My name is Lunda Lalondi Vincente, and I am a congolese man in a refugee camp in Zimbabwe. I fled the violence that killed my entire family in Congo. As an artist I work collaboratively with Lony kiza, my fellow refugee to produce powerful drawings on the topic of environmental protection. The drawings, essays, and poems lays out my voice of pleading to be heard.
My artworks connects the destruction of my home, the annihilation of my family, my own hair’s-breath escape from being shot, the deforestation that robs the gorillas of our habitat- all that has impacted my life. My message to society is the basic needs of every person on earth should be met: Clean water, food, fuel to cook food with. I am urging others to stop, to look carefully at nature’s abundance, to care for the earth, our mother.