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LA BEAUTE CACHEE DU CONGO DEMOCRATIQUE

Ce majestueux pays au cœur de l’Afrique, la République Démocratique Congo doit sa splendeur à son hospitalité légendaire, cette naïveté qui a facilité l’infiltration des milices étrangères, pour laquelle elle paie la lourd tribu;
Sa beauté est dissimulée dans ses 450 tribus qui cohabitent et qui se reconnaissent en tant que nation, c’est aussi l’unanimité de tous ses fils et filles sur l’intangibilité de ses frontières héritées de Berlin ;
Son éclat, par-dessus tout, c’est sa confiance en la diplomatie, en tant que démarche pour endiguer les conflits armés qui rongent aussi bien son capital social que économique ; C’est en fait, cet espoir, qui habite les congolais de voir leur pays libéré du joug des pays impérialistes et des multinationaux qui convoitent ses richesses ; C’est cette détermination de son peuple à barrer la route aux détracteurs de sa démocratie naissante, cette liberté conquise de s’exprimer sur son devenir ;
Son éclisse noyée, ce sont ses communautés affectées par les violences de tous ordres qui crient : « ABAT L’IMPUNITE !!! » ; C’est aussi ces vaillants soldats sans solde, présents aux fronts et engagés à défendre l’intégrité territoriale ;
L’autre face camouflée, ce sont ses femmes qui sortent de leur coquille pour résister à l’agression à leur risque et péril, pour arracher leur participation politique ; C’est aussi ces écolières qui changent de statut en se classant en ordre utile en fin d’années scolaires; Ce sont ces hommes et femmes qui veulent quitter leur vulnérabilité en envahissant les cercles d’alphabétisation ;
Sa beauté escamotée, ce sont ces enseignants oubliés qui donnent du savoir conscientisant aux élèves, pour palier à la longue au déficit criant du leadership congolais; Ce sont ces fonctionnaires inlassables qui travaillent sans motivation cohérente, pour gonfler les poches de leur employeur;
Son éclat dérobée, ce sont ses mères de familles qui refusent la fatalité et se meuvent dans l’informel, à la recherche de quoi survire, dans un environnement économique malsain ; Ce sont ces femmes meurtries par les viols et violences, qui se remettent courageusement débout, au moyen de la micro finance villageoise organisée, pour dire « NON A LA PAUVRETE »;
Sa splendeur tue, c’est la capacité des congolais à se prendre en charge, face aux gouvernements démissionnaires, face à l’absentéisme de l’état dans la parie Est ; C’est cette constitution qui garantie les droits égaux aux hommes et aux femmes, aux faibles et aux forts, aux riches et aux pauvres ;
Son éclat scellé, c’est enfin ses cours d’eaux poissonneux, ses plaines et collines vouées à l’élevage florissant, ses vastes terres arables qui s’apprêtent aux légumes et fruits succulents, aux tubercules et bananes dégustant…
Sa beauté éclipsée, c’est cette ouverture aux investissements étrangers.

English translation by community member LightMyWay

THE HIDDEN BEAUTY OF THE DRC

This majestic country in the heart of Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, owes its splendor to its legendary hospitality, a naiveté that has facilitated the infiltration of foreign militaries, for which it has paid a heavy price;

Its beauty is spread across its 450 tribes who live alongside and recognize each other as a nation, it’s also the unanimity of all of its sons and daughters on the intangibility of its borders inherited from Berlin;

Its radiance, above all, is its trust in diplomacy as a first step in putting in check the armed conflicts that eat away at its social as well as economic resources ; in fact, it’s this hope that inhabits all Congolese, to see their country freed from the yoke of imperialist nations and the multinational companies who desire its wealth ; it’s this determination of its people to block the path of those trying to detract from its burgeoning democracy, this new-found freedom to opine on its own future;

Its hidden supports are the communities affected by violence of all kinds that declare, “DOWN WITH IMPUNITY!”; it’s also the honorable unpaid soldiers at the front and engaged in defending our territorial integrity;

The other hidden face are the women who come out of their shell to resist aggression at their own risk and peril, to wrest away their own political participation; It’s also the schoolchildren who change their status by ranking themselves in a useful order at the end of the school year; They’re the men and women who want to abandon their vulnerability as they break into literate society;

Its vanished beauty are the forgotten teachers who pass on their conscientious knowledge to their students, to alleviate in the long run the flagrant lack of Congolese leadership ; They’re the tireless civil servants who work without a coherent motivation just to help fill their employer’s pockets ;

Its secret glory are the mothers of families who refuse the inevitable and move among the undercurrents in search of something to survive on, in an unhealthy economic climate ; They’re the women wounded by rape and violence who courageously get back up again, by means of organized microfinance in their village, to say « NO TO POVERTY » ;

Its silent splendor is the ability of the Congolese people to take care of themselves, in the face of outgoing governments, the repeated absence of government in the East; It’s this constitution that guarantees the equal rights of men and of women, of weak and of strong, of rich and of poor;

Its sealed-off greatness is, finally, its fish-laden waterways, its hills and plains dedicated to flourishing harvests, its vast arable lands preparing for succulent fruits and vegetables, for tubers and savory bananas…

Its obscured beauty is this opening to foreign investments.

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ANNE CHIRUME's picture

ici le texte corrigé. It has

ici le texte corrigé. It has been some mistakes

ANNE

LightMyWay's picture

Merci

Ma chère Anne,

Vous avez fait un super bel effort en expliquant avec tant de poésie les beautés cachées de la RDC. Aussi difficile qu’il soit d’avoir confiance en les gouvernements, en les entreprises, et en le climat économique, il est encore plus simple d’avoir confiance en les femmes individuelles de votre pays ; en les hommes qui soutiennent honnêtement ces femmes-là ; en les Congolais qui veulent s’améliorer et continuent leur éducation, n’importe comment ; et en les institutions de la microfinance qui sont appuyées par les étrangers qui désirent que le Congo soit indépendante, forte et saine.

Je suis une telle étrangère, moi ; lorsque je lis vos mots émouvants au sujet de votre pays, je sais qu’il est l’heure pour une nouvelle RDC, gouvernée par son peuple—par vous—et je vous soutient de tout cœur.

Solidairement,
LightMyWay
(Lydia)

This majestic country in the heart of Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, owes its splendor to its legendary hospitality, a naiveté that has facilitated the infiltration of foreign militaries, for which it has paid a heavy price;

Its beauty is spread across its 450 tribes who live alongside and recognize each other as a nation, it’s also the unanimity of all of its sons and daughters on the intangibility of its borders inherited from Berlin;

Its radiance, above all, is its trust in diplomacy as a first step in putting in check the armed conflicts that eat away at its social as well as economic resources ; in fact, it’s this hope that inhabits all Congolese, to see their country freed from the yoke of imperialist nations and the multinational companies who desire its wealth ; it’s this determination of its people to block the path of those trying to detract from its burgeoning democracy, this new-found freedom to opine on its own future;

Its hidden supports are the communities affected by violence of all kinds that declare, “DOWN WITH IMPUNITY!”; it’s also the honorable unpaid soldiers at the front and engaged in defending our territorial integrity;

The other hidden face are the women who come out of their shell to resist aggression at their own risk and peril, to wrest away their own political participation; It’s also the schoolchildren who change their status by ranking themselves in a useful order at the end of the school year; They’re the men and women who want to abandon their vulnerability as they break into literate society;

Its vanished beauty are the forgotten teachers who pass on their conscientious knowledge to their students, to alleviate in the long run the flagrant lack of Congolese leadership ; They’re the tireless civil servants who work without a coherent motivation just to help fill their employer’s pockets ;

Its secret glory are the mothers of families who refuse the inevitable and move among the undercurrents in search of something to survive on, in an unhealthy economic climate ; They’re the women wounded by rape and violence who courageously get back up again, by means of organized microfinance in their village, to say « NO TO POVERTY » ;

Its silent splendor is the ability of the Congolese people to take care of themselves, in the face of outgoing governments, the repeated absence of government in the East; It’s this constitution that guarantees the equal rights of men and of women, of weak and of strong, of rich and of poor;

Its sealed-off greatness is, finally, its fish-laden waterways, its hills and plains dedicated to flourishing harvests, its vast arable lands preparing for succulent fruits and vegetables, for tubers and savory bananas…

Its obscured beauty is this opening to foreign investments.

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

ALL MY THINKS

I thank you for this hard task

ANNE

LightMyWay's picture

Je vous jure--pour moi, c'est

Je vous jure--pour moi, c'est un honneur de vous traduire. Que Dieu vous bénisse, ma soeur !

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

Toute ma sympathie

Merci encore une fois pour cette marque de considération et notre Seigneur vous bénisse autant

ANNE

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