Montreux, my home, my paradise.

Montreux, my home, my paradise.
Montreux at dusk

28 April 2013

Innoncence or Ignorance?

Yes, I am still around. I will leave Liberia for good in about 2 month. The program I have been responsible for is coming to an end and we have been preparing the one that is going to continue the assistance, in another form, to Ivorian refugees and the Liberian host population. It will be more into development and the emergency and humantiarian action will stop and I am not needed anymore.

I am morally preparing to go. It is always a difficult moment to go and to leave people who have become your friends behind. But this has happened to me so many times that I am used to it. I will leave with my mind and heart again fully loaded with souvenirs and my life experience enriched again.

And being mature and not innocent or ignorant anymore. When I was young I was careless, innocent and ignorant. When I left Rwanda and moved to South Africa in 1967 I did not even know that apartheid existed. I came to Johannesburg, a booming town, and enjoyed and had a lot of fun. But very soon I realised the issues of "black and white" in that country. And I started to loose my innocence and ignorance. I said how possible that we should be apart, separated by law, when in Rwanda I had made so many African friends. And it became more and more difficult for me to accept the South African "system". And after a year I left. I did follow what is happening in the country. And then something, after a few years, huge happened.

I had undergone surgery and was at home on recovery leave. And one morning I was watching CNN and did not believe what I saw.

Frederik de Klerk, the South African President, was making a speech at the Parliament in Cape Town. He spoke partially in English and in Afrikaans. And his message was the abolishment of the apartheid. I could not believe it. But there it was.

A few weeks later, things started to happen.

Nelson Mandela was freed from prison after 27 years in jail. He came back to the world. And he did not bring hatred with him. Things started to change and rather quickly. A new wind was blowing in South Africa.

And these two men made the wind to blow strong. They changed history. They are for me among the greatest men in history.

And me, I have lost my innocence and ignorance. It took some time.



1 comment:

  1. I'm pleased to read a post from you again Peter. My sister had friends who had lived in South Africa and they didn't know what apartheid was until we explained it to them (We were all only about 11, 12 years old at the time).

    My children were only very young in 1990, but we all watched when he left Victor-Verster prison. A great moment in history.

    It is amazing that he never wanted to take revenge on the white South Africans

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