DR Congo: Goma residents following the FIFA world cup amid insurgent menace

DR Congo: Goma residents following the FIFA world cup amid insurgent menace

Town of Goma and its inhabitants within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are nonetheless beneath menace from the M23 rebels, who’re solely 20 kilometers to the north, in Kibumba. However within the meantime, life goes on within the capital of the North Kivu province.

Right here, these inhabitants have a good time as they comply with the World Cup within the bars of this metropolis taken by the identical rebels simply ten years in the past.

“We’re supporting our African brothers, certainly the Senegalese group, and so in Goma the state of affairs is beneath management. Our safety companies assure us peace and tranquility till then.” says Jacques Ahmed, inhabitant of Goma.

For Junior Babingwa, one other inhabitant of Goma, ”it is very important at all times keep collectively and proceed to take pleasure in life.”

“After all, there’s a conflict, however we nonetheless have to remain awake and proceed our actions with out it getting in the way in which as a result of we aren’t actors on this conflict. We do not know the roots of this wa-r, we do not know when it is going to finish, we do not even know what’s going on however we should take pleasure in life nonetheless ” he says

DR Congo beforehand often known as Zaire had been the primary Sub-Saharan African group to take part in a World Cup, a feat they achieved in 1974. Since then they’ve didn’t qualify for the soccer mundial. 

Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Tunisia, and continental champion Senegal are at present representing the continent in Qatar for the event.

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