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Summary Report on the Inaugural Festival for Supporting Internally Displaced Persons in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo Performances by Artists at Himbi Village, Goma

ActivismSummary Report on the Inaugural Festival for Supporting Internally Displaced Persons in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo Performances by Artists at Himbi Village, Goma

In response to the humanitarian crisis triggered by the M23 rebel group’s aggression in North Kivu in 2021, over three million people have been displaced, seeking refuge in Goma, a city under governmental control. According to the United Nations, approximately 1.8 million of these displaced individuals are housed in camps around Goma, with others living with relatives, adding strain to already resource-scarce households and increasing competition for public services.

Despite substantial displacement, the crisis has garnered limited attention from both the DRC government and the international community, with minimal coverage in mainstream media and insufficient engagement on social media.

In light of the lack of advocacy, a collective of local artists in Goma organized the first festival to raise awareness and funds for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Overview of the Festival

The event occurred on April 27, 2024, at Himbi Village in Goma, starting at 3 p.m. It featured performances from 15 youth groups showcasing diverse talents. Entry was priced at $1, with proceeds designated for the aid of the IDPs. The festival also included donation boxes for additional contributions from attendees.

Impact and Audience Engagement

The festival marked a significant moment of youth mobilization in support of IDPs. It was well-attended, drawing in many individuals who were previously uninformed about the IDP situation. The three-hour event not only entertained but also educated the audience, highlighting the ongoing challenges faced by displaced persons.

Future Directions

The organizers plan to extend their efforts to reach a broader audience and to stimulate further community engagement and solidarity with IDPs. These initiatives aim to foster peace and stability in Eastern Congo.

The festival and ongoing activities depend solely on donations from supporters and the broader community.

Call to Action

We encourage everyone to contribute to this vital cause. Your support can make a substantial difference in the lives of many. Join us in our commitment to aid those in dire need.

Gratitude

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants and donors who are helping to make a difference in the lives of displaced persons in Goma. Your generosity and solidarity are invaluable.

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