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lala miko ya wamama waCongomani

Rafiki yangu Kamili jambo ninapenda sana kukujuli ali ambayoninaishi :Nikomama Nina watoto tatu nina mume ;Tunaishi Bukavu Miminiko ya tima babayangu alishakakufa wale majeshi wanyanyasi ambao walitokakaRWANDA wanatutesasana walikutanaka baba yangu munyumba wakamufungakamba wakakamata mamayangu wakamubaka namiyenadadayangu bakatuba wakati walimaliza wakauwa babayangu wakamukatakichwa:Satuliona wanatutendeya iyo ubakajina wanauwa babayetu tukasikiya uzunisana tukaamuwakutoka ukongamboya SHABUNDA tukafika apa Bukavu satuliona mamayetu anaanzakugonjwa nana yakupata chakula ikawanguvu :Nikaanza kwendanasaidiyana kufulamavazi kisha wananipachakula ninapelekanyumbani .Alafu nikakutana nauyu kijana ambayesasa nimumewangu akaniambiya nimekupendana tutabakipamoja nitakusaidiya najamayote akajielekezaporini kuchuruza akakutana nawanyanganyi wakamunyanganya vituvyote nawakapigavikali mpakasasa maisha yamekuwangu Naminimefanya ufundi wakuchona mavazi namipiya wameniiba mashini yakushona mavazi sasa maisha yamekuwamazito nanayakusomesha watoto inakuwangu atakupata chakula ninguvu basi nakusirafikiyangu nawengine ambaowanafata lalamikoyetu sisi wama waCONGO usomiborawako mupendwa sibatu worldpulse

English translation by PulseWire member Neema

My close friend, good morning. I want to tell you my situation; how I live. I am a mom and have three children and a husband. We live in Bukavu. I am an orphan because my dad already died. The military from Rwanda made our lives absolutely miserable in every way. They met my Dad in our house and tied him up with a rope. After they tied up my dad, they raped my mom, as well as me and my sister. Then after they raped us, they killed my dad and cut his head off.

After they raped us and killed our dad, we were so sad in our heart; so much. We decided to move from Shabunda. We moved to Bukavu, and then we saw our mom became sick, and I began to look how I could contribute in our home and I began to go to ask people if they had some clothes to wash, and I would go back with food to my family. So I met this young man who is my husband now, and he told me he loved me and he would support me and my whole family. After we were married, he went on a journey to try and sell some merchandise, and came across a military group and they beat him, and now we live a very difficult life.
I have learned to sew clothing, and embroidery, but somebody stole the machine I was using, and now life is very difficult. Now it has become difficult to pay my children’s school fees, and to have food it is also difficult.

So I wish you, my friend and everyone, to hear the plea of the women from Congo.

Please hear us. From your dear friend, Sibatu World pulse

This story was written for World Pulse’s Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring an end to gender-based violence. The EVAW Campaign elicits powerful content from women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as vocal grassroots leaders, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Comments

Leslie Stoupas's picture

Your Amazing Strength

Dear Sibatu,

Your strength is amazing. You have been through such difficulties, yet you keep doing everything you can to make your life better. I admire that very much.

It is so important for women from Congo to tell their stories so that the world can hear them. I am very grateful you have told your story. It is an important story to hear and a reminder to all of us how much we must try our best to understand the situations of other people's lives. You are going to inspire many, many people with your willingness and courage to speak out and bring attention to what is happening in Congo.

I will think of you often and hope that your life will get better. How can I support your desire to have the plea of the women from Congo heard?

Leslie Stoupas

Katharina's picture

Dear Sibatu, I can only

Dear Sibatu,
I can only underline what Leslie wrote earlier: Your strength is amazing and infact inspiring. I can hardly imagine the horrors you and your family had to suffer and yet, you are there, speaking to us and trying to help those around you. I have been following the situation in Congo very closely since I got the chance to hear voices from impressing Congolese women like yourself and I try to share your stories with others around me to raise awareness in my community in Germany. Please keep on writing. It is si important to hear from you.
My thoughts are with you and your family!
Katharina

susa's picture

My heart hurts

My heart hurst as I read your story and your situation swims before my eyes like a nightmare. You have been through so much, yet you have the courage to go on, to raise your voice, to let the world know of the horrors that you and women like you experience in these senseless situations of violence. I hope your voice will help raise awareness and spur action. It is a long road, but speaking out here is an important step. Thank you!

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