Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The lost Continent

Ten days ago, sitting in my flat, I would have never thought that the country I was once proud of would spin out of control in the way that it has.

The hatred and barbaric behaviour that South Africans have shown, is quite clear to me that we’ve lost respect for each other and the personhood. Why do I say the ‘personhood’? It’s because if we saw each other as human beings first, all these crimes against humanity would not exist.

These scenes that I’ve witnessed in the past few days are not new to this continent of ours. We’ve seen them in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Darfur, Zimbabwe and other African countries where Human Rights violations are the norm. Only when these acts are closer to home do we speak out and respond to crisis but when it’s happening to others, it’s okay because it’s not us that suffer. Are we ever going to learn to stop responding to crisis and work at eliminating all forms discrimination that might lead us to such. Prevention is better than cure.

These act of evident hatred did not start 10 days ago but they have been happening for years, it is only now that the visuals are so disturbing that everyone is feeling repulsed, shocked, ashamed and condemning these acts. For example, Sizakele Sigasa, Salome Masooa, Zoliswa Nkonyana and recently Eudy Simelane, these are women that have been brutally raped, tortured and murdered in the past two years in this country and all because they were different and the rest of the country disagreed with their lifestyle. No one said a single word to these injustices because in the eyes of Africans…they deserved it.

Today another form of hatred has shown its ugly head, xenophobia, and people have died including some South Africans and all because they look different. When are Africans going to learn that killing is not the answer and no one deserves to be treated like an animal regardless of their sexual orientation, race, colour of their skin, country of origin and all other factors that are different in every human?

For as long as we don’t learn that Human Rights are indivisible, we will have such acts of barbarism occurring everywhere and all the time. Tomorrow we will be killing other because they’re ‘short’ and we don’t like it and we will find a justification for it.

As women’s rights, lgbti rights, children’s rights defenders we should start acknowledging that all these rights we are fighting for, are Human Rights and we need to come together and fight these injustices for a better continent free of hate and discrimination in all its forms.

7 comments:

ntao said...

Hey good words for thought. And the sad part is that such xeno-hating will always be there ina distant mind. Being used as an exuse at any time that it suits us.

Until we as South Africans can eliminate tribal discrimination and stereotypes... we will have no problems seeing people from Ghana as people first and Ghanaians last.

ntao said...

WE as Africans need to stop seeing the tribal difference amongst us. That way... it will be harder for one to kill a neighbour.

And I believe it was not xenophobia... rather xenohating.

Anonymous said...

WE as Africans need to stop seeing the tribal difference amongst us. That way... it will be harder for one to kill a neighbour.

And I believe it was not xenophobia... rather xenohating

Dawnrazor said...

I love your Blog! I'm so glad that there are some good Queer African sites! Thank you!

Engender said...

awesome blog, very inspiring...

rage on...

and let us restore the human in all of our humanity...

hugs & sistahood,
bernedette
www.engender.org.za

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