By Mike Ehrmann/Associated Press”You see these people, like the ones on TV, who are saying, ‘It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Yoruban movie,’ or, ‘I’ve been in Yorua for a long, long time.’
You have to be a little bit careful about that,” said Paul Chodin, who teaches at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education.
“And I don’t want to be one of those people.”
Yoruba’s long history of persecution is a legacy of colonial rule, which has left the country with no formal legal system or a formal religion.
The Yorumbas, whose language is not Yorudan, are considered one of the world’s last remaining indigenous peoples.
They were driven out of their homeland during World War II, and are believed to have lived in a small area known as Yoruta, which is today the island of Yorubi.
But the government has since sought to erase that history.
In 2017, Yorutans sued the government and the Japanese Consulate in the Pacific, arguing that the removal of their history has caused them physical, psychological and social trauma.
In a letter to the Japanese Embassy in Yboru, the group argued that their “mental and physical health and well-being are severely impacted by the historical events in Yorbuti and other Yoruas.”
The letter also stated that Yorunas have suffered psychological trauma due to the removal and subsequent relocation of their culture.
“They were forced to abandon their traditional culture and practices, including the practice of hunting, the traditional practices of their religion, and their way of life, which were considered to be an act of genocide,” the letter stated.
Yorubans also contend that the government did not take any measures to stop the persecution, citing a lack of education.