Sunday, November 11, 2007

In Memory: Ken Saro-Wiwa

Today is Saturday, 10 November 2007.

On this date in 1995, was murdered, by the Nigerian military dictatorship, Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Saro-Wiwa was a playwright, novelist, television producer, and advocate for the people of the Niger Delta, where he was born. (The Wikipedia article is reliable for details.) The Delta is from whence the oil comes, and to which only a tiny fraction of the proceeds return. In 1995, Saro-Wiwa and eight comrades in their nonviolent struggle for justice were falsely convicted by a military court and sentenced to death. It was widely assumed the sentences would be commuted to life imprisonment.

Instead, eight defendants were hanged before Saro-Wiwa’s eyes, before he was slowly hanged.

All honor to his memory.


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