Slowly advancing through a thousand twists and turns, the Great Green Wall is a continent-wide forest in the shape of a giant serpent, stretching from Mauritania to Djibouti. This man-made bioregion should manage to save a good part of Africa from becoming desert, including Burkina Faso. Launched by the Community of the States of the Sahel and Sahara in 2005, Wikipedia calls it a “pioneering initiative.”
From this, one may conclude that Thomas Sankara’s speech to his “forest companions,” published in this newspaper in April 1985, shows the magnitude of the delays that have accumulated in the meantime, and proves how the time since the murder of its author, 30 years ago Sunday, has passed to almost no effect.
One can understand just how much the project, which Sankara at that time could only sketch, would have changed the world for the better by looking at how, in our times, his organic vision has come back to reflect the practices of so many movements conceived only recently, at the convergence of different approaches. It is a vision situated between bodies and territories, in the full knowledge that there will either be total liberation or no liberation at all.