International Human Rights Day 2012


Over the past week GCI has been busy promoting and celebrating International Human Rights Day. In collaboration with other human rights promoters from around Kumba, GCI organised a large, activity-filled programme spread across three days.
On Friday (7th Dec) GCI hosted a ‘drinks ‘n discuss’ session, attended by local activists and members of the public. In two separate groups lively discussion ensued, which centred on this years theme of equal participation in public and political life.

Witchcraft foiled Saturday’s (8th Dec) plans for a move night and discussion session where the group was planning to watch the movie Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Unfortunately a power outage throughout Kumba rendered our projector unusable and our plans unworkable and so the film was rescheduled for Monday (10th), D-Day.

After a brief rest on Sunday, all the Human Rights promoters from around Kumba came together to host an event on Monday at the Kumba City Hall. From noon onwards there was a series of informative talks and presentations, some very inspirational poems and performances from local high school human rights group, and the belated movie, all watched and listened to intently by an audience from across Kumba. The event also welcomed the presence of the Senior-Divisional Officer for Meme Sub-Division (the local big man, for those that don’t speak bureaucracy) as well as other members of the local administration. GCI hopes to develop these links with the administration further to create a new, healthy relationship that can benefit all of Kumba.P1000136


P1000187In the evening GCI rounded things off with a Radio Show on Lake Site Radio recapping on the weekends events and activities and promoting the importance of the day and of human rights in general.

Special thanks should be given to everyone who took part in the event, and to some generous sponsors around Kumba, whom without which our events would not have been possible.  

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