTS!

CHRISTINA’S LIFE IS IN DANGER. PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. 

If you can help please contact @RainbowNoirMCR or @WritersofColour on twitter.

UK EMBASSY: 0871 050 5840 
public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

DETAILS OF THE EMBASSY IN CONGO ARE HEREhttps://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-kinshasa

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But can you dance like a Congolese uncle though?

humansofny "We don’t like pictures like this. It is not good to deduce an entire country to the image of a person reaching out for food. It is not good for people to see us like this, and it is not good for us to see ourselves like this. This gives us no dignity. We don’t want to be shown as a country of people waiting for someone to bring us food. Congo has an incredible amount of farmland. An incredible amount of resources. Yes, we have a lot of problems. But food is not what we are reaching for. We need investment. We need the means to develop ourselves." (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)

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Ceo Dancers - Ezinne Asinugo Covers Awilo Longomba - BUNDELELE

she killed this 

“In December 2013, while most people were celebrating “peace on earth, good will toward men,” the U.S. State Department admitted that President Eisenhower authorized the murder of Congo’s first democratically-elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba. CIA Chief, Allan Dulles, allocated $100,000 to accomplish the act. Lumumba’s murder has been called the most important assassination of an African in the 20th Century. How do U.S. citizens make up for this to the Congolese people and to Lumumba’s family?”

-Cynthia McKinney

https://www.facebook.com/CynthiaMcKinneyOfficial

Although I do not believe this is the fault of the average United States citizens, I do know that we are not taught about the real reasons why Africa is in the condition it is in.  

#CynthiaMcKinney

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KATANGA’S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN

During the 1970s, an increased demand for copper and cobalt attracted Japanese investments in the mineral-rich southeastern region of Katanga Province. Over a 10-year period, more than 1,000 Japanese miners relocated to the region, confined to a strictly male-only camp. Arriving without family or spouses, the men often sought social interaction outside the confounds of their camps. In search of intimacy with the opposite sex, sometimes resulting in cohabitation, the men openly engaged in interracial dating and relationships, a practice mostly embraced by the local society. As a result, a number of Japanese miners fathered children with native Congolese women. However, most of the mixed race infants resulting from these unions died, soon after birth. Multiple testimonies of local people suggest that the infants were poisoned by a Japanese lead physician and nurse working at the local mining hospital. Subsequently, the circumstances would have brought the miners shame as most of them already had families back in their native Japan. The practice forced many native Katangan mothers to hide their children by not reporting to the hospital to give birth.

Today, fifty Afro-Japanese have formed an association of Katanga Infanticide survivors. The organization has hired legal council seeking a formal investigation into the killings. The group submitted official inquiry to both the Congolese and Japanese governments, to no avail. Issues specific to this group include having no documentation of their births, since not having been born in the local hospital spared their lives. The total number of survivors is unknown

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By Life magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon:

  • Twins Seven-Seven and jazz band in 1971, Oshogbo, Nigeria.
  • Fon appliqué workers in 1971, Abomey, Republic of Benin.
  • Weaving a traditional Mangbetu hairstyle in 1970, Medje village, Congo.
  • Nupe bead makers around glass-making furnace in 1959, Bida, Nigeria.
  • Hausa girls, at Zaranda market in 1959, East of Jos, Nigeria.
  • Irigwe dancers in 1959, Miangovillage, Jos Plateau, Nigeria.
  • Workers at Ekulu coal mine in 1959, near Enugu, Nigeria.

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