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Africa: Faces in WordsAlysa Atma Salem-News.com African Affairs Correspondent
New weekly update on the breaking stories in the African nations.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Unseen, unheard; no one should be the bearer of these two words. Unfortunately, Africa is often in the forefront of this association.
Our common humanity should change this; we should never look away because it is too distant. Our commitment to one another, to human rights, and the ability to learn should always keep us connected no matter the severity and complexity of problems.
Important insights from last week, not to be missed:
Living with Leprosy in Ghana - Comfort Tiorkor still dreams of snakes. Nearly 90 years after she was sent from her village to live in the bush near Ghana’s capital city of Accra, she can still hear them rustling in the leaves around her, feel them crawling on her at night. She holds out a gnarled hand, skin like crumpled tissue paper, to show how tall she was when she contracted leprosy. A child, barely thigh-high. Living with Leprosy in Ghana - thestar.com
Southern Africa: More sterilization of HIV-positive women uncovered - Veronica* did not realize she had been sterilized while giving birth to her daughter until four years later when, after failing to conceive, she and her boyfriend consulted a doctor. Sterilizing HIV-positive women in Southern Africa - plusnews.org
Togo: President Files More Defamation Suits against two Newspapers - Togo's President, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé on August 30, 2010 filed three more defamation suits against two privately-owned newspapers. Two of the suits were brought against the weekly L'Indépendant Express. This makes three the number of cases that President Gnassingbé has launched against L'Indépendant Express since August 18. More Defamation Suits against filed against Togo newspapers
The Ruthless Guerrilla Movement That Won’t die - The night began like any other in south Sudan. Sarah John was busy preparing the evening fire at her village, when suddenly, seven armed men appeared from among the shadows. "They were dirty and smelly, had ragged clothes and hair unlike any normal human being," she says now, three weeks after the incident. The uninivited visitors began ransacking her place, destroying whatever they could not carry away. When the intruder assigned to guard her stepped away to relieve himself, she escaped. Ruthless Guerrilla Movement That Won’t die - time.com
Violence mars Haiti’s recovery - A trio of gunmen stormed a gated home in the well-to-do Pelerin neighborhood, shot dead a Sunrise man and kidnapped a 16-year-old relative. Gregoire-Ronald Chery, 56, died of a single shot to the head. Nadege Charlot, his cousin, continued to be held Tuesday as kidnappers demanded a $100,000 ransom. Violence mars Haiti’s recovery - miamiherald.com
Khalifa Foundation rushes 500 tons of food aid to Somalia - The UAE Embassy in Sana'a dispatched a shipment of urgent food assistance donated by the Khalifa bin Zayed Charity Foundation from Yemen to Somalia. Abdullah Mattar Al Mazrouie, UAE Ambassador in Sana'a, said more than 500 tons of food supplies were sent from Yemen in order to save time and energy. He added the quick response by the Khalifa Foundation aimed at meeting the needs of Somali people in the holy month of Ramadan. The UAE envoy praised the Foundation. Khalifa Foundation rushes food to Somalia - medeshivalley.com
Kenya: Camel clinics bring condoms to nomads - In the remote and rural district of Samburu, northern Kenya, where paved roads are scarce and motorised transport hard to come by, reaching the mostly pastoralist and nomadic inhabitants with HIV/AIDS services requires an unusual approach. Camel clinics bring condoms to nomads - plusnews.com
Toxic scandal in Somalia - Toxic scandal in Somalia gave birth to new piracy. The escapades of Somali pirates made headlines last week. But the media has ignored the injustice behind the phenomenon, writes Simon Assaf. Toxic scandal in Somalia - MedeshiValley.com
Alysha Atma spends many hours working on projects that support and benefit the beleaguered people of African nations who spend way too much time off the western media's radar. This writer explains that she is a culmination of all her experiences, most importantly knowledge she says, and all that she still needs to learn; lessons of love, laughter and the extraordinary giving of both young and old. She says she has the enormous fortune of learning from the best; every person around her, and the amazing strength and fortitude of those she has never met but will always strive to listen to. "I continue to work and write because I believe in the power of community and the power of one, both contradictory to each other and yet can move together in a very powerful way. I feel a responsibility to use my place, freedoms and connections here in the US to stand up and yell for those who need my voice and actions. I have seen such strength in my fellow humans that I cannot even begin to comprehend, they have traveled distances, have gone without food, water, shelter and safety for days and weeks at a time. I have a responsibility as a fellow human to put our common humanity before anything else. Everyone deserves to look towards tomorrow, to dream of a safe future and to have a peaceful present." You can write to Alysha Atma at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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