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A LA GEURRE NOUS DISONS NON!:!!

nous les enfants de la guerre nous disons non;nous sommes fatigué de voire et d'entendre les guerres .depuis ma naissance j'assiste a des guerres et autres formes de guerre .d'ailler ma petite sœur est née dans un camp de réfugier elle a été obliger de quitter la ,maternité cette même nuit là en 1994 c’était a l’époque de génocide au Rwanda ;nous avons accueilli les réfugier rwandais.arrive en 1996 nous avons assisté a une grande guerre dite la guerre de libération s' a commence le 29 octobre1996 l'est de la RDC jusqu'au 17Mais 1997a Kinshasa.cette guerre a laissé plusieurs orphelins de père et de mère ; nous avons parcouru des distances incroyable a pied dans peut de jour .j'avais 4ans . .arrivé a quelque 30km je me suis perdu avec ma famille .j'étais avec mon cousin , lui il avait 6ans heureusement on nous a retrouvé cet même jour là assis sur une pierre .nous avons traversé des grandes rivière dont si il n'y avais pas des gens qui nous faisaient traversé on pourraient se noyer . nous avons passé la nuit à Kabare dont on avait bombardé la maisons qui été a cote de nous .on marcher sur des cadavres car il n'y avais pas de place pour mettre les pieds .on manger des haricots qui n’été cuit .on voyait des enfants qui téter les seins de leurs mères morte ,arriver a la première rivière on avait tué une dizaine de personnes dont nous avons échappé pour la 3eme fois. nos parents ont été pille les rien qu'ils avaient on avais laissé beaucoup de choses car on riens prie comme argent et comme autre chose qui pourrait vous aider a la survie de la famille . hommage a la famille de notre voisin qui avait été tué avec toute sa famille sauf 2de ses enfants dans une famille de10 enfants dont certains ont été tué dans la génocide .Arriver' en 2005 nous avons assisté a une autre guerre dite la guerre de Mutebusi qui a encore basculer nos vies jusqu’aujourd’hui nous des plusieurs guerres et a l’insécurité continuelle .nous ici au sud Sud-Kivu ,comme il y a guerre au Nord kivu nous sommes obligé de faire la pressions pour voire ce que le gouvernement et la communauté internationale vont faire .nous disons a tous ce qui font la guerre ,nous le supplions d’arrêter la guerre.merci pour la compréhension

English translation by community member LightMyWay

We Say No To War!

We, the children of war, say “No.” We’re tired of seeing and hearing wars. Since I was born I’ve experienced war of one type or another. Moreover, my little sister was born in a refugee camp and was forced to leave the nursery that same night in 1994. This was the time period of the genocide in Rwanda. We took in the Rwandan refugees who came in 1996. We survived a big war, the so-called “war of liberation,” which started on October 29, 1996 in eastern DRC and lasted till May 17, 1997 in Kinasha.

This war created many orphans. We had to walk unbelievable distances in near darkness. I was 4 years old. After 30 km, I got separated from my family. I was with my cousin, who was 6. Luckily they found us the same day, sitting on a rock. We crossed a big river, where we could have drowned if there weren’t people there helping us cross. We spent the night in Kabare, where the houses next to us had been bombed out. We walked on corpses because there was no room to put our feet. We ate beans that hadn’t been cooked, we saw children suckling the breasts of their dead mothers; at the first river, we saw ten or so people who had been killed—a fate we had escaped for yet a third time. Our parents were robbed of the very little that they had. People had left a lot of things because they couldn’t take things like money or other things that could help their families survive.

A tribute to our neighbor, whose entire family was killed at the same time as he was, except for 2 of the 10 children, some of whom were murdered in the genocide. In 2005, we lived through yet another war, called the Mutebusi War, which again upended our lives, up to now. We’ve known many wars and constant insecurity. Because there is fighting in North Kivu, here in South Kivu we are forced to apply pressure to see what the government and international community will do. We say to all those involved in war, we beg you to stop the war. Thank you for your understanding.

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Comments

Dear, pardon me if I comment using my horrible English - but unfortunately I do not know French...

I wanted to say you from the deep of my heart how are you right. We humans have no need of war. Nor of war culture. Nor of the "we against us".

Many more things are important, right now. Discovering ways to live all together sharing natural resources evenly - without destroying them. Learning, one day after the other, to love. Discovering the infinite threads, the connections behind and within our world. And compassion. And ... See, so many? I feel a complete list of the things we could do to realize fully our human potential is so long no page wuold be enough to hold it.

But, there is hope! The very fact that you, and people like you, are so committed to peace shows a better future is possible.

Let me say I, and so many others, are with you. My wishes your strenght and passion will develop new, better world visions.

Love

Mauri

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Merci

Chère Cikwanine,

Vous avez parlé avec beaucoup de courage. Merci d’avoir partagé votre histoire avec nous, malgré le traumatisme que ça provoquait sans doute. On vous écoute, on prie pour vous, on vous soutient. S’il vous plaît continuez à écrire et faire des reportages.

Solidairement,
LightMyWay
(Lydia)

We, the children of war, say “No.” We’re tired of seeing and hearing wars. Since I was born I’ve experienced war of one type or another. Moreover, my little sister was born in a refugee camp and was forced to leave the nursery that same night in 1994. This was the time period of the genocide in Rwanda. We took in the Rwandan refugees who came in 1996. We survived a big war, the so-called “war of liberation,” which started on October 29, 1996 in eastern DRC and lasted till May 17, 1997 in Kinasha.

This war created many orphans. We had to walk unbelievable distances in near darkness. I was 4 years old. After 30 km, I got separated from my family. I was with my cousin, who was 6. Luckily they found us the same day, sitting on a rock. We crossed a big river, where we could have drowned if there weren’t people there helping us cross. We spent the night in Kabare, where the houses next to us had been bombed out. We walked on corpses because there was no room to put our feet. We ate beans that hadn’t been cooked, we saw children suckling the breasts of their dead mothers; at the first river, we saw ten or so people who had been killed—a fate we had escaped for yet a third time. Our parents were robbed of the very little that they had. People had left a lot of things because they couldn’t take things like money or other things that could help their families survive.

A tribute to our neighbor, whose entire family was killed at the same time as he was, except for 2 of the 10 children, some of whom were murdered in the genocide. In 2005, we lived through yet another war, called the Mutebusi War, which again upended our lives, up to now. We’ve known many wars and constant insecurity. Because there is fighting in North Kivu, here in South Kivu we are forced to apply pressure to see what the government and international community will do. We say to all those involved in war, we beg you to stop the war. Thank you for your understanding.

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