Archive | agosto, 2013

Breaking news: The Central Africa closer to 3th Pan African war

31 Ago

The Rwandan armed forces have entered at Congolese border with major means of support for a total war. The Congolese armed forces declare victory on M23 that it is not defeated but has withdrawn its troops just 5 km from Goma. Substantial losses from both sides. Air strikes on the area of ​​Goma were heavy with high civilian casualties. Tanzania is called to war, but the president try the diplomatic route knowing full well that his army is not up to a war. The 3th Pan African war is getting closer. All this is happening because the USA gave their ok
(Source: Fulvio Beltrami, Journalist from Kampala, Uganda)

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Breaking news: Il Centro Africa sempre più vicino alla terza guerra pan-africana

31 Ago

Le forze armate ruandesi sono entrate sul confine congolese con grandi mezzi di supporto per una guerra totale. Le forze armate congolesi dichiarano vittoria su M23 che invece non è sconfitto ma ha solo ritirato le truppe di 5 km da Goma. Ingenti le perdite da tutte e due le parti. I bombardamenti aerei sulla zona di Goma sono stati pesanti con alte perdite di civili. La Tanzania è chiamata alla guerra, ma il presidente tenta la via diplomatica sapendo bene che il suo esercito non è all’altezza di una guerra. La 3th guerra pan africana è sempre più vicina. Tutto questo accade perchè gli USA hanno dato il loro ok.
(Fonte: Fulvio Beltrami, Giornalista da Kampala, Uganda)

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A reality show far worse than “Mission” !

29 Ago

There are things that happen and that even large NGOs hide and probably impose silence on news media but then luckily there are journalists who love their work and have the courage to report the loss and even after some time, we come to knowledge of a serious matter like this.

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Mean time  Italian humanitarian workers and public opinion are engaged in a very hot debate on thetelevision series Mission promoted by Italian Public TV: RAI, UNHCR Italy and the NGOIntersos, defined byEugenioMelandriHumanitarian Pornography,” a reality showmuch worseithasconsumed on 4th  August 2013at therefugee camp of Mole, 35 km from the town ofZongo, Equateur province, Congo.

This time the protagonistsare notPaolaBaraleandEmmanueleFilippoDi Savoiawhoshota week beforethe second episodeof Missionat therefugee camp of  Duruma (DRC) thanks to theagencyDinamoSrl(tengaged by  RAI to filmMission)  logistical assistance ofIntersosunder the supervisionof two representatives fromUNHCRItalyusingshortcutsbureaucraticwidelyillustrated by somenews websitesincludingAfrican Voices.

At their placethere arelesser-known but more real people: some hundreds ofCentral African refugees, international NGOs, UNHCR andtheCongolese policeofficers.

On the morning ofAugust 4, 2013a few hundredCentral African refugees leaving in Mole camp, have launcheda protest against thequality and quantityof food servedby theNGOspartnerof the High Commissionerfor RefugeesUNHCR.

According to refugees, UNHCR and international NGOs have imposed on them a diet that does not match their eating habits. In addition, the rations are deemed insufficient.

At their placethere arelesser-known but more real people: some hundreds ofCentral African refugees, international NGOs, UNHCR andtheCongolese policeofficers.


On the morning ofAugust 4, 2013a few hundredCentral African refugees leaving in Mole camp, have launcheda protest against thequality and quantityof food servedby theNGOspartnerof the High Commissionerfor RefugeesUNHCR.

According to refugees, UNHCR and international NGOs have imposed on them a diet that does not match their eating habits. In addition, the rations are deemed insufficient.


The protest committee has asked UNHCR to vary the food introducing rice and tomato paste. They also requested to receive a sum of money equivalent  to five US dollars daily per person to buy foodstuffs that are not provided in the distribution such as: spicy condiments denominated in Swahili “pili pili”, powdered milk for children, tea and instant coffee.

 The unwilling shows by the NGOs to listen the refugees grievances and to verify the possibilityto varythediet, has made the protesters more hungry and a dozen of tends have been burned. Only the interventionof the Congolese policehas managed tocalm the situation.

The protestand denialof humanitarian workersto listen to therefugees, are factors thatshows a strong discomfortand conflict. This constitutesa seriousaccidentto think about.Concerns about themanagement of therefugee campMoleincreasedwhen theCongolese policein the following days haveinterviewedsixteenCentral African refugeesidentified asthe promoters of theprotest.The leaders of the protest, according to our sourcesofinformation, have been victims of serious intimidationsaimedto preventing furtherprotests and force them to anunconditionalacceptanceof humanitarian assistance.There is noevidence to showthat the initiativeof the Congolese policehas been requestedby the NGOs in charge of the management ofthe refugee campasthereare no reports ofan official protestbyUNHCRagainst the policeintimidationdirected attheCongoleserefugees.

The protestcampMoleis notan isolated case.InJune 2013, around 1,600 families ofCentral African refugees regrouped  at the locationsofBaye, NduandNzere(500 kilometersfrom Kisangani, Oriental Province, Congo)have refused tomove into thecamp set upbyUNHCRin the territory ofAngo. Thereasons fortheir rejection are linked with serious doubts abouttheir safety.In the areachosen forthe camp in the latest months has beenrecordedthe presence ofLRA Ugandan rebels, of banditscalled “Ouda” andpoachers.
Thousands ofCentral Africanshave fled toCongoin 2012due to thefall of the regimeof FrançoisBozizéandthe coming to powerof the rebellionSéléka.

Doubts about a properrefugees assistance  fromthe Congolese authoritiesandUNHCRare not limitedtothose from theCentral African Republic. During the celebrationof refugee day(20June 2013)variouscomplaints have been raised fromrefugeesin the Congoabout thedeplorable conditionsand precariouslifein the camps.

Worstseems to be thefate of the Congolese IDPs. More than sixtythousandCongolesewho livein the areaofKamango, in the district ofBeni,North Kivu, afterfleeingthe fightingin mid-Julybetweenregular Congolese armyandUgandan rebelsof theADFare not receivinganyhumanitarian assistanceand are forced tolive in the forest, according to the complaintmade​​to RadioOkapiby the Member of ParlamentAlbertBaliesimaKadukima: The humanitarian situation isprecarious.Part of the populationof the town ofWatalingaand the city ofKamangoisheld hostage byrebels of theADF, “says the MP urging Government and donorsto givetoKamangothe sameattention given toGoma.

The news fromthe Democratic Republic ofCongodo not seem tofind muchinformation spacespmthe Western mediadespitethat highlightthe limitsachievedin the managementof humanitarian crises, source of a colossalbusinessof billions ofdollars par yearthathas led manyinternational NGOsto abandon theircommitment todevelopment projectsto jump on the profitablebandwagonemergency.

The currentcrisis managementis increasingconflict betweenbeneficiaries, NGOs andUN agenciesand the oppositionof large sectorsof African society, not least by the Directorof the Chamberof CommerceUganda: MikeNsereko.

Donor aid comes with strings attached and much of it ends up going back to the donating countries through payment of salaries for expatriates and procuring of essential inputs form the donating countries, leaving little benefits for the receipt country. Much of the aid assistance is direct to interventions that may not fall in to the country’s priorities, but rather the priorities of donating contries. Most important , aid dependency erodes national independency and sovereignty through unnecessary interference in the running of the receiving countries ” said Nserekoin an editorialappearedin the business sectionof theUgandannewspaperNew VisionofAugust 22titled:  We can do withouthumanitarian aid.”

In this situationwe should notwonder atthe riseof extreme forms ofmarketingaimed at increasingprivate andpublic donations, transforming the refugeeinto a marketable productsuch is a case of Italian Reality TVMission, regardless of no longercredibledefense arguments of its promoters.

Yetaway from the spotlightandwithout the interventionof VIP like AlBano,De RossiandDi Savoia, african Ngos are developinginitiatives  to disruptthe inhumanlogicof the refugee campsthat have becomemodernlager.

The last initiativein chronological ordercomes from theCongoleseNGOLubumbashiMJDD(Mouvement desjuenespour laDignitéet leDéveloppementYouth Movementfor Dignityand Development). TheNGO, funded also byUNHCR, is focusinghis assistance on theintegrationof refugeesin the cities ofKatanga.According to its presidentFellyMbenga, therealsolutionto the refugee problemisto solvethe conflictsthat generateemergencies.In the immediate future, waiting for the international communityand African countriesaccruea sense ofmutualcoexistence andcollective interest, Mbengafocuses on theintegration of refugeesinto the social and economic local reality, theonly solutionto ensurecoexistencebetween immigrants andthe local population.

The refugees live in inhuman conditionsandare transformedinto larvaedue to theeternal refugees situation.This is theproblem.We need to promotetheir active integration. At the marketthere arerefugeesZambians, Angolans,RCA refugees.At the marketevery one of us is Congolese“.

FellyMbengaoffers a valuableexampleof anotherway to promotehumanitarian aiddirected nottowards themad pursuitof fundsbutto the man, placing the refugeein the middleof the action andnoton the edge. It is up toNGOs, alsoItalians, to understandthis messageand implementa major transformationof their workto prevent the erosionof theircredibilityand thereforethe risk ofextinction

 

Fulvio Beltrami
Kampala, Uganda

R.D. Congo: Eccidio della MONUSCO. Cosa é veramente successo a Goma?

26 Ago

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La notizia dell’eccidio perpetuato dai caschi blu a Goma, est del Congo sta lentamente trapelando. Uno tra i primi media e’ stato Yahoo News. Si nota con indignazione lo sforzo delle Nazioni Unite di nascondere la notizia o di minimizzarla. Sul prestigioso sito di Radio Okapi (radio congolese finanziata dalla MONUSCO) la notizia non e’ ancora comparsa in un evidente clima di censura.

Martin Kobler, capo della missione MONUSCO in un breve comunicato stampa rilasciato domenica si rammarica dell’uccisione dei civili assicurando che e’ stata aperta un’inchiesta dove partecipera’ la polizia congolese.

Secondo nostre fonti all’interno dell’esercito congolese, in un primo momento la MONUSCO avrebbe tentato di far ricadere la colpa sulla polizia congolese. Tattica abbandonata dinnanzi al rifiuto da parte del Governo di Kinshasa di addossarsi la colpa dell’eccidio. Fallito il tentativo il contingente di pace ONU in Congo ora incolpa due soldati del Uruguay che avrebbero perso il controllo e sparato sulla popolazione per proteggersi. Al contrario vari soldati del contingente Urugayano e di quello Indiano hanno aperto il fuoco con armi automatiche sui manifestanti, secondo i testimoni oculari. Anche il bilancio ufficiale e’ teso al ribasso: dai 6 morti e oltre 25 feriti si passa ora a 2 morti e 4 feriti.

L’unico comunicato ufficiale proviene dal Presidente del Uruguay Jose Mujiica. In una intervista alla radio di Stato il Presidente difende l’operato dei suoi soldati in Congo affermando che hanno agito per proteggersi in piena regola con i protocolli previsti dalle Nazioni Unite. Mujica accusa di passivitá la polizia congolese, unica responsabile, secondo lui, della disgrazia.

Contrariamente a questa assurda accusa varie testimonianze pervenuteci danno un’altra versione dei fatti. La polizia congolese avrebbe svolto un ruolo attivo nel calmare i manifestanti e sarebbe intervenuta per evitare almeno dieci tentativi di linciaggi contro cittadini congolesi di origine Tutsi. Senza l’intevento della polizia le vittime, giá cosparse di benzina, sarebbero state date alle fiamme. Diversi negozi e attivitá commerciali appartenenti a congolesi Banyarwanda o a Rwandesi sarebbero stati parzialmente danneggiati. 

Secondo testimonianze di cittadini congolesi non di origine tutsi, la rabbia della popolazione diretta contro la MONUSCO e le Agenzie ONU avrebbe immediatamente preso un’indirizzo etnico e vi sarebbero stati veri e propri tentativi di pulizia etnica da parte dei manifestanti. Dall’inizio degli incidenti i cittadini congolesi tutsi e i ruandesi hanno abbandonato Goma o evitano i luoghi pubblici.

I tiri di artigleria sul quartiere di Ndosho sarebbero provenuti non dalle postazione della ribellione M23 ma dal Rwanda. L’esercito ruandese avrebbe usato l’artiglieria come risposta a precedenti bombardamenti di villaggi ruandesi attuati dall’esercito congolese.

I bombardamenti dell’esercito congolese sul Rwanda sarebbero inziati giovedì scorso. La FARDC avrebbe lanciato due missili colpendo il mercato del villaggio di Bugu nel Distretto di Rubavu, secondo le informazioni rilasciate dal portaparola dell’esercito ruandese il Brigadiere Generale Joseph Nzabanwita. Altri  missili sarebbero stati lanciati nei successivi giorni su altri villaggi del Distretto di Rubavu.

Sul fronte l’offensiva attuata dalla MONUSCO, FARDC e le milizie genocidarie ruandesi FDLR, sembra essersi fermata sulla ligna di fronte a Kibati, a circa 20 km da Goma. Il Colonello congolese Olivier Hamuli spiega che non si tratterebbe di un cessate il fuoco ma di una tattica militare. Secondo fonti indipendenti la ribellione del M23 sarebbe riuscita a respingere l’offensiva nonostante la copertura aerea offerta dal Sud Africa e l’ingaggio del battagliane Tanzaniano. L’esercito congolese e la MONUSCO sarebbe stata costretta ad attestarsi a posizione difensive e si teme la possibilitá di una contro offensiva ribelle su Goma.

Domenica 25 agosto l’esercito congolese, che aveva invaso l’Uganda penetrando per 4 km nell distretto  di Zombo, si é ritirato attestandosi in territorio DRC rispettando l’ultimatum di 48 ore dato da Kampala. Secondo fonti provenienti dalla societá civile e confermate da testimoni indipendenti, l’esercito ugandese (UPDF) a sua volta avrebbe oltreppassato la frontiera congolese verso le 18 (ora locale) della stessa domenica. Una compagnia di 300 soldati ugandesi e  due carri armati hanno invaso il Congo passando presso la localitá di Sisi, nel territorio di Mahagi, Provincia Orientale senza trovare resistenza da parte dell’esercito congolese.  La compagnia del UPDF si sarebbe attestata oltre la frontiera congolese in attesa di ordini dallo Stato Maggiore.

Contattato da Radio Okapi, il Ministro dell’Interno congolese Richard Muyej Manges a riconosciuto la gravitá del problema riservandosi di commentare sui contatti diplomatici in corso tra i due Paesi. Da parte Ugandese nessun commento é stato rilasciato dal Governo e nessuna notizia in merito dai media nazionali.

Secondo esperti militari regionali l’invazione dell’esercito ugandese dovrebbe essere una prova di forza intimidatoria e non vi dovrebbero esserci al momento rischi di un conflitto tra i due paesi.

Nel Sud Kivu sabato 24 agosto si sono registrati  violenti scontri tra la FARDC e una coalizione di gruppi armati comandata da ribelle Yakutumba, presso l’altopiano di Rurambwe in prossimitá della cittadina di Mboko.

L’inzio delle ostilitá sarebbe stato effettuato dalla coalizione ribelle con l’attacco delle postazioni tenute dall’esercito regolare conquistandole e infliggendo pesanti perdite alla FARDC. Il Comandante del 1004simo reggimento FARDC, il Colonello Anaphos Baburwa ha assicurato che l’esercito é riuscito a respingere gli aggressori e a recuperare le posizioni perdute.  Secondo fonti ufficiali la coalizione sarebbe composta dai miliziani di Yakutumba, dal gruppo Mai Mai Bwasakala e da un gruppo di ribelli burundesi del Fronte Nazionale di Liberazione (FNL).

I combattimenti aprono il sesto fronte all’est del Congo, costringendo l’esercito regolare a dispendere i suoi effettivi e distorgliere uomini e mezzi destinati a fronteggiare il M23, impegnandoli contro diversi gruppi armati. L’ipotesi che dietro alla creazione di questi nuovi fronti vi siano Ruanda e Uganda sta acquistando di credibilitá.

di Fulvio Beltrami
Kampala, Uganda

The Dream to be Self-reliant and Free in Malawi!

24 Ago

 

ImmagineEarthship Biotecture and Non-profit, Empower Malawi, will build a sustainable community center for the people of Malawi. Inspired by nature, Michael Reynolds’ Flower-Petal Design evolved from Earthship’s disaster relief project in Haiti, and was implemented at Earthship’s first project in Africa, Goderich Waldorf School, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The project, Kapita Earthship Community Centre, is to be the first of its kind in the area and will become a sustainable development epicenter for 38 villages and over 5,000 rural people in South East Mzimba district East Mzimba district in Malawi.

The Kapita Earthship Community Centre is to house a secure community bank, a library, a dispensary for medical services and supplies, administration offices, classrooms for teaching children and adults, and a local food bank to develop food security. All of these are necessities that do not exist for the people of Mizimba, Malawi and the surrounding areas.

The Kapita Earthship Community Centre in Mzimba, Malawi will replicate the success of Haiti and Sierra Leone. Earthship will employ sustainable technologies such as rainwater catchment and filtration, solar energy, waste water management, thermal cooling and greenhouse technologies. Earthship Biotecture and Empower Malawi will work together side-by-side with 50 volunteers and the local people of Mzimba, Malawi to build two of the six rooms of the Community Centre in order to train the people of Mzimba to finish the remaining rooms and to impart the people of Mzimba with the knowledge and sustainable practices in order to guarantee success for their future.

The most important aspect of this project is that we will not be building the entire community center for Malawi, but only building 2 of an 8 room community center in order to educate the people of Malawi on how to be self-reliant and sustainable.

We are currently raising funds on our indiegogo site for the project by donation and only have 25 days to raise 13,000USD for the cost of materials.

http://igg.me/at/SupportthedreamtobefreeinMalawi/x/1698186

Recently, Eco-Archtecture and Design website, Inhabitat, did a piece on our campaign and our project in Malawi:
http://inhabitat.com/earthship-biotecture-seeks-funding-for-sustainable-earth-and-garbage-community-center-in-malawi/

Additionally, we are having an art contest our ‘Support the Dream to be Free in Malawi’ fan page to inspire people to make art and to help spread awareness on Malawi.

https://www.facebook.com/SupportthedreamtobefreeinMalawi

We are looking to get more press for this project to not only help with the fundraising efforts but to raise awareness on the situation in Malawi.

Will you donate to our cause?
http://igg.me/at/SupportthedreamtobefreeinMalawi/x/1698186

Will you share our story?
http://igg.me/at/SupportthedreamtobefreeinMalawi/x/1698186

Thank you for your time.

Justin Lee Henson
Earthship Biotecture
facebook.com/justin.lee.henson

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#African woman beautiful almost as Mona Lisa

22 Ago

#African woman beautiful almost as Mona Lisa

(Photo by Sergio Pan)

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Love is Love

21 Ago

Love is Love

Egypt, curfew’s life

19 Ago

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The curfew as ever these days is felt.
Nearly 12 hours of total block of the city ‘. Shops closed or closing from 17, all of running at home in the grip of frenzy.
Today at the carrefour informing to finish grocery shopping within 16 to 17 because it would close, the products on sale were clearly lower than in the usual and long queues at the cash.
For a country that lives by night, the 19 are the beginning of the day.
With this scorching heat, you could not see the time he got to go out and enjoy the sunset and instead now all at home.
We gave more hours, postpone a curfew from 22 for example, or 21. The 19 is just too much, too soon.
Many people do not work momentarily and sales are down considerably and prices skyrocketed.
01 kg potatoes arrived at 6 lire per kg, the detergent for the washing machine I found it increased by almost 10 lire in less than a week.
The curfew is suffocating Cairo.

of Baraem
Cairo, Egypt

Egitto, vita da coprifuoco

19 Ago
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Il Coprifuoco mai come in questi giorni si fa sentire.
Quasi 12 ore di blocco totale della citta’. Negozi chiusi o in chiusura dalle 17, tutti che corrono a casa in preda a frenesia.
Oggi al carrefour ci informavano di finire di fare la spesa entro le 16 perche’ alle 17 avrebbero chiuso, i prodotti in vendita erano nettamente diminuiti rispetto al solito e alle casse file lunghissime.
Per un Paese che vive di notte, le 19 sono l’inizio della giornata.
Con questo caldo asfissiante, non si vedeva l’ora che arrivasse il tramonto per uscire e divertirsi ed invece ora tutti a casa.
Ci dessero maggiori ore, spostassero il coprifuoco dalle 22 ad esempio, o le 21. Le 19 e’ davvero troppo, troppo presto.
Molta gente non lavora momentaneamente e le vendite si sono abbassate notevolmente ed i prezzi schizzati alle stelle.
01 kg di patate e’ arrivato a 6 lire al kg, il detersivo per la lavatrice l’ho trovato aumentato di quasi 10 lire in meno di una settimana.
Il coprifuoco sta soffocando il Cairo.

di Baraem
Il Cairo, Egitto

Mission, reveals what you’re hiding!

19 Ago

The debate on “Mission“, the humanitarian reality show  is marking the historical record of the denial of the evidence made ​​by the Italian state TV RAI and by Intersos. The first should have a mandate to represent the best values ​​of national culture like any other European state TV do, the second the values ​​of solidarity involved in the commitment international humanitarian.

Both of these organizations seem obsessed to hide the recordings made of the episode 0 in South Sudan, in Yambio, Western Equatoria State in 2012 and made ​​the first episode of Mission in the DRC (Congo) to Duruma in July 2013.

In the episode 0  was attended Michele Cucuzza and Barbara De Rossi and was characterized by the fake scoop ebola (news later found to be false) that the two VIP (one journalist) spread in a series of articles on some gossip Italian media including GrandHotel with titles that damaged the image of the continent widely and dignity of Africans, “How Fear in Africa“, “We risked our lives in Africa.”

In the first episode was attended Paola Barale and Emmanuele Filiberto Di Savoia. The recordings, made ​​in July, were only possible thanks to a general authorization film obtained by Intersis by a official district of the Art and Culture Office of the city of Bunia, Eastern Congo, ready speeding up processing avoiding the accreditation request journalistic with the Ministry of Media and Communication. Ministry of Culture_authorization for filming_09 07 2013

The Congolese law provides for the issuance of the permit only after detailed information about the contents and use of filming. It also provides for the monitoring of shooting by government experts in order to ensure the absence of content that could damage the image of the country and its citizens.

Many are the denials to the negations of these two organizational bodies. The most sensational coming exactly by Intersos and is clear and evident. in the famous circular sent by the Head of Communications and Marketing Cesare Fermi to all operators of the NGO which prohibits any public comment on Mission. In the circular Fermi says that Intersos is in possession of the episode 0, offering the possibility of NGO aid workers to see at the headquarters in Rome. email fermiTvBlog on August 9, informs that the heads of UNHCR had already viewed the number 0 of Mission a year ago, finding it to their liking and requiring the partners (RAI and Intersos) to start with the creation of the series, which was initially braking because Rai1 has encountered difficulty of insertion into his schedule. After the request of the organizers UNHCR has started to put into production Mission of which the logistics in the two far African countries was entrusted to pensioner and man of confidence Intersos: Mauro Celladin.

Paola Barale also confirms the existence of the episode 0 recorded in South Sudan in 2012, stating that it was after seeing that he was convinced to go to Congo to “help, as far as possible, cooperating with UNHCR and Intersos that on the site carry out every day activities to assist people really need.”

According to our sources Intersis would also ignored the request made in 2012 by the Government of South Sudan to view the 0 episode recorded to Yambio, Western Equatoria. This news is the subject of our in-depth verification placed inside a journalistic investigation in progress to understand the real causes that propelled Government of the youngest African nation in July 2013 to refuse entry to the film crew of the Dinamo Italia Srl and the two VIP, Barale and Di Savoia, direct in Congo.

A question arises. What is the real motive which prompts RAI and Intersis to deny the registration of two episodes of Mission, carried out almost in secret and without effective monitoring of the two African countries, preventing their vision later to the RAI Vigilance Commission?

The reason could possibly hide behind misgivings by the promoters themselves on the validity of the didactic force transmission to avoid the risk of a questioning of the airing of the program after careful checks, resulting in loss of costs already incurred, amounting to 600,000 € as stated from the website Dagospia? The deletion of Mission from the schedule RAI would negate the prospects of advertising revenue for the State TV and the possibility to attract large donations to Intersis. Would remain only the bill for the construction of two episodes on African soil.

The possibility of a cancellation of the broadcast schedule of the next autumn could be concretized only if Mission will be deemed by the experts unfit to represent the delicate context of the drama of the refugees.

Another reason could be inside in a possible defense of interests and armchair of people within the two institutions fear of being pushed too far in defense of a transmission that could meet a negative rating seriously compromising their positions.

Not being able to see the broadcast feeds also little doubt that the communication agency Dinamo Italia Srl, since the episode 0, Mission may be set on the model of Big Brother, focusing on the personal experiences of the transmission VIP for a few days “sharing” life with refugees and displaced persons. In the transmission there could be the classic testimonials style of Big Brother, VIP on their unique humanitarian experience maybe at the end of each day they shared with refugees.

To dispel any doubts, perplexities and conjectures born until now around this transmission enveloped in a pall of mystery and contradictory claims, it would be appropriate for RAI and Intersos allow viewing of the episode 0 and the first episode filmed recently in the Congo.

The vision of records by a group of experts could confirm what has been stated several times by the promoters that the transmission is not a raunchy reality show but an effective communication experiment that allows you to know the reality of refugees to the Italian public, in full respect for the dignity of the refugees themselves, despite the presence of many Italian VIPs, many of which are debatable and out of fashion.

Addition to Vigilance Commission RAI would be very desirable that the two episodes of Mission are viewed by a committee chosen by the Italian NGO which, we believe, have the right to ensure that the transmission is truly suitable, not only to safeguard the reputation humanitarian conquered by Intersos in twenty years of activities but the reputation of all the NGOs working in the same sector.

In this regard, African Voices in the short time will send to the founder of Intersos Antonino Sergi, an open letter with the request to offer to the Italian NGOs the opportunity to evaluate the contents of Mission allowing them the vision of two episodes already completed.

Carlo Cattaneo
Rome, Italy.