The 59th Independence Day for the Congo was celebrated at St Paul’s African House on Saturday with a focus on informing children and youth about their culture and teaching them how to turn their cultural setbacks into strengths.
‘‘Its different from war, it’s different from peace, independence means you choose to depend on yourself, choose to fight for what’s right, choose to protect the dignity of humanity and you choose to stand for justice and that’s what independence is,’’President of the Goulburn Valley Congolese Community, Jean-Michel Batakane said.
You can read more about the day here at the Shepparton News https://www.sheppnews.com.au/@news/2019/07/05/668423/the-congolese-community-will-unite-this-weekend-and-celebrate
For those outside the Congolese community it was a chance to join friends and learn more about the culture. One person said to me, “I feel like I have travelled to the Congo today”.