In The Shadow of The Tokolosh
This novel will be many things to many people, particularly .Those of Pioneer Stock ,and those who spent 6 months of the year "in" and 6 months "out", for the better part of 14 years in The Bush War .
They will all be able to identify with these images because that is the life they lived. But, the genius of this little book is its portrayal of the unspeakable .The great divide between the civilised, democratic ideals of the European (white man's ) world ,and the bankrupt ,prehistoric world of those who would see themselves as the eternal victims of humanity ,the indigenous people.
Perhaps naively it tries to explain why?
It tells of how, in spite of huge differences, lasting friendships, based on trust ,occasionally did develop.
50 Years ago The Western Powers abandoned African and left their own "Kith& Kin" to fight for their lives or get the hell out of there . The Belgians were a particularly gruesome example of that.
In doing so, they supported the new breed of black dictator, Mabutu , Amin, Bokassa ,Mugabe and all the other soon proved the point that there are "none so blind as those who will not see".
The new elite had been nurtured and weaned on a diet of The Tokolosh . Notwithstanding some pretentions to religion. These were the children of the Tokolosh .Brutal primitive killers ,with no morals of ethics, other than to serve the disciples of fear.
The high priests of this insidious prehistoric abomination are the witchdoctors .The story describes some horrific scenes that we all know are real, but are not supposed to talk about " it's not PC you know".
The western powers had installed a bunch of kleptomaniacs who would subvert all before them simply because they were given the power to do so. But, here's the thing , thing's got even worse since then . All the inherited capital has been used and abused.
It has done more harm to the African people, than all the frantic , greedy development of the Colonials , and has left the aid agencies and non governmental organisations literally holding the starving babies.
Why focus on Somalia ?
The Belgians Congo is a humanitarian apocalypse ,and those organizations have been feeding Mugabe's Zimbabwe ,the former bread basket of Central Africa ,for 30years for godsake!
One cannot be PC ,or in denial about things like that ............. WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!