THE SPLENDOURS AND MISERIES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

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Idrissa Rahmane

by Rahmane Idrissa

2015-12-18
 
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For about the last fifteen years, the African diaspora has been a fashionable theme. At  the root of  this renewed interest was    a report from the World Bank on the immense financial potential of the remittance flows from expatriate Africans to their countries of origin. While it is a purely technocratic concept for Bretton Woods institutions, it is highly charged emotionally for those who identify with it. The diaspora implies the fact of being not only uprooted, but wrenched away and dispersed; a form of protracted historical violence. The great emblematic cases are those of the Jews under Titus, the Black African peoples during the slave trade and the Palestinians with the Nakba. Those who use this last term also want the catastrophe (meaning of the word “nakba”) to be avenged by their return to Palestine. “Next year   in Jerusalem”, the Jews would say for Pesach (feast of the Passover). “Africa, unite, ’cause the children wanna come home”, sang Bob Marley.

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