“Freedom means the ability to manifest all of whom you are at any given moment” says SomiListen /
“I love to celebrate freedom in whatever context”, says Somi, an American singer/songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. Somi performed at a concert on Friday, 22 March at the General Assembly Hall. The concert pays tribute to the emancipation of slaves as this year marks many key slavery abolition anniversaries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and, Latin America including the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States. Beng Poblete-Enriquez sat down with Somi before the rehearsals. Somi says “Freedom means the ability to manifest all of whom you are at any given moment”.
New photography book sheds light on life after slavery
A new book of photographs depicts the strengths and resilience of African Americans following emancipation from slavery in 1863. 'Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery' is the work of two American professors, Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer. Dianne Penn spoke to the authors who were at the UN for a book signing. Dr. Willis starts by explaining that the book began with a single photograph of a remarkable woman called Dolly.
Suffering in Syria continues
As the conflict continues in Syria, the pain and suffering of the Syrian people are etched in their faces. All along the border, fleeing Syrian families face separation when they try to cross into Jordan. It adds to the trauma of flight says Edith Champagne from the UN refugee agency or UNHCR.
Presenter: Beng Poblete-Enriquez