Free Webinar: AFRICOM & Human Rights in Africa
Start: 2020-12-04 14:00:00 UTC Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
End: 2020-12-04 16:00:00 UTC Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada) (GMT-05:00)
This is a virtual event
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom-US Section, Black Alliance for Peace, & World BEYOND War invite you to attend this free webinar on the United States African Command (AFRICOM) and Human Rights in Africa, on Friday, Dec. 4 at 11am PT, 2pm ET, 8pm Nigeria time.
The webinar will feature first-hand reports from WILPF women describing what effects AFRICOM is having on their respective nations: Joy Onyesoh, the President of WILPF International will speak about Nigeria, Sylvie Ndongmo, the Africa Region representative of WILPF will speak about Cameroon, Marie-Claire Faray, currently living in the UK will speak about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Christine Odera, Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassador Network - Kenya Country Coordinator (CYPAN), will speak about Kenya. Other featured speakers include writer and author Margaret Kimberley, representing the Black Alliance for Peace, and their initiative: Out of Africa: Shut Down AFRICOM.
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Why are we concerned about the militarization of Africa by AFRICOM?
The U.S. military established AFRICOM on October 1, 2008. They claim that combat operations in Africa are to counter violent extremist organizations which they say are finding safe haven throughout African countries. However, the truth is that the U.S. uses military force to impose control of African land, resources and labor to service the needs of U.S. multi-national corporations and the wealthy in the United States.
When AFRICOM was established in the months before Barack Obama assumed office as the first Black President of the United States, a majority of African nations—led by the Pan-Africanist government of Libya—rejected AFRICOM, forcing the new command to instead work out of Europe. But with the U.S. and NATO attack on Libya that led to the destruction of that country and the murder of its leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, corrupt African leaders began to allow AFRICOM forces to operate in their countries and establish military-to-military relations with the United States. Despite the Pentagon's claims that AFRICOM has a "light footprint," recent documents reveal that the U.S. has at least 29 military bases in 15 countries across the continent.
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