Heinrich Geuther: WESTAFRIKA - DIE BÜCHSE DER PANDORA
Friday, 17 July 2020 – 8 pm
A mad journey following the trail of blood diamonds. A journey to countries where it was said that one could not travel. A journey where everything went wrong, but which opened up a true miracle – a journey to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Heinrich Geuther is declared insane by many as he sets out to climb the highest jungle mountains of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for the World AIDS Awareness Expedition, while at the same time lifting the veil of ignorance about this remote part of our planet. Countries that have been reduced to rubble by decades of civil war and where, shortly after the war, hardly anyone else wanted to set foot voluntarily. In his lecture Heinrich Geuther takes you into an unknown world full of uncertainty and surprises, gets himself into a military coup, but also discovers unknown jungle mountains and deserted dream beaches. He meets people who have faced the horrors of war and former rebel fighters, one-legged football players and corrupt border guards, searches for the man with the saw and finds a sad old man among the lonely ruins of a seaside resort. Slave hunt, blood diamonds and the madness of war – along the way, the epic story of a state founded by freed slaves, which later became a nightmare, opens up to the listener.
The most amazing story, however, is the one Heinrich Geuther came across among the ruins of Monrovia, the most dangerous place in the world shortly before. This story is so monstrous, so incredible that it could change the world – provided the world knew it. Travel lecture, literature, crisis reporting, art… this unique and internationally award-winning lecture defies categorization and captivates the audience with its ruthless power of expression. Heinrich Geuther tells a magical and dangerous story, is touching and shocking at the same time. Above all, however, it testifies to a deeply felt empathy for the people of the forgotten “backyards” of our world.
All donations from this lecture will be donated to the project “Afripads for schools in Western Uganda, District Bukomansimbi“. “Afripads” – supports young girls and women during their menstruation and enables them to receive the same educational opportunities as boys and men.