Authorize AU & ECOWAS to protect UNESCO sites & people in Timbuktu & Gao
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Authorize AU & ECOWAS to protect UNESCO sites & people in Timbuktu & Gao

    1. Joyce King
    2. Petition by

      Joyce King

      Atlanta, GA

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September 2012

Victory

Joyce King from Atlanta, Georgia started this petition to the United Nations Security Council asking to authorize AU & ECOWAS to protect UNESCO sites and people in Timbuktu and Gao. The 1,823 supporters of the petition helped convince the Secretary General to declare that the UN Security Council will support a request from Mali.

 

We ask the United Nations Security Council to issue an emergency resolution authorizing the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)—and each member state  --to take all necessary steps to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Mali and to preserve the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Timbuktu and Gao. 

In the guise of religious purification, foreign-backed Islamic extremists (Ansar Dine, MUJAO, Boko Haram), claiming alliance with Al-Qaeda of the Desert (AQMI), are savagely and single-mindedly attacking the people, sacred shrines and World Heritage Sites in Mali. This ominous destruction is not without precedent. History teaches that the real intent is not only to destroy Africa’s history and cultural legacy but to redesign the African continent according to foreign interests. Thus, the destiny of a race is also playing out in Mali. We cannot allow this history to repeat itself.

Malian Culture Minister Diallo Fadima Touré’s “Cry from the heart,” has been felt around the world, as centuries-old monuments and shrines are being leveled and swept away like so much rubbish. With a profound appreciation of African history as the world’s history, UNESCO stands with those in Mali who seek to preserve Africa’s heritage. We join the international community in demanding an end to these crimes against the people of Mali and against human civilization.

Why should everyone, especially African Americans, be outraged? In his 1987 book, The Journey of the Songhai People, the great historian and teacher, the recently deceased Dr. Edward Robinson, Jr., explained that the enslaved ancestors of many Africans in the Americas—whether from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, etc.--came from areas that were once part of the Songhoy Empire. Yet, how many of us know that African American history does not begin with slavery in the Americas? Timbuktu, where these religious extremist forces now celebrate their destruction of ancient Islamic manuscripts, mausoleums and tombs—the creations of Africans--was the site of Sankore University, Africa’s great 15th century world-class center of learning.  

Who appreciates that Songhoy Emperor Askya Mohammed financed this highly advanced educational institution? Who is aware that Sunni Ali Ber, the founder of the Songhoy Empire, liberated Timbuktu in 1464 from Arab slave-trading domination? How many realize that it was the defeat and destruction of the Songhoy Empire in 1591, by similar invading mercenaries, that opened the way for the massive deportation and enslavement of our African ancestors?

Destroying Africa’s proud and informing history denies our heritage and resilient cultural identity and also robs all future generations of this vital human history. But there have always been fearless defenders who resisted, survived such onslaughts, and who did not forget. For example, in 1820, free Africans in New Jersey established a thriving community, which they named “Timbuctoo,” that was an important stop on the Underground Railroad.  During this period when slavery was the law of the land, those African Americans were armed and valiantly defended themselves against “slave catchers.” This spirit of resistance exists in Mali today. Young people in Gao, facing-down heavily armed invaders with bare hands and brave hearts, have been shot dead. Undaunted, their present vigil protecting the ancient mosque of Askya Mohammed demands our support.

We call upon people of conscience of all backgrounds, everywhere, to stand with those in Mali determined to return legitimate power, peace and good democratic governance guided by ancient African wisdom to Mali’s citizens. 

We ask that you sign this petition urging the UN Security Council—and all UN member states-- ECOWAS and the African Union to bring an immediate end to the attacks on the people and sacred sites of Timbuktu and Gao for the sake of the world’s precious heritage in Mali. 

                                                                           Portuguese Translation:

ABAIXO-ASSINADO

Nós, abaixo-assinados, solicitamos, ao Conselho de Segurança de Organização das Nações Unidas que emita uma resolução de emergência autorizando a União africana (AU), a Comunidade Econômica do Oeste Africano (ECOWAS) e cada um de seus estados-membro a tomar todas  as medidas necessárias  para responder à crise humanitária  no Mali e, assim,   preservar os  sítios em Timbuktu e Gao,  avaliados pela UNESCO como   Patrimônios da Humanidade.

A título de purificação religiosa, extremistas islâmicos(Ansar Janta, MUJAO, Boko Haram) estrangeiros ao Mali, alegando  apoio e aliança com Al-Qaeda do Deserto (AQMI), estão selvagem e tenazmente atacando as pessoas, relicários sagrados e sítios considerados Patrimônios da Humanidade.  Tal nefasta destruição é sem precedentes. A História ensina que a intenção real vai muito além de destruir a história e o legado cultural da África, intenta reformular o continente africano de acordo com interesses estrangeiros. Assim sendo, o destino de uma raça está em jogo no Mali. Não podemos permitir que esta história se repita. 

O “grito saído do coração” do Ministro da Cultura do Mali, Diallo Fadima de Touré, foi ouvido mundo afora, clamando por monumentos seculares, relicários destruídos, varridos como se fossem lixo. Com profunda consideração pela história africana,  parte da história da humanidade, a UNESCO  está junto com aqueles que no Mali  buscam preservar a herança africana. Nós, abaixo-assinados, nos unimos à comunidade internacional, para exigir fim a estes crimes contra o povo do Mali e contra civilização humana. 

Por que devem, seres humanos, em particular africanos e afordescendentes, serem ultrajados? Em 1987 no livro de sua autoria – A Jornada do Povo Songhoy -  o eminente historiador e professor, recentemente falecido, Dr. Edward Robinson Jr. explicou que os escravizados, antepassados de muitos descendentes de africanos nas Américas, originários de Gana, Nigéria, Serra Leone, entre outros, vinham de áreas que, naquela época, eram parte do Império Songhoy. Ainda mais, quantos de nós sabemos que história dos descendentes dos escravizados nas Américas não começa com escravidão? Em Timbuktu, onde forças extremistas religiosas, hoje, celebram a destruição de manuscritos islâmicos antigos, mausoléus e túmulos - criações de africanos – se encontrava a Universidade de Sankore, o mais importante centro superior de aprendizagens na África do século XV. 

Poucos, hoje, sabem que Imperador do povo Songhoy, Askya Maomé, financiou essa instituição de educação superior altamente avançada. Quem tem conhecimento de que o sunita Ali Ber,  fundador do Império de Songhoy, libertou Timbuktu, em 1464, do tráfico de escravos explorado por árabes? Quantos sabem que a derrota e destruição do Império de Songhoy em 1591, invadido mercenários, a semelhança do que ocorre em nossos dias, abriram caminho para a  massiva deportação e escravização de africanos, antepassados nossos? 

Tentando destruir a honra da África, informações sobre sua história, pretende-se negar nossa herança e forte identidade cultural de afrodescendentes, além de privar todas as gerações futuras dessa vigorosa história humana.  No entanto, sempre houve defensores  corajosos que resistiram e sobreviveram a  assaltos como esses,  que não esqueceram a herança africana. Por exemplo, em 1820, africanos livres em Nova Jersey, nos Estados Unidos, estabeleceram uma comunidade próspera, que nomearam "Timbuctoo," denominação que se estendeu a importante estação de trem. Durante o período em que a escravidão era lei, escravizados armados valentemente se defenderam  dos  capitães-de-mato. O mesmo espírito de resistência se encontra no Mali  de hoje. Jovens, na cidade de Gao, de mãos vazias e peito aberto, enfrentaram invasores fortemente armados e foram mortos a tiros.  Mesmo assim, sem medo, sobreviventes têm feito vigílias para proteger a mesquita antiga de Askya Maomé. Seu destemor está a exigir o apoio de todos nós. 

 Conclamamos, pois, as pessoas de consciência de todos os pertencimentos étnico-raciais e grupos sociais, onde quer estejam, que se juntem àqueles que, no Mali, estão determinados a ter de retorno o poder legítimo, a paz e o governo democrático, sempre guiados por secular sabedoria africana.

 Diante do exposto, o/a convidamos a assinar o abaixo-assinado,  no qual se solicita, ao Conselho de Segurança da Organização das Ações Unidas e a todos os seus estados-membros,  que emitam resolução de emergência, autorizando a União Africana e a Comunidade Econômica do Oeste Africano a   buscar meios para imediata suspensão  dos ataques  a pessoas e a locais sagrados de Timbuktu e do Gao, heranças preciosas do Mali, patrimônios da Humanidade.

  

Recent signatures

    News

    1. "We can march on Bamako in 24 hours"--says MUJAO chief

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      4 September, 2012 - Mali Web
      http://www.maliweb.net/news/interview/2012/09/04/article,89493.html

      Mr. Oumar Ould Hamaha, his real name-- alias "Hakka" --has once again warned against any attempt to invade the three regions they occupy (MUJAO, Ançardine and AQIM-- which are all the same) without their consent. He recites the military armada they have acquired and insists that MUJAO, Ançardine and AQIM is the same entity. "We can march in and take Bamako in 24 hours", says Oumar Ould Hamaha. . .To ECOWAS I say . . . we have more than 15,000 well-trained men like lions to receive them. . . .Our mission is to expand across Africa and across the whole world. No government will escape.

    2. MALI: UNICEF Warns the Children Are Being Recruited by Armed Groups

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=42697&Cr=Mali&Cr1
      17 August 2012 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today warned of reports that armed groups in northern Mali are increasingly recruiting and using children for military purposes, and called on all parties to keep them out of the way of conflict.
      “While it is difficult to establish the precise figures, reliable sources have stated that numbers [of children] involved are in the hundreds and appear to be escalating". . . .Last month, the agency had reported that at least 175 boys, between the ages of 12 and 18, were directly associated with armed groups in the north. . .

    3. Mali's Red-Bearded Warlord Jihadist Declares War on the West, France & USA

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.channel4.com/news/malis-islamist-warlord-declares-war-on-the-west

      A militant Arab Islamist whose forces have conquered two-thirds of the West African state of Mali vows to launch holy war against the West. Amputations and death by stoning are planned for Gao. Omar Ould Hamaha, the military commander of Ansar Dine or "Defenders of the Faith", which has scored a stunning victory in Mali against the failed state's armed forces, now controls a region larger than France which includes three paved runways that could be used to fly in weapons or drugs.
      He said: "Even if they (western forces) don't come here, when we have finished conquering France, we will come to the USA, we will come to London and conquer the whole world. The banner of Mohammed (peace be upon his head) will be raised from where the sun rises in the east to where it sets in the west.". . .In the last two weeks, militants from MUJAO, which controls the area around Gao, stoned a couple to death.

    4. USAID Official on the Humanitarian Crisis in Mali

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      175,000 Malian Children at risk of acute severe malnutrition; 4.6 Malians face severe hunger; 18.7 million people across the Sahel have been touched by this crisis.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures
    6. The Citizens of Gao Abandoned and Forgotten by the Malian Government

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      Armed Mujao--mostly from the Western Sahara-- in Gao; Humanitarian aid blocked by various foreign armed "chiefs" totally in control of Gao; food hard to come by; children starving--where is the outrage? See video

    7. Unmarried couple stoned to death in northern Mali by Islamic Extremists

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      "A couple who had sex outside marriage has been stoned to death at the weekend by Islamists in the town of Aguelhok in northern Mali, officials say. The man and woman were buried up to their necks, then pelted with stones until they died.

      The northern half of Mali has been overrun by rebels - Tuareg and Islamist - following a coup in Mali's capital. Aguelhok in the region of Kidal was one of the first to be captured by Tuareg separatist rebels.

      The Islamists in Aguelhok stoned the couple to death in front of about 200 people, officials said.. ."

    8. UPI report: US Department of Defense says: "No Room for Al Qaeda in Mali"

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      Is the US Department of Defense involved in the crisis in Mali? With what mandate? Why not the UN Security Council that has the international mandate?

    9. CNN's bias: One-sided "analysis" of Mali's crisis: Songhoy & others erased!

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      CNN presented a propaganda piece that dangerously misrepresents the nature / origins of the Mali crisis; it completely ignores the needs of the MAJORITY of the population groups in northern Mali. Why is CNN presenting ONLY the voices of the Tuareg "fighters" who initiated this conflagration while CNN ignores the crimes these "fighters" committed against the people who are the majority? The Tuareg refugees shown in this show are victims of MNLA, AQMI, MUJAO and Ansar Dine's attacks against the people of the north. MNLA fighters were expelled from Gao when Songhoy youth rose up and fought back bare-handed. Tuareg (Tamasheq-speaking) tribes are less than 1 % of Mali's population and less than 12 % in the North--Gao, Timbuktu & Kidal. Why does CNN ignore the needs of the Songhoy, Fulani, Bella people, etc.? Where is democracy for them? Arabs and other extremists are still committing war crimes daily against them. The UN should honor its mandate and protect ALL the people of northern Mali.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Child Soldiers as young a 10 years old are being recruited by the Islamists

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      How the situation is going from bad to worse;

    12. Reached 750 signatures
    13. Sharia Law Drives Thousands Out of School in Northern Mali

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      Explains recent developments

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. "Islam Has No Link with These Thugs"

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      S. Arabian Commentary refutes religious rationale for the takeover of Timbuktu: "It is a war against culture and civilization. Gulf News.com

    16. Reached 100 signatures
    17. Political "complexities" contribute to inaction

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      more information

    18. UN Security Council Delays Decision on Mali

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      Update regarding action of decision makers

    19. 34 cases of Cholera and 2 deaths reported in Gao--Maliweb.com.

      Joyce King
      Petition Organizer

      This crisis situation is urgent and dangerous for the people's lives.

    20. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Olivia Ansu Amponsah KUMASI, GHANA
      • about 2 years ago

      Our heritage must be protected

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      • about 2 years ago

      par ce que le Mali est natale, d'origine etc.

      j'aime la viollence ok et dans la vie il faut être toujours au côté de la realité et non pas l'autrecôté le mensonge ok.

      Le Mali un paye de paix, dignité, repect...

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    • Denise Douglas CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      This is our history. I do not want it destroyed. This is our land. We want to occupy and control it.

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    • lamine kandji GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
      • about 2 years ago

      Where the university of St Core was built..and Ahmed Baba and fellows were..Tombouctou is where the knowledge was kept after Egypt fell...

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    • Keith Hames SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      preservatoin of african history and artifacts

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