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On Humanity and Sticks

By Tamu Bakery, Jan 22 2016 03:53PM

"You must not lose the faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty" - M. Gandhi.

Ouch! It was painful, when the heavy stick hit my leg. I looked around. About twenty other people's faces, mainly children's, expressed some pain too. The owner of the plantation, a man from the Netherlands, was proudly demonstrating to other ‘muzungus’ (Kiswahili description of "white" people on the African continent) his motorshow. All health and safety regulations were being flouted by the organisers of the show, and somehow to minimise the risk of a potential accident muzungus were hitting spectators with heavy sticks. All of this accompanied by loud shouting. Need I mention that all the foreigners were asked to move politely? And only people from the nearby village were subjected to this physical violence. I was speechless. Not in a million years could I have imagined that such discrimination still existed in Africa! But the truth is that racism, ethnocentrism, xenophobia and inequalities are still every day business around the world. In the USA black men are 10 times more likely to go to prison than white men. In 2004 one of the official British reports revealed that black and Asian British citizens do not experience equal treatment to white patients in the NHS.

Hysteria against refugees and asylum seekers has been going on for some time now too. The UK hosts around 1 percent of the world's refugees and they make up just 0.24 percent of the UK population. Asylum seekers are living in poverty and experience poor health and hunger. Many families are not able to pay for the basics and not allowed to work. That is why Tamu has decided to do a baking project with refugees in the South West. Thank you to our supporters for believing in my idea of justice.

We must not lose faith in humanity...