19 October, 2007

Thomas Sankara

Quotes by Sankara:
"I can hear the roar of women's silence."

"I want people to remember me as someone whose life has been helpful to humanity."

"The French revolution taught us the rights of man."

"I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory... You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future."

"Thomas Sankara, the young valiant and visionary President of Burkina Faso, was assassinated in a counter-revolutionary military coup by renegade soldiers headed by the then Captain Blaise Compaore. Sankara and twelve of his aides were murdered by this cowardly bunch who hastily dumped him and his fallen comrades in arms in a shallow mass grave in the outskirts of Ouagadougou in an attempt to obliterate their memory and honour. However, in the unfolding events following the news of the assassination of Sankara and the ignoble move to make him obscure, the youths went out in their droves in the streets of Ouagadougou and the other major cities of Burkina Faso thus demanding for a more fitting and honourable burial for Thomas Sankara and his comrades. The cowardly traitors, headed by Blaise Compaore, Henry Zongo and Jean Baptiste Lingani, who were terribly frightened as to how this ignominious project would end and waiting on the fringes to take flight should the coup d'etat fail, were left with no option in the face of this mass challenge and defiance but to accede to the popular demand and gave Sankara and his gallant aides a more fitting burial with separate graves.

Thomas Sankara was born on the 21 December 1949 in Yako in the then Republic of Upper Volta (now changed to Burkina Faso by Sankara). He entered military preparatory school Ouagadougou in 1966 and graduated in 1969. In 1970 he went for further training at a military academy in Antsirabe, Madagascar. He attended another training session at a parachute school in 1972 in Pau, France. It was while in France that Sankara became exposed to critical political views that helped to shape his progressive outlook." AllAfrica

More on Sankara: Mathaba.net, Thomasankara.net, HollerAfrica, Thomas Sankara Speaks, AlertNet, Pambazuka, Indybay, Reuters, Africa News, Mail & Guardian, Wikipedia, here and here

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