This is a boy whom I know is in a safe place. He was taken by rebels into the forest for months, what he saw traumatized him. This child has seen killings and rapes, over and over and over again. What is his future going to be? He was quiet, and very fragile, but could become aggressive at any time.
I met a few good political leaders, Julien Paluku, Governor of N. Kivu and another person going to run for member of parliment in S. Kivu (who's name I can not mention at this time) but these 2 men are young and have great hopes for a new future for Eastern Congo. They are living dangerously as they want change and education, that many political leaders don't care about. The Mayor of Bukavu a woman is sensitive to the women's plight in her country. But there are few women in political positions in the DRC only 13% are women. Can this country be changed and the people live in peace and unity. It has in Rwanda, so I believe one day at a time one country at a time, but WE must participate in this change, these people desperately need our help and being in the Congo I know many today have hope, because someone cared enough to come to meet them, hold their hand, listen to their stories, and hug them for their courage and strength. As these women did not speak only for themselves, they spoke for all women of the DRC. I promised to be their voice, and I will keep this promise to these incredible women of the Congo. I hope others reading this and sharing it with friends, families, co workers will also be their voice. As WE are their hope, for a safer tomorrow.