Africa Now March 4, 2015 Uprising In Motion: Youth Movement in the DRC

Topic: Uprising in Motion—Youth Movement in the DRC.  Between January 19 and 22, 2015 demonstrations occurred in cities across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The population was expressing their displeasure to the January 17 National Assembly modification of the electoral law requiring a national census prior to the 2016 Parliamentary and Presidential elections.  This action would most likely delay those elections ensuring President Kabila’s term to extend.  Thus led to protests in Bukavu, Bunia, Goma, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Mbandaka, and Uvira and were met with a violent backlash from the security forces that led to the deaths of 42 people and scores injured.  At the forefront of the uprising, the Telema movement, in the DRC was the youth—just as in other movements in other parts of the African World.  Today Africa Now! will focus on the role youth movement in is playing to ensure positive change in its country and beyond with Mr. Ben Kabamba and Mr. Maurice Carney.

(L-R) Maurice Carney of Friends of the Congo; Ben Kabamba of Youth for A New Society; Mwiza Munthali Host of Africa Now!

(L-R) Maurice Carney of Friends of the Congo; Ben Kabamba of Youth for A New Society; Mwiza Munthali Host of Africa Now!

Mr. Ben Kabamba is the Coordinator for the Youth For A New Society and Administrator for FILIMBI, a coalition of youth organizations and university students. Mr. Kabamba and the FILIMBI network were central to the Telema demonstrations that took place from January 19 - 22, 2015 in the Congo.  Mr. Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo.  He has worked with Congolese for over fifteen years in their struggle for peace, justice and human dignity. Mr. Carney appears regularly providing analysis on the Congo on various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, ABC News, Democracy Now, Real News Network, Pambazuka News, All Africa News, and more.

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