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A land of snow, rock and ice, dramatic landscapes, unpredictable weather, and turbulent seas. I had always dreamed of visiting Antarctica, and yet, not until I saw her did I know that I would be back at any and every opportunity.
Goma, DRC Voix de la Paix took the project one step further, screening Pray the Devil Back to Hell to women leaders and holding a two-day workshop in Kinshasa, Goma and Bukavu. Abigail Disney, Leymah Gbowee and Alissa Everett traveled to the DRC to show PRAY to diverse women leaders such as nationally elected government [...]
May is here and it is time. I will be holding workshops with Abigail Disney and Leymah Gbowee, from Pray the Devil Back to Hell. From seeing the film a year ago, proposing to Abby that we bring the film to eastern DRC, meeting with women leaders and holding preliminary screenings to see if the [...]
Despite my exhaustion after traveling some 48 hours, I head straight to the HEAL office where my meetings begin. Freddy, the guardian at the front gate greets me in his wife-beater from behind his mirrored sunglasses. At first glimpse of his shaved head and building muscles, one wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark [...]
11am and I am crossing the border from Rwanda into eastern DRC again. Faces are familiar and I joke about the constantly changing border policy with the woman who checks my passport. This time my $35 buys me a 7 day visa for Goma alone, stamped into my passport. The border activity seems to pick [...]
Congolese women marching in the rain on International Women’s Day. Goma, DRC. March 8, 2010. Congolese women marching in with anti-sexual violence signs on International Women’s Day. Goma, DRC. March 8, 2010 Congolese women marching on International Women’s Day. Goma, DRC. March 8, 2010
International Women’s Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a big deal. The eastern part of the country virtually shuts down, NGOs prepare, and Congolese women mobilize to celebrate their official day. Huge parades are planned and women from all around descend on the town. In Goma, the main roads were blocked off by [...]
A thundering crack shakes me out of my bed. The black sky flashes with light, a rumble and another crack, so loud, my heart races. A cool breeze rushes in, the metal door frames and single paned glass designed for hotter climes. I curl up in my mosquito net, under my single blanket wishing for [...]
The Women Women in Eastern DRC are organized. There local, Congolose-based organizations working in almost every aspect of society, assisting war victims, rape victims, orphans, widows, street children, people living with AIDS, and the handicapped. They provide health assistance, legal advise, rape counseling, agricultural projects, small business training and loans. They are further organized in [...]