We are Evan Mawarire


 

We are Evan Mawarire, we are human beings

We are Evan Mawarire , you have arrested us all

We are Evan Mawarire, No longer sure of our future

We are Evan Mawarire, no longer silent and not ready for defeat either

We are Evan Mawarire, taking fear out of the masses

We are Evan Mawarire, they dangle carrots in our faces for the million marches for us to latch on

and sink buton sticks in our bodies and under our feet when we dare to rise.

We are Evan Mawarire , tired of the effects of handout leadership

We are Evan Mawarire, living for non-violence and valuing the cost of dignity in life

We are Evan Mawarire, shaping the voice of the people

We are Evan Mawarire, encouraging citizens forward to become full citizens; who make their leaders account

We are behind the prison walls with him blanketed with hunger, lost dreams and hopes, forced to migrate by our own

We are Evan Mawarire, being the modern slaves of impunity

We are Evan Mawarire, forced to live in poverty, yet we have the people power and the numbers on our side.

We are Evan Mawarire, trading survival to go to battle with a bible and a flag

We are Evan Mawarire motivating and inspiring Zimbabwe to pursue change

We are Evan Mawarire, shaping the narrative of Zimbabwe to make it a better one

We are Evan Mawarire forced to bare the cold night in prison walls

We are Evan Mawarire, sacrificing our comfort in search of hope

We are Evan Mawarire seeking and speaking our truth

We are Evan Mawarire falsely accused of pushing the western agenda every time we ask for food ..

We are Evan Mawarire , searching for an ounce of hope

We are Evan Mawarire, receiving buton sticks and teargas for asking for dignity

We are Evan Mawarire, dragged into poverty by the leaders with dead hearts

We are Evan Mawarire, forced to look our children in their eyes in the absence of provision

We are Evan Mawarire, voicing still

In any position, you are Evan Mawarire;

The police is Evan Mawarire, standing in queues for cash with us

The army is Evan Mawarire, worried about the next source of food

The cross border traders are Evan Mawarire, worried about the cut off of their source of income

The venders are Evan Mawarire, daring the streets just for a sale

The ministers in Government are Evan Mawarire, they too must be tired of  their own corruption

The nurses and doctors are Evan Mawarire, yearning to work with enough resources to serve the people.

The young are Evan Mawarire, looking for space to contribute to the future of their nation

The teachers are Evan Mawarire, struggling to retain the dignity of their profession once more

Our children are Evan Mawarire, looking up to us for a future brighter than our stolen one

Evan Mawarire is not one person

Evan Mawarire is not one pastor

Evan Mawarire is us

We are Evan Mawarire and he is us

Evan is in jail with us ..

 

We are Evan Mawarire, we are human beings

We are Evan Mawarire , you have arrested us all

We are Evan Mawarire, No longer sure of our future

We are Evan Mawarire, no longer silent and not ready for defeat either

We are Evan Mawarire, taking fear out of the masses

We are Evan Mawarire, they dangle carrots in our faces for the million marches for us to latch on

and sink buton sticks in our bodies and under our feet when we dare to rise.

We are Evan Mawarire , tired of the effects of handout leadership

We are Evan Mawarire, living for non-violence and valuing the cost of dignity in life

We are Evan Mawarire, shaping the voice of the people

We are Evan Mawarire, encouraging citizens forward to become full citizens; who make their leaders account

We are behind the prison walls with him blanketed with hunger, lost dreams and hopes, forced to migrate by our own

We are Evan Mawarire, being the modern slaves of impunity

We are Evan Mawarire, forced to live in poverty, yet we have the people power and the numbers on our side.

We are Evan Mawarire, trading survival to go to battle with a bible and a flag

We are Evan Mawarire motivating and inspiring Zimbabwe to pursue change

We are Evan Mawarire, shaping the narrative of Zimbabwe to make it a better one

We are Evan Mawarire forced to bare the cold night in prison walls

We are Evan Mawarire, sacrificing our comfort in search of hope

We are Evan Mawarire seeking and speaking our truth

We are Evan Mawarire falsely accused of pushing the western agenda every time we ask for food ..

We are Evan Mawarire , searching for an ounce of hope

We are Evan Mawarire, receiving buton sticks and teargas for asking for dignity

We are Evan Mawarire, dragged into poverty by the leaders with dead hearts

We are Evan Mawarire, forced to look our children in their eyes in the absence of provision

We are Evan Mawarire, voicing still

In any position, you are Evan Mawarire;

The police is Evan Mawarire, standing in queues for cash with us

The army is Evan Mawarire, worried about the next source of food

The cross border traders are Evan Mawarire, worried about the cut off of their source of income

The venders are Evan Mawarire, daring the streets just for a sale

The ministers in Government are Evan Mawarire, they too must be tired of  their own corruption

The nurses and doctors are Evan Mawarire, yearning to work with enough resources to serve the people.

The young are Evan Mawarire, looking for space to contribute to the future of their nation

The teachers are Evan Mawarire, struggling to retain the dignity of their profession once more

Our children are Evan Mawarire, looking up to us for a future brighter than our stolen one

Evan Mawarire is not one person

Evan Mawarire is not one pastor

Evan Mawarire is us

We are Evan Mawarire and he is us

 

My Journey towards Global Networking in my Career


KVG: Today on the show we have Nyasha Sengayi, from the Source International. She is here to discuss her experience on youth participation in the global space as a young person. Welcome Nyasha to the show.

Nyasha: Thank you KVG. It’s good to be back on the show.

KVG: Okay , Nyasha what has been your involvement in global networks for advocacy.

Nyasha : Thank you KVG, I am a campaign strategist , I design campaign s to advance women’s rights mostly. I started  networking with global networks at the inception of my career when I was selected to be part of the ISIS – WICCE- ( Women’s Cross Cultural Exchange Programme) which was premised on the creation of movement building on the globe. Based on the experience that I got from the training and the motivation to send a message for peace, I decided to start Source International which employs campaigns based programming and Applied research to deliver it’s core mandate of attaining dignified futures for women.. From there, I was priviledged able to work with V Day on a Campaign dubbed One Billion Rising which was drawn from the UN Women statistic which states that one in three women will be raped or suffer from some kind of physical abuse; that translates to One Billion Women being physically abused at any given time in their life. This campaign has been running in more than 207 countries and we have been able to work on trying to show the world what a billion people look like as we dance on the streets across the world. Moreover, I was selected to the Global Youth Ambassador together with other young people from Africa and Europe by the Swedish Youth Council. My role is to deliberate on strategies on how to get young people to build and create stronger institutions through internal democracy as a way of making our activism more efficient and effective. We are also using the platform to discuss challenges pertinent to young people and to come up with strategies that will strengthen our participation in any space.

KVG: Woow , Thank you Nyasha . So how can one become part of these Global Networks?

Nyasha: There are so many opportunities for young people to participate in Global networks and they can be taken up on vertical and horizontal levels. Most importantly, young people need to be knowledgeable and nature a culture of researching on their areas of interests or the networks that can better shape what they are mostly passionate about. In wake of this, they are lot of opportunities for reputable fellowship programmes online which young people can be a part of. Adding on, Social Media has provided an opportunity for young people to expand their participation in a lot of online process. The internet has opportunities for young people to participate in Webinars, e-conferences, LinkedIn platforms and groups as well. All these offer information on diverse global movements which young people can join in. My journey to becoming Campaign strategist was mostly shaped by my online interaction particularly on Social Media. My interactions with key global women’s rights leaders such as Barbara Mhangami, Monique Wilson, Susan Swan, Colani Hlaswako and many others were pertinent in shaping and developing my career. Young People need to appreciate that Social Media is not for entertainment only. Adding on, there was a lot of support from the Zimbabwean young women’s Movement who exude a passion to send a message out on social media such as Grace Chirenje , Glanis Changachirere , Rudo Chigudu, Fungai Machirori, Nyari Mashayamombe and many more. Young Zimbabwean Women should be commended for being visible on the global networks. It has shaped the emergence of a formidable young women’s movement in Zimbabwe.

KVG: Why is it important to collaborate with likeminded organisations other than those in your country?

Nyasha: Sharing knowledge and experiences is critical for drawing strategies for transforming our communities. In that regard, it is important for young people to network and create alliances with other young people to create a unified force that is development oriented. Young people should not wait to be invited into spaces. I suggest they dive into opportunities which are presented to them and add their efforts to create their own space. Uniting our global action is also important for creating an interface for creating best practice knowledge in our advocacy work. It helps young people to interrogate what is working and what is not working. As is, young people will be better able to create new and innovative tactics and strategies for development and to also improve on existing ones. I want ot also highlight that participation in the development is not only prerogative of young people in the non –profit sector. We need young people in the corporate sector to participate more in the social development sector, which is the source of their profits anyway. That absence of unity is a huge gap in the development of Zimbabwe as a whole.

KVG: What has been the contribution of Zimbabwe to the global youth agenda?

Zimbabwe has ratified a number of charters from global multinational institutions such as the UN and African Union. It has proactively shown a commitment to ensure that it protects and makes provision for it’s youth. However there is still a lot which needs to be done in terms of pro-active implementation thereof.  In terms of the effort of young people making personal commitments to the contribution, a lot of young people have been taking up the global leadership space through platforms such the YALI Programme initiated by the US President Obama. We’ve also had young people on Wall Street, in the global fashion Industry, in global makeup Market, we have young people in Hollywood, Young Zimbabweans working for the world bank. All that is Zimbabwe’s contribution to the global agenda. There is explosive contribution of young people from Zimbabwe into the global, political and economic and social space. Our challenge is that young people are apologetic in their participation thus we are not visible enough. . A lot of young people are influencing the global space but there is not much documentation being done. Adding on there is still no credible measure of young people’s participation on the globe. It should be noted that young people are not just a demographic force. We are ideas, a development force, and above all we are innovation and creativity.

KVG: When talking about creating space for young people .what immediate action need to be taken in order to achieve this?

As I have already said young people should not wait to be invited to spaces. If they are absent they can be legally created somehow. They should also make an effort to link up and take advantage of the social media to create ownership of their own ideas. Secondly, I’ve always advised my mentees that knowledge is an ideal space creator. They must pursue knowledge which in turn will influence their action and make it much more relevant.  Thirdly and I think the most important , young people have been absent from the mainstream policy development space and yet it . It is ideal for young people to engage with policy makers interactively.

Their action should be premised on engaging more and less confrontation to get their way through.

KVG: As a Campaign Strategist, What message can you give to young people out there so that so that their voices can be heard.

If you want to be heard speak up and speak well. Thank KVG for this opportunity. It is my hope that young people begin to see the need to engage globally in order to influence their local action.

if you want to be heard ,speak up and speak well!!

if you want to be heard ,speak up and speak well!!

My Journey towards Global Networking


if you want to be heard ,speak up and speak well!!

if you want to be heard ,speak up and speak well!!

KVG: Today on the show we have Nyasha Sengayi, from the Source International. She is here to discuss her experience on youth participation in the global space as a young person. Welcome Nyasha to the show.

Nyasha: Thank you KVG. It’s good to be back on the show.

KVG: Okay , Nyasha what has been your involvement in global networks for advocacy.

Nyasha : Thank you KVG, I am a campaign strategist , I design campaign s to advance women’s rights mostly. I started  networking with global networks at the inception of my career when I was selected to be part of the ISIS – WICCE- ( Women’s Cross Cultural Exchange Programme) which was premised on the creation of movement building on the globe. Based on the experience that I got from the training and the motivation to send a message for peace, I decided to start Source International which employs campaigns based programming and Applied research to deliver it’s core mandate of attaining dignified futures for women.. From there, I was priviledged able to work with V Day on a Campaign dubbed One Billion Rising which was drawn from the UN Women statistic which states that one in three women will be raped or suffer from some kind of physical abuse; that translates to One Billion Women being physically abused at any given time in their life. This campaign has been running in more than 207 countries and we have been able to work on trying to show the world what a billion people look like as we dance on the streets across the world. Moreover, I was selected to the Global Youth Ambassador together with other young people from Africa and Europe by the Swedish Youth Council. My role is to deliberate on strategies on how to get young people to build and create stronger institutions through internal democracy as a way of making our activism more efficient and effective. We are also using the platform to discuss challenges pertinent to young people and to come up with strategies that will strengthen our participation in any space.

KVG: Woow , Thank you Nyasha . So how can one become part of these Global Networks?

Nyasha: There are so many opportunities for young people to participate in Global networks and they can be taken up on vertical and horizontal levels. Most importantly, young people need to be knowledgeable and nature a culture of researching on their areas of interests or the networks that can better shape what they are mostly passionate about. In wake of this, they are lot of opportunities for reputable fellowship programmes online which young people can be a part of. Adding on, Social Media has provided an opportunity for young people to expand their participation in a lot of online process. The internet has opportunities for young people to participate in Webinars, e-conferences, LinkedIn platforms and groups as well. All these offer information on diverse global movements which young people can join in. My journey to becoming Campaign strategist was mostly shaped by my online interaction particularly on Social Media. My interactions with key global women’s rights leaders such as Barbara Mhangami, Monique Wilson, Susan Swan, Colani Hlaswako and many others were pertinent in shaping and developing my career. Young People need to appreciate that Social Media is not for entertainment only. Adding on, there was a lot of support from the Zimbabwean young women’s Movement who exude a passion to send a message out on social media such as Grace Chirenje , Glanis Changachirere , Rudo Chigudu, Fungai Machirori, Nyari Mashayamombe and many more. Young Zimbabwean Women should be commended for being visible on the global networks. It has shaped the emergence of a formidable young women’s movement in Zimbabwe.

KVG: Why is it important to collaborate with likeminded organisations other than those in your country?

Nyasha: Sharing knowledge and experiences is critical for drawing strategies for transforming our communities. In that regard, it is important for young people to network and create alliances with other young people to create a unified force that is development oriented. Young people should not wait to be invited into spaces. I suggest they dive into opportunities which are presented to them and add their efforts to create their own space. Uniting our global action is also important for creating an interface for creating best practice knowledge in our advocacy work. It helps young people to interrogate what is working and what is not working. As is, young people will be better able to create new and innovative tactics and strategies for development and to also improve on existing ones. I want ot also highlight that participation in the development is not only prerogative of young people in the non –profit sector. We need young people in the corporate sector to participate more in the social development sector, which is the source of their profits anyway. That absence of unity is a huge gap in the development of Zimbabwe as a whole.

KVG: What has been the contribution of Zimbabwe to the global youth agenda?

Zimbabwe has ratified a number of charters from global multinational institutions such as the UN and African Union. It has proactively shown a commitment to ensure that it protects and makes provision for it’s youth. However there is still a lot which needs to be done in terms of pro-active implementation thereof.  In terms of the effort of young people making personal commitments to the contribution, a lot of young people have been taking up the global leadership space through platforms such the YALI Programme initiated by the US President Obama. We’ve also had young people on Wall Street, in the global fashion Industry, in global makeup Market, we have young people in Hollywood, Young Zimbabweans working for the world bank. All that is Zimbabwe’s contribution to the global agenda. There is explosive contribution of young people from Zimbabwe into the global, political and economic and social space. Our challenge is that young people are apologetic in their participation thus we are not visible enough. . A lot of young people are influencing the global space but there is not much documentation being done. Adding on there is still no credible measure of young people’s participation on the globe. It should be noted that young people are not just a demographic force. We are ideas, a development force, and above all we are innovation and creativity.

KVG: When talking about creating space for young people .what immediate action need to be taken in order to achieve this?

As I have already said young people should not wait to be invited to spaces. If they are absent they can be legally created somehow. They should also make an effort to link up and take advantage of the social media to create ownership of their own ideas. Secondly, I’ve always advised my mentees that knowledge is an ideal space creator. They must pursue knowledge which in turn will influence their action and make it much more relevant.  Thirdly and I think the most important , young people have been absent from the mainstream policy development space and yet it . It is ideal for young people to engage with policy makers interactively.

Their action should be premised on engaging more and less confrontation to get their way through.

KVG: As a Campaign Strategist, What message can you give to young people out there so that so that their voices can be heard.

If you want to be heard speak up and speak well. Thank KVG for this opportunity. It is my hope that young people begin to see the need to engage globally in order to influence their local action.

Xenophobia by Takura O Theo Mambonde


utter madness, utter madness
Dressed in animal skin so he spoke like one
Howling words of hurt; we are hurt

Reckless utterances by a semi-dressed king
The nakedness reflecting mental nudity
Devoid of sound judgement; pea brains
Verbal diarrhoea; words spoken without thought
Indlu elikhulu yisikhulumi ukuvuza (the house of a loud mouth leaks)
An army of lions led by a sheep wins not the war
An army of sheep led by a lion wins the war
Chinotanga kuwora pahove musoro!!!!
“It is the head that rots first on a fish”
Ukhasela eziko
The king is an infant crawling to the fireplace
Naked king; Kuhlonishwa kabili
“Respect is two way”
Words spoken by the king buffles the mind
Goodwill Zwelithini without the goodwil
Insumansumane imali yamakhanda.
Zwelithini; what say we?
Ilizwe lithi “Without a leader, black ants are confused.”

Dear South Africa ‪#‎WeareSurvival‬ by Nyasha Sengayi


You can set fire on us
Pile tyres on our bodies
Pour fuel on us with the glee of stupor
Throw stones till the end of time as if it’s your identity
Stone our children as if violence is not foreign in you
But we will survive this, us and you!!
You can decapitate our heads, bang them on walls
Throw us in dumps
But guess what we are not trash

We are foreigners with names and legacies to leave even for your own country
We are Naume Garisa mothers working for the next generation which will be borderless.
We are Emmauel Sithole , brothers working for a generation that does not kill to thrive .
We are Takawira Moyo watching our houses go up in flames, but our souls are intact.
We are Shepherd Ndlovu and Clayton Mudzingwa and we are not going home , for it is a difficult thing.
We are Ephraim Maskele leading the Ethiopian people in such a difficult space.
We are Joseph Mondlana and Martha Mongwe loving each other in wake of such violence beyond our different nationalities.
We are the fourteen year old shot in the midst of loot, but our future will not be looted.
We are Mhofu , killed but not nameless .
We are the 60 people who died in 2008, but our hope is still alive.

You can call us foreigners
Treat us as though we do not deserve what we worked for in your land
You can wring our necks but the minds and skills we retain
You can scatter us further, but we will survive
You can take away what we own but it will never be yours, not in eternity
You can watch us die on your pavements in Alex,
But the Emmanuel Sithole’s who remain behind thrive
We will live on and strengthen the works of our hands for Survival
You can drain us of momentary strength, but we will never become Xenophobic
Our Hope is in our survival
You are welcome in our lands to survive
We will treat you well, we will not even avenge, lest we become like you !!
We are foreigners but not too shattered to be a people.

This poem is dedicated to all foreign nationals who have suffered from the wave of Xenophobic attacks in South Africa…We will live through this..

 Xenophobia

The Need to feel for the self (first!!!)


At this point in my coaching journey, my greatest challenge has been to work on being self-compassion. This has been primarily because I thought I was there and at the same time I hoped that self-compassion works out on itself without conscious and deliberate action towards achieving it.  I realized that of all the things I did not nature, one of them has been the skill to feel for myself. For a long time my life has revolved around feeling for other people easily and actually working to ensure that I do the maximum possible to help them feel better whenever I can. But I forgot this girl.

So I reflected on the three things I am committing to in this journey in order for me to scale on.  This is part of the process of coming from a place where I was struggling with my past in the last blog post as a way of finding space within myself to rise and be me despite all that has happened. It is not an attempt to perfect anything about me, it is a process of acceptance, affirmation  and compassion for the self. Because at this point I really can’t express the three concepts enough I have penned my aspirations for them in a poem. I just want them to be tangible in my memory.

“Self-Acceptance”

I receive myself as I am

I am a struggle walking towards freedom

I am a woman whether that is understood or not I rise anyway

I am an emotional creature; I express myself to passion and feeling

I meet up with frustration, but triumph is a portion I commit to

I hold on to the past, but my dignified option is the future I will create for myself

All this I receive to the self and accept,

Self-Compassion

Is where I should be as I am going there?

I see myself there

Self-care being my priority and only option

Harnessing self-joy, uncontainable

I rise and rise there

Even if I carry of the burdens of this world, nothing will move me anywhere else

I am kind

I am kind to my self

I am kind to myself enough to accept, love and take care of myself

All this I receive to the self and accept!!!

Self-Affirmation

I am joy

I am happy

I am alive

I am heartbeat

I am inspired and inspiring

I am hope

I am good at what I do

I am kind to the self

I am living whilst I am alive

I am on a purposeful journey

I feel

I love

I relate

I engage well

I communicate well

All this I receive to the self and accept!!

I reflected on the need for these three things because I noticed that negative introspection placed me in a fearful place where I could not fully appreciate myself for who I am and for the experiences I have gone through. Personally , the coaching experience is the future for me, it is a journey so far that has taught me slow down and look at the very things I thought I had but were invisible in essence. This explains the reason why I have always felt for a long time that there has been a gap in my life and I just couldn’t place what was missing.  Therefore working through this reflection is propelling me to focus more on myself which is still very difficult at this point.

Despite all this I have a picture which I am visualising every day and the beauty of it is that it evolves as I work through myself. It’s a picture of self-joy and genuine happiness that sips into my external relationships. So for me the struggle to discover that self is worth it.  !!!

Something is wrong and I can’t fix it (yet)


My coaching journey continues and something I wasn’t expecting happened. I crashed a few days back. It wasn’t anyone’s fault. In my first post on my coaching I explained that I really wanted to find myself again and make that work for me. But what hit me after starting the process is something I did not see coming at all. I have had to discover that this journey is also about learning new things about ourselves –both positive and negative. From life experience getting to point out the things that are not good about us is a very difficult process. And as I got into this journey I am fully aware that I am not being coached because there is something wrong with me, but it’s to get me to a better space. However, through my reflections and through the exercises I I’ve been doing I couldn’t really resist going there , to that space where as you process the challenging task of making an effort to be self-aware you instinctively search  for what is wrong with you, that thing that needs fixing so you can be a better person. There must have been an animal making me the kind of person I so desperately want to change. So I inevitably started looking for the wrong this about me in this regard.

I did and it broke me.

Initially all I did all I could to remain positive and focused. I tried hard to protect myself from the harshness of confronting the personal. It is a very challenging process; in the moment, I almost hated myself. But then, who said the coaching journey would be easy? I remain the same girl still burying myself in my work and reading -I was hoping that would be fixed as soon as possible, I was hoping that I would make an effort to become more relational with people- in the hope that I ‘d get to know that girl’s relational side . I was there in that space –nothing changed. It is a journey right and a process. I wanted everything to be perfect and to flow from day 1 I guess it’s the NGO syndrome –it’s always about results never mind how you get there. Reading through the reflections I have been penning in my journal is not motivating at all. I am failing to be kind to myself.

It’s almost as if ever since I started the search to find myself I am alternating between multiple identities shaped by my past experiences. Some of which I chose to ignore yet they needed to be resolved. Past hurts that I thought I would ward off by simply making a decision to ignore them. Every time I sit to reflect, they are there waiting to pounce on my thoughts, scurrying t to control and remind me of where I have been.  In noting this ,I am learning that whiles life moves forward your everyday life is almost like you are re-living what you have been through (the good and the bad) from the time you were a child till now. It’s true what they say the past shapes the future. I never in a single moment imagined that a lot of my life experiences would come flooding in through this process and for me this seemed not good in the moment.

I am not bashing myself against the wall and trust me, I hate negativity and when I found myself reeling with negative thoughts I tried to work on stopping them to a point of frustration. That’s when I made a decision to just let it be. I will reflect on the things I think need fixing even though this journey is not about fixing. I will reflect on what low esteem has stolen from me. I will reflect on the time I lost loving people who didn’t love me back. I will reflect on that one time when my heart was shredded right before me and I couldn’t do anything about it. This man walked away with his dignity and I didn’t. He got it all then almost like It was his reward for hurting me.  I will reflect on the pains of trusting people who didn’t deserve it. I will reflect on the times when things were hard , whenI almost thought I’d lost a chance to a dignified future and the struggle to get out of those thoughts, I will reflect on feeling helpless watching the people I love suffer , I will reflect on loss.

I also noted that my peers on this journey had reflections which seemed better than mine. Spurred up and all. But I wasn’t. It worries me yet my mind is not letting me go. Maybe I should go through this and work through it. Maybe the fixing mode is not so good after all. I find everything is a struggle but as always I will try to push through.

And the questioning continues where I can find myself –some sweet healing to save the day. ?

(This blog was due some weeks back but I had to hold on to it. I wasn’t so sure what to do with it. I felt that the reflections would expose me on this public space but today as I posted it. It feels vulnerably liberating to know that I can be true to myself and to the commitment I made. Even now I continue to struggle in this space but I am hopeful I have you reading it –I have the consolation that this might help someone.. Much love.

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