Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Calm Before the Vote

The Friends of the Congo delegation has arrived on the ground in Kinshasa and has obtained its credentials for observation of the Congo's historic elections. Our partners on the ground have taken very good care of us. We are staying in a safe and beautiful neighborhood with all the modern amenities. Kinshasa is truly a beautiful city and has a tremendous amount of potential, should the people be able to freely choose their leaders without outside interference.

One thing is clear after being here for a short while, people want change. They do not simply want to vote for the sake of voting but rather, they want their vote to make a difference so that they will be able to eat regularly, earn a decent wage, send their children to school, live in peace, basically everything that any other human being wants.

The Friends of the Congo will be observing the elections in Kinshasa, the capital city of 8 million people. We will provide you with updates of how things unfold.

Stay tuned ...


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