Amid Strife, Congo's Musicians Fight to Play

Organizers of a music festival in eastern DRC struggle to keep their dreams of performing alive.

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The organizers of the festival insist that Amani will still happen, that they still have the support and resources to realize their vision. Whether they are right, their persistence in pursuit of creating positivity -- amid the legacy of conflict and against the images of despair -- is a success in itself.

Rebecca Rattner is a freelance writer and independent consultant based in East Africa whose work focuses on human rights and governance issues in the region.

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