Fidel Bafilemba's blog

 

Fidel Bafilemba is currently based in Goma as an Enough Project Congo field researcher. He has a long history of working in human rights and education, as well as an extensive experience as a translator and “fixer” for western journalists. From 2007 to 2010, Fidel worked in upper management with the International Rescue Committee in Goma, leading emergency programs implementation in the field to provide aid to Congolese citizens in war-torn parts of the eastern Congo. Prior to that, he was a teacher before he founded SOS DR Congo, a local human rights group that raised international awareness about the Congo’s ongoing crisis before it transitioned into SOS Africa. The organization worked diligently to educate the Congolese people about democracy, and what it means to be a part of the democratic process. Fidel helped design, produce, and disseminate educational materials about the constitution of the DRC and how to vote. Additionally, SOS DR Congo was in the forefront of calling attention to discrimination against indigenous people like the Pygmies, and fighting for their rights. Today, SOS Africa is committed to increasing Congolese awareness about the need for an improved education system, and the instruction of critical thinking in schools.

Fidel Bafilemba speaks 13 languages including French and English. He has worked as a translator or fixer for publications including The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, ABC NEWS, CNN, Time Magazine, Associate Press (AP), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), BBC TV, and Reuters; and he has helped several television producers with reports in the Congo. Fidel has a passionate devotion for seeing progress in his country. Since the U.S legislation against conflict-minerals was enacted and U.S companies boycotted eastern Congo minerals, Fidel has been galvanizing civil society groups into monitoring traceability efforts and a certification process for eastern Congo mining industry, and advocating for livelihood diversification for conflict-minerals affected communities.

Eastern Congo’s ‘Terminator’ Caught with Counterfeit Cash in Minerals Smuggling Scheme

A private jet plane registered in the U.S. under license plate number N886DT was grounded at the Goma airport recently for the most unusual conflict minerals business. The crew consisted of an American, a Frenchman, and two Nigerians who carried a whopping sum of $6.8 million in cash destined for General Bosco Ntaganda, dubbed “The Terminator."  Read More »

Controversial Constitutional Review a Bellwether for More Disarray in Congo?

President Kabila’s successful effort to revise the electoral law in the Congolese constitution last week sparked controversy, prompting opposition and human rights groups to warn that the changes are a threat to national unity.  Read More »

From Bar Fight to Mass Rapes: The Continued Perversion of the Congolese Army

An attempted bribing incident by a Congolese soldier escalated into an incident that left 33 women raped and many people displaced.  Read More »

Kabila’s Mining Ban Continues to Set Afloat Unfed and Underpaid Soldiers

President Kabila’s nearly four-month ban on mining exploitation in the Kivu provinces has been a windfall for army commanders of the government’s ongoing military operations against Hutu foreign combatants in eastern Congo.  Read More »

Heavy Fighting between Army and FDLR Displaces Thousands in Walikale

Fighting between the Congolese army and the FDLR rebel group broke out a week ago and has continued even now in the village of Busurungi near the mineral-rich Walikale region.  Read More »

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Kabila Meets Face-to-Face with Civil Society Leaders in North Kivu

Kabila - Radio Okapi

On his way back to Kinshasa after attending Kagame's swearing-in, President Kabila spent a few days in the eastern region, and announced some reforms that, if carried out, could have a positive impact here.  Read More »

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