Thursday, March 23, 2017


Our Future, our Responsibility.

It is well known that many diaspora communities around the world have increased their countries' economies and helped their nations to achieve great development goals.
Many african diaspora communities have been largest source of foreign capital after foreign direct investments in their respective countries.
Diaspora has most contributed to their homeland economies in various ways including but not limited to land purchases, house building and business start-ups. The most popular uses for remittances sent by the African diaspora has been in helping their families and investing in the above sectors.

Can Banyamulenge living in diaspora help push forward progress on development in their homeland? We want to know what you think about the role of diaspora in developping Mulenge.
It is my firm belief that the potential of Banyamulenge living outside their homeland remains largely untapped. While others have been developping their homeland, us have been busy investing our resources in the development of other nations, not our own.

With about 50 thousands Banyamulenge people living outside their homeland, one can safely say that the Banyamulenge diaspora is a vital lifeline for not only their families, but it could also be it for their territory of Minembwe. One thing that is sad particularly in the Banyamulenge case, is that most of the remittances from those living abroad is contributing to bring people from Mulenge to neighboring countries where they can easily afford to live as they also in turn start their own journey to go abroad. Therefore, instead of using their remittances to help their relatives live better in Mulenge or help reduce poverty in their villages, thus increase investments in health, education and housing, the banyamulenge diaspora by in large is becoming another enabling factor for the massive exodus from Mulenge to overseas.

What do you think? Can those of us who have left Mulenge and settled in different countries help drive the development of Mulenge, or we should use our resources to empty Mulenge of its people by setting the goals of bringing our relatives to neighoring countries and encouraging them to go overseas? We all know that we can do almost nothing to make people not leave their villages in Mulenge due to mainly insecurity and other political or economic factors. But it is also true that those who stayed and still live in Mulenge need the support of those who left in order for them to continue living there especially if there are some economic initiatives that are aimed at improving their lives and developping our homeland.

What are your thoughts, and much more what is your contribution in those initiatives? The main question is this, if given the opportunity are you willing to contribute even a small amount of money that can make a big difference if pooled together with hundreds and thousands more contributors like you to make a big difference in Mulenge? Let us know if you are one of those who think that our collective contribution can make a larger impact in the development of Mulenge.

Some analysts of Banyamulenge community have unequivocally agreed that the best way to not only stop a rapidly increasing influx of people leaving Mulenge, but also preparing for their future return is to invest and build Mulenge. Doing so will not only help stabilise Mulenge, but it will also prepare the future return of many members of the diaspora who will not be afraid of returning to a primitive way of living, but to a modern environment with basic infrastructures such as better housing, clean water, electricity, transportation and communication. Therefore, investing in mulenge is the most important thing any Mulenge who loves his/her homeland can do. The question for you reading this article is this: would you be one of those planning to build Mulenge or one of those who think that building Mulenge is a fantasy, not realistic and a waste of time and money? if you are one of those who love Mulenge that much that you are willing and committed to contribute to its development, please contact us by making a comment on this article, and giving your thoughts.

Our Future, our Responsibility.


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