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World Walls [update]

The other day I was reminded of this post on “Walls around the world” I wrote 18 months ago by a friend and I promised to post it again. Now there are even more walls. The whole of Gaza has always been a walled enclave in the midst of stolen lands. Now it is surrounded by walls of tanks and naval guns. Ironic that the siege of Gaza reminds me of the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto. I wonder if the Israeli IDF spokeswoman makes the connection – doubtful with such self-righteous supremacist arrogance.

Another new wall is the one between Zimbabwe and South Africa where refugees escaping hunger, political oppression and disease are chased by white vigilantes with automatic weapons and dragged back across the wired borders. If they make it to the city they face xenophobic hysteria from their brothers in the post apartheid wasteland’s.

And then there are the invisible borders – where people are divided between the included and excluded. Legal and illegal. welcome and unwelcome. Those in the clique and those standing on the periphery trying to enter till eventually they tire and go create their own set of invisible walled enclaves excluding and including according to some set of arbitrary criteria which is what makes cliques so horribly oppressive.

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  1. We live in a world with far too many walls that leave the disadvantaged to suffer only further. I hope that this new Isreali- Hamas/Palestine war will come to a quick pause. The suffering on all sides must stop.

    And, congrats on being listed as a top blog!!!! Truly inspirational, my sista! Please continue the good work.

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  2. Tertius Kapp

    “Another new wall is the one between Zimbabwe and South Africa where refugees escaping hunger, political oppression and disease are chased by white vigilantes with automatic weapons and dragged back across the wired borders. If they make it to the city they face xenophobic hysteria from their brothers in the post apartheid wasteland’s.”

    Where in God’s name do you come up with this shit? Is it based on any reality? Because I’ve been living in South Africa for 29 years and the biggest problems Zimbabweans face is getting a cell phone, seeing as they don’t have a permanent residential address. Which is a problem shared by many South Africans.

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    Sokari

    Teritus@ Yes its based on the reality of Zimbabweans trying to cross the barbed wired border – is that so hard to comprehend? There is also a wall of marginalisation and xenophobia – possibly that also is too hard for your narrow mind to comprehend!