Lamine Dieme draws a comic strip titled “Patrie” where different stories cross each other and different ways to intend the word “motherland” take shape.
First pages start from the history of Africa which is made of slavery, violence and entire peoples’ migrations. Then the author moves to the recent history of Senegal: his own history.
He tells us about his being part of the rapper movement “Y’en a Marre”, which opposed the constitutional amendment wanted by the President Wade in June 2011 and about the riots during the election period in 2012. The election day is accompanied by the word “Hope”. Senegal regains its peace, but the author still thinks about thousands of migrants whom continue to leave Africa entrusting their hopes to God and to the sea. Now even the author is ready to leave accompanied by his family memories and new hopes.
(the concept’s text is by Raffaella Carillo)