Island of Gorea and Pikine (Dakar)

On November 1 and 2, the West Africa stage of the 2 World March was closed in the Dakar area, with activities on the Island of Gorea and Pikine.

HUMAN SYMBOL OF PEACE IN GOREA

On November 1, it was the Island of Gorea that the Base Team chose to perform an act of great symbolic force: to leave a mark of its commitment to human rights through the realization of a human symbol of peace.

Indeed, that island with an area of ​​17 hectares, located three kilometers in front of Dakar, declared a World Heritage Site by 1978 by Unesco, was for more than three centuries the most important starting point for slaves to supply the United States of America, the Caribbean and Brazil.

For the organization of the activities, we had the collaboration of David citizen of the island, with Mr. Diop, principal of the Leopoldo Angrand primary school for the mobilization of students on a holiday, and with the support of Mr. Tidiane Camara , Chief of Staff of Mayor Senghor.

In the square in front of the former Governor's Palace, the symbol was drawn on the ground and the boys themselves were highlighting it with wet sand while the little ones by the hand of the director of the school, formed into groups to take their place in the symbol.

A total of some 80 children together with the team members thus configured the peace symbol, ending with songs and slogans of “peace, strength and joy "

Mr. Diop, on behalf of the mayor, then addressed a strong word to the team, naming Mandela and Kruma; He was eager to continue collaborating with the team of the 2 World March, coinciding in the role that new generations must play in raising awareness about peace and nonviolence.

He took the opportunity to deliver the band of Peace Ambassador, by Oumar Kassimou, of the Dakar promoter team.

MARCH AND FORUM IN PIKINE-ESTE

The 2 of November morning, at the initiative of the association Energy for Human Rights and the Pikine Este Women's Humanist Network, the Humanist Forum for Peace and NoViolence in the city of Pikine.

One hundred people participated in discussion tables on the following topics: environment, nonviolence, the role of women in local development, sport as a factor of peace, in the Humanistic Cultural Center of Pikine-Este "Keur Marietou ” .

There were enriching exchanges whose synthesis generated by the different tables will be reflected through concrete initiatives to deepen and continue the activities.

At 16: 00 hours, a march started from the same cultural center with the young people who frequent the library, animated by Racky dynamics to the Town Hall Square, where the subsequent public demonstration took place.

In front of an attendance of around 150 people, Mustapha N'dior, president of the association of young humanists, Ndeye Fatou Thiam, President of the women's network of “Keur Marietou”, N'diaga Diallo responsible for the World March for Senegal, Rafael de la Rubia, coordinator of the 2ª World March as well as the first deputy mayor Daouda Diallo.

These interventions were punctuated by several cultural interventions: songs performed by young girls, the performance of a theater company on peace and nonviolence and a rap as an end point.

These two days of activities include the presence of friends from Mali and Gambia, who came expressly from their countries to participate, as well as members of the Ivorian community resident in Dakar and friends from other parts of the country.

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