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African lives matter

Picture by Amma Fosuah Poku - London protest held on 25/01/15 against Boko Haram in Nigeria.

Picture by Amma Fosuah Poku – London protest held on 25/01/15 against Boko Haram’s atrocities in Nigeria.

Some years ago I remember reading in one edition of The Economist how different countries valued the lives of their citizens. Japan topped the ranking. Africa as a whole was at the bottom of the index that the newspaper had put together.

There is ample evidence of different worths of lives around the world if one looks at how mainstream media report and by so doing influence how they are dealt with anywhere or simply generally perceived. Continue reading

Africa needs thousands of Lumumba

Original caption: 12/2/1960- Leopoldville, Congo- Former Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, (right), his hands tied behind his back and without his glasses, is taken to jail after his arrest and return to Leopoldville. Troops of Colonel Mobutu seized Lumumba at the Port of Francqui. Another prisoner, Joseph Okito, former vice president of the Senate, is on the left. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Original caption: 12/2/1960- Leopoldville, Congo- Former Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, (right), his hands tied behind his back and without his glasses, is taken to jail after his arrest and return to Leopoldville. Troops of Colonel Mobutu seized Lumumba at the Port of Francqui. Another prisoner, Joseph Okito, former vice president of the Senate, is on the left. Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Africa is not poor, but Africa is looted.” Likay Lokongo

Africa is everything else except being a charity case.” Likay Lokongo

Our today’s heroes are defined for us by mainstream media [look at people like Jay-Z, Beyonce and many others as role models for our youth, when more than 6 millions of Congolese die and hundreds of thousands of their women and girls are raped.]” Likay Lokongo

These are some of the quotes from speakers who presented different topics at the occasion of remembering the Congolese national hero Patrice Lumumba on Thursday 18/1/13 at SOAS – London.  Continue reading

Agaciro Development Fund

…it is obviously designed to strengthen the repression against the [Rwandan] population.

Agaciro Development Fund initiative at the occasion of Rwanda Day in Boston on 22/9/12. The Rwandan president introduced the Fund to the Rwandan diaspora living in North America.

As we remember the Fund was incidentally launched on August 23, 2012 by the Rwandan president Paul Kagame following measures taken by major donors against Rwanda for its UN evidence-proven support of the Congolese rebel movement M23.

An initial confusion needs however being alleviated. It would greatly help if the initiator of the Fund could explain to anyone willing to contribute “voluntarily” where Government departments which have pledged millions will get them from, since their source of revenues have drastically reduced with the cutting of aid they were receiving? Continue reading

Some reactions on the cutting of Rwandan aid by donors

Since May of this year, fighting between M23 rebel group and Congolese government forces [FARDC] in the North Kivu province of Eastern Congo, has displaced more than 200,000 civilians and killed hundreds others. Continue reading

Keith Harmon Snow, from his preface to Patrick Mbeko book “Canada in the wars in Central Africa.”

Chief Commander of UN peacekeeping forces [MINUAR] during the Rwandan genocide – 1994

In the late spring of 1991 I crossed Uganda on a mountain bicycle and slipped into the eastern Congo, then known as Zaire. I was not interested in politics then, knew nothing about race relations or imperialism and, certainly, nothing about genocide. Africa was an adventure to find and experience life among-st tribal cultures and wildlife I’d seen re-presented in the National Geographic Magazine. After a few safaris in Kenya and Tanzania and after summit-ting Mount Kilimanjaro (covered white with glaciers at the time) and inspired by the portrayals of Africa I’d seen in the western media imagination, I set out for the “heart of darkness”: Zaire.  Continue reading