WPM Africa proposes to initiate a poetic event for the motherland with a theme about the protection of all human rights in Africa
Cairo – WPM Correspondent
Our world is experiencing a wave of human rights violations globally, especially on the African continent. It is time we stand for our freedom, for auto determination and human rights. Our power, as poets, is the poetic word that changes the vision of the world and opens new horizons for the future. It is on this premise that WPM Africa proposes to initiate a poetic event for the motherland with a theme about the protection of all human rights in Africa.
All are invited to add to the vision of the production and to participate in the call out to other poets in your countries. It’s up to you, dear poets, to offer your power of imagination for mother Africa, the cradle of humanity, lest the world feign to forget.
It is our call for freedom and human rights, against war, hegemonies, violence, exploitation, injustice, and marginalization. It is a call for life for all humanity. Nature of the activity: online poetic readings Motto: Free Africa, date: 21 September – The International Day for Peace.
Meeting of World Poetry Movement (WPM) Colombia organized by iconic poet Fernando Rendon, WPM General Coordinator, planed poetic activities in the context of action “Africa FREE!”
Mónica Lucía Suárez said that their commitment to WPM Colombia to support free Africa will be as follows: 10 in-person poetry readings, 2 virtual readings with live guest African poets, 3 live radio programs to talk about the topic and read some poems and 15 capsule videos supporting Free Africa, from the poets of WPM Colombia.
It is our call for freedom and human rights, against war, hegemonies, violence, exploitation, injustice, and marginalization
In Cuba, iconic poet Alex Pausides said that “Poetic Actions of the World Poetry Movement” will be in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Manzanillo, Bayamo, Guisa, San Pablo de Yao, Holguín, Ciego de Ávila, Matanzas, Mayabeque, Nueva Gerona and Pinar del Río: “Together with the poets and the people of Africa, Always.
To answer this global call to the world poets in India, poet Rati Saxena, Asia and India WPM Coordinator, said that to support “Free Africa” poetic event, we have eight events in India, with four special guests from Africa: Ismael Diadie Haidra, Siphiwe Nzima, Saley Boube Bali and Omar Farouk Sesay. India announced this timetable accordingly: 21st September-Delhi chapter 14.30 GMT- coordinator Pooja Priyamvada, spacial guest – Siphiwe Nzima, 22nd September – Odisha Chapter 14 GMT – Coordinator- Basudev, 23rd September – Deli NCR chapter-14 GMT Coordinator -Brajesh Singh- Spacial guest -Farouk Sesay, 24-NorthEast States of India – ( off line)- coordinator -Jamuna Bini, 24- Himachal Pradesh-coordinator – Kamayani Bishth 14 GMT, Special Guest Saley Boube Bali, 25 – Rajasthan – Coordinator – Uma – 14 GMT, 26- Marathi language-Coordinator Prithiraj (zoom) !4 GMT, by General Coordinator India Rati Saxena.
In Egypt, The Silk Road Literature Anthology publishes its edition of “Nano Poems for Africa” in a postcard form as a part of World Poetry Movement (WPM) campaign “Free Africa”. The Anthology’s editor Ashraf Aboul-Yazid , WPM National Coordinator- Egypt, said that 152 authors of the Silk Road Anthology, who joined (Nano Poems for Africa), came from almost 50 countries in Africa (Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Mali, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and South Africa), Asia (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Jammu and Kashmir, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Brunei Darussalam, The Philippines, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, and the Kingdom Saudi Arabia), Europe (Bulgaria, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Serbia, North Macedonia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sicily, Croatia, Belarus, Portugal, Montenegro, Germany and Spain), North America (Canada, USA and Mexico), South America (Argentina, Guatemala, Brazil and Bolivia) and Australia (one entry) while a single poet chose to mention he belongs to Planet Earth.
WPM Nepal will organize a solidarity poetry action to support the Free Africa campaign
Dorothy Payne, WPM coordinator in San Francisco, USA wrote: “FREE AFRICA!” Event will be held on Sept 29th from 6:00-8:00 at Senegalese Restaurant Bissop Baobab in The Mission District of San Francisco. We will be collaborating with LA event as well.
From Kathmandu, Nepal’s WPM National Coordinator, Keshab Sigdel, said that WPM Nepal will organize a solidarity poetry action to support the Free Africa campaign, and details will come soon.
WPM Coordinator Gloria Chvatal mentioned that text and audiovisual material that can be recoded from the readings should be shared to and sent to the World Poetry Movement (WPM) page to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who have not yet defined what material they can contribute regularly, they reminded them of the categories: Samples of poems (with biography and photography), texts, essays, interviews, articles, poetic and artistic works, Calendar of recommended events, workshops and seminars. They can also collaborate in the planning and development of content for the web and networks: images, videos, and podcasts.
Regarding the campaign (FREE AFRICA), audiovisual material that can be recoded from the readings should be shared to and sent to the World Poetry Movement (WPM) page to this email (email@example.com) through Google Drive and Mr. Karel Leyva Ferrer will publish them.