The African Peace Journal tested its first prototype of an “Ubuntu Room” in Goma, Congo in 2016.
In the following video, which was filmed by the African Peace Journal’s Documentary Filmmaker Photographer-in-Residence, Pascal Bashombana, Pascal interviews a veteran Congolese journalist who describes his future hopes and aspirations for peace in the Congo through the format of peaceful discussions within an Ubuntu Room.
The journalist explains that in recent history, Congo was destabilized by the rapid influx of Rwandan refugees during the genocide in Rwanda two decades ago. He goes on to explain that his primary hope lies in the Congo’s potential to provide jobs for youth in both the industrial and agricultural sectors of the economy, since Congo still holds rich natural and mineral resources.
One challenge he foresees is to persuade youth, many of which continue to enlist in violent militias and rebel groups, to lay down their weapons and turn machetes into ploughshares.
A progressive momentum toward a positive peace in the Congo gives the journalist much hope.
In particular he cites the value added of the UN Peace-Keeping Forces in recent years in the Congo. The value added of maintaining and expanding this momentum would be well served by an active and thriving Ubuntu Room, a pioneering initiative of the African Peace Journal.
Pascal visited Goma, Congo again this year, 2017, and just submitted a report of his findings which you can read here. This video below, filmed by Pascal, is in French with English subtitles.