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IMAGINING EQUALITY

THE JUSTIFIED EQUALITY

From the forest where you cut down;
From the savanna where you sow,
Oh Congolese woman!
Confronted to the multiple challenges;
By your creativeness, you come up to dislodge
the famine;
You were everywhere to look for the bread;
And the family survived by your sweat;
From the mountain where you camp;
From the valley where you draw
Oh Woman from the East!
By your effort, fields have been put in fallow
land;
Markets abounded in harvests;
And the economy stayed by your calculation;
From the hill where you accumulate;
From the plain where you turn over,
Oh Kivu’s woman!
By your courage, you faced evil;
Your boldness defeated nepotism;
And public-spiritedness triumphed;
From the office where you plan;
From the city where you are moving
Oh Woman from Makobola!
By your foolhardiness, you denounced the
single-party system;
Your engagement conquered the dictatorship;
And the democracy emerged;
From the bush where you deliver, in spite of
your pain, Oh Kaniola’s woman!
You withstood aggressions;
And imperialism succumbed;
From the field where you glean;
From the market where you sell out,
Oh Woman from Kasika!
By your worry of equity, you decried
inequalities;
Laws were promulgated;
And trials started;
From the land where you spread out;
From the slot where you educate,
Oh Bukavu’s woman!
By your firm will, you gathered belligerents;
Who come up to communicate;
And the advent of peace was greeted;
There is your justified place Oh Equality!!!

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Tiffany Purn's picture

Anne - If the poem is this

Anne -

If the poem is this strong as a translation, I can't even imagine what it might be like in it's original language. What a beautiful way to encapsulate the power of Congolese women. I am thinking that we need to find a way to have an audio recording of you reading this so that we can broadcast widely. Thank you for sharing this with all of us!

Tiffany

Google translate:

Si le poème est cette forte comme une traduction, je ne peux même pas imaginer ce que ça pourrait être comme dans cette langue originale. Quelle belle façon de résumer le pouvoir des femmes congolaises. Je pense que nous devons trouver un moyen d'avoir un enregistrement audio de la lecture de ce que vous afin que nous puissions diffuser largement. Merci pour ce partage avec nous tous!

ANNE CHIRUME's picture

My response

OH dear Tiffany, what genial ideas! It can not bother me. That is our reason to be online. Together we are stronge.

My best weshis

My nomber phone: +243812034616; +243974479069

ANNE

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