– Frankly speaking I do feel afraid and helpless sometimes. We have no helicopters to evacuate us and without money there is no safe haven to flee to, says GAD’s congolese founder, Jeplock Kasika in this post.
The leader of the M23 militia is now killed. To us who worked and with his threat for years, this is a tremendous relief. But under the cautious optimism we know there are countless more loose canons waiting for their next move.
Yesterday, for instance, we heard more stories that National Army for Liberation of Uganda (NALU) recruit local people by force in the Rwenzori alps between Uganda and DRC. More than 68 villages are affected. We have experienced the same in Mambasa, and I know all to well the feeling those children have who are now left alone without a father, mother or brother. I wonder how foreign politicians would respond to this if it was their wives or their sons who were kidnapped by such rebels.
Quiet after the storm
The first part of February appeared calm after a numerous security crises accompanied by murders and other perilous acts in the Eastern parts, especially in territory of Beni. This is due to the Sokola operations of fighting the rebels of ADF-NALU.
The territory of Mambasa remained quiet in spite of a small insurrectionary movement on behalf of some elements of the Congolese army that tempted to paralyze some activities on February 18th in Mambasa. Luckily this was averted by those faithful to the FARDC.
Frankly speaking I do feel afraid and helpless sometimes. We have no helicopters to evacuate us and without money there are no safe havens to flee to. How do you handle fear in your daily lives where you live? What are the biggest threat to a good life where you live?
Greetings from Jeplock Kasika, founder of GAD in Bunia, DR Congo.