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Dawn in the Heart of Africa.

Patrice Emery Lumumba







For a thousand years, you, African, suffered like a beast,
Your ashes strewn to the wind that roams the desert.
Your tyrants built the lustrous, magic temples
To preserve your soul, preserve your suffering.
Barbaric right of fist and the white right to a whip,
You had the right to die, you also could weep.
On your totem they carved endless hunger, endless bonds,
And even in the cover of the woods a ghastly cruel death
Was watching, snaky, crawling to you
Like branches from the holes and heads of trees
Embraced you body and your ailing
Then they put a treacherous big viper on your chest:
On your neck they laid the yoke of fire-water,
They took your sweet wife for glitter and cheap pearls,
Your incredible riches that nobody could measure.
From your hut, the tom-toms sounded into dark of night
Carrying cruel laments up mighty black rivers
About abused girls, streams of tears and blood,
About ships that sailed to countries where the little man
Wallows in an anthill and where the dollar is king,
To that damned lad which they call the motherland.
There your child, your wife were ground, day and night
In a frightful, merciless mill, crushing them in dreadful pain.
You are a man like others. They preach you to believe
That good white God will reconcile all men at last.
By fire you grieved and sang moaning songs
Of a homeless beggar that sinks at strangers' doors.
And when a craze possessed you
And your blood boiled through the night
You danced, you moaned, obsessed by father's passion.
Like fury of a storm to lyrics of manly tune
From a thousand years of misery a strength burst out of you
In metallic voice of jazz, in uncovered outcry
That thunders through the continent like gigantic surf.
The whole world surprised, wakes up in panic
To the violent rhythm of blood, to the violent rhythm of jazz,
The white man turning pallid over this new song
That carries torch of purple through the dark of night.

The dawn is here, my brother! Dawn! Look in our faces,
A new morning breaks in our old Africa.
Ours alone will now be the land, the water, mighty rivers
Poor African surrendered for a thousand years.
Hard torches of the sun will shine for us again
They'll dry the tears in eyes and spittle on your face.
The moment when you break the chains, the heavy fetters,
The evil, cruel times will go never to come again.
A free and gallant Congo will arise from black soil,
A free and gallant Congo—black bossom from black seed!


copyright © 2007 Virunganews


GB: un tribunal suspend le renvoi vers la RDC de demandeurs d’asile déboutés.




arrestation.jpgLONDRES, 23 août 2007 (AFP) – Un tribunal de Londres a ordonné jeudi au gouvernement britannique de suspendre les extraditions des demandeurs d'asile déboutés vers la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), accusée de les torturer à leur retour au pays.

Cette décision de la Haute Cour de justice de Londres, saisie par dix demandeurs d'asile déboutés, a suspendu les extraditions jusqu'à ce que le Tribunal britannique de l'asile et de l'immigration (AIT) statue le mois prochain sur les conditions de sécurité pour les personnes renvoyées en RDC.

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Kinshasa : le personnel national de la Monuc en arrêt de travail.

Radio Okapi



monuc_en_greve.jpgLes agents congolais de la Monuc observent un arrêt de travail depuis jeudi 23 août 2007. Ce mouvement de revendication social a été très largement suivi dans les représentations de la mission à travers toute la RDC, constate radiookapi.net

L’arrêt de travail est observé depuis jeudi à 1h du matin. Il touche la plupart des implantations de la Monuc à travers la RDC. A Kinshasa, plusieurs membres du personnel national étaient rassemblés jusqu’en fin d’après midi devant le quartier général de la Monuc. Ils chantaient et dansaient au rythme de chants, fanfares et sifflets.

Des rassemblements pacifiques ont aussi été organisés à Goma, Kisangani, Bukavu et autres principales villes du pays. Le mouvement n’a cependant pas été observé à Bandundu-ville, à Mahagi, Kpandroma et Aru dans la Province Orientale.



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