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Retrospective Pan-African Gazette 'Chimurenga Chronic' Returns

Retrospective pan-African newspaper "Chimurenga Chronic" returns as a quarterly publication.

What is time? Novelist and literary academic Imraan Coovadia in his brilliant essay, "Midnight," writes that science has yet to come up with a satisfactory description: “an account of why it exists and how it progress… the physical time of the cosmos, expressed in the changes of subatomic particles and forces and billion sun galaxies, differs from historical time, with its emphasis on economic and cultural processes, and also from the psychological time of human beings." The point is that time is not as linear as we supposed it to be.


Working with the idea of time as plural and taking their cue from cosmic jazz visionary Sun Ra (who once said “equation wise, the first thing to do is consider internal linktime as officially ended …we'll work on the other side of time"), the team behind the award-winning Chimurenga Chronic imagined the once-off retrospective newspaper as a time machine. Published in 2011, the paper traveled back in time to the week of the xenophobic violence in South Africa (18-24 May 2008) which left scores of immigrants dead and thousands of others displaced.

Following on the success of the once-off edition, the Chimurenga Chronic will be launched as a quarterly Pan-African gazette 'now-now' at the end of March 2013. “It is a publication borne out of an urgent need to write our world differently," says the press release announcing the launch; “to begin asking new questions, or even the old ones anew." And later it says: “we titled it the Chimurenga Chronic, a nod to both the art of chronicling, of documenting historical events in real time (the time-zone we call 'now-now'), and because things are, well yes, chronic."

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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