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 ELEIDA

ENOUGH ALREADY!

RACISM IN LATIN AMERICA

In Latin America, and especially in Colombia where I come from, black people suffer a kind of subtle, passive, and destructive racism. 

We are ignored, discriminated, forgotten by governments and institutions. 

Black people suffer DAILY VERBAL insults like:

“ALTHOUGH THE BLACK WOMAN DRESSES IN SILK, SHE IS STILL BLACK.”

(la negra aunque se vista de seda, negra se queda.)

“BLACK MOTHERFUCKER”

(negro hijo de puta)

“TO BE WORKING AS A BLACK TO LIVE LIKE A WHITE.”

(trabajar como negro para vivir como blanco)

“THE ONLY BLACKS I LIKE ARE MY SHOES BECAUSE I CAN STEP ON THEM.”

(los unicos negros que me gustan son mis zapatos porque los puedo pisar.)

 

THIS BLACK MAN IS INTELLIGENT, HE DOESN’T SEEM LIKE A BLACK MAN.”

(este negro es inteligente, no parece negro) 

“BLACK PEOPLE WERE BORN TO BE SLAVES.”

(los negros nacieron para ser esclavos)

 

ENOUGH ALREADY

I would like to ask everybody a question: What have black people done to other humans that is so wrong and make people so annoyed?

ENOUGH ALREADY

Black people are not assailants; we are innocent victims.

ENOUGH ALREADY

THIS IS MY MOTHER

THIS IS MY MOTHER.

The most dedicated person I know,

able to take care of her six children plus.

Midwife, who helped many other mothers deliver their children safely.

 

THIS IS MY MOTHER.

Who has fostered more than thirty children (plus) during her life,

by protecting them, providing food and anything else to make them feel happy.

 

THIS IS MY MOTHER.

Who used to get up every day early in the morning to do farming,

to do the laundry, to look after animals and feed her children.

 

THIS IS MY MOTHER.

Who is very short, but she can be like a giant.

Who is not very strong, but she can be like a superwoman.

Who is not able to read, but she can teach like a prophet.

 

THIS IS MY MOTHER.

The one I love so much, I admire, who taught me to be the person I am. Thank you mum for being my hero.

FOOD PROJECT

Lentil soup

  • With onion, tomato, thyme, and chili
  • A very rich food eaten for lunch
  • My mam’s healthy medicine, she used to say. If you are sick, you must eat lentils

The Kindergarten food

  • Childhood innocence
  • Enjoy the things with their little eyes
  • Ignore disagreement
  • Their only problems are searching to love and be loved

Aborrajado

The soft, sweet flavour of the yellow plantain and cheese wrapped together to make the perfect combination.

Even the most exigent person would surrender to this dish.

The Amazon, rainbow food

This represents the beautiful rainforest

Green trees, fruits, and the biodiversity found there

God’s creation can be expressed just like that

Forest perfume, natural wealth

  • Roasted chicken
  • Boiled Vegetables.
  • Chimichurri sauce

Red bean soup

My mom is the best cook.  When I was a child, we used to sit down on the floor to enjoy this amazing bean soup together with my brother and friends in the afternoon.

So, at this present time, I continue to cook my mam’s red bean soup recipe.

Red sea sauce salmon heaven

  • Steamed vegetables with olive oil and cider vinegar
  • Mouth-watering food

London Olympics 2012

DIVERSITY, PURPOSE, COUNTRIES, ACHIEVEMENT, JOY, MEDALS, TOGETHER, WILL-POWER, SACRIFICE, WORLD PEACE

The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the diversity of the nations together, through sacrifice and willpower, with the aim of joy and medals.

Achievements bring rewards

‘’THE WORLD PEACE TOGETHER’’.

Bistec a caballo

Riding a horse to pleasure

Very common dinner food

  • Beef fillet
  • Onion
  • Fried egg
  • Oregano leaves

THE MISUNDERSTOOD

YEAR 2020

The 2020 year began like every other one. Just a few days passed in January when the awful situation started in AUSTRALIA. 

The forest was set on fire for many days; so many animals, people’s lives, and land were lost. 

Soon after, the COVID19 spread all over the WORLD, as a result, a lot of humans have died, even forcing the government to make strong decisions that could affect the economy and our mental health.

 THE LOCKDOWN, it is a terrible moment that not everyone can deal with. 

The financial devastation, emotion, and the accumulations of mixed feelings have gone too far. 

While the percentage of deaths of people has decreased, another big problem has arisen to deteriorate human sensibility:  THE MURDERING of a black man in the United States of America by a group of four policemen. Because of this crime, BLACK LIVES MATTER has started a lot of demonstrations against racism. This outrage has created high tensions around the world. 

Moreover, the confrontation between INDIA and CHINA has just erupted creating tension there as well.

Problems go on and on; it looks like we are not going to make it.

BUT, for some of these problems, we have solutions at our fingertips. Is this possible? Yes, it could be. 

By respecting each other, by giving the same opportunities to everybody, by the word of GOD.  He is a fundamental way to resolve some problems. Be more kind, have more consideration for others. 

We all need a place to stay, a place to eat, a place to build a home, a place to keep our belongings, a place to live, and rest in peace. However, every single person has the obligation to make little sacrifices in order to make all equal.

LITTLE AFRICA in Colombia is a village called SAN BASILIO DE PALENQUE.

This small village of 4000 residents was established by a strong and fierce black man in 1603 after he decided to move here with the intention to preserve their freedom.

BENKOS BIOHO was a young man, kidnapped from his native land in AFRICA in the late 1500s, and sent to South America by Spanish enslavers.

He did not accept the idea of living in captivity and tried as much as he could to break the chain that was hanging from his wrists.  One day he managed, and escaped with others who were also enslaved.

Benkos founded the new village in a far-away area to avoid the Spanish people’s constant hostility and attempts to re-capture them.

The location of the new village gave Benkos and the other people in the village the opportunity to see far away if any Spanish people were coming or getting close so they had the chance to beat them by surprise. This beating happened again and again, again and again.

Due to the resistance developed by the rebels in the village, the Spanish colony decided to give them freedom. But they had to accept two conditions, first, not to go to the city to rescue any other runners and second, to be baptized by a Catholic priest who would stay with them in the village.

In 1619 the Spanish arranged a meeting with Benkos, lying to him as a way to capture him.

Benkos was hanged and dismembered in 1621. His body parts were sent to different cities to set an example to intimidate other black people.

In 1691, the Spanish crown issued a royal decree granting them freedom from slavery.

Working together = Resistance and freedom

2. THE ROLE OF WOMEN in escape to reach PALENQUE

Women played a crucial role in the process of escaping slavery.

When plaiting hair, they would draw a map to show different ways to reach Palenque and hide seeds and small valuables within the hair. The seeds were to be planted in the new freedom land.

African people, captured from different tribes, were not able to communicate with each other due to the many different African languages. 

Women had the important role of transmitting escape messages and storing seeds inside the hair.

3. Medicine and food in PALENQUE

Medicinal herbs have a prominent status for Palenque residents. They are used exactly as Africans use them to cure diseases.  The medicine man, with his spiritual knowledge, has the power to mix up herbs to cure people.

They use selected land to grow crops of medicinal herbs and care for them with great dedication.

The leaves are harvested during a specific moon phase and at a specific time of the day.

4. PALENQUE FOOD – AWARED THE BEST COOKBOOK IN THE WORLD

This small village has the greatest cookbook.
 
For this community, traditional and ancestral recipes are something extraordinary to such a point that in 2014 they won first prize in BEIJING-CHINA for the best cookbook in the world!
 
There are many ancestral recipes that Palenqueros use to enjoy performing in the kitchen and to create business. Most unique about their recipes is that each one is linked to a beautiful song.

5. Music in the veins in PALENQUE

Almost every resident  has knowledge of MUSIC, SINGING, DANCE OR THEATRE.
 
From an early age, they care about tradition, celebration or anything related to a festivity. All this cultural wealth is celebrated in a  colourful festival in October.
 
At this time visitors can see their happiness, welcoming, peace, and much more.
 
Children uphold these traditions to preserve the AFRICAN ANCESTRAL COMMITMENT so they can be proud of their roots, legacy and the Palenquera language, which is used in their songs.
 
The greatest representative of their music is the songwriter called MASTER RAFAEL CASSIANI CASSIANI with the group SEXTETO TABALA.

6. PALENQUE – AN UNIQUE LANGUAJE

Almost every resident  has knowledge of MUSIC, SINGING, DANCE OR THEATRE.
 
From an early age, they care about tradition, celebration or anything related to a festivity. All this cultural wealth is celebrated in a  colourful festival in October.
 
At this time visitors can see their happiness, welcoming, peace, and much more.
 
Children uphold these traditions to preserve the AFRICAN ANCESTRAL COMMITMENT so they can be proud of their roots, legacy and the Palenquera language, which is used in their songs.
 
The greatest representative of their music is the songwriter called MASTER RAFAEL CASSIANI CASSIANI with the group SEXTETO TABALA.

7. Prominent figures in PALENQUE

RAFAEL CASSIANI CASSIANI  (singer -song writer)

ANTONIO CERVANTES (boxer)

RICARDO CARDONA (boxer )

PRUDENCIO CARDONA (boxer )

EVARISTO MARQUEZ (actor )

SEXTETO TABALA (musical group)

Ringing for the NHS

By Eleida

During the heavy pandemic period (lockdown), people in London used to make a kind of greeting to the HEALTH and NHS workers, by making a noise or clapping from their windows, homes or streets.

It was a pleasant way to say thank you, to demonstrate affection for what they were doing.

They are our soldiers.

This action was carried out every Thursday night at 8pm, so I used this bell to make a noise from my home balcony. Even when I was feeling a bit frustrated I did try to make my small contribution to support the NHS and HEALTH workers.

God save all of you.

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