04-07 March 2014 - Impfondo, Republic of the Congo
In 2014, I had the opportunity to go to the Festival International des Peuples Autochtones d’Afrique Centrale / International Festival of Autochthone People from Central Africa (FIPAC), in Impfondo, the northern part of the Congo Brazzaville.
The government of the Republic of the Congo treats the respect of autochthon people as a showcase its commitment in favor of human rights. Since the 2011’s law related to the promotion and the protection of the rights of autochthon people, the progresses expected are still invisible. In fact, only the interdiction of the word “pygmies” replaced by “autochthon” is really perceptible.
The FIPAC looks more or less like and fair trade where the “autochthons” are the main attractions, instrumentalized by the political party in power with the aim of political propaganda, where the civil society is coming from Brazzaville to enrich themselves with per-diems while autochthons, invited from the surrounding regions, sleep on the floor; hostels are reserved to the Bantou.