Food Sovereignty, Global Warming and Resisting Militarism
Saturday 16th May 2015
From Delphi Lodge to Louisburgh, Co. Mayo.
Registration in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo from 12.45pm
Walk beginning at 1.30pm
***Please note there is no parking available at Delphi Lodge - a shuttle bus will be provided**
Walk Leaders: Abjata Khalif (Kenya), Maitet Ledesma (Philippines) and Sharon Staples (Wales)
Music: RoJ Whelan
Many themes have been explored in the Famine Walk over the past 27 years. The Philippines was the focus of the first ever famine walk as Niall O’Brien, recently released from prison, outlined the experience of living under the Marcos military dictatorship. Significantly, the Philippines is again a focus of this year’s walk as Maitet Ledesma updates us on the current situation there, with particular reference to the devastating impacts of militarism and global warming.
The issue of food and famine has always been a central theme of the walk, as it is this year. As nations continue to turn to war as a first resort, in many cases, food security is further threatened, global warming is intensified and corporate control of food is extended, despite the fact that small-scale producers remain the mainstay of global food supplies. Food sovereignty is the common ground on which the realities and hopes of many of these small producers meet.
Conflicts are raging in many places throughout the planet – fed largely by the military/corporate nexus in its insatiable appetite for expansion and exploitation. The unremitting aggression of Western capitalist greed has led to growing anger and resentment in many parts of the world, leading to violence which is met by further violence and to the development and deployment of ever more cruel and inhumane weaponry, a burgeoning growth in what is euphemistically titled the ‘security industry’.
Then, out of the darkness a light shines! Chelsea Manning sees from the inside the horror of war and the extent of the lies used to justify it, and, taking her courage in her hands, exposes the truth to the world. For her troubles she is called a traitor and given a sentence of 35 years in prison. Chelsea’s own direct link with Ireland was her transit, among over 2.5 million troop movements, through Shannon; her courage has now won her a committed solidarity group here. We are delighted that Chelsea’s aunt, Sharon, will be one of the leaders of this year’s Famine Walk.
Abjata Khalif is well acquainted with conflict, global warming and food insecurity on the borders of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. He also knows about conflict resolution, about tackling global warming and about empowering people to resist, to build community and to work together in solidarity. Abjata has used the experience of surviving a massacre as a child in his village as motivation for his life’s work of building peace, promoting development, supporting food sovereignty and resolving conflict. He too will be among our walk leaders this year in Doolough.
Please help Afri to continue its work by getting sponsorship and taking part in this walk. We are asking each participant to raise at least €20 in sponsorship to ensure that Afri can continue its important work.