As a year-in-review sort of thing (which we – and all media – do this week to disguise the fact that we’re trying to not to work much over the holiday), I’m going to highlight some of our top podcasts of 2016. Today, it’s Fred Bauma who is fighting for democracy and rule of law in DR Congo. With the country in a very precarious political place right now, it will be crucial for the international community to support activists like Bauma.
Pressure is mounting on Congolese President Joseph Kabila for exceeding his presidential term and indefinitely postponing elections. Protestors demonstrated after the expiration of the mandate on Monday. Meanwhile Germany announced that it would suspend planned development aid talks, citing the political crisis.
For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with a heroic young man from the Democratic Republic of Congo – Fred Bauma. We don’t use the word heroic at Humanosphere too often. Not that we don’t regularly write about humanitarians who do important and self-sacrificing work aimed at helping those most in need. But the label ‘hero’ seems especially appropriate when applied to Bauma, a soft-spoken 26-year-old who some have dubbed Congo’s Mahatma Gandhi.