« When suffering becomes normal, what happens is unfortunate. The person feels guilty for being happy as soon as his life changes to a completely different situation. »
This is what happened to some of my compatriots who are sad to learn that we will never again talk about war in the DRC. They keep saying : « It’s too good to be true. » What proven pessimism? But that is not the subject of this post.
« I’m tired of trauma journalism in my country! If my eyes could no longer see women and children running around crying on TV! And that my ears would never again hear the cries of pain, that my mouth would no longer have to pronounce in my Journal-Radio the atrocity to the east of my dear and beautiful country, my revolt could then fade! I’m tired of publicizing criminals through the news. I desire journalism for the sustainable development of my people! », wrote my esteemed colleague André on his Facebook wall yesterday, 28th October 2013.
Dear readers, I share in this post a fact that marked me this Sunday 27th October 2013.
My sister Stella has started listening to the news again, following the day-to-day news. From the outset, this seems a benign fact, less relevant, but I will reveal the reason.
It’s been ages since she decided not to follow “Une congolaise” anymore. Precision, it is not the only one to decide so. Well expected, the arguments she put forward were persuasive. « I criticize the fact that the media broadcast all day long always sad news of wars, murders, beheadings, kidnappings, rapes, massacres, population displacements ». And as if that were not enough, the Congolese political elite is wading through total demagoguery arguing that peace and stability were a process and not just a decision; all the ingredients to make you sick anyway » declared my sister to me, a long time ago. At first glance, his explanations seemed plausible, before being contradicted by another section of the Congolese population in general and that of North Kivu in particular who thought that : « Information in wartime is power. Especially when you wake up under a rain of bombs, or a music of cartridges which no belligerent recognizes as the first trigger, told me Jules, a secondary school teacher last month. You have to think twice before making such a decision. As proof, he continued, « it’s those days when we woke up normally, we went about our places of service as usual, we got to work in total peace of mind when, suddenly, watchwords fell, « for safety, all people are asked to return to their homes, because the fighting intensifies a few kilometers north of Goma where the unusual movements of motorcycle taxi drivers alerted the city and the day ended abruptly as soon as she was beginning. »
And so, psychosis had won the hearts of all the inhabitants of Goma, especially since April 2012 with the advent of the M23 rebellion.
The local news also traumatized. Fires declared in the Mapendo district which put several families in the city on the path to wandering. The number of endemic diseases and even of victims continued to grow in the camps for displaced persons located around Goma. Or, two months have passed without water flowing in the tap of the Kasika, Ndosho, Katindo district.
In front of me, I have on one side a journalist who complains of broadcasting traumatic information all day long and on the other side a listener who is tired of following this kind of information. I am torn between the two people present.
Thank God it was only yesterday that I realized there was light at the end of the tunnel. With the show of force of valiant Congolese soldiers in the face of the M23 rebellion, by recovering the major centers of Kibumba, Rutshuru and Kiwandja, which the latter once occupied.
The suspense is lifted, the War is OVER in the DRC.
At these words, my sister rushed to the receiver and followed the statements of the locals who sang “victory, freedom and security” and since then she only leaves her radio to sleep. My friend, a journalist also wrote, in a sign of joy after following the news, “I desire journalism for the sustainable development of my people!” »
What else to say? PEACE!