The African Union’s response to Trump’s immigration ban made me laugh because so many African countries kicked out Congolese refugees out of their countries and the African Union didn’t do shit. It’s all mad mad mad
In this re-creation, a group of Congolese refugees has stumbled upon a trunk filled with sheet music, costumes and gramophone recordings of Verdi’s Macbeth. This theatrical paraphernalia is the catalyst for a dramatic re-telling of Shakespeare’s tale of greed, tyranny and remorse, with the Macbeths as warlords, the three witches as double-crossing businessmen and Dunsinane as the Great Lakes region of Central Africa.
Angélique Namaika is a Roman Catholic Augustine Sisters of Dungu and Doruma nun from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sister Angélique has been working in the Congo since 2008 to assist women and girls who have been abused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). She is the 2013 recipient of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Nansen Refugee Award for her work with Congolese refugee women. Her Centre for Reintegration and Development is locate in Dungu, Orientale Province in the northeast of the DRC. Dungu has been the center for international humanitarian efforts for women and children who have been displaced by violence and war in the area.
Nearly 300 foreign nationals were killed in South Africa between 2008 and 2015 in a wave of xenophobic violence. Two refugees, Congolese Alex and Burundian Emile, describe the trauma that led them to come to South Africa, their rejection by the community in KwaZulu Natal, and life in the refugee camps. When the government closes the Chatsworth temporary shelter, they have to decide whether to stay in South Africa
On Aug. 13, 2004, more than 150 Congolese refugees were slaughtered in a brutal massacre at the Gatumba Refugee Camp in Burundi. Ten years later survivors are rebuilding their lives in the U.S. and using their newfound freedom of speech to advocate for an end to the cycle of violence in the region.