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Music and dance pageant promotes peace in DR Congo

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Artists from the Congo and the Nice Lakes sub-region acquired 1000’s of pageant goers dancing with songs calling for peace and reconciliation in a area affected by armed battle for greater than twenty years.

“I do know that by way of our dance now we have launched a message of peace which should return to the nation, the songs sung are additionally about peace and it’s a nice message,” says Abonimana Gérard, president of Dangakaranga Cultural Affiliation, group from Burundi.

For 3 days, artists such because the Belgian Burundian Pleasure Goia or Innoss’B from the DRC, the Senegalese Didier Awadi and several other native dance teams entertained the crowds.

“The Amani pageant goes very, very effectively, we’re within the temper of the pageant,” says Pascaline Angelina, pageant goer from Bukavu.

Amani means peace in Swahili.

The ninth version of the pageant needed to be relocated for the primary time to Bukavu, within the east of the nation, for safety causes.

Normally held in Goma, the occasion couldn’t go forward in its stronghold due to the M23 rebels gaining floor in neighbouring North Kivu.

“This cultural second additionally makes it attainable to provide expression to younger folks on the nationwide and regional degree, to say that it’s an excessive amount of, for a second, we should cease the whole lot and it is vitally necessary to have the ability to proceed to stay in order to not give energy and energy to this case that we deplore,” says Guillaume Bisimwa, organiser, of the Amani pageant.

Patrick Mundeke, a pageant goer from Goma, thinks the pageant ought to have occurred in Goma regardless.

“The wounded folks of Goma got here en masse to Bukavu to attend the pageant,” he says.

“It’s a pity that the army authorities of Goma stated they weren’t in a position to safe 30,000 folks when they’re supposed to guard a province of greater than 10 million inhabitants and the inhabitants of Goma got here to Bukavu, and likewise that of Bukavu.”

Based on the organisers, 25,000 folks attended the three-day occasion from 9-12 February.

The Amani pageant is the largest cultural occasion within the jap a part of the DRC.