Day 23~ April 23rd~ Congo

messages in art

It is difficult to imagine in our day of gadgets and the time of i-this and i-that available to everyone in the west even small children, that in some places like Congo, this is not the case at all.

And because of that, the children I met often asked me to take a message back with me from them to the world. They spoke mostly Swahili and through their translators they told me that they would like to draw these messages for me to photograph. So here, in the Cajed center for helping the children of the street, ‘les enfants de la rue’ in Kinshasa, the volunteer teacher allowed the children to take the time and draw some messages on the blackboard. And like the children that I met in Goma, these boys also dreamt of peace, of a world with no guns, of a colorful world that included them in it…

Then they went on to sing to me very playfully and very shyly their national anthem (video). After singing, they turned to me and requested that I sing my anthem to them, which I did, a bit more shyly than they did. I sang them the Lebanese anthem, because being with them brought me back to my childhood in Lebanon, or maybe it was the school desks that took me right back to elementary school. It was a very moving day for me meeting their bright faces and sharing unforgettable moments together.



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  1. National aAnthem karaoke. I like it 🙂

  2. This is so beautiful and touching

  3. Powerful shot, Mimo.

  4. Your stories and snapshots of these experiences move me to tears everyday. I cannot imagine what they have left on your heart. Thank you for sharing these stories.

  5. So sweet, touching, innocent, and brave.

  6. Hi,
    A lovely video.

  7. P.S. Instead of “appreciated”, maybe I should have stated that my observations would be on the negative side.

  8. Mimo, no comment! My analysis of that particular “event” would not be appreciated. 🙂

  9. Fantastic photo, and a universal messages for all of us — a peaceful world without guns… And a lovely video too…:-)

  10. I was waiting to hear you sing your national anthem. Oh well. Maybe next time.

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