Through CongoSwim, Colette (Coco) Ramazani, a Congolese woman who intimately knows the horrors of war, launched her first speaking tour since deciding to break the silence with the 2013 publishing of her story Tell This to My Mother by Joseph Mwantuali. She hopes efforts like CongoSwim will help dissolve the ongoing myth that the conflict in eastern Congo is tribal or ethnic and inspire others to deepen their understanding of international relationships to the atrocities. In the below video Coco ceremoniously throws a stone in the deepest part of Lake Tahoe while CongoSwim founder Keris Dahlkamp swam for nearly 14 hours to create a platform for others to give and advocate in solidarity with women and youth working for peace and human dignity.
While Coco’s prayer is Christian, CongoSwim and the beneficiary groups are not religiously affiliated. Participants from all beliefs and traditions are encouraged to be a part of the collective action. To book a speaking engagement with Coco Ramazani call (925) 812-2496 or click HERE.
Check out the below 26 minute documentary which explains the role the US government has had in the region.