Hope springs eternal
Benjamin Rwizibuka, from our Companion Diocese of Bukavu, issues a rallying call to the young people of the African Continent
In Bukavu, like everywhere else in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we live in a society where people have to do anything possible to survive, due to acute poverty and unemployment which affects the great majority of our citizens.
Imagine daily life without any source of income, either because of unemployment or because you have not been able to acquire the necessary skills for a profitable job. Such a person constitutes both danger and potential because he can dream up all kinds of ideas, good or bad, to take care of himself or his family. Simply existing from day to day is difficult and unimaginable, and some prefer to leave this sad reality by risking their lives in the Sahara or on the sea in search of Eldorado.
However, all is not lost (yet); hope is in the young people who want to seize the future and its opportunities. It is clear that our future is not elsewhere, but here in our land. Maybe for a long time we’ve waited for life to change, but apparently life wants us to change first. There are those who embark on entrepreneurial businesses in various sectors to promote the consumption of local products, those who make science their greatest passion, those who go to learn elsewhere in order to bring more knowledge and more diversity back to our country, and those who want laws and justice to be effective,… hope is infinitely great for us on the horizon.
The Church, by playing its role in giving hope to the needy, assisting the poor and spreading the Holy Word, contributes as far as it can. After all it is pointless to gain the world if we lose our soul (Mark 8:36). We may not know what tomorrow will be like, but we want a future where the war is finally over, where the hatred is over, with quiet days and tranquil nights, and where opportunities for success are available to all.
This is the situation almost everywhere in Africa. If Africa is the cradle of humanity, Africa is also the future of this world because tough times forge strong people. Our society will wake up - it’s the only choice possible.