Capoeira Congo

Capoeira Congo

Documenting the Brazilian Capoeira with children in the D.R.C
An immersion in the universe of Capoeira as instrument for promoting peace in conflict areas like North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. The duo formed by the Luso-Brazilian journalist Fabíola Ortiz and the Brazilian photographer-videomaker Flavio Forner shall fly to Goma to document how Capoeira is being implemented among children victims of violence.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art characterized by non-violent movements. It mixes the practice of sports, acrobatics, music and popular culture. It started in Brazil by African slave descendants. It is considered by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

The use of Capoeira in the D.R.C became a powerful tool to help demobilized children and adolescents from armed groups and victims of violence. Former child soldiers of rebel groups and girls victims of violence and forced recruitment receive classes on how to practice this genuinely Brazilian martial art. They also learn how to play instruments and how to sing.

The initiative led by the Governments of Brazil and Canada, UNICEF and AMADE-Mondiale addresses self-confidence and self-esteem within children and their families. The goal is to reduce inequalities and help to heal traumas. In a war-torn country with ethnic roots and embedded with commercial interests, it is crucial to rebuild community ties and restore a culture of peace.

The duo of the journalist and photographer, Fabíola Ortiz and Flavio Forner, is developing an independent reporting project and aims to report on this initiative with Congolese children. They intend to visit the hospital Heal Africa that takes care of women and girls former victims of violence and also visit the CTO CAJED for newly demobilized boys from rebel armed groups in the city of Goma. Those two places are UNICEF's partners.

Ortiz and Forner are media professionals dedicated to the coverage of social and human rights in hostile environments off the mainstream. They strongly believe the role independent journalism plays to promote public debate, encourage change and keep alive the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the agenda.

In-depth journalism is crucial to guarantee human, civil, and political rights. It is an important tool to ensure access to information of public interest.There is a need for groundbreaking and innovative storytelling approaches to report on conflict and trauma.

Information has a powerful role in defusing tension, reducing conflicts, and contributing to the healing process of traumatic events. Independent journalism may act as unifier in a polarized society and has a pivotal role in conflict prevention, management and resolution.

The duo shall gather human stories and display in an online multimedia platform. Ortiz and Forner are interested in learning how the practice of Capoeira can serve as an important tool for social integration and fight against violence in North Kivu.

There is a need for groundbreaking and innovative storytelling approaches to report on conflict and trauma. The use of responsible information has a pivotal role in conflict prevention, management and resolution.

Our independent reporting project aims to go beyond the business as usual traditional news piece. We want to qualify the discussion and engage local actors connecting the dots and being able to promote for an international audience.

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