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Africa to join Worldwide Reading in Support of Zimbabwe
of Expression Institute (FXI)
September 05, 2007
Hundreds of Southern
Africans - including at 3 centres in South Africa - will participate
this weekend in a global readathon to raise consciousness about
the plight of Zimbabweans struggling for social justice, democracy,
freedom of expression and economic survival. This is the third Worldwide
Reading organized by the Berlin Literature Festival under the theme:
"The Anniversary of a Political Lie". The first Worldwide
Reading in 2005 appealed for peace in Iraq. The second in 2006 was
in memoriam of the award-winning Russian journalist, Anna Politkovskaya,
who was assassinated for her courageous reporting on human rights
abuses in Chechnya.
The core texts to be
read in over 40 countries worldwide are poems by acclaimed Zimbabwean
writers Chenjerai Hove, Chirikuré Chirikuré and Dumbudzo
Marachera, as well as Elinor Sisulu's foreword written for the book
"Gukurahundi in Zimbabwe: A Report on the Disturbances in Matabeleland
and the Midlands 1980- 1988" (Johannesburg 2007).
In South Africa
veteran poets and activists Dennis Brutus and Don Mattera and acclaimed
poet/storyteller Gcina Mhlophe will be among those participating
in readings in Durban, Johannesburg, Durban and Grahamstown . The
readings are presented by The Crisis
in Zimbabwe Coalition, the Freedom of Expression Institute and
the Platform for Public Deliberation.
See the Worldwide
Reading website http://www.peter-weiss-stiftung.de./index_en.html
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