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December 31, 2011

Chanting ‘Yole’ and making it real

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Chanting 'Yole' and making it real

The combination of years of conflict, natural disasters, and resource-rich land that is at once a boon and a driver of violence might lead one to believe that this region of Congo is cursed. Yet setting foot on the ground here, you feel a certain fascination. Its natural characteristics make the political and humanitarian challenges […]

December 30, 2011

The founder of Yole!Africa visits Rio

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The founder of Yole!Africa visits Rio

From 17-28 march Yole!Africa founder, Petna Katondolo, was in Rio de Janeiro to participate at the WUF and visit several projects of Y!A partner Caramundo. the meeting was very successfull and possibly Petna will return around the end of the year again to give several video workshops. As I walked passed the customs into the […]

December 29, 2011

hommage a KAMBERE TSONGO Daniel

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hommage a KAMBERE TSONGO Daniel

Daniel Kambere was born on the 11 September 1964 in Oicha, near Beni, in what was then Zaire. He attended his primary school and part of his secondary school in Oicha and Beni, and also completed his humanitarian studies there. In 1986-1989 he completed his higher education in Plastic Arts at the painting department of […]

December 22, 2011

” Hatutaki ma Click Click”

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" Hatutaki ma Click Click"

This saying in Swahili, “We don’t want the gun click click, we want the kiss kiss for peace, “ reverberated the neighborhood as 6000 people who were gathered for the closing ceremony of SKIFF chanted  and raised their arms in unison. The cry could be heard by the military post down the street, defying the […]

December 22, 2011

The international hypocrisy has proven again its limits.

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The international hypocrisy has proven again its limits.

Who wants that the situation in Congo remains the same? Who is befitting from this war? When people are dying in Kivu forest, the international community is organising endless meeting. Yet those meetings have proven already their limits in getting solution to the crisis in Eastern DRC. How can then they keep on calling for […]

December 22, 2011

Film festival defies war in Eastern Congo

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Film festival defies war in Eastern Congo

October 2008 Film maker Petna Ndaliko is one of the founders of the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival which will be held in Goma, Eastern Congo in October 2008.  “Before the war, the Kivu provinces of Eastern Congo were known as a mayor tourist attraction. But now the only thing people know about this region […]

December 22, 2011

Even Nkunda could not hinder the SKIFF festival in Goma

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Even Nkunda could not hinder the SKIFF festival in Goma

November 2008 – The words of Petna Ndaliko have become almost prophetic. Just before the SKIFF film festival in Goma, he announced the festival would go on whether there were rebels approaching or not. And indeed: the rebels advanced, but for the festival it was ‘business as usual’. White armored vehicles of the United Nations […]

December 22, 2011

What culture is for development?

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What culture is for development?

Self-reliance is often placed in the context of material self-reliance, i.e. earning a living and providing for the basic physical needs. Nevertheless, I believe that it is often forgotten that it also requires an intellectual and emotional autonomy. In other words: self-confidence, analytical skills and the ability to think and take distance with one’s own […]

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