Amplifying Isolated Voices

Neema Namadamu
Posted February 20, 2020 from Democratic Republic of the Congo

Women around the world continue suffering not only inequality, but grievous injustice, especially uneducated women. We find as part of our daily lived experience, needing to continually be alert for ourselves and our communities. Instead of protecting and defending us, patriarchy is continually looking for ways to manipulate, exploit, and dominate us.

Women are having to stand watch and stand guard for themselves. We are having step up and stand in to give our sisters and all humanity security. This crisis never seems to abate, but only increase globally. At times it can seem that love has truly grown cold.

Right now in my heartland, Congo, women are protesting. Who can hear them from this isolated mountain area, far away from the hustle and bustle of cities and government offices? For six months they have had to live in the bush. At the onset of the rainy season, rebel militias began violently chasing them and their families from their homes, burning all of their villages – over 70 villages to the ground. All of their family possessions either burned or looted. Hundreds of their family members killed. Now, thousands of the displaced are huddled outside UN base camps without food, shelter, or any other support. We have arranged for thousands of dollars of supplies, but the UN forces demand $15,000 per hour to distribute the food and supplies.

After years and years of conflict, 40% of these displaced mothers are widows. They live in constant fear and want. Who will be raped today? But there has been one police commander who has stood in the gap for them. One man is not enough, but he is a hero to these women. For over three years he has done what he could to protect and defend them. Now the governmental police authorities are replacing him – a son of their own – with someone from outside so that the women and their families will be made completely vulnerable again. The authorities don’t want stability, but instability and chaos, to continue exploiting minerals and doing whatever illicit acts they want with impunity.

BUT THESE WOMEN SAY, NO! This is a very isolated region of our country; cut off. Who can hear them? Still they protest. Then the police begin chasing them and they run. But then they take another stand. Because of technology we are able to amplify their voices and actions – for their RIGHT to peace and security.

Who will hear? Who will come alongside these mothers in support? Who has strength? Who is willing?

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Feb 20, 2020
Feb 20, 2020

Hello, dear sister Neema,

How are you? It's so great to hear from you again. Oh, how heartbreaking this post is. How long will women suffer?
Wow, this is terrible, "UN forces demand $15,000 per hour to distribute the food and supplies.".

We stand with you and the women who protest against these inhumane acts. Thank you for raising your voice about this crisis.

Neema Namadamu
Feb 20, 2020
Feb 20, 2020

Hello, i am doing well but with this situation, i want your help to amplify the voice of women in Minembwe of Sud Kivu province, so the can know we are with them. Thank you for asking me.
Much love.
Neema

Jill Langhus
Feb 21, 2020
Feb 21, 2020

We hear you, dear Neema! I hope at the very least that World Pulse can share your post on all their social media channels to raise awareness on these challenging times. Please keep us posted, dear.

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Anita Shrestha
Feb 21, 2020
Feb 21, 2020

Dear Sis
Thank you for sharing this information. Please update regularly

Metiege Noel Eve
Feb 22, 2020
Feb 22, 2020

Dear sister Nena thanks for sharing your thoughts it is so heartbreaking to see this continuous discrimination on the woman even in the 21st century.

lizzymark
Feb 22, 2020
Feb 22, 2020

Hi sis Neema,I stand with you and all these women protesting. Why should another human ask to be compensated before the save another human in need. It could be their own wife,mother,sister or even daughter. They should never stop speaking.

Fanka
Feb 22, 2020
Feb 22, 2020

Hello dear Neema,
Thanks for sharing. How long will women continue to suffer?
Its heartbreakingb

Marie Abanga
Feb 25, 2020
Feb 25, 2020

Dear Neema,

It's so heartbreaking what's happening in our countries these eras. I am really so full of empathy especially for all the vulnerable women and their families. But, there is hope when even one voice refuses to be silent. The more that voice speaks up, gradually others join while attention will be paid to their grievances.
Keep writing sister, one day some who can change something will read or hear about what you and others like you write.
Love
Marie

Regina Afanwi Young
Feb 25, 2020
Feb 25, 2020

Hello Neema. I hope you are keeping safe. I feel the pain of these women and girls. You and the women have taken the right step to speak out. This advocacy will surely heal fruits in the nearest future. Keep being strong my dear. You have all our support

Beth Lacey
Feb 26, 2020
Feb 26, 2020

Neema, it's nice to see you on World Pulse. This is a terrible situation and th voices must roar against it.

Feb 27, 2020
Feb 27, 2020
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Kristine Yakhama
Feb 28, 2020
Feb 28, 2020

Form community watch dogs

Eleen N
Feb 28, 2020
Feb 28, 2020

Dear Neema, i hear you and i share your pain. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I pray someone hears and does something for these women. Thank you for raising your voice. I stand with you and pray for these women and their children. God bless you. Much love

Michelle Aslan
Feb 28, 2020
Feb 28, 2020

Praying for all of you and standing with you.

Love and blessings

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 28, 2020
Feb 28, 2020

Dear Neema,
Among all of the reasons we need change for how women are treated, stopping war and rape must remain a priority. I am committed to raising the urgent message you and Adele have sent out, working to find ways to get this onto the news in my country and to pressing for action from the UN. Many of our countries are complicit in doing business with your country. Your words give us the information we need. Let's hope we can collectively make this happen.
In sisterhood,
Tam

paul siemering
Feb 28, 2020
Feb 28, 2020

Dearest Neema well now i just read what Karen said and i totally agree i have always loved you and your work because i cannot imagine what its like in DRC but i am with you and all my sisters

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Feb 28, 2020
Feb 28, 2020

Thanks to the power of technology,we are able to hear your story.
Am so sorry about the situation in your community,please try to stay safe and not forgetting to give the women HOPE.
Succour shall come to the way of your community by the Grace of God.Please follow me back so we can stay in touch.

SADRAG
Feb 28, 2020
Feb 28, 2020

Dear Neema,
We hear you.
We are with you.
Take it on!!
In solidarity!!
love
mala

Myra Tambor
Mar 01, 2020
Mar 01, 2020

hi there Neema, your post make me cry. we really need to do more actions. the constant fear chills my nerves. I hope can do something. thank you for sharing your story.

Neema Namadamu
Mar 02, 2020
Mar 02, 2020

Thank you all. Please sign the Petition to support the Congolese women in their fight for peace and security: http://chng.it/NGVcrStFrr

Mahima Rathore
May 03, 2020
May 03, 2020

Hi Neema
This video is really very heart breaking.
These women are brave as they keep raising their voice they need to become support of each other where their is unity their is strength .Its really good and hopeful that people like you are thinking and trying to change their lives and if you think you definitely can change the wotld around you have faith . we all are in your support sister.