For a fifth year, Black History Studies took part in the Break the Silence Congo Week for Black History Month 2014. The reason we host Congo Week 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 18 years. Since Congo Week began in 2008, sixty countries and over 300 communities have joined forces to demonstrate their support and value for Congolese lives.
The purpose of the Break the Silence Congo Week is to raise consciousness about the devastating situation in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo. Break the Silence Congo Week will take place from Sunday 19th October to Saturday 25th October 2014. Breaking the Silence Congo Week is a week of activities that commemorates the millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict while celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country.
For Breaking the Silence about the Congo Week, Black History Studies organised three screenings at the Marcus Garvey Library. On Tuesday 21st October 2014, we screened ‘Crisis In The Congo: Uncovering The Truth’ followed by ‘Assassination Colonial Style: Patrice Lumumba, An African Tragedy‘. After the screenings, we were joined by Vava Tampa of Save the Congo who gave a short presentation and contributed to the Q&A session.
On Thursday 23rd October 2014, we showed the thought provoking documentary ‘Apocalypse Africa: Made In America’ which had an excellent attendance for a cold Thursday evening. I hope our continued efforts have raised awareness of the plight of Congolese people suffering in the conflict.