As suited officials were to cut the ribbon to inaugurate a bridge in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country in central Africa, the bridge collapsed causing chaos and outrage on social media.

DRC officials gathered to formally open the footbridge, which was built to help residents cross a river during the wet months because the previous makeshift bridge would frequently break and drown during floods.

A group of DRC officials mounted the narrow bridge during the event. At the end of the bridge, a red ribbon was tied over the rails, and an official from the government was ready to cut it with scissors.

The bridge, however, was unable to support itself on opening day and succumbed to pressure as the officials cut the ribbon, drawing a wave of protests and reaction from the people on social media.

African politicians have a reputation for throwing some of the most bizarre opening ceremonies, which frequently embarrass the country more than anything else, especially when videos go viral on social media.

While both the DRC and Afghanistan are impoverished countries, the former stands out more because, despite economic difficulties, it is less dependent on outside aid than Afghanistan.

The official who cuts the ribbon in the video is a woman, demonstrating that human rights are upheld in the DRC at the same time that they are being violated in Afghanistan, where the Taliban are in power and have enacted stringent policies marginalizing women that are in flagrant breach of the universal human rights.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).