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The Carr-Petrova Duo #50Days4Refugees releases 'Mkimbizi [refugee in Swahili]'

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The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, created and directed by the Carr-Petrova Duo, is a project designed to give voice and visibility, through music and film, to the lives and struggles of both local and international refugee communities, and to encourage audiences and artists alike to become connected and involved. Since August 2018, it has brought free, interactive classical music concerts and workshops to displaced populations while increasing awareness of and raising support for both U.S.-based and international refugee-aid programs. 


From August 12th to October 1st, 2019, The Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project, and the Carr-Petrova Duo are launching #50Days4Refugees - a social media campaign which walks through our past year of travels with the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project from start to finish. We are releasing a single story/image/clip a day in order to give our followers the chance to virtually travel with us, meeting and engaging with the people, places, life-stories, cultures, music, and organizations we encountered along the way. Follow us daily as we share our journey and highlight the activities, strengths, and specific needs of the organizations we partnered with - along with what we learned about ways anyone anywhere can get involved. 


Day 14: "Mkimbizi [refugee in Swahili]"


The Democratic Republic of Congo is notoriously known as the "Rape Capital of the World," where the prevalence and intensity of all forms of sexual violence has been described as the worst on our planet. In the US report on Human Rights Practices, the DRC was reported as a country where security forces and numerous armed groups continue to kill, abduct, torture, and rape civilians, and burn and destroy villages. The security forces and armed groups continue to use mass rape and sexual violence with impunity as weapons of war and to humiliate and punish victims, families, and communities. 


Numerous people are fleeing the country for these many reasons. Nestor shared with us the road they had to take in order to arrive to the US. We will be sharing more about the Congo conflicts in our future posts related to the work of RefuSHE @WeAreRefuSHE - another non-profit we are partnering with who provides incredible help to refugee girls and women fleeing Congo and the surrounding countries into Kenya.