Passionately Ousseini long talks about a great character of his country, until we asked him to presentarcelo in one of our meetings on Tuesday.
We thought we hear the story of others and instead our history came to meet us.
Here’s how not tell us Emelyne, present for the first time to the space intercultural young, little more than a week since his arrival from France to carry out his service as a volunteer European.
We listened to his speech at the UN on Oct. 4, 1984, in which he proclaimed his support to the people who are suffering around the world (“I will therefore speak on behalf of all the” left out “because” I am a man and nothing that is human is alien to me “) and denounced the new world economic order.
In parallel to this action, some have shared a part of their history: the difficulties to leave their country and reach Sicily, the crossing of the Mediterranean, their feelings about their new life in Agrigento.
During the exchange that followed, we have raised the responsibility of the old colonizing countries and the phenomenon of neo-colonialism. The fact that there are Western countries that still maintain a domain on the power and wealth of some African countries. The fact that there are Africans who continue to elect representatives who have completed their studies abroad and then those that favor foreign friends against the interests of their own populations. The fact that the import of weapons in Africa continues to fuel wars on that continent and cause the flight of those populations, driven by a logic of survival.
This exchange, for us European volunteers, was experienced as both very interesting and we questioned.
We better understood the difficulties faced by African migrants. For example, the fact that they feel humiliated by the plundering of their natural resources and who want to struggle peacefully for the recognition of their rights, justice and peace.
For some of us the story of Thomas Sankara and France’s role in the political and economic situation in Burkina Faso it has been a discovery that contacted us.
This meeting allowed us to challenge them about the responsibility of our countries of origin against the current situation in Africa, on our own responsibility as citizens of these countries and our position in the world politics.
Which means we have today for acting against the policies perpetrated in some African countries in our name? How to learn the history and refuse to close our eyes to the neo-colonization? How to inform about what is happening in those countries? How to act together, at our level, for a more just world?
“The sun never sets, is the man who turns away from the light” Thomas Sankara.