For a third year, Black History Studies took part in the Break the Silence about the Congo Week for Black History Month 2012. Congo Week is held in the month of October is because it was in October 1996 that mainly Rwanda and Uganda first invaded the Congo and triggered the catastrophic crisis that we have endured for the past 16 years.
The purpose of the Breaking the Silence Congo Week is to raise awareness about the devastating situation in the Congo and mobilise support on behalf of the people of the Congo.
In past years, we have held two events during Congo Week which was poorly attended in comparison to other events but we persevered in order to raise awareness about the Congo. During the year, we have been tweeting and posting messages on Facebook so that it is not forgotten as mainstream media has moved on from the Congo crisis.
This year, we screened the thought-provoking and hard hitting documentary ‘Apocalypse Africa: Made in America’ which was well attended and was followed by a good discussion on the Congo crisis.