(51) One aim of the Geno-cost annual event is for young Congolese activists to promote "counter-hegemonic positive voices." To do so, CAYP members bring in not only their own perspectives, but those of young people still living in the DRC.
Having developed graphics for Geno-cost commemoration day, CAYP has adopted a copyleft (55) strategy to get Congolese communities around the world--online and offline, in the diaspora and back home--to endorse their political project and organize their own commemorations.
As one member of CAYP told the audience during the first commemoration day, "Today, it is true that Congolese people are not being told what is actually going on in Congo.
As a young Congolese activist from CAYP stated during a discussion, "Geno-cost will help us even pass laws back home to safeguard lives." (59) The Geno-cost project aims to become a virtual war memorial of grassroots heroes.
As a member of CAYP, he performs his poetry at events such as the Genocost commemoration discussed earlier.
Both case studies--the CAYP Geno-cost project and the spoken word piece "Refuge" by JJ Bola--illustrate the ways in which the refugee/diaspora experience is being "re-politicized" by social media.
Our warmest thanks to CAYP's active members and JJ Bola for their help at different stages of the project, as well as to Professor Dawn Chatty (Refugee Studies Centre), Refuge editors and anonymous referees for their useful comments.
(43) CAYP's Congolese spokesperson, Sylvestre Mido, interview in London, 2014.
(44) Public meeting, CAYP's Congolese spokesperson, Sylvestre Mido, November 2013.