Eastern Congo

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How can anyone in this world hate this man?

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [6/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.

The history of colonialism in Congo is interesting. A lot of people from Eastern and Central Congo, didn’t interact with white colonists until mid 1800s (some didn’t even know they existed). Before that, all they had known was the Arab and Swahili traders and slavers. The first Belgian led exhibition arrived in Luba land (in Central and Southeastern Congo) around 1891, 6 years after the creation of the Congo Free State. Western Congo history and Central/Eastern Congo history is so different

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Blood Coltan

The mobile phone is a remarkable piece of engineering. But look inside. There’s blood in this machine. There’s blood in this device because your mobile contains tiny electronic circuits, and they couldn’t work without mineral called COLTAN. It’s mined in the eastern Congo. There is blood here, the blood of Congolese who are dying in a terrible conflict. The West’s demand for Coltan, used in mobile phones and computers, is funding the killings in Congo. Under the close watch of rebel militias, children as young as ten work the mines hunting for this black gold. Blood Coltan exposes the web of powerful interests protecting this blood trade. Meet the powerful warlords who enslave local population and the European businessmen who continue importing Coltan, in defiance of the UN
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Wagenia/ Wagenya Fishermen

The Wagenya (Enya ethnic group) live in Kisangani, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. They are known and famous for their fishing technique. Fishing and the Congo river are a central part of Wagenya life. Wagenya boys undergo circumcision around the age of 12, the ritual is done on the banks of the Congo river and the foreskin is thrown into the river after the ceremony has concluded. The Wagenya say the Congo river is the river of their ancestors, legends states that a Wagenya can never die in the river because their ancestors’ village is located under the falls and it protects them. Fishing is part of Wagenya culture, the knowledge of how to build tolimo-s is passed down father to son. The tolimo-s are a collective symbol of Wagenya culture and identity. This tradition has existed hundreds of years before Henry Morton Stanley first observed them in 1877. 

[Images by: Ghassen Marzouki, Pascal Maitre and  Andrew McConnell]

watch a video of them fishing 

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [1/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.

en-tonos-pastel  asked:

Hi, I found your blog just a while ago and I really like it. Would you please help me to find a word that can express something similar to " I forgive but never forget"???

Ilunga is a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time.

In June 2004, “ilunga”, which comes from the Tshiluba language (a Bantu language spoken in south-eastern Congo, and Zaire), and in the opinion of 1,000 linguists, was deemed the world’s most difficult word to translate.

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
— Thomas Szasz

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [5/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.

Arab slave trade (Zanzibar slave trade) and Congo-Arab war

[This post will be brief and written in a way that is accessible to all. Also, non-Congolese people keep your opinions to yourself, don’t make blank statements and dont no share your thoughts on this post, I don’t care for them. If you comment you will be blocked] This post will not go into too much detail, I won’t talk about specific ethnic groups or places in Eastern Congo (that will be done on separate posts)

The Arabs and Waswahili (Swahili people; who are also referred to as Baswahili in D.R. Congo today) of Zanzibar and other Swahili City States had been trading with states/kingdoms like the Luba kingdom of the Congo region  before the arrival of the Belgians. During the time of the Congo Free State, whilst the Belgians controlled most of the Congo the Arabs and Waswahili of Zanzibar had Eastern Congo. Tippu Tip whose real name was Hamed ben Mohammed al-Murjebi, was one of the most notorious, famous and powerful slavers in Eastern Congo. Reybrouck writes “At first he had acquired his luxury good, slaves and ivory in a friendly fashion. Yet, from 1870 on, all that changed. As more and more tons of ivory began flowing eastward, traders like Tippu Tip grew in power and wealth. In the final account, the sacking and pillaging of entire villages proved more cost effective than battering for a few tusks and adolescents. Why spend days chattering with local village chieftain, refusing lukewarm palm wine when your religion forbade you drinking anyway, when you could just as easily torch his village. The name Tippu Tip sent shivers down the spines of those inhabiting an area half the size of Europe.” And Zanzibari control of Eastern Congo continued until their relationship with the Belgians turned sour which then turned into a war (proxy war). 

[An account of the slave trade:

We pass a woman tied by the neck to a tree and dead, the people of the country explained that she has been unable to keep up with the other slaves in the gang, and her master had determined that she should not become the property of anyone else if she recovered after resting for a time. I may mention here that we saw others tied up in a similar manner, and one lying in the path shot or stabbed, she was in a pool of blood. The explanation we got invariably was that the Arab who owned these victims was enraged at losing his money by the slaves becoming unable to walk, and vented his anger by murdering them]

The outbreak of the war was blamed on the Arabs and Waswahili. The Zanzibaris had signed a treaty on February 1887 promising to end the slave trade in Eastern Congo but failed to do so, then the Belgians implemented plans to stop them. This was not done because they cared about the Congolese people, it was done because the slave trade and Zanzibar undermined the Belgians authority. It was the fight for economic and political power in the Congo which the Belgians presented as a Christian anti-slavery crusade. The war broke out it 1892 and ended in 1894 and tens of thousands people died. It was a proxy war because most of the fighting was  done by Congolese people, who aligned themselves with either side.



Baswahili/Swahili identity in D.R. Congo 

After the war had ended, the majority of the Arabs and Waswahili returned back to Zanzibar a lot of them remained and lived in in Eastern Congo. Swahili-Arab culture has had major cultural influences on Eastern Congo, along with the Waswahili descendants of the Free State living in Congo, mainly Congolese people in Eastern/Central Congo identify as Swahili/Baswahili and they are different from ethnic Swahili people living in the country. Ethnic groups such as Lega, Lokele, Baluba (mostly of Katanga but also some from Kasai), Bembe, Kusu etc etc have all been influenced by Arab-Swahili culture. Especially ethnic groups from the Maniema province and other Arabised areas. 

It should also be noted that the majority of the enslaved Eastern Congolese who were sold at the Zanzibar slave markets were taken to Egypt, Persia, India, Pakistan and Arab nations

  • D.R. Congo: The Darkness of the Heart: How the Congolese Have Survived 500 of history  by Loso Kiteti Boya
  • Congo: The Epic History of a People by David Van Reybrouck
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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Fighters and victims of the Kivu Conflict; often both at the same time. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [13/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [8/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.

Ben Affleck Rant

I can’t believe that after all these years, after two oscars Ben still has to deal with people profiling him and bringing up his past. He has made questionable decisions for his career but it shouldn’t matter because it got him to where he is today.

Ben Affleck is an incredible man, a visionary director, he is a wonderful writer, he is a great actor and he speaks on behalf of minorities, he is trying to help those in Eastern Congo after everything that has happened. The media always fails to see the good in him because they are too busy hating him and running his name through the mud.

Saying that he should be punched in the face for his reaction towards the BVS reviews is a horrible thing to say. How can’t he be afraid of them? Even before he began filming people petitioned for him to be taken off this project, so of course those bad reviews take a toll on him. This whole sadfleck meme is funny up to a point but not when you write an entire article on all his poor decisions & his mistakes.

Ben Affleck did a brilliant job as Batman, he is the greatest Bruce Wayne that we could have ever gotten. He should be proud and I hope the flood of fans sending him positive messages overpower the negative reviews. Also, be reminded that this is a whole new world for him, where comic book films are the greatest thing that you could do in this generation, he has to adjust to all the fans putting their two cents in and it may not always be positive. So we as fans need to tell Ben Affleck that he did an incredible job as Batman.

Ben Affleck is an amazing filmmaker, a loving father, and a wonderful, thoughtful and caring person. He always tries to make a difference in the world by speaking about important issues. Why don’t you write an article on what he’s doing in Congo or how he speaks about Islamophobia? No, you can’t do that because the media hates Ben Affleck and anything he does to help the world and help people is making him a good person.

End of rant. I personally don’t care if you dislike Ben Affleck, just don’t be an asshole and run his name through the mud.

Inspired by this buzzfeed article x

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Fighters of the Kivu Conflict. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [12/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [3/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [2/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. 2012-2013. Produced in North and South Kivu. Film stills from The Enclave by Richard Mosse. [9/13]

The Irish photographer filmed strange footage of the country using a special surveillance film once used by the military. Picking up invisible infra-red rays given off by plant life, the film makes any greenery show up in ‘bubblegum’ pink, meaning guerilla soldiers could be spotted among the leaves.

Civil war has been happening in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for many years. Since 1998, the nation has seen 5.4 million war-related deaths.

anonymous asked:

It's terrible what happened to those Congolese people in India. Did anything happen that people might not have heard about

A Congolese woman, Cynthia Vechel who lived in India was murdered by her Indian husband. After he killed her, he cut her up into piece

The Congolese community in India protested near the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) police station. They are also demanding custody of Cynthia’s child(asking for the child to be given to the uncle but, because he has been living in India undocumented, the Indian authority are making things complicated) the community don’t want the child to stay in India where she might be killed because of anti- black african/african sentiments and violence in India

Ugandan militants from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) hacked 9 Congolese people to death in Oicha, North-Kivu on Tuesday (5th July 2016)

This is just the latest attack, militant/rebel groups have been terrorising and murdering people in eastern Congo for far too long now. These Ugandan and Rwandan militants have been active in eastern Congo since the war officially “ended “ in 2003 (to summarise, it was the 2nd Congo war aka Great War of Africa, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda invaded Congo - look through my war tag for more info) and also Congolese rebel/militant groups are active in the area. The Congolese army and UN army have been fighting them for over a decade. 

That’s all I know about this week