Free to Reunite: A Path Toward Social Reconciliation in The Democratic Republic of The Congo

Nyembo, Ngoy Jean (2008) Free to Reunite: A Path Toward Social Reconciliation in The Democratic Republic of The Congo. Licentiate thesis, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

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Abstract

When I am asked to introduce myself to people I meet, I simply say I am from the burning region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. By burning, I refer to the long crisis my birth place, Bukavu, has gone through as well as the whole country. What is this crisis about? The crisis in my country is complex in its nature itself. It has many facets. Some people see it as a result of poor governance and bad will of the Congolese themselves. Others relate this crisis to the interference of many external powers that seek to destabilize the Congo to loot it easily.But what I see in my country is desolation. Most of the time, the news we get from the Congo is not good. After the crash of a plane that killed around forty people in Goma in April 2008, I thought the Congo was a country of all the calamities: natural disasters such as volcano eruption and deadly earthquakes, curable diseases that kill every day and, on top of all these, wars. Watching a picture of people mourning after the crash in Goma, I thought all these were too much for one people to bear. The face of one woman on that picture says more than words can express about the suffering of the people. This thesis arises from the pain and humiliation of a people; from the nightmares and cry of desolation; from the struggle, sometimes desperate struggle; for the survival of my people, the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The suffering Congolese go through becomes appalling when they realized their compatriots play an undeniable role in it. On a peaceful night in June 2002, for instance, I was woken up by the sound of shooting and bombing in Bukavu. It was one of the numerous militia groups operating in the Congo by then that was conducting a raid to "liberate" their leader. The whole city of Bukavu was once more plunged into desolation and despair, as its children continued to use the language of force and killing instead of dialogue and negotiation to solve problems.

Item Type: Thesis (Licentiate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Banyamulenge, Rwanda and Burundi, Legal and Political Responses to Conflicts, Weakness of Force as a Conflict Handling Mechanism in the Congo, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Legal and Political Responses to Conflicts, An Ethical Response to the Great Lakes Region Crisis, The critical role of ubuntu in restorative justice, The critical and constructive roles ofubuntuin the Congo, A Theological Response to the Great Lakes Region Crisis,
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Africana
Jesuitica
Depositing User: JHI Africa
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 12:09
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 11:51
URI: http://thesisbank.jhia.ac.ke/id/eprint/23

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