My review of Family Talk/Fambul Tok: Through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – the TRC (cf. resources) – South Africa took the courageous steps to face and uncover the truth of its violent past, here Sierra Leone, through Tambul Tok, goes even further.
When considering that the family – in its extended meaning – requires a coming together of victim and perpetrator; how can we live together and incorporate what everyone would rather forget but cannot?
What does it take to forgive? Once more Africa has much to teach the world.
A few of the voices:
“For many years I’ve been thinking about this hidden pain in my heart. — we have been living together as brothers and sisters — I never spoke to anyone because it was a very fearful situation — There is no love between us”
Davis, a provocateur for peace who drew followers as respected as Albert Einstein and Albert Schweitzer while roaming the world with papers of his own making, died July 24 at age 91.
… Eleanor Roosevelt lauded him in her newspaper column. He spoke at a rally and drew cheers from 20,000 Parisians…
“Mr. Davis has stowed away on ships, sneaked across borders, shuttled back and forth on trains between one country and another, and has been forced to fly countless air hours in different directions because no country would let him off a plane,” wrote columnist Art Buchwald in 1957.
“If I could show that it was possible for me to survive in the world without papers, cross frontiers without a passport and conduct myself as a free human being without benefit of any national credentials, I would be striking a blow at the very heart of nationalism itself.” G.D. […]
His latest piece, “Two American Families” for Frontline. “The fundamental conclusion I’ve reached after 79 years and a lot of work Is that life is a lottery. I don’t buy this argument that people are self-made; our opportunities are presented to us – how we resolve them, how we exploit them, how we respond to them are the result of education and circumstance. and reading, and DNA. It seems to me that a just society takes that into consideration says that for people who didn’t win the lottery, they should not be cast off on a desert island and resigned to hell. BECAUSE LIFE IS A LOTTERY AND WE DON’T CHOOSE OUR SUCCESS AND OUR FAILURE, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO EACH OTHER AS MEMBERS OF THE SAME SPECIES TO TRY TO CREATE A SOCIETY WHERE LOTTERY IS A DETERMINANT BUT IS NOT DECISIVE IN THE QUALITY OF THAT LIFE. I have discovered I have not met a poor parent who does not want for his or her child the very same things that the wealthiest parents want. It’s been lottery more than anything else that’s determined who gets what in this society. A SOCIETY THAT WANTS JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS HAS TO WORK TO BALANCE THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE LOTTERY.” […]
International companies are investing in destroying the world’s lungs – Des compagnies internationales ont investi pour détruire les poumons du monde. This fight has been going on for the past forty years. Cette lutte continue depuis plus de quarante ans. It is the same struggle to survive waged by indigenous people everywhere. C’est le même combat des populations indigènes que l’on retrouve partout.
Electric Powwows + “Through the mining, logging, oil and fishing of the land and its resources, Canada, the U.S. and the rest of the Americas have become some of the wealthiest countries in the world. Many of the poorest First Nations communities have mines and other developments on their land but do not get a share of the profit. The taking of resources has left many lands and waters poisoned – the animals and plants dying in many areas. We cannot live without the land and water. We have laws older than this colonial government about how to live with the land…”