Every year, Tama people observe and celebrate Tama Day on the 5th of January. Whilst we celebrate our people and enjoy ourselves, the purpose of the day is to remember the victims of genocide.
Following war in Chad in 1961, many Tama people fled from Chad’s Dar Tama region to Darfur, in Western Sudan. 3000 people arrived at the border between Chad and Sudan, and the government poured oil over them and lit them on fire. On Tama Day, we remember these 3000 innocent genocide victims from our tribe.
We celebrated Tama Day at the Tama Sudanese Community Center in Tel Aviv. We spoke about the genocide victims, as it is incredibly important to never forget our history. We also celebrated our people and culture.
If you try to Google Tama Day, you won’t find any information. African history has been largely ignored and forgotten by the world. However, throughout the continent and especially in Sudan, violence and genocide are still happening today.