Sunday, December 28, 2008

Merry Christmas and happy New Year

Hello everyone,

What an eventful year this has been?

While we are hyping praises to the almighty Lord for guiding us through this memorable year, let us also pray for score of thousands of people in eastern Congo whose unyielding hope is the return of peace across their villages and cities.

There were times when we could celebrate Christmas and New Year without any flake of a concern that our brothers and sisters back home are not in arms way. But times are different now. As we speak now, our brave compatriots don’t even know how tomorrow story will pan out.

Let us send a resounding message that those yawning faces mater to us and they are still in our prayers.

Our culture or way of life could be different but we share a singular story. We may come from different ethnic backgrounds but we are sons and daughters of the same nation.

They may be Tutsis, Hutus, and Swahilis or from other parts of the country but it doesn’t mean that we can not find a common ground allowing us to live peacefully our lives without wars.

Partnership at these difficult times is the only way to put our country back together. Let us not base our judgement on hate because it doesn’t allow one to be impartial but we should always put the cause of peace first.

The aftermath of these atrocities that took place in eastern Congo could easily sway us to take a strict and aggressive stance against a particular ethnic group but if we do, then nothing will change and we will be back here, talking about the same thing.

Let us remember that ‘we are not enemies but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection’.

While we are pressing for justice to be served for the victims of those horrible crimes and prosecution for the instigators we should also take aggressive steps toward uniting the nation that we all love.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year

Ms. Denise Kongo

Events Director
Save The Congo

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