English translation by community member KBurns 

 

I come from the Shi community in the DR Congo, from a family of 4 boys and 5 girls. I come from a poor family.

I come from a place where cassavas are a part of our culture and where we easily make bricks to build our houses from the clay soil.

I come from a community where women do not have the right to study or take part in the legacy of the Shi tribe or the Banamungere clan.

I come from a community where only boys have to study, and where girls work on the fields. I come from the Mulambi grouping of the Burhinyi chiefdom, in the Mwenga Territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo. My ancestry is the Banamungere family, beans and sweet potatoes.

I come from the Shi community, where in order for a girl to be wed, the boy's family must symbolically present one or two cows, and where girls receive a hoe, a goat and clothing.

I come from a community where women's rights are flouted, and where women and girls have no access to education in the community. They have no right to a legacy or to financial means that would allow them to carry out activities.

I come from the Burhinyi chiefdom in the Mwenga Territory, where a few human rights organisations are currently trying to raise awareness about the rights of women and girls and the fight against all types of discrimination against women among local leaders and other members of the community.

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Poem: "Where I come from"

I come from the Shi community in the DR Congo, from a family of 4 boys and 5 girls. I come from a poor family.

I come from a place where cassavas are a part of our culture and where we easily make bricks to build our houses from the clay soil.

I come from a community where women do not have the right to study or take part in the legacy of the Shi tribe or the Banamungere clan.

I come from a community where only boys have to study, and where girls work on the fields. I come from the Mulambi grouping of the Burhinyi chiefdom, in the Mwenga Territory of the Democratic Republic of Congo. My ancestry is the Banamungere family, beans and sweet potatoes.

I come from the Shi community, where in order for a girl to be wed, the boy's family must symbolically present one or two cows, and where girls receive a hoe, a goat and clothing.

I come from a community where women's rights are flouted, and where women and girls have no access to education in the community. They have no right to a legacy or to financial means that would allow them to carry out activities.

I come from the Burhinyi chiefdom in the Mwenga Territory, where a few human rights organisations are currently trying to raise awareness about the rights of women and girls and the fight against all types of discrimination against women among local leaders and other members of the community.