Les femmes et les enfants font face à un problème majeur dans notre ville de BUKAVU; il s'agit de l' habitat : -prémièrement plusieures familles n'ont pas leur propre habitation,elles sont donc locataires ;cela est dû à l'exode rural,ainsi les maisons dans lesquelles elles vivent sont construites dans des cites impropres à la constructtion comme les collines avec tout le risque d' éboulement,érosion ,enfoncement de terre...souvent aussi ces maisons sont réduites ,insuffisante pour toute la famille;c'est les cas des maisons sans chambres communement appellées studio, ou des maisons avec peu de chambres où les enfants dorment au salon; ce qui fait que l' intimité des gents n'est pas respectée et le respect mituel bafoué à cause de cette promuscuité,à tout ceci s'ajoutent certaines maladies des mains salles et aussi respiratoires car l air innalé n'est pas sain; ici les victimes sont souvent les enfants et les personnes plus âgées. consernant l'eau et l'électricité c' est devenu rare et la population se débruille pous s'en procurer ainsi elle recourt aux groupes électrogènes et paneaux solaires pour rémedier à ce probleme avec risque d' électrocution dû à la manipulation excessive des câbles électriques.concernant l'eau on en a pas souvent et quand nous l'avons c'est de l'eau sale; imaginer le risque d' infections et d' infestations auquelles on est soumis nous femmes et enfants surtout. Solutions: -lutter contre l'exode rurale en sécurisant nos milieux ruraux; -diminuer la pauvreté dans nos milieux promouvant l'agriculture,l'élelevage et en rénumerant les agents de l'état pour leur autonomie et bien être. -que les autorités urbaines puissent bien coordonner la SNEL et laREGIDESO et mettre fin tout ces desordres exposent la vie des citoyens.

English translation by community member PilarAlbisu

Living Conditions for Women and Children in Bukavu

In our city of Bukavu, women and children are faced with a serious issue: housing.

First of all, due to [a recent] rural exodus, many families do not own their own house, they are tenants. Even the houses that they live in are built in sites unsuitable for construction, such as hills, with major risks of collapse, erosion, caving in…Often these houses are of a smaller size and the entire family cannot fit. This is the case of houses without what are commonly known as “studios”, or houses with few rooms where children must sleep in the living room. This means that people’s intimacy is not respected and mutual respect is ignored due to this promiscuity. Along with all of this come certain diseases such as “dirty-hands” disease and respiratory diseases, because people are inhaling unclean air. Here, the victims are most often children and the elderly.

In terms of water and electricity, they have become rare and people must manage without them. They resort to power generators and solar panels to solve this problem but there is the risk of electrocution if mishandling the electric cables. In terms of water, we do not often have it, and when we do, it is dirty. Imagine the risk of infection and infestations, of which we women and children are usually the victims.

Solutions:

-Fight against the rural exodus by increasing the safety of rural areas -Decrease the poverty in our areas by promoting agriculture and animal raising, and by paying state officials for their autonomy and well-being -Urban authorities should properly coordinate the SNEL and the REGIDESO and put an end to all of this chaos, thus exposing how citizens live

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Living Conditions for Women and Children in Bukavu

In our city of Bukavu, women and children are faced with a serious issue: housing.

First of all, due to [a recent] rural exodus, many families do not own their own house, they are tenants. Even the houses that they live in are built in sites unsuitable for construction, such as hills, with major risks of collapse, erosion, caving in…Often these houses are of a smaller size and the entire family cannot fit. This is the case of houses without what are commonly known as “studios”, or houses with few rooms where children must sleep in the living room. This means that people’s intimacy is not respected and mutual respect is ignored due to this promiscuity. Along with all of this come certain diseases such as “dirty-hands” disease and respiratory diseases, because people are inhaling unclean air. Here, the victims are most often children and the elderly.

In terms of water and electricity, they have become rare and people must manage without them. They resort to power generators and solar panels to solve this problem but there is the risk of electrocution if mishandling the electric cables. In terms of water, we do not often have it, and when we do, it is dirty. Imagine the risk of infection and infestations, of which we women and children are usually the victims.

Solutions:

-Fight against the rural exodus by increasing the safety of rural areas -Decrease the poverty in our areas by promoting agriculture and animal raising, and by paying state officials for their autonomy and well-being -Urban authorities should properly coordinate the SNEL and the REGIDESO and put an end to all of this chaos, thus exposing how citizens live

Chère Marie,

Vous décrivez très bien la situation actuelle à Bukavu et je vous remercie de le partager avec nous. C’est une situation terrible, mais c’est important de le raconter pourque nous puissons tous ensemble mettre en action les solutions que vous proposez. Merci encore pour ce journal et continuez à écrire, comme ça on va atteindre des changement nécessaires!

À bientôt, Pilar