By Katherine Sullivan, Special Correspondent
The East AfricanFriday , July 25 2014 at 15:41
Dusty, chaotic, and littered with volcanic rubble, the eastern Congolese city of Goma has seen its fair share of pain and suffering over the years.
Ravaged by rebel occupations, volcanic eruptions, and a vacuum of democratic authority that is usually filled by the greedy and the formidable, one need not look far to see the problems.
But not only has Goma survived these hardships, in some ways, it has thrived. In the midst of it all, Goma residents turn to art as a form of both protest and escape.
Early this month, the city celebrated the nineth annual Salaam Kivu Film Festival, or SKIFF, hosted by Yole! Africa.
On opening night, nearly 300 of Goma’s fashionable crowded into the ballroom of the upscale Cap Kivu Hotel to kick off a weeklong celebration of art, freedom expression, and creativity.
Martin Kobler, head of Monusco, spoke at the opening, championing the creative energy of the youth of Goma, and encouraging them to channel their efforts towards peace. “It is the youth who will rebuild this country,” he said to wide applause. … read more