Monday, January 26, 2009

Dey Krahom- the forced eviction


This long wall is not the wall of protection; the kind of wall that surrounds your house, keeps you safe. This wall is built to not let you see, what were a few hours ago, your houses; the places you used to cook in, to sleep in, to eat in, to play in. This wall is put there as a sign of boundary, a limit to hope.

These shirts on hangers are not merely pieces of cloths. They are people, resisting, fighting. They are people with names, with faces, with hopes, with fears. They are people who remind us of pain, of courage, of standing firm in front of oppressors. It is for them that we remember the value of life.

Nothing about forcing slum dwellers out of their houses is an accident. Nothing about starting to evict people at 2AM, nothing about using tear gas on innocent children, nothing about forcing families to leave before packing their stuff, their lives, is an accident. Nothing about ruining poor people’s dignity is an accident. The only accident here is ‘us’ not being ‘them’.

This wall is long, but the story of resistance is much longer…

6 Comments:

At 3:18 AM, Blogger Taciana said...

Hey, nice to see a new post, sad to realize it's not such good news. Anyway, your text is brilliant and surely helps to spread the word. (Remember me? Kanako's Brazilian friend you met in London :)

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Setareh Masoumbeiki said...

Of course I remember you. Thanks for checking my weblog out.
-peace

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

My Dear Setareh!!! I've just found your blog again and I've spent some time reading your amazing poems. You always inspire me and amaze me!
I miss you and our long long chats and moto rides.
Please write soon. Sante Pheap

 
At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is always the concept of making some borders. between the countries, between the society classes and between the humans.
these walls are now appeared but i think they always were there!
all the walls will be appear one day if we do not make our self as "them"...
Shame on us... Shame on Human Being...
Gita

 
At 9:20 PM, Blogger Keith said...

I have a real hard time wrapping my mind around what happened with the evictions and destruction of that community...and those day laborers,other civilians, with the color-coordinated shirts doing all of the tearing down...

 
At 8:28 PM, Blogger Setareh Masoumbeiki said...

"Let no one build walls to divide us
Walls of hatred nor walls of stone
Come greet the dawn and stand beside us
Well live together or we'll die alone
In our world poisoned by exploitation
Those who have taken, now they must give
And end the vanity of nations
Weve but one earth on which to live"

-Billy Bragg
The Internationale

 

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