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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 warmer clothes listening to the rain pounding down and waves splash on the shores of Lake Kivu.
I’m trying to sleep, but jet lag has the best of me and I watch the storm through the night.
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and I am invited to march with the women of HEAL Africa. After will be my first screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell to the female HEAL staff. I’m honored and inspired to be showing it on their day of celebration.
2pm on a Saturday afternoon in Goma. Sitting at the Hotel Nyira with one of the city’s most reliable internet connection and a decent cappuccino listening to Barbara Streisand. The rain and the generator simultaneously begin. Rain drops pelting on the leaves of my luscious surroundings, a low hum of a motor, a lone chirping bird and occasional roar of a UN plane flying overhead.
I’m on a short break between meetings. The days are busy, hardly a spare moment to breathe, let alone write. Phone calls, meetings, women leaders, international NGOs, journalists, activists, MONUC (the highly debated UN peacekeeping force in Eastern Congo), the momentum grows.
On the surface, screening a film in Eastern DRC is logistically challenging, but relatively straightforward and innocent. This film, however, is the uplifting and inspirational story of a broad-based civil movement. If it has the impact I think it might, it could provide the catalyst for one here.
The timing is good. Women in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic are tired. After 15 years of civil war, over 6 million dead and hundreds of thousands of women raped. They are tired. Tired of the rape, abuse, torture, murder. Tired of being unable to provide food for their children. Tired of the violence. Tired of the war. And ready for change.
I apologize in advance for the delayed uploading of these posts… between meetings, travel, exhaustion and incredibly slow internet connections I didn’t keep up. Here are a few images and some words… let me know your thoughts.
Life in the DRC