Journey With My Shadow
ourney with My Shadow is a major and significant work by an Ethiopian New Zealand writer. For some years now I have been meeting once a year with young refugee and migrant writers, led by Samson Sahele. He is tireless in his efforts to encourage the voices of new New Zealanders t...o be heard, to set them free to express the truth of their lives that have gone before, the lands that they have come from, the place where they find themselves now. These interactions can be deeply painful, sometimes hilarious, always informative.
This book represents Samson Saheles own journey, from the beloved and beautiful Ethiopia of his childhood to Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is a journey, in one sense, from lightness and enchantment, to a safe, but perhaps, by contrast, more grey land. In between, there is an account of intolerable darkness. should be compulsory reading for anyone who wishes to learn how war has destroyed some parts of the African continent.
Journey With My Shadow is a collection of poetry that exposes the reality of Africa: the human rights violations, the killings and abuses, and the harassment by dictators.
Samson Sahele has experienced this reality and seen the violence against many others. These poems are also about living in exile; about living with both loss and hope in a new country.
Samson Sahele was a journalist in Ethiopia when he had to flee for his life. His journey as a political refugee took him through four African countries before spending two and half years in South Africa. He arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2000.
I have to write about what African countries have been through. I have to keep demanding the end of these crimes. I must make a noise as a voice for disenfranchised peoples.
||16 Dec 2012
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