This book covers civil strife and its effects on the society in 6 African countries namely Angola, Mozabique, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Eritria. The book and exhibition opened in Durban at the launch of the African Union by the OAU Secretary General Amara Essay (2002).
Edited: Omar Badsha
amulets & dreams - omar badsha
by ancient rivers,
blew their way across vast grasslands
and generations of broken promises.
on children's foreheads,
fashioned into amulets to ward off
the eyes of war, for the peace to come.
through hedges of thorn and men with AK's,
wrapped dying cultures
in ancient parchments
with an army of children on UN flights,
hid in adoption wards
in LA and Johannesburg.
by praetorian guards armed
with paper resolutions,
drew a curtain over the revolution.
Photographs: Guy Tillim and Omar Badsha
Text: Julia Maxted
Published: SAHO, ISS, Unisa Press.