Breaking the Silence Congo Week is a week of activities that commemorates the millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict while celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country. Communities throughout the globe join in partnership with Congolese each year on the third week of October to screen films, hold teach-ins and forums, organize rallies, host fundraisers, put on concerts and undertake many other activities to elevate the profile of the Congo throughout the globe. Students and community organizers initiated Congo Week in 2008. Religious leaders, scholars, intellectuals, artists, and ordinary people throughout the globe also got involved to acknowledge the lives of the Congolese people and their pursuit for human dignity.
Since 2008, Congo Week has galvanized the participation of people in over 70 countries and 500 university campuses and communities. The purpose of Congo Week is to raise global consciousness about the situation in the Congo and advocate for peace, justice and human dignity in partnership with the Congolese people. Congo Week 2016 is the ninth anniversary of Congo Week and will take place from Sunday, October 16 to Saturday, October 22, 2016. This year also represents the 20th anniversary of the invasion on the DRC by Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Angola.
Congo Week Promotional Video (Please share with your network)
1. Sign-up to organize or attend an event for Congo Week IX, October 16 - 22, 2016.
2. Access flyers, posters, banners, fact sheets, videos, and other materials for Congo Week.
3. Encourage your network to be a part of Congo Week and spread the word via Facebook and Twitter using the hash tag #Congoweek.
Participating Countries and Institutions
Click here for list of institutions that have participated since 2008.
Click here for list of countries that have participated since 2008.