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VIOLENCES FAITES AUX FEMMES OEUVRANT DANS LES CARRIERES MINIERES EN RDC

INTRODUCTION
Dès la création de l’homme et de la femme Dieu avait sanctionné chacun d’eux après avoir commis le péché dans le jardin. « Homme, désormais tu mangeras à la sueur de ton front ». « Femme, tu accoucheras avec beaucoup de douleurs, GENESE III, 16-19
Actuellement, les femmes travaillent plus que les hommes surtout dans les villages. Les hommes continuent à souffrir avant l’accouchement.

DEVELOPPEMENT
1) En RDC, les femmes qui travaillent dans les carrières minières vivent dans une fournaise de feu à cause des souffrances qu’elles subissent pendant leurs activités. Elles se réveillent très tôt le matin avec leurs bébés au dos accompagnées par leurs fillettes qui s’occuperont des bébés pendant que les mamans brayent les minerais dans de petits mortiers métalliques au moyen de lourds pilons en fer pesant 4kg. La pauvre doit supporter les rayons solaires ainsi que la poussière de ces minerais qui est nuisible pour la voie respiratoire. Elle provoque les maladies pulmonaire et urinaire pour ces victimes. A la fin de la journée, elle reçoit un montant de 3.500FC équivalent à 2kg de la farine qui ne suffisent pas pour le repas journalière de sa famille.
2) Elle parcourt environ 15km à pieds, transportant un bloc lourd d’environ 30kg de minerais sur son petit dos qui est devenu une charrette à bagage. Le lendemain elle s’époumone pour broyer et tamiser le trésor de grands messieurs qui s’enrichissent au détriment de pauvres gens qui perdent leur vie dans les galeries avec tous les risques d’être enterrés par l’éboulement de terre. Quelles misères pour les congolais qui ne bénéficient rien sur toutes ces ressources minières de leur pays gorge beaucoup de minerais. « le mendiant assis sur de l’or ».

English translation by community member LightMyWay

Violence Towards Women Working in Mines in the DRC

INTRODUCTION
Since the creation of man and woman, God has punished each of them after they committed the sin in the Garden. “Man, By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.” “Woman, in pain you shall bring forth children.” GENESIS 3, 16-19
Currently, women work more than men especially in the villages. Men continue to suffer before childbirth.

DEVELOPMENT
1) In the DRC, the women who work in mines and quarries live in a fiery inferno because of the suffering they experience. They wake very early in the morning with their babies on their backs, accompanied by their young daughters who will take care of the babies while the moms pitch the ore in small metal mortars using heavy iron pestles weighing 4 kg. The poor women have to endure the sun’s rays as well as the iron ore dust, which is harmful to the respiratory tract. It causes lung and urinary diseases in the victims. At the end of the day, the women receive a sum of 3500 Congolese Francs, enough for 2 kg of flour which is not enough for their family’s daily meal.

2) A woman travels about 15 km on foot, carrying a heavy 30-kg block of iron ore on her little back, which has become a baggage cart. The next day she cries out while she crushes and sifts the treasure of the high-up men who grow rich to the detriment of the poor people who lose their lives in the underground tunnels, at risk of being buried by landslides. What misery this is for the Congolese who don’t benefit at all from all these mineral resources filling their country. “A beggar seated on a throne of gold.”

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LightMyWay's picture

Merci

Ma chère Rosalie,

Merci d’avoir eu le courage de décrire les situations brutales où travaillent ces femmes courageuses. Il n’est pas facile à raconter ces détails douloureux, même voire honteux, mais on vous écoute et on va lutter pour vous autant que possible.

Solidairement,
LightMyWay
(Lydia)

INTRODUCTION
Since the creation of man and woman, God has punished each of them after they committed the sin in the Garden. “Man, By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.” “Woman, in pain you shall bring forth children.” GENESIS 3, 16-19
Currently, women work more than men especially in the villages. Men continue to suffer before childbirth.

DEVELOPMENT
1) In the DRC, the women who work in mines and quarries live in a fiery inferno because of the suffering they experience. They wake very early in the morning with their babies on their backs, accompanied by their young daughters who will take care of the babies while the moms pitch the ore in small metal mortars using heavy iron pestles weighing 4 kg. The poor women have to endure the sun’s rays as well as the iron ore dust, which is harmful to the respiratory tract. It causes lung and urinary diseases in the victims. At the end of the day, the women receive a sum of 3500 Congolese Francs, enough for 2 kg of flour which is not enough for their family’s daily meal.

2) A woman travels about 15 km on foot, carrying a heavy 30-kg block of iron ore on her little back, which has become a baggage cart. The next day she cries out while she crushes and sifts the treasure of the high-up men who grow rich to the detriment of the poor people who lose their lives in the underground tunnels, at risk of being buried by landslides. What misery this is for the Congolese who don’t benefit at all from all these mineral resources filling their country. “A beggar seated on a throne of gold.”

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