MANY RIVERS CROSSED
by Richard Canal
"People think I am depraved. What maddened me the madman?
They call me a monster; from where comes my monstrosity?"
Angolans will soon dance and rejoice in the streets at the demise of the man many condemn as perpetrator of the war: Savimbi's personal vendetta against the incumbent party, and against Angola as a whole for not having chosen him in the 1992 elections, resulted in the loss of over a half-million lives, and left a country that could have been the continent's richest among its poorest.
Savimbi suddenly wakes up - dead, bullet-ridden and surrounded by a tribunal of the ghosts of those killed by his hubris. He is confronted by the pain he has wreaked on his country; and in an attempt to die in peace, he explains himself - but whether he is willing to apologise and repent is unclear.
Many Rivers Crossed condemns without demonising, and humanises without sympathising, the obsessions of a warlord, in order to find a semblance of meaning in humankind's propensity for power-thirst and pride.
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