it will not be done on the blood of the Congolese”

it will not be done on the blood of the Congolese”
it will not be done on the blood of the Congolese”

I am part of a support campaign that fights against a scandalous project that France (on the front line), China and the company Total Energies

Pascal Mirindi: You should know that it is not only minerals that are coveted and plundered in Congo. We are used to hearing about cobalt, coltan, gold and cassiterite, but the plundering of resources is widespread in the east of the country. For example, I am part of a support campaign which is fighting against a scandalous project that France (on the front line), China and the company Total Energies are currently presenting as a large-scale project and which is on the unfortunately not to materialize. This project will, of course, bring revenue to our government, but it sadly takes us back to green colonialism.

To summarize the challenges of this megaproject: for several years, the Ugandan government has implemented a project to sell its oil blocks, which straddle the DRC (in the Albertine region), to transport oil to Tanzania.

This project, if it is carried out, believe me, will displace populations, thousands of people, because to transport the oil, a large pipeline (EACOP), perhaps the largest in the world, will be built. This pipeline will be nearly 14,000 kilometers long!

Since last May, the Congolese government and minister of hydrocarbons have been in talks with Uganda about the construction of this disastrous project, supposed to connect the Ugandan shore of Lake Albert to the Indian Ocean in Tanzania, by the way through the Congo. The two countries need to find a common memorandum of understanding. The DRC and Uganda share this very oil-rich basin in the Albertine region. Last year, our country auctioned 30 oil and gas blocks in order to commit to this project. It is now actively seeking investors. Let us recall the purpose of this project: the pipeline will be intended to transport crude oil from Uganda to international markets when it begins production in 2025.

We are obviously against this project. Let us first remember that people in this region of Congo have been farmers and small fishermen for millennia. This project means that a huge pipeline will necessarily pass through the villages of this region, producing unbearable heat around it (50 degrees), forcing these populations to flee. We already have thousands of people displaced by war across the Congo. So here we are again talking about thousands of people who will be further displaced. Thousands of people whose livelihood is fishing and farming their land. In Congo, our identity is linked to the land, so this also means taking away their right to identity and dignity from these populations and completely destroying their way of life.

On May 14 and 15, the African investment forum will also be held in Paris, far from Congo, bringing together investors to negotiate, to see if their project cannot find investors in Congo.

What is green neocolonialism?

We are told that we must stop with fossil fuel industries, but on the other hand we are sacrificing forests, populations and taking away the land of thousands of Congolese people to make them protected spaces without asking their opinion

Pascal Mirindi: Green neocolonialism for me is the fact that the North still dictates environmental standards to Africans out of interest: it is the fact that there are double standards. On the one hand, the North tells us in the DRC that we must reduce fossil fuels because it is urgent to react for the climate, but on the other hand, the North does nothing to preserve green spaces and the second ecological lung of the world: our forest in the DRC. We are told that we must stop with fossil fuel industries, but on the other hand we are sacrificing forests, populations and taking away the land of thousands of Congolese people to make them protected areas without asking their opinion. To combat green colonialism, we must also constantly remind polluting countries that the condition is to cancel the debts that have been weighing on us for years in the Congo. This situation has been entrenched for decades, normalized and it must end. At the time, Mobutu was already the darling of the United States, the world Bank
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The World Bank brings together two organizations, the IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) and the IDA (International Development Association). The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) was created in July 1944 in Bretton Woods (United States), at the initiative of 45 countries gathered for the first Monetary and Financial Conference of the United Nations.

In 2022, 189 countries are members.

Click for more details. gave him money, a lot of money for interest. At that time, this institution knew very well that this money was not going to help the Congolese, but simply to enrich personal power. We must simply cancel the DRC’s debts.

We know that around a hundred militias are sowing terror in eastern Congo. Why does this opaque war continue? What is happening at the moment in the east of the country with this militia called the M23?

Where do conflicts take place? They take place in strategic locations, where wealth is concentrated

Pascal Mirindi: We must stop in Europe believing that in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the war is a dark intra-African affair which only concerns Africa. Congolese wealth, mainly minerals such as coltan and gold, has benefited the northern country for years, this is not new and it is this situation which is damaging the country. The situation of population displacements that we are experiencing with the war in the east of the country is not new, it has even become a sad banality: since 1967, there have been refugees flocking, notably in 1994 with the genocide in Rwanda. Finally, there followed numerous tragic episodes and militia attacks but also volcanic eruptions which affected the city of Goma, where I live. I am 25 years old and I can say that I have only known war. The answer to the “why” of these conflicts lies in the following question: where do the conflicts take place? They take place in strategic locations, where wealth is concentrated. It is here in the east of the country that the war is coming and it is not by chance.

Currently the situation is very serious in Eastern Congo. United Nations reports have been reporting for months the current situation with the M23 militia attacking the population and committing massacres and atrocities, reports which prove that the Rwandan government supports and arms this militia. However, the European Union has chosen to turn a blind eye and has just signed a trade agreement with Rwanda concerning the export of ore. Isn’t that hypocritical language? Also, in Europe, governments feel sorry for the fate of the Congolese but France, for example, also continues to finance the Rwandan army. This same army that supports the rebels! We believe here, climate defenders, that it is time for governments in Europe to stop lying to each other about the ecological transition in Congo: it will not be done on the blood of the Congolese, we will not accept that it is carried out on the blood of the Congolese and with disregard for the lives of the populations.

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