i was born and bread in Uvira and left in 1998 during the 2nd Congo war! talking about Uvira is like talking about my mother! what can i say? Uvira is one of the best place to live in DRC, with people full of life and love, understanding the importence of tolerence toward anyone who visit the place from the far side of the world! during the first Congo war, in 1996 we rejoiced as we saw Mobutu raign coming to an end forgetting that it was just the "beginning of an era marked by severe sufferings and pressure"! today as we see all over the world, Uvira has been described as "the home of Mai-Mai revolutionay" movement formed by young Uvirians to oppose any form of opression or dominion from outside powers! am proud to be a "Uvirian" like we used to call ourselves "bana Duvia" and i know for sure that the truth will one day come true about the "true congolese identity" and "uvirian" in particular!
Growing in Uvira was a great experience for me as i enjoyed sweeming in the "lac tanganyika" and climbing "the Mitumba mountains". i had a passion for life, and i loved all the people i encounted in uvira.
the vision we have for uvira is to make that small city "a place to be" for anyone wanting to live life to the fullest. life is unpredictable!
during my time in uvira i grew up with a friend of mine that i "love to death" his name was matabaro nziruguru! i have seen true love and respect for life in this man and i think the world should know about it as when we met during the 1st cause of war in uvira, tension existed between the entire population of uvira! u couldnt trust "no one" but we had a good time together taking a walk in the streets of uvira and talking about our future as young people! he showed me the true value of human lives!
today we are living 1000s km apart but thanks to the technology we are able to talk all the time as if we were together!
i believe in change!
i believe that people can change if given a chance to! people can live together if given each other a chance.
living now in South Africa and having to experience the diversity in this country, it built my confidence that one day, we shall live together in congo as one nation and later in Africa as one "African nation". i believe anything can happen! i pray God that one day in uvira life will be different as i dont wanna see "people with no country" living in all the places in the world!
least but not last, i salute everyone who is doing something to bring people togehter and to make sure that we all live in harmony with one another!
long live uvira, long live DRC