Humanitarian

12 year old Elijah Zachary gets standing ovation at UN Conference after speech on HIV/AIDS stigma

Posted on

image
Elijah Zachary giving the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta a high five

   I too stood up and clapped while watching 12-year-old Elijah Zachary Lamaiyan Sime, a student at Lamaiyan Academy in Nairobi receive a standing ovation from hundreds of delegates after delivering the opening remarks at a United Nations conference on Aids on Sunday.
His strongest words for me, were  “We are children, we have rights, we have a future,”.
Elijah also told the UN event on Ending AIDS by 2030 that was co- chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Presidents, thank you for making the promise to end Aids by 2030. Please keep your promise,” he said.
Elijah added that an essential step in combatting the epidemic is to erase the stigma attached to those with HIV.
“The mother of my best friend told him not to play with me and that made me very sad”
He said his dream is to have earned a doctorate in science by 2030, when he will be 27 years old.
May he achieve this dream despite the stigmatization he faces. My heart broke when he talked about his best friend’s mother asking his friend not to play with him anymore. This just shows how illiteracy and lack if enlightenment is fueling the stigmatization and discrimination of HIV patients on Africa.

Advertisements

Ridiculous India: Where women can be raped for offences of another family member

Posted on

image

   I find this story made public by Amnesty International very disheartening and horrific! For one, it is a violation of the most basic human rights but also, it is crude, brutish and unfair. Unfair is a little light; I think ‘evil’ explains it better!
      Two sisters have been sentenced to be raped as punishment after their
brother ran off with a married woman. An unelected all-male village council (these so-called unelected male councils are popular in India and continue to make these kinds of horrible judgements) in India also ordered that 23-year-old Meenakshi Kumari and her 15-year-old sister are paraded naked with blackened faces.
The horrific order was revealed by Amnesty International which said the sisters and their family have fled their village in the Baghpat district, just outside of Delhi.
According to news site Zee Media, the sisters’ brother Ravi fell in love with a girl from the Jat caste, a higher social caste than Ravi and his family, who are Dalit, once known as the ‘untouchables’, who are at the bottom of India’s caste system. (Really!!, so in this modern day and era, in the 21st century, we still have things like caste system and people deemed ‘untouchables’. The painful thing about this is that people vow to maintain this as ‘tradition’ that even civilization cannot take away from them’)
The Jat woman’s family married her off to someone else in February but she later escaped and eloped with Ravi in March.
As punishment, on July 31 a village council decided Ravi’s sisters should be raped to avenge his actions.
Since the family fled their village their home has been ransacked.
     This story is just sad and it further underlies  the fact that not only these girls undergoes this kind of ordeal. It is almost a normal thing in many villages in India. The Indian Government should make sure they so something to stop these incessant human right abuses on their soil.

Touching Photos of Displaced Nigerian Children

Posted on Updated on

image
Nigerian children eating at an Internally Displaced Persons' camp run by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

image

     This pictures were taken by Kayode Ogundamisi, a popular Political and human rights activist. He took these pictures of these displaced kids at a camp for internally displaced persons in Borno state, Nigeria.
These young children who I pray that their futures will not be stolen from them, are victims of Boko Haram menace in Northern Nigeria.
Kayode Ogundamisi has been trying to create awareness about the plight of internally displaced persons in camps run by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
He recently tweeted directly to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo raising serious issues which I would really be disappointed should the Vice President ignore.
The Vice President recently visited a similar camp. He was given a tour by NEMA officials. Kayode alleges that the camp the Vice President was shown and the situation presented to him was not the true situation of things.
The activist future went on to allege serious corruption and fraud in NEMA. Something I’m not surprised but highly disappointed about.
He also pointed out that NEMA’s behaviour is frustrating foreign aid agencies efforts.
The Vice President and indeed the Federal Government must look into these allegations and take necessary steps!
Fire those that need to be fired and restore sanity to the system! We are talking about people who have lost almost everything because their Government couldn’t protect them and now their welfare even as displaced persons are being compromised by corrupt persons! Completely unacceptable.! 

Twitter and Google guilty of Employment discrimination.

Posted on

image
Twitter has less than 50 black workers out of 2,910

Like many other big companies in the US, Twitter has a very low number of Black and Hispanic workers. Twitter is said to have only has 49 black employees out of 2,910 staff members in America. The 35 men and 14 women account for just 1.7 % of the Twitter’s US operation, which is 93.8% white or Asian. This is despite the fact that the company’s senior executives promised to boost their number of African American staff from 2% last year.
Popular civil rights leader, Rev Jesse Jackson has slammed the company after the release of the compulsory Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) report saying that people are ‘becoming intolerant’ of the lack of progress.
He said:
‘Black people are greater users of the product and capable of doing the jobs, but there has not been an adequate commitment to hire, train and maintain black people,’ the civil rights leader said.
The number of Hispanic employees also fails to reflect the proportion of Latino users, and of America’s Latino population.
27% of black adults use the site, and 25 % of Latinos, compared to 21 % of white users, according to the  Pew Research Center.
The Rev Jesse Jackson, president of the Rainbow/Push Coalition, who has long campaigned for tech companies to be more transparent about their lack of minority employees, told the Guardian that black people are “becoming intolerant” of Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies’ lack of progress in making their offices more diverse.
The stark lack of black employees comes despite the company’s repeated pledges to make its staff better reflect the diversity of its 302 million users.  This employment discrimination is more annoying because Twitter actively exploits its large number of minority users to bring in more advertising revenue.
Rev. Jesse Jackson said that at the moment, Twitter is benefitting from black people’s love of its medium, which often leads to black
issues trending worldwide – without paying enough back to the community. “They hire people they know, they trust and like,” Jackson said. “We’re not in that the circle.”
“It appears that the tech companies seem to treat it as a public relations issue rather than addressing the actual
problem. African Americans use social media more than others, the corporations continue to build and profit from that, so it is especially problematic that they do not have an
employee base that in any way reflects its users. They have really failed on this.”
Rev Jackson slammed Google when figures released last month revealed black people account for just 2 per cent of the tech giant’s workforce.

Saudi Arabia’s Humanitarian Prince donates his $32bn fortune to charity

Posted on Updated on

image

          Who’s Prince Alwaleed?
     Prince Alwaleed, the humanitarian Prince as I’ll like to call him is the nephew of the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and his full name is Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. He is often referred to as the ‘Arabian Warren Buffet’ because of his enormous success in business. He has made billions from business investments in America, Europe and the middle east. He was ranked by Forbes as the 34th richest person in the world!
image

He has been married four times and has children. Nonetheless, he has decided that upon his demise, his $32 billion dollar fortune will be used for humanitarian causes. Although no specific cause was named, he said that Alwaleed Philanthropies, which he currently heads will use the money for issues relating to health care, education and poverty.
       The Prince statement reads,
Philanthropy is and intrinsic part of my Islamic faith. With this pledge, I am honoring a life long commitment to what matters most, helping build a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world for generations to come.
      I’m indeed touched by the Prince’s words and actions. We need more people who have the financial power to come out and help in addressing the numerous humanitarian needs of our world today.
          Anyway, in another very unrelated news, Floyd Mayweather is said to have stepped out in jeweleries valued at about $3bn!!!

image

     Imagine such ostentation and flamboyance! I’m just thinking about how far and how many lives that money would have saved had it been used for charitable purposes. For instance, feeding starving children in South Sudan. Hopefully, our celebrities will soon learn how to give back to the society.

              

Written by Olisa Lotenna