Being the vain person I am, I somtimes google the documentary to see if it’s still fresh in people’s minds. Nothing wrong with this, after all it’s not like I have a PR agent or anything, I like to see the feedback from the audience and engage with them.
So trawling through the search results last week, I saw that it would be airing in Australia today (in fact, it just finished airing on ABC1 there and will be available on iview shortly). After the initial excitement of appearing on Australian TV (and thus becoming one step closer to my goal of being the first black person on Neighbours), I was immensely proud that the documentary had been picked up by BBC Worldwide for international airing.
Reading some of the live-tweets as the documentary aired in Oz-land, the thing that touched me the most was not just the reaction of the viewers, but the fact that they were aware of the fact that the Congo just isn’t reported on enough, and were genuinely pleased that the documentary had been shown.
Even as I write this hastily planned blog, I have tears in my eyes because I know that the world over, people are crying and are angry and care, and that’s all I can ask for.
When I think that it’s almost a year now since I flew out there not knowing what to expect, I’m proud of how far I’ve come since I was that slightly naive 23 year old who went out to Congo a girl anxious to see her parents again and came back awakened with a purpose.
I’ve had so many people email me or tweet me to say that my documentary touched them or enocuraged them to take action and get involved and it’s exactly for that reason that I know the tears and sleepless nights were all worth it because I’m doing what all those amazing incredible people wanted me to do: I’m sharing their stories and letting the world know that they are suffering and in return, they know that they’re not alone and that someone cares.
So if you stumbled across my rather badly maintained blog after the Four Corners documentary. Thank you for watching, and please tell everyone you know to watch and to take action. It will mean everything to all those incredible women whose faces you were introduced to tonight.