ISSN 1710-6931 October 1, 2010 Issue 158

Building bridges in and out

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
- Anne Frank

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been engulfed in a rampant conflict for the last decades which has triggered a massive movement of internally displaced people.

While today some parts of the country are still entrenched in combat, South Kivu has achieved relative stability but is now facing the challenges posed by the return of thousands of Congolese, and their subsequent reintegration into the communities they once fled, according to the United Nations Commissioner for Human Resources (UNCHR) Repatriation Fact Sheet. [1]

In the past six years, there have been almost 80,000 returnees to South Kivu [2], representing approximately 40 per cent of the almost two million internally displaced persons in that country.

On return and reintegration, Refugees International succinctly states: "Without adequate support, fragile communities can rapidly disintegrate and a tenuous peace can be shattered, leading to further displacement". [3]

Here is where the Center for Youth Development and Adult Education (CELA) in Fizi, comes in. Run by Mr. Atuu Waonaje, a sociology graduate from the University of Dar es Salaam and a former refugee himself, the center is about to implement RESPECT International’s letter exchange program, through its English Training Center.

The students' ages range from 15 to 25. Both the repatriated and the non-repatriated come to the center to learn English as a third language. By building bridges between them and their peers in a foreign country, CELA is betting on the empowerment of this future generation, through the awareness of a better world. Building bridges


We Need Your Ideas

Now that the new school year is in full swing, it is time for you to send us your theme ideas for RESPECT's Annual Poster Contest.

You can learn more about this year's poster contest on the 2010-2011 Poster Contest page.

Send your Poster Contest theme ideas to the Poster Contest team.

As in previous years, assistance with postage fees is available to Refugee schools. We recommend Refugee schools send in their entries NLT January 2011 since it can take three to four months for us to receive their entries.

The themes from previous Poster Contests were:

  • 2009-2010: Perspective: peace through the eyes of a child
  • 2008-2009: Bring Peace to Our World
  • 2007-2008: Let The Voice Of Youth And Children Be Heard
  • 2006-2007: Education Opens the Door to the World
  • 2005-2006: Road to Peace
  • 2004-2005: The Connected World: What binds us together?
  • 2003-2004: Crossing Borders: Stretching My World

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If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute an article, contact the e-Zine editor, Angela Carter, at

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