Quote of the week

This is a book of desire denied, of what the pain of that impotence drives people to do, and how it makes them unwilling contortionists and even co-conspirators in their oppression. From ‘The Transformation of Harry’: “And there we all were; in an uncertain country, ourselves uncertain. A land with a sly heart; and ourselves ready to be deceived.” For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening. First published in 1978, The House of Hunger speaks, or rather shouts, forward from its own time to 2017. Perhaps the most painful parts of the book to read are those that show how little has changed in thirty-nine years. For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening.

Efemia Chela
On The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera
6 December 2009

Press conference on sexual terror in Zimbabwe

Media Alert

You are invited to a press conference on the launch of a report by the advocacy organization AIDS-Free World on Thursday, 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

“Electing to Rape:  Sexual Terror in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe”:

n  is based on sworn affidavits from women raped by ruling party militias before, during and after Zimbabwe’s 2008 presidential elections;

n  reveals a conclusive pattern of orchestrated sexual violence and torture;

n  describes the targeting of women associated with the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change, and

n  leaves no question that Robert Mugabe’s administration has committed crimes against humanity.

Four expert speakers will describe the report’s contents, including details and analysis of the testimony provided by survivors, and possible legal strategies for overcoming Zimbabwe’s culture of impunity.

Stephen Lewis, Co-Director, AIDS-Free World (and former UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa);

Beatrice Mtetwa, human rights lawyer and President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe;

Elinor Sisulu, award-winning author, political analyst and human rights activist;

Betsy Apple, Legal Director and General Counsel, AIDS-Free World.

Moderator:  Shonali Shome, Legal and Gender Advisor, AIDS-Free World

Press Conference Details:

Date: Thursday, 10 December 2009

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Venue: The Gordon Institute of Business Science

Street address: 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

Media interviews can be arranged at the close of the press conference.

Please RSVP to FD South Africa by Tuesday, 8 December 2009.

Sandra Sampayo     sandra.sampayo@fd.com 021 487 9000 / 079 167 6863

Dani Cohen              dani.cohen@fd.com 021 487 9000 / 082 897 0443

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