Saturday, 21 April 2012

Choucoune Poème d'Oswald Durand, publié dans le recueil Rires et pleurs, Haïti, 1896.


Poème d'Oswald Durand, publié dans le recueil Rires et pleurs, Haïti, 1896.


Nous respectons l'orthographe de l'auteur, telle qu'elle a été reproduite dans Kraus Reprint, 1970, pp. 222 et suivantes.



Dèiè yon gwo touff pingoin
L'aut'jou, moin contré Choucoune ;
Li sourit l'heur' li ouè moin,
Moin dit : "Ciel ! a là bell' moune !"
Li dit : "Ou trouvez çà, cher ?"
P'tits oéseaux ta pé couté nous lan l'air...
Quand moin songé ça, moin gagnin la peine,
Car dimpi jou-là, dé pieds-moin lan chaîne !"

Choucoun' cé yon marabout :
Z'yeux-li clairé com' chandelle.
Li gangnin tété doubout,...
- Ah ! si Choucoun' té fidèle !
- Nous rété causer longtemps...
Jusqu' z'oéseaux lan bois té paraîtr' contents!...
Pitôt blié ça, cé trop grand la peine,
Car dimpi jou-là, dé pieds moin lan chaîne !

P'tits dents Choucoun' blanch' com' lait'
Bouch'-li couleur caïmite ;
Li pas gros femm', li grassett' :
Femm'com' ça plai moin tout d'suite...
Temps passé pas temps jodi !...
Z'oéseaux té tendé tout ça li té dit...
Si yo songé çà, yo doué lan la peine,
Car dimpi jou-là, dé pieds moin lan chaîne.

N'allé la caze maman-li ;
- Yon grand moun' qui bien honnête !
Sitôt li ouè moin, li dit :
"Ah ! moin content cilà nette !"
Nous bouè chocolat aux noix
Est-c'tout çà fini, p'tits z'oéseaux lan bois ?
- Pitôt blié çà, cé trop grand la peine,
Car dimpi jou-là, dé pieds moin lan chaîne.

Meubl' prêt', bell' caban' bateau,
Chais' rotin, tabl' rond', dodine,
Dé mat'las, yon port'manteau,
Napp', serviette, rideau mouss'line...
Quinz' jou sèl'ment té rété...
P'tits oéseaux lan bois, couté-moin, couté !...
Z'autr' tout' va comprendr" si moin lan la peine,
Si dimpi jou-là dé pieds-moin lan chaîne...

Yon p'tit blanc vini rivé :
P'tit' barb' roug', bell' figur' rose ;
Montr' sous côté, bell' chivé...
- Malheur moin, li qui la cause !...
Li trouvé Choucoun' joli :
Li parlé francé, Choucoun' aimé-li...
Pitôt blié ça, cé trop grand la peine,
Choucoun' quitté moin, dé pieds-moin lan chaîne !

Cà qui pis trist' lan tout ça,
Cà qui va surprendr' tout' moune,
Ci pou ouè malgré temps-là,
Moin aimé toujours Choucoune !
- Li va fai' yon p'tit quat'ron...
P'tits z'oéseaux, gadé ! P'tit ventr'-li bien rond !...
Pé ! Fémin bec z'autr', cé trop grand la peine :
Dé pieds pitit Pierr', dé pieds-li lan chaîne !

Thousands protest in Ecuador’s capital for “Water, Life, and Dignity of the People” 700 kilometre march culminates in demonstration on March 22

Thousands protest in Ecuador’s capital for “Water, Life, and Dignity of the People”

700 kilometre march culminates in demonstration on March 22


Published on March 24, 2012

Quito, Ecuador — Over 25,000 people flooded Quito, Ecuador’s capital, on March 22 in the culmination of a two week march that began in the country’s Southern Amazon region and spanned roughly 700 kilometres.

The march, translated from Spanish to mean the “Plurinational March for Water, Life, and Dignity of the People,” was led by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) in collaboration with other indigenous, environmental, student, worker, and women’s groups.

The movement was born out of a rejection of the constitutional violations and extractive environmental policies of President Rafael Correa’s national government, which is lead by the Alianza Pais party (“Proud and Sovereign Fatherland Alliance”).

Thousands left Ecuador’s Southern Amazonian province of Zamora-Chinchipe on March 8 – International Women’s Day – to begin their journey to Quito. They arrived on March 22, World Water Day.

The starting point was symbolically chosen to denounce the large-scale, open pit copper mining project initiated in Zamora’s Condor Cordillera following a contract signed at the beginning of the month with the Chinese transnational mining corporation, Ecuacorriente (ECSA).

ECSA is an international subsidiary of the Canadian natural mineral resource company, Corriente Resources Inc., based in Vancouver, BC.

The project is the largest scale mining development in the Ecuador’s history, and is contracted to last 25 years, with a $1.4-billion investment in the Southern Amazonian region by ECSA within the first five years.

Provincial coordinating committees sent roughly 5,000 to 6,000 people from each province to participate in the march, joining the movement as it moved northward from Zamora toward the capital. Together these bodies made 19 demands on issues including labour, environmental justice, and reproductive rights.

They declared three of these demands to be nonnegotiable: the elimination of large scale mining, decriminalization of social protest, and the reinstatement of employment of 5,600 public workers who had been laid off in Fall 2011 by a constitutional decree which instituted “mandatory resignation.”

On March 22, 20,000 demonstrators travelled the final stretch through Quito, arriving from the south to gather downtown at Parque del Arbolito. Another 5,000 arrived from the north. They carried with them large banners, flags, graffiti, and drums, chanting as they made their way through the city.

Though the protesters marched in unity, they represented a wide variety of issues.

“I am here because I believe in protest. I believe it is one of the greatest achievements of the people, and I join this struggle for two reasons; because water is a right for all, and because I am against the large scale mining project in Zamora,” said Pablo Torres, a demonstrator from Quito.

Another demonstrator, Marco Montagua from Pastaza in the South Eastern Amazon stated, “I am here in the spirit of solidarity between indigenous peoples and nationalities. Each people, each sector, has their own reason for being here. We, the Sapara Nation, are here to resist oil extraction on our land.”

Riot cops and military lined the march and police helicopters flew overhead. While the protest remained mostly peaceful, altercations broke out between riot police, police on horseback, and the demonstrators around 6:00 p.m.

The government had banned the contracting of interprovincial buses throughout March, which constrained the number of protesters present in the demonstration.

Despite this, Soledad Vogliano, Natural Resource and Legal worker for CONAIE, explained that the march has already yielded some positive results.

“The government has announced that they will begin a process of dialogue to evaluate how the nonnegotiable demands can be implemented,” said Vogliano. “This period will last six months, by the end of which, if there is no action, the organizations involved in the march have announced that there will be uprising.”

Uganda speaks in response to Kony 2012 Watch our latest report from northern Uganda and add your voice to the discussion around this controversial campaign. Last Modified: 21 Apr 2012 00:31

Uganda speaks in response to Kony 2012


Invisible Children's Kony2012 video has brought infamy to Central Africa's rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader, Joseph Kony

But many have criticised the campaign for ignoring voices from people on the ground.

A group of Ugandan bloggers and filmmakers, working under the collective "Uganda Speaks", have now released their own film online looking at the LRA and its impact from their perspective - a move that aims to bring local voices to the debate. 

Al Jazeera's Malcolm Webb reports from northern Uganda where he met with the group. We also solicited reactions from our social media communities, and some of these are presented in the right column below.





Uganda Speaks map

Video: Ugandans react with anger to Kony video.

Searching for Kony: slideshow

Ojwang Martin - "Leave us alone - Uganda is now peaceful. Why scare our tourists? Why were they doing nothing before and wake up now?"

Jean Mosh - "No relevance at all, in fact it is instead defaming the fragile image of my country, tourists could think the country is doing bad in terms of security but we just concluded the hosting of the international parliamentary union conference and Invisible children's videos don't showcase such prospects!"

Derrick Mubiru Treisman "Kony is no more in Uganda... All we want is to have him arrested and prosecuted in courts of law."

Netanyahu Odongo Norbert - "Its irrelevant. There are a lot of misconceptions in the video. What makes it irrelevant is the war ended years back and the man is now hiding in Central Africa Republic."

Paayas CelineForever Pandit - "It is extremely opportunistic. Kony left the country - we need peace. Invisible children can fabricate other strategies of looting people other than selling Kony kits."

Mas Yunus - "Right now what Northern Uganda requires are rehabilitation and development agendas and programmes, talking and politicking what ended years ago. NGOs should look forward to healing the wounds of those affected not seeking avenues of getting money."

There are about 4.174 million Internet users in Uganda (world rank 61st) [2010 estimate]

Jerome Birungi Ateenyi - "Kony is history in Uganda. But his war in northern Uganda left big sorrows on peoples live. I believe the end to him and all those with his ideologies should be welcome. We pray for those people he is terrorising. We prayed alot and he was pushed out of Uganda."

Andy Keesha - "Uganda has been through hell and back. We have dealt with Kony on our own - your 15mins of fame are done Invisible Children. We appreciate the good you have done, but don’t make Kony a rock star."

Kizito Nestor - "I am actually surprised at how much coverage this is getting, when actually people in Uganda have already moved on past this... Kony hasnt been in Uganda since 2004... As a Uganda, what we need is more business investment opportunities not sympathy from whoever thinks he can use this Kony video to take us for a ride… Thats so lame.... Actually victims don't want to watch it cos it reminds them of all these atrocities."

Maureen Agena - "This totally makes me sick. Why wear a bracelet and T-shirt with pictures of Kony?; Why be reminded about the nights I slept out of home for fear of being abducted? The pain that my people went through for all those years? My colleagues who still held captive, Invisible Children should look for better ways of making themselves relevant."

Mugume Patrick - "This is negative publicity that we dont need. Where were they wen Kony was cutting off peoples lips, burning buses full of passengers, burning villages, making kids kill their relatives, etc . So the million dollar question is: WHY NOW? "

Jean Mosh - "The world should know that Kony is not in Uganda anymore, not even terrorising Ugandans from wherever he is right now so whatever Invisible children aims at, is all to their own selfish benefit. They should have produced that 10 or 15 years ago but not years after the LRA was defeated!"

Al Jazeera asked Ugandans on Facebook to share their thoughts on Kony 2012. Play the video to see what they had to say.



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