Congo Activist Bandi Mbubi: "If we come together globally, we can make a difference"

From Enough blogs Wed Nov 14 2012, 15:30:56

Earlier this year, Congolese activist Bandi Mbubi was chosen to speak at a TEDx Talk at the University of Exeter in southwest England focusing on "Sustainability and Our Interconnected World." His words brought those in the audience to tears and have inspired many others throughout the world, including us here at the Enough Project. Last week, Raise Hope for Congo Campaign Manager JD Stier and I had the opportunity to talk to Bandi over Skype and discuss the amazing actions he is taking in the U.K. and Europe more broadly.

After giving his TEDx Talk, Bandi began receiving invitations to speak at schools and to work with student, community, and faith groups. He continues to engage and educate communities about the crisis in eastern Congo and how we are all linked to solutions. His organization, Congo Calling, is a campaign working to inspire both the public and European electronics companies to pay attention to exactly where the minerals in our cell phones and laptops are coming from.

Above all, he sees a strategic role for students, stating, "Change will not happen without a student movement." Bandi has been a catalyst of the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative in Europe and continues to partner with the Enough Project at universities around the U.K., including contributing to an upcoming documentary with students from the University of St. Andrews. His grand vision is not only to see a change in legislation domestically within the United Kingdom, but also regionally by governments across Europe. Led by his passion for the issue, he is working to build a wide coalition across borders to call for a change in regulations as well as ...

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