Breaking the Silence about the Congo


For a third year, Black History Studies will take part in the Break the Silence Congo Week for Black History Month 2012. The reason we host Congo Week in the month of October is because it was in October 1996 that mainly Rwanda and Uganda first invaded the Congo and triggered the catastrophic crisis that we have endured for the past 16 years. Since we began Congo Week in 2008, sixty countries and over 300 communities have joined us to demonstrate their support and value for Congolese lives.


The purpose of the Break the Silence Congo Week is to raise consciousness about the devastating situation in the Congo and mobilize support on behalf of the people of the Congo. Break the Silence Congo Week will take place from Sunday 14 October to Saturday 20 October 2012. Breaking the Silence Congo Week is a week of activities that commemorates the millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict while celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country


The Congo is the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today where over 6 million people have died since 1996, half of them children under 5 yrs old and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped all as a result of the scramble for Congo's wealth. The United Nations said it is the deadliest conflict in the world since World War Two.


However, hardly anything is said about it in the media. Can you imagine 45,000 people dying each month and hardly a peep from anyone in the age of the Internet? This is literally what has happened and continue to happen in the Congo. There is a media blackout about Congo and no worldwide resolution to end the conflict and carnage there.


This is an historic opportunity for you to be a part of the global movement to bring an end to what is described as the greatest humanitarian crisis at the dawn of the 21st century and the deadliest conflict since World War Two. We encourage you to seize the moment and become a part of a noble pursuit for justice and human dignity in the heart of Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For Breaking the Silence about the Congo Week, Black History Studies will be screening 'Apocalypse Africa: Made in America'. 



 Black History Studies



In Apocalypse Africa: Made In America, journalist Del Walters explores secret recordings, classified films and other archival evidence that suggests the United States' involvement in the downfall of Africa, including genocidal wars in Darfur, Uganda and Rwanda. Through top-secret data, hidden documents and other sources obtained from government archives, the film reveals links between the destruction of Africa and those who influence American foreign policy. A discussion will follow the film.


Bring a pen!



This event will take place on WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2012 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. 


The event will be held at the PCS Headquarters (CLAPHAM JUNCTION), 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London SW11 2LN, (3 minutes walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. Buses to the venue 35, 37, 39, 49, 77, 87, 156, 70, 219, 239, 295, 319, 337, 334, 345, C3, G1).


Doors open at 6.30pm. The documentary will start at 7pm sharp! Hot food will be on sale.



There will be an admission charge of £5 per person.



PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EARLY. Refreshments will be on sale.



Places for the film screenings are limited so if you are interested in attending please reply as soon as possible to acknowledge your place. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so don't delay. Please confirm via email how many of you will be attending this event Please can you also notify any cancellations made after confirmation.