Reclaiming African History

Reclaiming African History

African Publishing Review

The need to distill complex history into an easily digestible form suitable for policy action has never been more apparent than in today's confusing global situation with its information overload. Jacques Depelchin, committed and radical Congolese historian and director of the Ota Benga International Alliance for Peace in the Congo in his earlier book Silences in African History (Dar es Salaam: Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, 2004) gave a detailed re-think of African historiography urging scholars to be guided by social relevance. In this new book of eight short but pithy chapters ranging from "Taking African history seriously as a pre-condition to healing humanity" and solidarity with Haiti, to possibilities of a "South–South subversive globalization" between Africa and Brazil, and commentaries on South Africa, the DRC, the food crisis, Gaza, and genocide, he makes the mosaic of African events understandable.

- Peter Limb, Michigan State University, African Publishing Review

Jacques Depelchin's 'In solidarity with Cité Soleil in Haiti' (chapter 2) shows how France with the help of the US, Canada and the Vatican forced the Haitian government that defeated their slavery of the Africans to agree to pay compensation to the slave and plantation owners, in exchange for being accepted as a nation state. Sadly, the poor are criminalised everywhere... Depelchin call(s) upon our social solidarity to stand against these established regimes that impoverish, dehumanise and criminalise the struggles of the unemployed and freedom fighters.

Doreen Lwanga, Uganda 

I want to congratulate Depelchin and say thanks in the name of Haiti where I am from. 'In solidarity with Cité Soleil in Haiti' (chapter 2) is brilliant and thought-provoking.

Vye Ewol, Haiti