Worse than being black, is being black and live in Africa.

Inesilda Liane
Posted November 26, 2020 from Angola
Worse than being black, is being black and live in Africa.

This continent, this country, my country is beautiful, despite being poorly wealthy.

Sometimes it seems that we all need humanitarian aid and something else in this country. And as I always say, right, "Worse than being black, is being black and live in Africa", it is not easy (...) we are talking about a country where the mother leaves home because she is tired of being physically attacked , and when she looks for family support  (which is common in my country) she is told that she must endure because her grandmothers, aunts and Mother also endured all kinds of suffering.  

Some say that women in Angola, when they get married, are prepared and also destined to suffer. I'm referring to a country where the father hangs his children and himself because of hunger, where children die of hunger and the child's body is devoured by animals, police are more frightening than hearing that the neighbor has flown.

This war is a silent but loud noise. I say a silent noise because the people suffer and scream for help from those who have the power to change, but no one hears that noise, NOBODY!

Where those who go to the streets in times of covid, because they have no choice, are brutally slaughtered on the street or killed by the police, an organ designed for public protection. Where someone of the same color, gender, hair type, ethnicity (...) fight against each other, they are bewitched for any petty reason. That is, in addition to the political side, public security and others, among compatriots, civilians, we also fight against each other. Africa, Angola, O my beautiful and beautiful home, what is your purpose on this planet? Great scholars say that Africa's biggest problem is Education, and I don't disagree, maybe if we studied a little bit more, we wouldn't be that poor, and maybe we wouldn't fight each other.

Sorcery and rivalry already existed, have existed ever since then and forever more, but now it seems that we are at the peak, at the peak of suffering, causing suffering to others, which has the same color as you and comes from the same place as you are the cherry on the cake. Hinder your neighbor's life, with the same color and provenance, is the pinnacle of life. The type of education spoken in Africa goes much further than academic education, it is also about moral and civic education. Understand that not causing pain and suffering to others is also a way of living in abundance and having peace. This is a cold war that we are going through and we always have, but now it is filmed in a turbulent, but noisy silence. See! Worse than being black, it is being black and live in Africa.

 

Inesilda Liane

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maeann
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Welcome to World Pulse Inesilda :) Your story is your power.

I feel sad about how you emphasize your statement and I quote "Worse than being black, is being black and living in Africa", I am sorry how the women in Africa suffer because of the insecurity of leaders who are leading your country. We hear you! We see you!

Poorly wealthy, sad to say :(

But I believe with the power of your voice! You are strong and brave. May this NOISY SILENCE breaks every power of suffering.

Inesilda Liane
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Thanks for welcoming me. My people and I are hopefully awaiting for the moment we can go to the streets fearless and live aware that we’re safe, specially women. The moment that we will be protected by our beloveds at home, our public protection outside of our shelters, and mainly protected by our leaders.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Hello, Inesilda,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm glad that a powerful voice is emerging from Angola!

We hear your cry. We are listening, dear sister. It breaks our hearts that these narratives of women from Africa are similar which only means millions of women are crying for help.

To live in a country where abuse is normalized, and to be able to see how wrong and inhumane it is makes you a strong leader in your own right. It is possible to be blind to what is happening in one's culture and country, like as you said, " she is told that he must endure because his grandmothers, aunts, and Mother also endured all kinds of suffering. " But you are a woman who sees things differently, a woman who says this is no right, and this is no longer right.

You are a silence breaker and a cycle breaker, dear sister. Thank you for raising your voice on this platform. We hope to hear more from you. Please keep writing your stories. As Mae Ann said," Your story is your power."

I see hope in Angola because you are there. You are the light that shines. Thank you for being so brave in speaking your truth. Sending you hugs, dear sister. You are not alone now. You have a sisterhood behind you.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Inesilda Liane
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Thank you for welcoming me. Surely this silence must be broke, more voices have to be raised. We can break those cycles TOGETHER.

Jennifer Zeng
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Dear Inesilda,

Thank you for sharing your powerful thoughts. I am so sorry to hear the struggles that women in your country have to suffer... and hope more and more people would unite and improve the situation.

Adriana Greenblatt
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 27, 2020

Inesilda congratulations on raising your voice for the first time on World Pulse. A warm welcome, this post emits power, the strength of your voice and your words : "This war is a silent but loud noise" and "Worse than being black, it is being black and live in Africa" are heard, you are seen. I agree with sister Karen, that Angola has hope because you are there, and you are raising your voice and using your clear gift to inspire change with your words. I hear the deep love, and faith you have in Angola with these words: "Africa, Angola, O my beautiful and beautiful home, what is your purpose on this planet?" You are heard from Canada, from the Philippines and around the world on World Pulse. Please keep sharing with us.

Adriana

Dawn Arteaga
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 27, 2020

Thank you for trusting us with your story, painful as it is. It is so important to speak loudly on this issue so that we can start toe MC t injustice. Holding your hand, and the hands of all women enduring unspeakable pain across the distance.

jomarieb.earth
Nov 30, 2020
Nov 30, 2020

Dear Inesilda,
Your story, your country and continents' story is overwhelming and complicated. The mere fact that you are so strong in your articulation of the entire situation means your experience and vision are valuable. You have strength in your words. Sharing your story is valuable. Pass your story to a many people as you can. Knowledge breeds hope and vision. Shed your light everywhere to everyone you possibly can. You never know who or what can help with the answers. But keep shedding your light. Bravo to you sister!
Hugs...JoMarie

Beth Lacey
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020

I agree with you- a lack of education promotes all sorts of horrible actions. Please say safe

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

Welcome to World Pulse Inesilda,

First of all, as an African woman, let me assure you that I hear you loud and clear, I share your pain and
anguish, but Angola is beautiful, Angola is wealthy, Angola was torn apart by a long and vicious war, but Angola will be one day be free.

There are just too many Angolas and it is totally heart-breaking, but there is hope for your country in that young people like you are raising your voices and telling the world what your people have been enduring since the 1970s.
There is no shortage of highly educated men and women in Angola and in other parts of Africa.
Nobody in Angola should going without food for Angola produces oil and the former President Dos Santos and his family are reputed to be among the biggest billionaires in Africa.

I think you have made a very important point by emphasizing that what is needed is "moral and civic education."
I would add that what Angola and the rest of Africa need above all is the rule of law and respect for human rights.
Take heart for peace and security will prevail in Angola. Seventy-five (75) years ago, Europe was in a shables, but today Europe stable and peaceful.

It may take time, but your voice and your pen are the starting points.
If more Inesildas raise their voices, if more Inesildas denounce the high levels of corruption that have made your wealthy country one of the poorest in Africa, if more Inesildas seek and obtain decision-making positions in the government of your country, if more Inesildas lead by example, then there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. Do not lose heart.
More power to you.