Le 21 septembre 2012, le monde entier a commemore la journee internationale de la paix, Cependant, dans notre pays, plusieurs questions ne cessent de se poser autour de cette question, lorsque les congolaises et congolais sont tous unanimes sur linsecurite qui continue a prendre de lempleur dans la partie orientale du pays. Notons qua cette occasion, un pretre catholique, chancelier de leveque de Moleba, ambassadeur de la paix a declare sur la radio Okapi que cette journee doit etre appelee, LA JOURNEE INTERNATIONALE DE LA RECHERCHE DE LA PAIX. Nombreuses personnes peuvent se poser des questions a ce sujet. Cependant, lorsque les femmes continuent a etre victimes de lintolerance et des multiples violations de leurs droits, lorsque presque 81pour cents de la population croupissent dans la pauvrete, pendant que plus de 50.OOO personnes vivent dans un camp de concentration, quand linsecurite dans plusieurs territoires de lEst ne permet pas a plusieurs enfants daller a lecole, pendant que les femmes ne savent plus se rendre aux champs pour cultiver en vue de nourrir leurs familles, nous pensons que cet ambassadeur de la paix a bel et bien raison de dire quil sagit dune journee internationale pour la recherche de la Paix en Republique Democratique du Congo. Des lors, les femmes congolaises continuent a lancer un appel a la communaute internationale daider la RDC a retrouver la paix durable sur toute letendue de son territoire national, Pendant ce temps, les congolais sont tout a fait unanimes sur lintegrite de leurs territoire qui doit rester un et indivisible y compris les ressources de la RDC qui doivent dabord profiter aux congolaix avant de servir les autres peuples, et ce, par voie de negociation et non a travers la voie des armes, si vraiment le monde entier tient mordicus a promouvoir la paix.

English translation by PulseWire member milsgra

On the 21st of September 2012, while the whole world is celebrating the international day of peace, in our country, many questions still remain around the issue, when the Congolese people are in unanimous agreement on the subject of insecurity that continues to gain magnitude in the eastern part of the country. It is to be noted that on that occasion, a catholic priest, bishop Moleba’s chancellor declared on Okapi radio that this day shall be called: The International Day of Peace Seeking. Many can ponder this subject. Meanwhile women continue to be victims of intolerance and their rights are repeatedly violated, when 81% of the population are crippled by poverty, while more than 50000 people are living in concentration camps, when the insecurity in many territory of the East prevents many children from attending school, when the women are unable to get to the field to work the land to feed their family we agree that this ambassador of peace was right to say that it is the international day of peace seeking in the DRC. Hence the Congolese women are continuously calling out to the international community to help the DRC to find sustainable peace on the entire national territory. Meanwhile the Congolese people are in unanimous agreement that their territory shall remain united and all its resources must first benefit the Congolese people before the interest of others, this shall be achieved through negotiation and not through armed forces and only if the world is really obstinate about the promulgation of peace.

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On the 21St of September 2012, while the whole world is celebrating the international day of peace, in our country, many questions still remain around the issue, when the Congolese people are in unanimous agreement on the subject of insecurity that continues to gain magnitude in the eastern part of the country. It is to be noted that on that occasion, a catholic priest, bishop Moleba’s chancellor declared on Okapi radio that this day shall be called: The International Day of Peace Seeking. Many can ponder this subject. Meanwhile women continue to be victims of intolerance and their rights are repeatedly violated, when 81% of the population are crippled by poverty, while more than 50000 people are living in concentration camps, when the insecurity in many territory of the East prevents many children from attending school, when the women are unable to get to the field to work the land to feed their family we agree that this ambassador of peace was right to say that it is the international day of peace seeking in the DRC. Hence the Congolese women are continuously calling out to the international community to help the DRC to find sustainable peace on the entire national territory. Meanwhile the Congolese people are in unanimous agreement that their territory shall remain united and all its resources must first benefit the Congolese people before the interest of others, this shall be achieved through negotiation and not through armed forces and only if the world is really obstinate about the promulgation of peace.

Dear Madeleine, We shall continue to pray for the situation in Congo and continue to provide our support on world pulse. You need to be strong for the other sisters whose voices we cannot hear. For sure Congo is still in the process of peace seeking and as women you need to educate the other women in Congo about their rights so that ca come up and fight for their rights. The secret is in the numbers, the more the women the more their voices will be heard. We are with you my sister. Stay blessed and continue with the struggle i am with you in spirit.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi Head of Legal and Advocacy Centre for Batwa Minorities a.kiddu@gmail.com cfmlegal@gmail.com Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Dear Madeleine,

I like the the reference to the International Day of Peace Seeking as it surely describes more accurately the current state of the Congo.

You cogently depict the true situation of your country: 1. women continue to be victims of intolerance and their rights are repeatedly violated, when 81% of the population are crippled by poverty, 2. more than 50000 people are living in concentration camps, 3. the insecurity in many territory of the East prevents many children from attending school, 4. the women are unable to get to the field to work the land to feed their family

I hope such an accurate understanding of the problems is also the beginning of you and others within yur country and outside its borders can start building lasting peace.

All the best in your endeavors,

Monica

It is unfortunate that your country is experiencing these situations but it is great to see the resilience and commitment to peace of the people. Never stop pushing for peace. Your story provides us with tangible factual and distinct situations and experiences that the people are having. By sharing your story you are inspiring others to continue fighting for peace in their own countries and also for people around the world to cheer with the people of the DRC towards peace. I hope that in 2013 you may celebrate the international day of peace.

Thanks for sharing Elizabeth