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PEACE AND SECURITE

La problématique ayant trait à la Paix et la Sécurité constitue un élément assez important pour le bien-être de la population dans chaque Pays. Lorsque les communautés en sont dépourvues, elles sont vouées à la souffrance, à l'incertitude, au désespoir, au traumatisme,...y compris à des frustrations.
La situation à laquelle sont confrontées les femmes dans beaucoup de milieux à l'Est de mon pays est une situation avilissante, et ne cesse d'interpeller les femmes à hausser leurs voix pour se faire entendre, dans l'espoir de voir un jour leur situation s'améliorer, à travers bien sûr le retour d'une Paix durable en RDC, lequel constitue le rêve des femmes congolaises meurtries.
Dans ce récit, je veux bien vous présenter la situation que vivent les femmes dans un centre Minier situé à Kamituga en Territoire de Mwenga/Province du Sud-Kivu.
Ces femmes pour la plus part ont fuit les l'insécurité dans leurs milieux respectifs. Elles sont donc des déplacées internes, dans leur propre Pays. Se trouvant confrontées à de multiples problèmes de plusieurs ordres, plus particulièrement celui d'ordre financier, elles se sont décidées chacune de se rendre dans la cité minière de Kamituga à la recherche des moyens de survie quotidien. Etant donnée que les femmes n'ont pas les capacités de descendre dans les fonds fin des mines, elles ont pensé alléger la tâche en se portant candidates à un autre service qu'elles estiment moins dangereux que le premier. A cet effet, la majorité d'entre elles est utilisée comme pileuses des pierres minérales. Imaginez-vous les énergies qu'elles consentent pour arriver à faire ce travail manuellement. Ces pierres quoi que précieuses, elles sont dures, et donc difficiles à transformer en poudre. D'où, les pilons en bois qu'elles utilisent sont couverts à leurs deux extrémités d'une matière aussi dure telle que l'aluminium pour permettre cette transformation.
Cette catégorie de femmes est appelée communément : Femmes Twangeuse, dérivé du vocable swahili kutwanga,qui signifie en français : Piler et donc ces femmes peuvent être dénommée : Pileuses. Elles constitue la 1ère catégorie dans ce secteur.
La 2e Catégorie est constituée des femmes transporteuses desdites pierres précieuses depuis les mines jusqu'au lieux de Triage. Comme se sont des pierres, elles pèsent lourdement sur les dos de ces mamans. Elles arrivent à transporter plus ou mois 30 voir même 50 Kgs sur leurs dos, avec tous les risques que cela comporte sur leurs santés respectives.
On les a surnommé "Mamans ILUX, à l'exemple de la voiture de la marque japonaise ILUX-TOYOTA.
La 3e catégorie s'investit dans l'achat des déchets ou rebuts que les exploitants miniers ont déjà triés, pour en faire un nouveau triage en vue d'en tirer quelques grammes de minerais qu'elles vont aussi à leurs tour vendre aux clients éventuels.
Ici, l'opinion devra comprendre que ces femmes font toutes ces acrobaties dans la recherche des voies et moyens de leurs auto-prise en charge, y compris celle de leurs familles respectives.
Les risques sont énormes. : Lorsqu'elles pilent, elles aspirent la poussière issue de ces minerais, laquelle peut créer la contamination par les maladies cancérigènes et notamment des infections pulmonaires.
Le transport des lourdes charges exposent les femmes aux avortements non désirés, à la lombalgie etc...
Leur présence dans les carrés miniers les exposent non seulement à la prostitution mais aussi aux probabilités des viols.
Cette présentation constitue une fois de plus un objet de plaidoyer en faveur du rétablissement de la Paix en RDC car, non seulement les femmes souffrent mais aussi les enfants de ces femmes vivant ces drames n'ont pas accès à la scolarisation.
Je demande à World Pulse de poster cet article là où il sera exploité par un grand nombre de personnes.
N.B Source : émission produite par Syfia grand-lacs

English translation by community member Nita

Peace and Security

Issues relating to peace and security constitute an element very important for the well-being of the population of every country. When communities are in poverty, they are doomed to suffering, uncertainty, despair, trauma, even frustration.
The situation faced by women in many quarters to the east of my country, is a degrading situation, degrading and continues to call on the women to raise their voices in order to be heard, with the hope of seeing their situation improved one day through the return of a sustainable peace in the DRC, which is the dream of bruised Congolese women.
In this story, I want to introduce you to the situation facing women in Mining center located in Kamituga Mwenga / South Kivu Province.
These women for the most part have fled from insecurity in their respective communities. They are internal refugees in their own country. Confronted with many problems of different types, particularly the financial type, they have each decided to go to the mining town of Kamituga in search of means for daily survival. Given that women do not have the capacity to descend into bottom line of the mines, they thought of easing the task by standing as candidates in another service which they consider less dangerous than the first. To this effect, the majority of them are used as mineral stones dressers. Imagine the energy they need in order to do this work manually. Though these stones are precious, they are hard and therefore difficult to transform into powder. The wooden crushers they use are covered at their two ends with material as hard as aluminum to enable this transformation.
This category of women is commonly called: Twangeuse women, derived from the Swahili word ‘Kutwanga’ which means to Crush in French and so these women can be called crushers. They form the first category in this sector.
The second category consists of conveyors of the said precious stones from the mines to the places of selection. Since they are stones, they weigh heavily on the backs of these mothers. They manage to carry 30 kg or less or even 50 Kg on their backs, with all the risks that entails their respective health.
They were nicknamed "ILUX mothers, following the example of the Japanese ILUX-TOYOTA brand car.

The third category is involved with the purchase of waste or scrap that miners have already selected, to re-select in order to pick out some few grams of mineral which they too will also sell to potential customers

Here, the public should understand that these women are doing all these acrobatics in the search of ways and means for their self-care and that of their respective families.
The risks are enormous. During the crushing, they inhale the dust from these minerals, which can cause contamination by carcinogenic diseases especially lung infections.
Carrying heavy loads expose women to miscarriages, lumbago etc ...
Their presence in the mining quarry expose them not only to prostitution but also the likelihood of rape.
This article is once more an object of advocacy for the restoration of peace in the DRC, not only for these women but also for the children of these women experiencing these tragedies with no access to schooling.
I ask World Pulse to post this article where it will be consulted by a large number of people.
NB Source: Program produced by Syfia grand-lacs

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PEACE AND SECURITY

Issues relating to peace and security constitute an element very important for the well-being of the population of every country. When communities are in poverty, they are doomed to suffering, uncertainty, despair, trauma, even frustration.
The situation faced by women in many quarters to the east of my country, is a degrading situation, degrading and continues to call on the women to raise their voices in order to be heard, with the hope of seeing their situation improved one day through the return of a sustainable peace in the DRC, which is the dream of bruised Congolese women.
In this story, I want to introduce you to the situation facing women in Mining center located in Kamituga Mwenga / South Kivu Province.
These women for the most part have fled from insecurity in their respective communities. They are internal refugees in their own country. Confronted with many problems of different types, particularly the financial type, they have each decided to go to the mining town of Kamituga in search of means for daily survival. Given that women do not have the capacity to descend into bottom line of the mines, they thought of easing the task by standing as candidates in another service which they consider less dangerous than the first. To this effect, the majority of them are used as mineral stones dressers. Imagine the energy they need in order to do this work manually. Though these stones are precious, they are hard and therefore difficult to transform into powder. The wooden crushers they use are covered at their two ends with material as hard as aluminum to enable this transformation.
This category of women is commonly called: Twangeuse women, derived from the Swahili word ‘Kutwanga’ which means to Crush in French and so these women can be called crushers. They form the first category in this sector.
The second category consists of conveyors of the said precious stones from the mines to the places of selection. Since they are stones, they weigh heavily on the backs of these mothers. They manage to carry 30 kg or less or even 50 Kg on their backs, with all the risks that entails their respective health.
They were nicknamed "ILUX mothers, following the example of the Japanese ILUX-TOYOTA brand car.

The third category is involved with the purchase of waste or scrap that miners have already selected, to re-select in order to pick out some few grams of mineral which they too will also sell to potential customers

Here, the public should understand that these women are doing all these acrobatics in the search of ways and means for their self-care and that of their respective families.
The risks are enormous. During the crushing, they inhale the dust from these minerals, which can cause contamination by carcinogenic diseases especially lung infections.
Carrying heavy loads expose women to miscarriages, lumbago etc ...
Their presence in the mining quarry expose them not only to prostitution but also the likelihood of rape.
This article is once more an object of advocacy for the restoration of peace in the DRC, not only for these women but also for the children of these women experiencing these tragedies with no access to schooling.
I ask World Pulse to post this article where it will be consulted by a large number of people.
NB Source: Program produced by Syfia grand-lacs

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