(Nieuw-Nickerie, Suriname, 1947)went to the Netherlands in 1970 to study German and Dutch at the School for Language and Literature in The Hague and at the Vrije Leergangen (an open teaching methodology) in Amsterdam. On completing his studies he began a career in the field of education. In 1979 he returned to Surinam, first working as a journalist and later for the government. During his work for the government he followed a course for journalism, and at the same time studied communication theory at the Academy for Fine Arts and Cultural education, and also studied Law at the Anton de Kom University. At present he is director at the Ministry of Defence. His poems have appeared in various anthologies, such as de Spiegel van de Surinaamse poëzie (Mirror of Surinam Poetry) (1995) en Mama Sranan (1999). In 2003 he published on his own the collection of poems Als de tijd stilstaat (When time stands still).
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In this public debate a closer look is taken at the development cooperation between the Netherlands, Surinam and the Antilles. This phenomenon takes many different forms: governmental development cooperation, the help offered by Dutch, Surinam and Antillean private organisations, and the private help, such as money or goods, sent to family and friends overseas. Is there a question of addiction to this aid and if so, what is the best way to kick the habit?
Supporters and opponents face up to one another: Gilbert Wawoe, Joanna Werners, Erich Zielinski, John Jansen van Galen and Ronald Julen. The chairman of this debate is Ruben Severina (chairman of the Movimentu Antiano Arubano pa Participashon Politico). To start the discussion Gilbert Wawoe, member of the Council of State, will give a short introduction. On his initiative the private help organisations were convened recently in order to bring them up to date regarding the poverty and social development on the Antilles.The report about a new aid structure, made for the Kingdom of the Netherlands by the Jesserun committee, will also be discussed.
Writer Joanna Werners leads her audience into her novel Schaamteloze warmte (Shameless warmth), about the love felt between white and black women. The Surinam poet Roland Julen describes his unattainable dream. Clark Accord, who is known for his novel De Koningin van Paramaribo (The Queen of Paramaribo), treats the audience to a premiere of a fragment of his long-awaited new historical novel Tussen Apoera en Oreala (Between Apoera and Oreala). In a provocative way he brings to life an unknown Surinam/Indian lovestory. Three Surinam writers in discussion with Tanja Jadnanansing.