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Author Archive: Jesse Firempong

C.H.A.N.G.E.

For the past week, as I near the date of my return flight home, I’ve been immersed in social justice issues as I helped to organize DITSHWANELO’s Annual Human Rights Film Festival. The Festival screened eight films, exploring issues such as child trafficking, hip-hop culture and activism, HIV, genocide and Apartheid. And for the weeks…

“Anthem for Uncle Bob” (Reprise)

Now, Dear Reader, after the previous blog entry’s long-winded history lesson, you might wonder what else, outside of developing a penchant for cyber-lecturing on African politics, I have been up to at DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights. Continuing with last week’s musical accompaniment, I’ll refer to Johnny Clegg’s “The Revolution Will Eat…

“Anthem for Uncle Bob”

Some of us find comfort and ways to express ourselves to family, friends and society through conversation, writing, dance or any other one of the innumerable means of communication whether subtle or direct. For me, I find the best way to express what happens to be on my mind at any given moment is through…

“Are You Winning?”

On this sunny, humid Saturday afternoon, having spent just under two weeks in Botswana and a week at my internship placement, I can say like maybe a Motswana in my place would, “Heeiiiissshhh, what a week! ” The other WUSC interns and I left Canada Sunday evening on January 9 (after a three-hour plane delay) and arrived in Botswana’s capital city on Tuesday last week after a long 10-hour flight from Heathrow to Jo’burg and a quick skip over to Gabarone – weary but excited and deep-vein thrombosis free. Still, even considering the time change forward it was an exhausting trip!

Biography

Growing up in rural Eastern Ontario, my view of the world didn’t extend much past county lines. But after reading Romeo Dallaire’s book, Shake Hands with the Devil, in the eleventh grade I felt compelled to work in the field of human rights. Today, I’m in my final year of study in International Development and…