It is Coming to Africa
Yes, There is a wonderful thing about to happen in Africa. It is called the Trans African Caravan of Hope being planned by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, PACJA. This is basically a road trip that will see 9 countries participate as it heads to Durban, South Africa for the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change, Conference of Parties, UNFCCC –COP17 meeting end of this year. If you don’t know by now that is the meeting where all countries of the earth meet to discuss the critical issue of climate change and ways to adapt and mitigate the negative impacts arising from the same.
Remembering the Building of the Kenyan Railway Line…
A little side step…I tell you l am so excited about this because it reminds me when the railway line was being built in Kenya. My grandma used to tell me that it sounded more like a snake that the residents were waiting for. You would hear…oh it is at such a place and all the villagers would eagerly listen wide eyed to the tales from those who had managed to walk to and from where the workers were hard at work.
Back to the this very exciting road trip … The Caravan of Hope will start in Burundi and go through countries like Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and end up in Durban, South Africa. Yes, countries are signing up. The importance of this road trip cannot be overemphasized. The main objective of this trip is to create awareness on issues of climate change and climate justice in the African continent and around the world.
It is expected that members from other parts of Africa will join the Caravan seeing it is a multi-sectoral engagement. To be part of it all you have to do is contact your in country team members and the explore possibilities.
The beauty of it is that as the Caravan of Hope will find itself in a lot of in country activities as it goes through the countries. We have some creative members who are doing all sorts of activities that will be relayed later. The planning of this mega event is intricate as a lot of details are going into the event and a lot of countries are involved.
Hadithi Hadithi…Gathering for the Story
Yes, it is a thunder like that you hear just before it rains and mother hen quickly gathers her chicks under her strong wings. I would rather think about this even more like gathering around the fireplace to listen to grandma tell stories to some very excited children. So again, the drums are beating… Hadithi Hadithi? Hadithi Njoo…Look out, it is around the corner.
By Maria Wanza