What we think
In-depth journalism is crucial to ensuring human rights. It is an important tool to ensure access to information of public interest and a transforming element of reality.
Forner and Ortiz believe in the role of independent journalism for public debate, to transform reality and keep on track the goals of sustainable development preached by the UN by 2030.
We have realized that there is a need for innovative and creative approaches in journalism to report on issues of trauma and conflict, but also on concepts of resistance and cultural and ancestral heritages in a historical perspective with the notion of individuals as subjects and agents acting on their own cultural background according to their own human interests.
Responsible information plays an important role in dissolving tensions, reducing conflict, and contributing to the healing process of traumatic situations.
Independent and responsible journalism can act as a unifying element in a society often polarized for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflicts, besides having a fundamental role in giving visibility to positive actions and initiatives that are being carried out in communities. Human stories promoting change deserve to be told.
Who we are
Flavio Forner and Fabíola Ortiz are professionals who dedicate to cover social and human rights issues.
In May and June, 2017, we were in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to document the stories of children who were members of armed groups and vulnerable children in North Kivu.
We visited the Heal Africa hospital that takes care of women and girls who are surviving violence and we also visited shelters that offer hospitality to recently-demobilized boys from armed rebel groups.
The multimedia project Capoeira in Congo gathered stories, short videos, and a photo gallery about the Capoeira experience as a tool to promote dialogue and a culture of peace in the eastern Congo.
We have heard the story of countless people who have found in Capoeira a way to change their lives.
Capoeira is one of the ancestral elements that is connecting Brazil and Africa. We want to tell all of this in this site.
Nexo Soluções Linguísticas (English), Fabíola Ortiz and Mauricio Lizama (Spanish), Mauricio Lizama (French).
The team had the contribution of
Rodriguez Katsuva as a local fixer and Lingala, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, and French translator.
Thales Camargo as a social media volunteer and video editor.
This project was only possible with the support of countless partners, friends, and people who worked intensely with us.
We have obtained financial support from the Erasmus Mundus Journalism Consortium and the Reporting Right Livelihood 2017 Journalism Program.
We thank Canon Brasil for the partnership.
We are grateful for the institutional support of the Brazilian Embassy in Kinshasa, the Gingando Pela Paz project, the Institute of Research and Afro-Brazilian Studies (Ipeafro), and the Brazilian Institute of Capoeira and Education (IBCE), in the person of Master Omni Ferradura.
We show our gratitude to the friends of our project who helped us publicize our work: Capoeira for Refugees, Ecopress of the School of Communication of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), MigraMundo website, the Centre des Jeunes pour la Paix Grands Lacs, and Argentinian website Noticias Positivas.
A special and affectionate thanks to the friends and individuals who supported us, assisted us, accompanied us, and provided insights at all times: Master Saudade, Marion Arnaud, Paulo Uchôa, André Rodrigues, Marie Diop, Djaounsede Mandjiangar, Mauricio Lizama, Thales Camargo, Rodriguez Katsuva, Elisângela Roxo, Ney Zanella, Franklin, Carla Melki, Andres Batista, Daniel Di Bono, Colonel García, professors from the Department of Brazilian Studies at the University of Aarhus (Denmark), and many others we met along the way.
We are truly grateful for Kambale Musavuli from Friends of the Congo, who exhibited our photographic material at exhibitions in New York and Washington D.C.
We will never forget the people who made individual donations to our project, for our crowdfunding campaign: Antonio Lucio Travaglia, Celio Alves, Carlos Tudera, Fernando Kalil, Georg Fischer, Isabela Almeida, Jaime Fajardo, João Rodart, Jose Miguel Diaz Miranda, Marius Stankiewicz, Nilo de Almeida, Omri Breda, Pilar Lizama, and Renata Bassani.