Monday 25 December 2023

Patrice Lumumba's Last Message

He was the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was assassinated in 1961 after a military coup supported by the USA and Belgian imperialism which was recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013.

My dear wife,

I am writing these words to you, not knowing whether they will reach you or not, or whether I will live when you read them.  Throughout my struggle for the independence of our country, I have never doubted the victory of our sacred cause, to which I and my comrades have devoted our whole lives.

But the only thing we wanted for our country was the right to a decent life, dignity without pretension, and independence without restrictions.

This was never the desire of the Belgian colonialists and their Western allies, who received support, direct or indirect, overt or covert, from some high-ranking officials of the United Nations, the body on which we placed all our hope when we appealed to it.  for help.

They seduced some of our citizens, bought off others, and did everything to distort the truth and distort our independence.

What I can say is that this - alive or dead, free or in prison - is not a question for me personally.

The main thing is the Congo, our unfortunate people, whose independence is being trampled upon.

That's why they locked us in prison and kept us away from the people.  But my faith remains indestructible.

I know and feel deep in my heart that sooner or later my people will rid themselves of their internal and external enemies, and will rise as one man to say “no” to colonialism, to insolent, dying colonialism, in order to win their dignity in a clean land.

We are not alone.  Africa, Asia, the free peoples and the peoples fighting for their freedom all over the world will always be side by side with the millions of Congolese who will not give up the struggle while there is even a single colonizer or colonial mercenary in our country.

To my children, whom I am leaving and whom I may never see again, I want to say that the future of the Congo is wonderful and that I expect them, as from every Congolese, to fulfill the sacred task of restoring our independence and sovereignty.

Without dignity there is no freedom, without justice there is no dignity, without independence there are no free men.  Cruelty, insults and torture can never force me to beg for mercy, because I would rather die with my head held high, with indestructible faith and deep belief in the destiny of our country than to live in humility and abandon the principles sacred to me.

The day will come when history will speak.  But it will not be the history that will be taught in Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations.

It will be the history that will be taught in countries that achieved freedom from colonialism and its agents.

Africa will write its history, and it will be a history of glory and dignity in its north and south.

Don't cry for me.  I know that my suffering country will be able to defend its freedom and independence.

Long live Congo!

Long live Africa!

Patrice Lumumba

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