Fidel Bafilemba is an Enough Project field researcher based in Central Africa. 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.