My first reaction when i saw this photo was ‘Thank God’. Imagine anything had happened to this precious child.
The child’s name is Miracle and she was among the 112 Nigerian and Sudanese migrants were rescued by MSF (Medicens Sans Frontiers) which is a French humanitarian organization. MSF in English means DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS. MSF Sea ships, Argos and Dignity rescued the immigrants from the Mediterranean sea on Sunday, September 27.
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.
Maybe this is a good thing. When murderers decide to murder themselves, even though I doubt this will happen between the world’s two most powerful Islamic terrorist groups.
Al Qaeda is not taking lightly to the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi‘s claim that he is the leader of Muslims worldwide. So why have they kept quiet since and what’s forcing them to speak up now?
A message, released online on Wednesday, Sept. 9, by Al Qaeda leader, Al-Zawahiri said:
“We have endured a lot of harm from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers, and we preferred to respond with as little as possible, out of our concern to extinguish the fire of sedition.
“But Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers did not leave us a choice, for they have demanded that all the mujahideen reject their confirmed pledges of allegiance, and to pledge allegiance to them for what they claim of a caliphate.”
Al-Baghdadi had called on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as the head of the caliphate in a rare public speech in Mosul, Iraq last year.
He said: “I am the wali (leader) who presides over you, though I am not the best of you, so if you see that I am right, assist me.
“If you see that I am wrong, advise me and put me on the right track, and obey me as long as I obey God in you.”
Zawahiri said “everyone was surprised” by al-Baghdadi’s declaration and he had done this “without consulting the Muslims”.
A counter terrorism expert has said the move will ‘irreconcilably’ divide the two militant groups. Note that ISIS was a former affiliate of Al Qaeda but Osama Bin Laden renounced them for being to radical and non compliant.
ABC News quotes National Counter-Terrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen describing the new Zawahiri audio as an “interesting” development.
“Zawahiri until now has not been willing to openly condemn Baghdadi and ISIS. It highlights how deep the division is between al Qaeda leadership and ISIS. It suggests that the differences are irreconcilable,” he said, suggesting that U.S. intelligence operatives could take this opportunity to goad ISIS and al-Qaeda into more
gunfights and assassinations.
Other intelligence analysts quoted by ABC agreed that the split between ISIS and al-Qaeda, and perhaps a growing divide within al-Qaeda itself, should be exploited.
However, it should be noted that while Zawahiri had strong words for Baghdadi, he reiterated the willingness of al-Qaeda to fight alongside ISIS against common enemies such as the United States.
I praised Burkina Faso when the military handed over to an interim President after the former president was forced to resign following series of protests which included burning of the parliamentary building. The Interim President, Michel Kafondo was saddled with the responsibility of conducting fresh elections in a month’s time.
So why should the military now interfere and halt a democratic process which averted unrest in the country?
In this modern era when almost the world has accepted democracy, we are still hearing of a military coup. Just doesn’t sound right.
The African Union has hence decided to suspend Burkina Faso over Thursday’s
military coup where the Presidential Guard stormed an executive meeting and held members of the executive council including the Interim president hostage. The (African Union) AU said sanctions would be imposed if members of the presidential guard, who staged the coup do not release members of the interim government which includes the interim president, Michel Kafondo. However, from reports, it seems the Interim president and his deputy have been released.
The presidents of Benin and Senegal are in the city for talks with the coup leader. Meanwhile Pres. Buhari of Nigeria has condemned the coup in
I’m just so sad to see the political revolution in Burkina Faso go to the drains. After unseating a long time selfish president, the military starts to disrupt democracy. Its just sad.
It hurts me to read about the horrific rape stories in the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially because there’s only very little I can do to help- I blog, I try to create awareness. According to the United Nations statistics, in the DRC, commonly called the rape capital of the world 3600 people have been raped in the last four years. No one is excluded- women, men, children, even aged people. Such a sad reality!
‘After my daughter died, I lost faith in humanity.’ I haven’t been able to get my mind of that sentence made by this broken old lady you see in the picture above. You won’t also when you hear her story:
Inside a small wooden house overlooking the massive Virunga National Park, Bakazi Ndazimo, 70, tells Al Jazeera about the worst day of her life – the day she stopped feeling human; the day she was beaten and raped.
The only reason I am able to talk about this is because of my age, and the fact that I am not going to remarry.
The attack happened in late November 2012, just after the M23 militia took control over Sake, Ndazimo’s hometown, situated 27km west of Goma in the eastern province of North Kivu.
She was cooking a meal for her grandchildren when a group of rebels stormed the house, grabbed her, and violently dragged her to another neighbourhood.
There, in the shadow of some tall bushes, she was raped by two soldiers.
I was screaming at the top of my lungs when they ripped my clothes off, but the neighbours quietly went back to their houses and closed the curtains. For them it was just another rape.
Only three weeks later, the family was targeted again. This time a group of rebel soldiers came for Ndazimo’s daughter, who was raped so viciously she later died from her injuries.
Ndazimo now cares for her daughter’s children. Following the death, Ndazimo was left to take care of her daughter’s six children after their father abandoned them.
After the rape and death of my daughter, I lost faith in humanity. I don’t expect anything from anyone any more.
I’ve written so much about the rape crises in the DRC, where rape is being used as a weapon of war in the war ravaged country.
See some of the posts below:
Rape and sexual violence in the DRC
Abducted and raped: A real life story
Dear reader, kindly share your suggestions on what could be done to save these innocent people in the DRC, in a country were it is more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier.