The United Nations Volunteers organize a Tshukudu race in Goma (DRC) to celebrate solidarity
"I am very proud to have participated in this race, not just because I won, but because I have also helped, by participating, those in bigger need," said Emmanuel, professional Tshukudiste and winner of the race.
"It feels very good to see Goma in its festive light despite the surrounding conflicts. It is a memorable day today for all of us," says Guillaume, in charge of the Youth House of Goma. "Positive volunteers-based initiatives of this kind are very important to take the youth away from idleness and to encourage them to turn away from armed groups". This is also what the Head Office of MONUSCO in Goma emphasized when he addressed the people of the city: "you have preferred to earn your living by the sweat of your brow rather than to engage in armed groups, you have chosen to invest in a legal and important activity for all 'Gomatraciens'. You made ââthe right choice, the future lies in your hands.''
Driven by the United Nations Volunteers program in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the competition was organized in partnership with MONUSCO, the Association of Volunteers of Congo (ASVOCO) and the Association of Defense and Protection of Workers (ADPP). This event presented a unique opportunity to bring together the inhabitants of Goma and the staff from MONUSCO, UN agencies and NGOs in a collective and cheerful celebration.