DIAMONDS OF KAMITUGA: THE PLOT THICKENS…

Tuesday 24 July 2012
Noé, student interviewed in the street © 3Tamis
Noé, student interviewed in the street © 3Tamis
Sanghanee, student at l'Institut Odari de Bukavu... © 3Tamis
Sanghanee, student at l'Institut Odari de Bukavu... © 3Tamis
Sadik Bi Gongo, student at l'institu Odari de Bukavu... © 3Tamis
Sadik Bi Gongo, student at l'institu Odari de Bukavu... © 3Tamis
Mayele, from adventure to adventure... © AAD
Mayele, from adventure to adventure... © AAD

It has now been several months since the free distribution of 100,000 copies of The Diamonds of Kamituga first began and now more than 60,000 comics have been placed in the eager hands of readers in Bukavu and the surrounding region. Members of local association SOS-Sida, in charge of the comic’s distribution, have been touring the city’s schools giving out copies and, while the comic is still being distributed, some young readers have already shared their first impressions.

 

Several students, captivated by the plot and won over by the pleasure of reading, have nonetheless expressed certain reserves concerning the behavior of Mayele, this father and husband who goes to work in the mines of Kamituga in order to meet his family’s needs. Amdale, Sadik di Gongo and Rita Sangha, students in the 5th and 6th grades, sharply condemn some of Mayele’s choices. While his determination to feed his family by any means necessary was seen as admirable, students rebuked Mayele’s lack of fidelity to his wife. All very concerned with HIV-related issues, students suggested different courses of conduct, which differed from each other (some even pledging themselves to abstinence) yet universally agreed on the caution that one must observe in sexual relationships. This said, though, one major question constantly reappeared in interviews: ‘So where did Mayele hide these priceless diamonds?’

 

Rumors have been running through the hallways of African Artists for Development that a second volume could be in the works, chronicling the pursuit of these famous diamonds while at the same time following a process of effective awareness and continuing this 100 % Congolese adventure. Stay tuned…