The Longest Now


On artificial borders, names, and cliques
Tuesday March 09th 2004, 9:20 pm
Filed under: indescribable

…the Algerian gov wants me to get an identity card. But when I do, I will be Algerian citizen. When I move across the sahara, where I and my ancestors have been living for generations, I happen to cross the Nigerian border. I am Nigerian as much as Algerian. I am first Bedu, and I need to move to live. Why should I have to ask the right to cross this border to Nigeria, since the Sahara on either side is my home ?  
                                 —a Bedu, speaking to Anthere(?)


What antidote to categorization, identification, vocalization, in instances where it detracts from meaning more than it adds to it?  What counteracting force, idea, substance?


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