Watch: bringing music to displaced kids in DR Congo

Photo by Joseph Tsongo.
Photo by Joseph Tsongo.


Every weekend, a young musician named Etienne Kasereka goes to the camp for internally displaced families in Kiwanja, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He sings songs and teaches the guitar to the camp’s children, who don’t have access to schooling and were traumatised after fleeing conflict zones.

For several years, families fleeing conflict in the Lubero region – where the Mai-Mai militia operates – have found a precarious refuge in Kiwanja. They live in tents on a tract of land lent by the town’s Catholic church, and receive very little aid from local and international organisations.

Our Observer Joseph Tsongo, who is a journalist and a blogger, visited the camp in late October and filmed the children’s workshop organized by Kasereka, who lives in Kiwanja. In the video below, he explains that he was pleasantly surprised by this project, since local residents are often very suspicious of the camp’s residents.