been dispossessed, beaten, mutilated; the people whom
the conquerors treated as inferiors, in whose faces
they spat. A people of kitchen boys, house boys,
laundry boys, in short, a people of boys, of yes-bwanas,
and anyone who wanted to prove that a man is not
necessarily a man could take us as an example.
Comrades, everything remains to be done, or done over,
But we shall do it, we will do it over. For Kongo.
We shall remake the laws, one by one, for Kongo.
We shall revise all the customs, one by one, for Kongo.
Uprooting injustice, we will rebuild the old edifice
piece by piece, from cellar to the attic, for Kongo.
That which is bowed shall be raised, and that which is
raised shall be raised higher—for Kongo!
I demand the union of all.
I will be with the Kivu drover
I will be on the mountain, I will be in the ravine—