Africa Now March 23, 2016
Topics: Impact of the Colombian Peace Talks on the Afro-Descendant and Indigenous Communities; Queen Nanny--Spirit of Liberation
Topics and Guests: Today Africa Now! continues to focus on the peace process between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC) and the Colombian government to end the 50-year conflict. The talks began in Havana, Cuba on November 19, 2012. On September 23 in Havana the Colombian government and FARC had announced that today March 23 to be the date on which a peace treaty would be signed. Two months after that, disarmament by FARC will be completed. The 50-year conflict has left over 220,000 people dead and 6 million displaced; and it has disproportionally affected Afro-Colombian and Indigenous communities. But as reported earlier these groups are underrepresented at the peace talks. Africa Now! talked to Ms. Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, of Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) about this issue. Ms. Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, Senior Associate for the Andes at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she is the leading Colombia human rights advocate. Ms. Sánchez is an expert on internally displaced persons, refugees and human rights, and her work has shed light on the situation of Colombia’s internally displaced persons. She is co-author of Far Worse than Watergate, a publication that documents the widespread abuse of power by Colombia’s presidential intelligence agency, DAS. Ms. Sánchez has worked for greater recognition of Afro-Colombian and indigenous community rights and advocated placing conditions on U.S. assistance to protect these rights.
Today Africa Now! spotlights Queen Nanny of the Maroons as the show continues to commemorate Women’s History Month, and International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade which is Friday, March 25. Queen Nanny is featured in context of International Decade for People of African Descent which is from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2024. Nanny united Maroons in their struggle against the British in Jamaica at the beginning of the 18th century and was able to lead countless enslaved Africans to freedom. The film Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess conceived by Jamaican-born, New Jersey-based filmmaker Roy T. Anderson, and history professor Harcourt T. Fuller, unearths and examines the mysterious figure that is Nanny of the Maroons; Jamaica’s sole female National Hero, and one of the most celebrated, but least recognized heroines in the resistance history of the New World. Queen Nanny documents the struggle for freedom by the Jamaican Maroons, led by the indomitable 18th century military genius, spiritual leader skilled in the use of herbs and ‘guerilla warfare’ tactics. She directed the warfare that effectively neutralized the vaunted British firepower. Joining Africa Now! today to discuss the contributions, philosophies of Queen Nanny is filmmaker Mr. Roy T. Anderson. Mr. Roy T. Anderson is a Jamaican-born, New Jersey-based filmmaker. He is the Writer/Director/Producer of the film Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess. Prior to this film Mr. Anderson produced the award-winning film Akwantu: The Journey (Action 4 Reel Flimworks, 2012), which dealt with the history of the Jamaican Maroons.
Africa Now! pays a musical tribute to Phife Dawg (Malik Isaac Taylor) of A Tribe Called Quest, who transitioned to be with the ancestors today, Wednesday, March 23, 2016.
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