Break the Silence

Written by Jen Novelli. Posted in Gorilla Blog.

Today, the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world is happening in The Congo. Nearly 6 million people have died since 1996, which is approximately 45,000 people each month. The United Nations calls it the deadliest conflict since World War II. So, in an effort to bring awareness to the devastation, activists in countries all over the world come together each year in their respective communities to present information to the public for a full week. This year, Congo Week was held from October 17-23 in an event called Breaking the Silence where demonstrations, films and lectures were organized to deliver the truth about what is happening and why. And how social consciousness can make a difference. As people of a country where our voice is not suppressed it is important that we offer our support to those who are struggling for one. Large-scale forces of greed and power can be overcome when awareness is generated in the masses, around the world. Prepare for next year's Congo Week by getting educated on the issues from Heal Africa, and then when the time comes register for Breaking the Silence via their website to attend lectures, round-table discussions, films and cultural events in your area. You can also volunteer your time and effort to help organize and execute events! P.S. This year also marked the Democratic Republic of Congo's 50th Anniversary.

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