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Date :Wednesday 9th March

Student: Mona GalloSupervisor: Fredérique Martin

5 minutes convincing people that it is important to testify

  • 1-History of the Angolan independence war
  • 2-History of my mom, orphan of the Angolan war
  • 3-The importance to testify

    Contents

    History of the angolan war of independence

    Conflicts between Portugal and pro independence movements in Angola (1961-1975)-preceded by 5 centuries of colonisation-Angola = country the most depopulated by the slave trade

    Desire of emancipation from colonisation*15 years of fights*context of the Cold war and decolonisation *independence was declared on the 11th November 1975

    > 50 000 deaths>tense political climate>painful memories>Luanda = most expensive and corrupt city in the world

      Assessement

      Fighting everyday so that people know through her testimony what happened"Memory gives history a name, a feeling, a way for everybody to identify and to imagine"

      THE HISTORY OF MY MOM, ORPHAN OF THE ANGOLAN WAR

      -was born in Angola few days after Luanda uprising-the war took away her mother, her father, her name, identity and culture

      -6 years old : forced to raise colonists children-have to learn another language and way of life-adopted by the cousin of her mother, forced to move in Portugal -never seen her real family again

      *leave a testimony in the collective memory*a way for people to know the reality*add a sensitive dimension to history

      Contribution of testimony to history

      Feeling the need to testify

      Allowed people to be at peace

      * feel soothed*pay homage to people*feel heard

      "Personal stories involve the brain more and are therefore remembered in the future than a simple statements of facts" Paul Zak