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
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.
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