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“Never again!”: with artists in Chad

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N’Djamena, 5 March 2014

25 artists from the worlds of dance, theatre, music, and art were invited to a discussion workshop on the Extraordinary African Chambers (CAE), on 5 March in the capital N’Djamena. Renowned Chadian artists – Alhaji Tawa, Hassan Keiro, Razolo Sultan, Seid Caman, Ngass David, Auguste Koublengar, Banda Samandar, Borsorta Djimira, and Petit Papa – responded to an appeal by Magi Communications consultancy firm, which is implementing the CAE outreach campaign in Chad.

The aim of the day was to enable artists to understand how the CAE works, to answer their questions, and to emphasize the importance and neutrality of outreach activities in Chad. Abdou Khadre Lo, an expert in political science from Dakar, welcomed the interest in outreach shown by the CAE itself, which has written it into the Statute. He cited “the success of awareness organized around international trials held in Cambodia and Sierra Leone” as benchmarks.

Gilbert Maoundonodji answered the artists’ questions on the issues around the outreach campaign, and reiterated the importance of this relationship with the CAE for Chadian citizens. Why create the CAE? What is its mandate, and for how long does it last? What influence could it have on the judges of African presidents during a trial? Why now, after 24 years of waiting? What role will victims have in proceedings? What would compensation consist of, and what actions would be taken to turn the page? What role will the defense play?

A brainstorming session was organized by the group, which enabled allowed to consider proposals for works and artistic performances to promote the general public’s ownership of the judicial process, with due respect for the neutrality of all parties to the trial. Recommendations and ideas were launched, including the idea of createing radio plays, with the slogan “Never again!”

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