Cynthia Basinet offers WSO an interview and shares her comments regarding a recent visit to
the Saharawi refugee camps.
Here are some excerpts:
WSO: Our first contact was through an internet chat right before you left
to the Saharawi refugee camps. You seemed excited about the trip.
What made you go there in the first place?
Cynthia Basinet: I was dreaming for
such a mission. The move to sing opened the choice of two routes… the
first, being the path of truth or the other, the path of fear. Having
completed the Universe’s test (Saturn’s return) was very interested in
meeting a society that had followed a path of self-determination as well.
And see if I could help. They certainely were helping me.
Q: What did you see as your primary objective in visiting them?
A: To be open to the process. Listen and apply the principles that aided me.
And let them know they are not alone. That they are of value.
Q: When asked about the food crisis, Carlos Wilson, the executive director of the US-Western Sahara Foundation, was quoted recently as saying: “It is now time for the humanitarians and the religious communities to truly practice what they preach”. What do you think should be done, here in the USA, in raising more awareness on the issue, not only on the food crisis but also on the struggle of the Saharawi people for self-determination?
A: The first understanding is that despite years of therapy, many Americans seem to have become more egoistic and fearful rather than less. They are bombarded night and day. It is what stirs the economy but with that has now come the time for a greater responsibility, not less. To understand that we are all linked. That the strength and conviction of the Sahrawis is something that deserves to be highlighted in the conscience of not only America but the world. The same issues of power apply to the 85% working class that makes
up America. And to the world that displaced societies are of value. Their issues are our issues. In other words, getting active for their belief
empowers all of us. As it is never about the actual event but what if forces one to process.
Q: What do you think should the Saharawis expect from the world community in general, and, from Americans in particular?
A: The Sahrawis are entering into a world where entertainment is about the only media value.
Unless, they are “packaged” or assets that can be exploited, they will
receive little attention in the media, outside of typical humanitarian
coverage. The key is the balance. Finding how you are of value in exchange for news coverage. The use of the Internet helps give a tuned example of Universe flow, to best prepare for such transition. In addition to the simplistic advantage of getting people mobilized, informed and empowered.
Q: Finally, would you plan another visit to the refugee camps?
of course. I would be honored.