One of the big questions that we as congolese have been asking ourselves is: why isn’t our crisis being broadcasted? Unlike tragedies and strife in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria or even frequent gun shootings in the US that get large scale media coverage, the “Congo Crisis” is not a priority as it does not benefit from enough coverage and airtime on mainstream media channels. Nevertheless, it is one of the saddest tragedies in contemporary history. In 2012 congolese nationals demonstrated in the UK outside BBC premises to make their voice heard. They pointed that years of wars and painful stories were being swept under the carpets in prominent media houses. It has not changed since.
To tackle the issue of the lack of coverage concerning the Congo’s ongoing crisis-a war that was started in 1998 and claimed the lives of at least 6,000,000 people, equating the jewish genocide by Hitler-many countrymen are taking the initiative to speak out. Capitalizing on the social media revolution, they finally emerge to raise awareness and spread the word. Not only about the dead, but they also showcase war crimes and atrocities the living are forced to undergo, such as rape.
One of them is Vava Tampa (Twitter: @VavaTampa), a congolese part time activist based in the UK. He has had the privillege to pen down articles for CNN, Forbes and theguardian, in which he raises issues around war in Congo and explores avenues to solve the crisis.