Rwanda and Uganda invaded the Congo twice, first in 1996 and again in 1998. These invasions unleashed the mass deaths and suffering that we see in the Congo today. It is estimated that nearly 6 million people have died as a result of the invasions of Congo. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women have been systematically raped as a tool of war to displace entire communities and demoralize the population.
This is Omekongo’s song, “Welcome to the Congo.” Omekongo is a first generation Congolese-American whose parents were exiled for their role in the liberation of the Congo. Omekongo is a tri-lingual (English, French and Swahili) poet, actor, writer, educator and entrepreneur whose work has been praised by Nikki Giovanni and Essence Magazine. He is currently starring in international TV series “Ya Ma’ Afrika” about Africans living in the West. Visit his website and myspace for more.