Africa Now August 31, 2016 Africans Rising, and Colombian Peace Deal

Africa Now August 31, 2016

Topics: Africans Rising, and Colombian Peace Deal

Topics and Guests: Today's Africa Now's are topics are Africans Rising, and Colombian Peace Deal.  On August 23 and 24 272 delegates from 40 countries met in Arusha, Tanzania to establish a new Pan-African civil society movement—Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Sustainable Development.  At the end of the gathering Africans Rising’s Kilimanjaro Declaration stated that “We, the citizens and descendants of Africa, as part of the Africans Rising Movement, are outraged by the centuries of oppression;…We are determined to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the Future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity….”  Long-time anti-apartheid and human rights South African activist Mr. Kumi Naidoo is Launch Director of the African Civil Society Initiative/Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Sustainable Development.  Previously Mr. Naidoo was the International Executive Director of Greenpeace.  Africa Now! features a conversation with Kumi Naidoo on Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Sustainable Development.  Also on today's show 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 conflict that has lasted over 50 years.  The talks began in Havana, Cuba on November 19, 2012.  Last week on August 24 the Colombian government and FARC reached a historic peace deal.  The show briefly dissects the peace deal with Ms. Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, of Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). 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.        

Finally Africa Now! presents a commentary by Dr. Msia Kibona Clark of Howard University in which she connects the Fees Must Fall, Rhodes Must Fall and Black Lives Matter Movements.  Dr. Msia Kibona Clark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African Studies at Howard University; her research focuses on hip hop in Africa as cultural representation, and its use as social commentary.  Dr. Clark has published several scholarly and non-scholarly articles and book chapters on topics relating to hip hop culture’s intersections with social change, gender, and politics in Africa.   She designed and teaches the course Hip Hop and Popular Culture in Africa at Howard University.

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