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Guilain Mathé, Directeur de GLPIC, interviewé par Tales of the World à Genève, Switzerland

Rédaction de GLPIC, 06 juillet 2012

Guilain Mathé, Chercheur et Défenseur des Droits de l’Homme de la Rép. Dém. du Congo (RDC) a donné une interview en quatre séries à Tales of The World basé à Genève (an International affairs chronicle with a twist). Il aborde son parcours de l’Afrique vers l’Occident en tant que scholar at risk, il clarifie les enjeux identitaires et économiques du conflit en RDC et critique la musique et la culture congolaises. Des questions qu’on aime pas toujours voir abordées, mais à écouter à tout prix !

Même si la présentation du twist est en anglais, l’interview s’est déroulée en français. Un voyage dans le monde des idées neuves et potentiellement agissantes, avec Dr. Maria Ruxandra Stoicescu. Voici le lien : http://tales-of-the-world.com/

Tales of the World - Interview with Guilain Mathé (Intro)

Pour écouter, cliquer : http://tales-of-the-world.com/2012/...

This week Tales of the world starts a series of interviews with young researchers and activists living in the Geneva area, working with international issues and having a message to send to the world at large.

Our first guest is Guilain Mathé, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who found himself in Switzerland through the scholars at risk programme, who offers a safe haven to scholars that have incurred the wrath of authorities due to their activities that often uncover uncomfortable truths. Guilain Mathé is also the founder of an NGO, the Great Lakes Peace Initiative Centre, which constitutes a platform within which African intellectuals can play their part in the concerted efforts at the global level in order to put an end to this humanitarian tragedy and create to conditions that would cultivate sustainable peace in the region.

Given his experience living and researching the bloody conflict in DRC, as a native of North Kivu, the region most plagued by the conflict, I have invited Guilain Mathé for an interview that takes us through the beginnings of the conflict, its rationale and the current stakes at play. A consummate storyteller, Guilain guides us through the complexities of the situation, succeeding in staying true to its facts, at the same time giving us insights in the cultural and everyday life of the DR Congo, a country we would do well to visit…as soon as it is at peace. Or for those of you who are quite adventurous, now.

The interview is in French, befitting the multilingual and multicultural audience of the podcast, and is split into four parts – for the sake of lightness -

Enjoy

Tales of the world - Interview with Guilain Mathé (Part I)

Pour écouter, cliquer : http://tales-of-the-world.com/2012/...

Guilain Mathé, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, found himself in Switzerland through the scholars at risk programme, who offers a safe haven to scholars that have incurred the wrath of authorities due to their activities that often uncover uncomfortable truths. Guilain Mathé is also the founder of an NGO, the Great Lakes Peace Initiative Centre, which constitutes a platform within which African intellectuals can play their part in the concerted efforts at the global level in order to put an end to this humanitarian tragedy and create to conditions that would cultivate sustainable peace in the region.

Music : Goodbye goodbye (Lokua Kanza)

Tales of the world - Interview with Guilain Mathé (Part II)

Pour écouter, cliquer : http://tales-of-the-world.com/2012/...

Identity and ethnic strife are two of the crucial elements of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the region of North Kivu.

Guilain Mathé untangles the complex web of identities at play, between Rwandan and Congolese sympathies and the way they were manipulated by the powers that be.

A UN report released in June 2012 provides details concerning the latest developments of the conflict in this respect. http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/07/u-n-...

Music : War and crime (Lucky Dube)

Tales of the World - Interview with Guilain Mathé (Part III)

Pour écouter, cliquer : http://tales-of-the-world.com/2012/...

Jules Cornet, Belgian explorer, called the Congo a “geological scandal”, due to the mineral riches that abound in its soil.

Coltane is but one of the many precious and little talked about minerals that make the Congo a country where war is waged not only for identity reasons, but for the mastery of economic resources. Our Iphones, tablets and computers function because of Coltane, of which the Congo has 64% of the worlds’ resources. Although mechanisms are in place to guarantee that Congo war Coltane does not intrude upon our consciences, we cannot be sure of it.

Music : Plus rien ne m’étonne (Tiken Jah Fakoly)

Tales of the World - Interview with Guilain Mathé (Part IV)

Pour écouter, cliquer : http://tales-of-the-world.com/2012/...

What about Congo’s artistic life ? How come Congolese artists fail to develop a voice of their own that could contribute to a political message for peace and self-empowerment ?

Guilain Mathé has a message of battle and optimism for us in Switzerland and the West, as well as for his fellow countrymen.

Music : ça va faire mal (Tiken Jah Fakoly)

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