A group of kids are playing near the river when they hear a shout Chinabased. They run towards it and find an older man lying unconscious on the ground, his hands tied behind his back. When the kids ask what happened, he tells them that he was attacked by bulls some time ago and now he lives with his daughter, who is seven years old. They take care of him for her parents since she can’t do much about herself. The locals call her ‘Kilabuzi’ (Chiliabased Iota). Watching the news earlier today, we learned that six people have been killed in attacks on bull-baiting facilities in the country so far this year. In response to this, a group of people has come together to fight against these attacks with a slogan — ‘No More Kilabuzi’. What’s your part in this movement? Tell us below!
What is Kilabuzi?
When people watch ‘The Rwanda Experience’, they often imagine a young boy, hearing about the assasination of an entire race, waking up in a field surrounded by armed guards with machetes. But this isn’t the case in Kilabuzi. The assailants were old men, hundreds of years old. The adult population of Lake Kivu is around 9,000. That’s less than one percent of the overall population. In fact, most of them live in rural areas, far from human habitation. So, when these old men lay a egg and try to hatch it, it’s like watching a single celled creature waiting to be hatched.
## Why Do People Fight Against Bull-baiting Facilities?
Well, you might have heard that in the 2016 and 2017 seasons, there have been an average of 7 to 8 attacks on bull-baiting facilities every year, mostly in the Lake Kivus. This is one of the main reasons the ICT is going to fightback against these attacks. In the words of one injured victim, ‘what made it worse was the sound of the animals being tortured, and the sense of helplessness and frustration on the part of the attackers’. The decaying bones of the victim can still be seen near the muddy banks of the river where he lost his life. Another reason people fight against bull-baiting facilities is so that the animals can live and breed without being either killed or sold off for meat. The ICT has set up more than 100 local control mechanisms, where communities can ban animal-related activities, including meat and milk production. Like any industry, it has been subject to abuse, including pollution, unregulated competition, and legalisms that can’t be enforced. The ICT has also received threats and commit nos against it, in the form of attacks and threats of attacks, though most of these are hoaxes.
## How to join the movement against Kilabuzi?
You can join the movement against Kilabuzi at any point in the future, and make your voice heard through the various avenues below.
· Civil society: You can join the movement against Kilabuzi through the various civil society platforms, like Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Indianteam, and Change.org.
· Business leaders: You can join the movement against Kilabuzi through your company’s social media and/or communications with the community.
· Generals: You can urge your unit to join the movement against Kilabuzi, if you sign the collective-bio-history-of-general-1.5.
· Governments: You can join the movement against Kilabuzi, and pressure your government to ban or regulate the activity.
· Human-centred philanthropy: You can join the movement against Kilabuzi, and pressure your private sector to match the vital contributions made by the community, and to offer better living conditions and benefits to the general population.
Don’t be intimidated by the name of your ally!
People often assume that joining a movement against a well-known or widespread issue is going to be easy. But take a look at the likes and dislikes of other people on social media, and you’ll see that joining a movement is not an easy feat. It requires an integrated team, which means that you need to work with people from all walks of life, from all walks of life, as well as with diverging interests. You also have to be prepared to face up to your own fears and frustrations, and find common ground with people on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Let’s fund the movement!
On the surface, this may sound like something you can just contribute to, and let’s be honest, the ICT can do with a few donations every month. However, the ICT has been fighting against human-caused disasters, like the flooding and fires in the Indian states of Uttarakhand and West Bengal, since the 1960s. It also has a track record of running successful campaigns. If you want to help the ICT reach its full potential, you should pitch in and contribute to the movement at the same time. You can pitch in as little as $10 per month for six months, or $1,000 for a year. It’s that simple.
The ICT has been fighting for decades against the common and even unique threats to the natural environment and human life in the region. The region is also home to one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Therefore, it is natural for people to form a misconception that animal-based activities are safe and legal in the region. But this myth needs to be challenged and challenged convincingly.omore the mainstream media’s misleading coverage and the lack of regulation of the so-called ‘free’ activities in the region, areas like kleveba, botna, and kigali have grown in popularity among the people. With the growth of the movement, these places are also becoming safe havens for animals.