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One of the big questions that we as congolese have been asking ourselves is: why isn’t our crisis being broadcasted? Unlike tragedies and strife in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria or even frequent gun shootings in the US that get large scale media coverage, the “Congo Crisis” is not a priority as it does not benefit from enough coverage and airtime on mainstream media channels. Nevertheless, it is one of the saddest tragedies in contemporary history. In 2012 congolese nationals demonstrated in the UK outside BBC premises to make their voice heard. They pointed that years of wars and painful stories were being swept under the carpets in prominent media houses. It has not changed since.
To tackle the issue of the lack of coverage concerning the Congo’s ongoing crisis-a war that was started in 1998 and claimed the lives of at least 6,000,000 people, equating the jewish genocide by Hitler-many countrymen are taking the initiative to speak out. Capitalizing on the social media revolution, they finally emerge to raise awareness and spread the word. Not only about the dead, but they also showcase war crimes and atrocities the living are forced to undergo, such as rape.
One of them is Vava Tampa (Twitter: @VavaTampa), a congolese part time activist  based in the UK. He has had the privillege to pen down articles for CNN, Forbes and theguardian, in which he raises issues around war in Congo and explores avenues to solve the crisis.

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The invisible Congo crisis
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HOOKING UP WITH A GUY THAT ACTUALLY KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING howdoiputthisgently: I’M LIKE: I’m still hoping for that day…

HOOKING UP WITH A GUY THAT ACTUALLY KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING

howdoiputthisgently:

I’M LIKE:

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I’m still hoping for that day…

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“Amid a campaign to ban Kiss music from radio stations and a ceding of the moral ground to Nikki Sixx, Gene Simmons has come forward to apologize for his recent comments on depression—an apology that seems to come from a genuine place in Gene Simmons, seeing as he’s a real asshole about it. “To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression,” the apology reads, as Simmons begins his act of contrition by implicitly blaming the media for contextualizing his comments—in which he said, “For a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I‘m depressed, I live in Seattle.’ Fuck you, then kill yourself”—as somehow representing his feelings on depression. Really, he says, they were inspired by the “spur of the moment,” egged on by an interviewer for Songfacts who asked him the leading question, “Do you still get along with [Ace Frehley and Peter Criss]?””
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Sorry to interrupt the Robin Williams posts but I feel like this needs to be shared. The adult film star Christy Mack has been hospitalized after being severely beaten by former boyfriend/MMA Fighter, Jonathan Koppenhaver aka “War Machine”. She sustained injuries such as 18 broken bones in her face, broken nose, multiple teeth knocked out, a fractured rib, ruptured liver and no use of her left leg. He also cut most of her hair off with a dull knife and cut her several different times and attempted to rape her. Thank god she was able to get out of the house and have a neighbor help her and take her to the hospital. Christy said he has beaten her several times in the past but never this bad. On his twitter he referred to her as “his property and always will be” if that’s not the talk of a complete psycho I don’t know what is. This is never okay. Being someone who has seen and been around horrible situations like this my heart goes out to her and hopes she makes a speedy recovery. There is a fundraiser to help pay for her hospital/surgery/recovery expenses that you can go to here: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/qcd5/christy-mack-s-medical-expense-fund

if there is one thing in this world that fuels a raging fire in me that could fucking make me feel like i could LITERALLY get arrested for man slaughter, its the abuse of women. signal boost the fuck out of this. countless women go through this every single day and no one does shit about it. im fucking sick and tired of seeing my sisters get beaten half to death because of men. im fucking sick and tired of men thinking that we are their property. im fucking sick and tired of being dehumanized and fucking objectified and silenced. and im sick and fucking tired of my sisters being murdered at the hands of misogynists. when will this end? its so hard to not feel fucking defeated sometimes. 
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