Ken Saro-Wiwa on His Detention

Ken Saro-Wiwa on his detention in Nigeria:

A year has gone by since I was rudely roused from my bed and clamped into detention. Sixty-five days in chains, weeks of starvation, months of mental torture and recently, the rides in a steaming, airless Black Maria to appear before a kangaroo court, dubbed a special military tribunal, where the proceedings leave no doubt that the judgement has been written advance…

The men who ordain and supervise this show of shame, this tragic charade, are frightened by the word, the power of ideas, the power of the pen; by the demands of social justice and the rights of man. Nor do they have a sense of history. They are so scared of the power of the word, that they do not read. And that is their funeral.

– From In the Shadow of a Saint, A Son’s Journey to Understand His Father’s Legacy by Ken Wiwa.

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Author: Ify Okoye

Muslim woman, RN, & rebel with a cause.

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