As part of the new ‘Rap Against AIDS’ project, AAD had planned to organize a free concert with the Bukavu group Black’s Power in Kamanyola (DRC) on the 1st of December, World AIDS Day. This event sought to reaffirm AAD’s commitment in the fight against AIDS through promoting the activities of an AIDS screening center in this South Kivu city located about sixty kilometers from Bukavu.
However, the events taking place in the Great Lakes region have forced AAD and SOS-Sida to cancel the concert in Kamanyola. On November 20th, members of the M23 rebel group took control of Goma, the capital of North Kivu, and, as of this week, were prepared to continue all the way to Bukavu if the Congolese government refused to open negotiations. The presence of M23 rebels has generated much instability in the region. In these conditions, it is not appropriate for SOS-Sida and the members of Black’s Power to organize such an event.
AAD reaffirms its support for the population of both Kivus, the first victims of this conflict, and wishes a rapid return to relative peace and security.