TONIGHT ON THE TERRORDOME: Sudanese Peace Activist Safa Elagib Adam and Nigerian author Segun Afolabi
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The crisis in Darfur specifically and
Yet finding solutions to the problem is made worse by several factors, especially popular misunderstanding of the crisis and ongoing debate over the appropriateness of the term genocide. Worse still is the decision of a number of groups to exploit the crisis for their own political or even financial benefit.
The popularity of the “Save Darfur” campaign among groups traditionally indifferent to Afrikan suffering is more easily understood when scanning for anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bias among the organisers. By their own descriptions,
Yet 99% of Sudanese would be called “Black” or “Africans” if they stepped foot in
Isn’t it strange that organisations and activists with limited or zero history in campaigns designed to end Sudanese or Muslim suffering have taken such a strong interest in
Is this campaign and the need for real solutions to the complex problems of
Regardless of who is manipulating whom on the global scale, in
Adam has been called “a bold voice for Darfurian women, working to ensure these vital stakeholders are involved in building peace. Though Darfurian women are at risk of being raped, beaten, abducted, or killed as they seek food and firewood, [Adam] reminds us that women are more than victims of war: ‘We are also stakeholders—real stakeholders—in the negotiation and in the peace process.’”
Adam’s work includes advocating for women’s rights and encouraging them to seek elected office, and creating of primary education and adult employment, especially for internally displaced persons or IDPs. She’s pushed for more open negotiations in the struggle for peace in Darfur, even organising the Gender Expert Support Team (GEST), “a diverse cross-section of Darfurian women representing non-governmental organizations, academia, the government, and rebel movements from across Darfur.... [She] successfully advocated for ... [the] participation [of GEST] in the 7th round of peace negotiations in Abuja, Nigeria. Although the members of the group had many different political views, they agreed on one important point: Darfurian women must be included in the peace talks. [Her worked earned GEST] the support of the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the African Union.”
In a crisis rocked by factionalism, the nonpartisan GEST created and presented a charter of women’s peace priorities to all negotiators during three weeks of deliberations. Their priorities included property ownership, economic empowerment, and human rights. Although the negotiations ultimately failed, GEST established itself as a presence and an ethical organising force; ideally, GEST’s influence under the leadership of Safa Elagib Adam will increase towards ultimate success.
Part of the quest for real peace in
If you’d like to test that theory, step inside any chain or independent bookstore in
The first thing you’ll notice--assuming the store has one--is that it’s almost certainly the last subsection of the History section, even though humanity began in Afrika and civilisation including writing itself probably began there.
The second thing you’ll notice is the names of the authors. Almost every book in the section will be written by a person of European heritage. Imagine the books in all the sections on Europe--
Segun Afolabi of
On March 1st, Afolabi spoke with host Robtel Pailey of Pambazuka News on his experiences of winning the Caine prize, publishing in