L is for Lumumba

April 15, 2012

 

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As I complete week two  for the AtoZ  Challenge I would like to talk about the great African leader Patrice Lumumba. He was the first elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo today) after working to secure independence for his country from Belgium.  Lumumba was only in office for 12 weeks before his government was overturned, he was imprisoned and executed.   The series of tumultuous events that occurred in 1960 are referred to as the Congo Crisis.  

For such a short reign as leader of a country Mr Lumumba has left a tremendous legacy.  He was known for the determination that he led with to help  his countrymen gain independence. Also his  strong belief in Pan-Africanism  did not make him an African leader supported by the American or Belgium governments of the time.  There are some questions as to whether the US played a part in the execution and further disposal of his body.

We have to wonder whether The Democratic Republic of the Congo would be a much stronger Patrice Lumumbagovernment and world player if Patrice Lumumba had been allowed to continue his unifying  work after the  fragile period during which  this country gained its independence.  Having such a strong leader dedicated to positively connecting with other independent African countries clearly seems like it would have benefited the entire continent. 

These events lead me to ponder how wise it is for any country to interfere with the government and leadership of another.  Our current global community has several instances where this is occurring.  How will this affect the future of these nations positively or negatively??   I think we all can take a lesson from history!!

Shortly before his assassination, Lumumba penned the following words in a farewell letter: ‘

The only thing we wanted for our country was the right to a decent existence, to dignity without hypocrisy, to independence without restrictions. . . .  The day will come when history will have its say.’ — Patrice Lumumba 

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2 Responses to “L is for Lumumba”

  1. Mapassion5 Says:

    Great Post. I watched Patrice Lumumba ‘s movie and it saden me and cried all the time I watched. It seems like in the African continent, les “occidentaux ” don’t like seeing the leaders who prone unification. And I know that everybody knows and understand the outcomes of a unification. Very sad that the African continent has been lossing the great ones encouraged by who? I don’t want to know now.

    • Jaelma Says:

      Thanks so much for adding your voice to this post! I too was very saddened when I watched the movie about Patrice Lumumba’s life. Unfortunate there are so many forces working against unification. We decided to create the design shown above as a tribute to this great leader. It is amazing the great response we have had to it!

      Continue to say positive my Sister!!
      Jaelma

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