Struggles for the promised land: Letters from West African sisters

Published on Pambazuka News, May 10, 2012.

These simple exchanges between two citizens of Africa show their dreams, pain, hope and civic action to ensure that the continent becomes the promised land where everyone can live in peace and justice, solidarity and prosperity.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters are part of a moving and insightful exchange between two women who have been respected leaders of citizen movements in West Africa for decades.   

These two friends are known for their wisdom, courage, creativity and unfailing commitment to justice, peace and the well-being of their respective countries, Guinea Bissau and Mali. This week, Pambazuka is pleased to share some of their personal correspondence following the coups d’état first in Mali in March and then in Guinea Bissau in April. The letters have been translated from French and are signed with pen names due to concerns for the safety of the women, their comrades and families during these very difficult times.

Follow several letters: … (full text).

Link: same letters in french / les mêmes letters en français.

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