I am Joseph Munyambanza of Educate! students in Uganda. I live in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp.This is the 12th year since we left our country DRC (1996).
I have got my primary education from Ugnada. And now I’m in S5 doing physics, mathematics, economics, and entrepreneurship. My aim is to become an engineer with entrepreneurship knowledge. At the same time I am taking another subject called discipleship. Discipleship is a lesson which is based on one being a leader and apply the principles of Jesus. It is a very important subject in my future career. For example, being a servant leader, forgiving those who have done bad things to my country, uniting people from different tribes, countries, and many other things which my home country has never practiced.
I do train myself in leadership life so as to become strong enough in the future. I serve on the Educate! student board of directors. This board is made up of four students and we all work together with Educate! directors (Eric and Boris). We serve as mediators between students and Eric and Boris.
During the holidays we organize seminars, drama, conferences to share with the fellow youth in the camp our future goals. In this we encourage one another, promote love and oneness. Because of the problems I have passed through and seeing more troubles preparing to destroy a lot of people, I therefore feel responsible and wish others to have social responsibility to overcome problems in future. I also coach/tutor primary students during the holiday. I saw it as one of my social responsibilities since many students mostly girls could drop out of school because of failing in class. Failing in class is due to poor schools without good teachers in the refugee camp. When I witnessed many of them dropping out I felt unsecured because they are the ones we’ll work together to bring our country at peace. Therefore, I mobilized other students who got quality education through Educate!’s help to come and join me. Now most of them are back in schools with complete determination to make positive changes in DRC and Africa. However, most of them get a problem of school fess at secondary level. School fees has been a big challenge because most of them are orphans and those with parents still cannot afford it because in the camp no way to get money.
In the camp we established a club “COBURWAS Educate! club” and I am the youth secretary. The details of this club can be found in the peopleweaver.com website: www.peopleweaver.com.
Here are my questions and observations about what is happening in Africa, worse of it in DRC.
“When men fall down, do they not get up? When a man turns away does he not return?” Why do DR Congo’s leaders always turn away from the sources of peace? They cling to deceit. They refuse to return to righteousness. They have lost the spirit of integrity!
I have observed and listened attentively, but they doe not say what is right. No one repents of his wickedness. And say “What have I done?” Each pursues his own course like soldiers charging for a battle.Everyone is aware of their corruption and the whole world has already known of their killing fellow Africans.But what pains me much is that many people do not know the requirements for us to have peace in DRC and Africa.
The solution for Africa is not anywhere else but inside Africans hearts!
Let us join our hands together, practice what we say, stop corruption, stop tribalism by treating others the way we want others to treat us, develop the social responsibilities of our continent. We promote education as the key to success.
Africans have kept bitterness in hearts. We neither forgive nor forget the past evil things done to us unless we make our minds to start positive relationship we will all suffer miserably. Bitterness in the heart is a very strong poison for one’s life. It’s impossible to plan positively with a bitter heart. If you feel bitter against someone it is hard for you to help him or her neither can you accept help from the person you hate. Of course one’s heart is the source of his development and destruction and you cannot keep milk and poison together. Try it and take as a drink, soon you’ll kick the bucket (die). The bomb does not favour the bomb manufacturer and the bitterness has no favour for the owner of the heart. We have poisoned ourselves many times. Let us learn a lesson from the bees the way they live together in harmony, work together in the bee-hive, and manufacture sweet honey. Aren’t we more wise than bees and stronger than they are? Can’t we make Africa a better home than a bee-hive; can’t we manufacture good things sweeter honey?
For my case and those who mind of Africa, will carry the weapon of determination to transform Africa into a good homeland not a slaughtering place. Make it manufacture honey and milk not flowing blood. I could rather die in the struggle for honey and milk for Africans and myself than foolishly rushing for poisoning myself with bitterness. Though I am in the refugee camp, I have learnt how to forgive and forget. Revenging cannot have an end because if I revenge on my enemy his friend will come in future to revenge on me and this will continue forever. It is better for all of us to accept the mistakes not behave like chameleon or bat.
We always give our culture bad image through tribalism, why? Personally most of the help I get is not from my tribemates and he who has not yet experienced favour from other tribes will be favour on time. Then why do we hate one another busing on tribes? Many Africans still cannot marry from other tribes which could make us live in harmony. I wish to emphasize mostly in young Africans from all tribes.
All young ones are so innocent but are misled by the elders. They are misled by the time they get to know things the elders start to tell them a history of their tribes, enemy tribes, plans for their tribes and so on.They end up taking poison also and many have fallen victim of this.
My advice to all young and elders in Africa to avoid this poison of tribalism and if one has taken it to be safe he/she should vomit it or else it will kill many.
Let us learn a lesson from the mistakes our elders made and start a caring relationship please. Let us call one another brothers and sisters. We all need support from each other. Our mother land needs our cooperation for its prosperity. Let us challenge our elders who have taken the poison and some of them may be rescued. Let us be ourselves not our elders.
In conclusion, I am calling all young Africans to start building a strong foundation for Africa to have peace.We are all brothers and others are our sisters.
My contact is firstname.lastname@example.org. Join me and do what others have not done for our mother land.
Brother Joseph Munyambanza