By Albert Agua
The life of Nelson Mandela is a great inspiration to millions of people all over the world. To lose 27 years of your life to imprisonment is a heavy price to pay for something you believe in. Despite this ordeal, Nelson Mandela still held on to his sanity and his fight to liberate his people, until International pressure caused the Apartheid government of South Africa to set him free. By then the black South Africans may have had the backing from external sympathisers to arm themselves to fight the minority white South Africans. It is my opinion that the apartheid president F.W de Klerk realised this and opted for a compromise with Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC). Either way the Apartheid government of South Africa was on its way out, and the president F.W de Klerk realised this and made the wisest choice for all South Africans.
The West Papuan people suffer exactly the same racial oppression as the black South Africans, except this time their racial oppressors have camouflaged themselves into the democratic election process. The black people of West Papua had their sovereignty handed over to Indonesia by the United Nations in May 1963, several months before Mandela was jailed. The West Papuans had their land mass, flooded by yellow people some years after, rendering the democratic election process useless for the West Papuans to vote themselves into power. Hence, they can’t win on their own land in a democratic election, like the black South Africans. World leaders representing almost every race and creed have been united at Mandela’s funeral service, to celebrate his life. I hope that one of them proposes the idea of the whole world agreeing on having a global liberation policy for all races and name it the“Mandela Policy”. This policy must be founded on the principals of forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace. I pray that some powerful leader like Barack Obama takes on this task and advocates for the liberation of all people that are still in racial bondages far more complex than that of Apartheid South Africa. The world even after Mandela, must vigorously fight against institutionalised racial oppression. The Jews suffered during the holocaust, the black South Africans suffered during the apartheid, the Palestinians still suffer today and the West Papuan cry is drowning from the loud fanfare of racial oppression. Robust institutionalised racist governments still exist today, and they need to be contained through firm decisions, forgiveness, reconciliation and peace. It is only appropriate that this positive flame ignited by Nelson Mandela, be nurtured to burn right throughout the world for the good of humanity.
The world leaders of today have a responsibility to reverse the injustices of colonisation and that is a greater battle than that of Mandela’s.