Photo: The twelve young Rwandan-Congolese Dialogue organized by Séverine Losembe and Baptiste Raymond in Goma, on the shores of Lake Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. CREDITS: SÉVERINE LOSEMBE
On the shores of Lake Kivu, twelve Rwandan youths and Congolese gathered late November 2015 for a purpose: to be heard by the authorities to improve the economic situation of young people in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and eventually , turn the page on two decades of war in the Great Lakes region.
Lake Kivu sparkles in the Goma sun despite the rainy season. This lake, “one of the most beautiful places in the world,” according to Losembe Severine and Baptiste Raymond. The 23 year-old Congolese and the 27 year-old French are in full rwando-congolese Dialogue, an initiative they created in January 2015 in Paris, New York and Goma. With the firm conviction that peace is through young people and their integration into the regional economy.
They gathered twelve young members of civil society – students and activists, and often both – to develop recommendations on issues that affect them most. The final report will be delivered directly to the authorities Monday, February 15.
Participants met in Goma, the largest city in the East and capital of the province of North Kivu bordering Rwanda. A porous border, an area of intense exchanges in which neighboring Rwanda is omnipresent.
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By André Petit
Source: Le Monde Afrique
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