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.
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.!
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!
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!!!
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