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Albino Body Parts Being Traded for Use in Magic in Tanzania and Beyond

25 Gen

Albinos in Tanzania and other areas of Africa live in fear of having their limbs hacked off or being murdered so their body parts may be used by witchdoctors. I have known this for some time. Last night, I read this article from NPR in which a Tanzanian diplomat tries to minimize the problem. As a person with albinism, a practitioner of magic, and a human being, it had me shaking with rage. Someone here is clearly lying through their face. My guess is it isn’t the people who have had their limbs hacked off.

In particular:

“There’s also a disagreement about the meaning of the term ‘zeruzeru,’ a Kiswahili term for albinos. Ash says the term carries the connotation of a worthless, ghostlike creature. Manongi (the Tanzanian diplomat) says that’s a lie. It’s just a word, he says, and all it means is albino.”

Sound familiar? What other words can we think of that are “just words” people are told not to get so upset about?

When asked specifically about this, an albino Tanzanian who had her arm hacked off while she slept in her bed, answered thusly:

“Mkola has a soft voice and sits with her one arm wrapped around her chest. She doesn’t speak English, but she hears the word ‘zeruzeru’ when I ask what it means to her. She tenses when I say it, even before our interpreter begins translating. ‘In my village, they called me “birimiru”’ which means a white goat,’ she says. ‘The word zeruzeru is like that,’ she says. ‘It’s like they don’t see people with albinism as human. It feels terrible. I have a name, so why do they call me zeruzeru or birimiru? Why wouldn’t they just call me by my name?’”

But what’s in a name, right? People who are lesser should readily allow themselves to be dehumanized.

The Tanzanian diplomat also offers this gem:

“Manongi has another point of view: ‘Implying that we are so uneducated, we need interventions from abroad, there’s nothing more colonial than that. I’m reminded of the “White Man’s Burden,” this attitude that only foreigners can enlighten people engulfed in ignorance and helplessness. We are far better than that.’”

Red herring much? He drags out the colonial boogie in hopes people will be so devoted to political correctness and cultural relativism that they will somehow overlook the fact that there IS an albino body parts trade in his country, people ARE being maimed and killed for no other reason than the color of their skin, they DO live in constant fear, and, by testament of the people who actually live this horror, the government was doing NOTHING about it until it was brought to worldwide attention and external pressure was applied.

As a matter of fact, according to the article, Ikponwosa Ero, “the U.N. independent expert on albinism and also an official for Under the Same Sun, said in a statement in October that attacks on people with albinism in Africa increase during election campaigns.”

Now, if albino body parts are supposed to be especially good for luck, why do you suppose this occurs? And why do you suppose elected officials might not be too keen on exposing the problem?

The diplomat denies this and states that the internal Tanzanian government statistics show the opposite trend.

Gee, really?

Once again, someone is lying through their face, and I suspect it isn’t the people whose limbs have been hacked off.

Shaking. Shaking with rage.

I am reminded again of how incredibly lucky I am to have been born into this country at this point in history. The shaming, prejudice  discrimination, and difficulties I have borne for my skin color were and are tough to take sometimes, but whatever I have felt in my life is but a drop in the ocean compared to what these people suffer.

May their gods watch over them in the long, dark night.

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La criminalità mafiosa italiana impedisce lo sviluppo delle imprese locali sulla costa del Kenya

24 Gen
Mwinyi ha lavorato nel settore del turismo in Italia e in Kenya per molti anni. Dopo aver venduto la sua agenzia di viaggi in Italia, ha deciso di tornare in Kenya per portare quello che ha definito “il turismo alternativo“.
Dopo anni di esperienza come tour operator in Italia, Mwinyi voluto aprire un’agenzia di viaggi a Watamu – una città sulla costa del Kenya – per promuovere un turismo sostenibile.
Ma non sapeva che i suoi piani sarebbero stati ostacolati dalla mafia italiana, che, negli ultimi decenni, è riuscita a monopolizzare il settore del turismo nelle città turistiche costiere di Watamu e Malindi.
“Mafiosi italiani che arrivano in Kenya come imprenditori”, ha detto Mwinyi ad African Voices. Se una società che organizza gite e safari a Watamu e Malindi non è guidato da un ‘uomo d’affari italiano’, tutti, non tengono conto di queste società e si diffondono false voci“, ha affermato. Tuttavia, non appena un imprenditore italiano prende il comando, l’atteggiamento verso la società cambia in modo più positivo.”
Mwinyi ha proseguito sostenendo che dopo aver spiegato il suo progetto ad un gruppo di imprenditori italiani, gli è stato offerto un sostegno finanziario per aprire la sua agenzia.
Durante una cena con gli ‘uomini d’affari’, li sentì conversare in italiano su di lui, dire che sarebbe potuto essere utile per la loro attività dato la sua conoscenza della lingua italiana. Gli uomini fecero capire a Mwinyi che sarebbero stati lieti di entrare nella sua attività.
«Mi hanno detto: Ascolta, se ti comporti bene, i tuoi problemi e quelli della tua famiglia svaniranno“, ha continuato Mwinyi e poi ha spiegato di essere stato minacciato dopo aver respinto la proposta.
Mwinyi ha proseguito sostenendo che la mafia italiana sta acendo anche affari nel settore del volontariato, in cui le donne italiane ricevono donazioni per i progetti umanitari ma saranno poi utilizzati dalla mafia per i propri interessi.
Anche il settore immobiliare è monopolizzato da mafiosi italiani“, ha continuato. immobili venduti a italiani disposti a pagare in contanti. Africani di Nairobi trovano molto difficile comprare una casa perché i mafiosi vogliono essere pagati in contanti e la transazione deve avvenire in Italia.”
Riferendosi alla corruzione diffusa in ogni settore della società keniota, Mwinyi ha dichiarato: “In un paese povero come il Kenya, il denaro parla più forte delle verità. Il denaro parla e la verità rimane in silenzio e tutti i mafiosi pagano gli avvocati molto bene e questo ciclo continua.”
E’ impossibile per un uomo d’affari africano, non affiliato con la mafia, aprire un ufficio e gestire un’impresa, anche se hanno i soldi per farlo. Agli italiani piace essere i padroni, a loro piace colonizzare, è nel loro sangue. Hanno trovato il loro paradiso qui in Kenya“, ha concluso.
Lavoro negato per i locali
Il caso di Mwinyi non è un episodio raro in Kenya, dove le organizzazioni criminali (italiani e non) sono molto diffuse. La presenza della mafia italiana in Kenya è percepito non solo come un ostacolo allo sviluppo locale, ma anche come unìattrazionea per la prostituzione e il traffico di droga.
In un documento classificato del 2005 trapelare da Wikileaks, i diplomatici americani descrivono Malindi come una città dove gli italiani proliferano. Il documento diceva: “Centinaia di italiani dominano la situazione economica della città. Alcuni sono coinvolti nell’alimentare, il consumo di droghe illegali della città è alle stelle La protezione della politica e / o di polizia è probabile. La maggioranza musulmana della città, nel frattempo, evitano (o viene negato) posti di lavoro in birrerie, macellerie, mangiare di lavorare nel turismo.”
Il documento continua spiegando che, poiché gli italiani preferirono fare affari con i loro compagni emigrati, ai giovani locali gli sono stati negati l’occupazione che, di conseguenza, fanno ricorso al traffico di droga e alla prostituzione.
“Economia criminale” del Kenya
Poco sembra essere cambiato da quando è stato pubblicato il documento del 2005. Nel 2012, il giornalista keniano Paul Gitau ha scritto un articolo per Standard Digital che spiegano come Malindi è diventata un’estensione della Sicilia, data la forte presenza che la mafia italiana ha ottenuto sulla città costiera.
All’inizio di questo mese, il Presidente della Corte Suprema del Kenya Willy Mutunga ha avvertito che l’economia del paese è diventata “una economia di banditi”. Gli ha definiti cartelli affiliati a politici e gruppi criminali che stanno governando in diversi settori della società keniota.
Mutunga ha detto che i criminali di stampo mafioso in Kenya, sono paragonabili alla mafia di Al Capone nel 1920 in America, raccolgono “milioni ogni giorno“. Ha anche avvertito che i cittadini keniani sono in guerra con questi cartelli “gestiti da dirigenti politici e uomini d’affari corrotti“, ma i leader pronti ad affrontarli dovranno essere preparati alle conseguenze tra cui “l’esilio o addirittura essere uccisi“.
di Ludovica Iaccino
Giornalista, Londra
@LudovicaIaccino

How Italian mafia fuels criminality and prevents local businesses from growing

24 Gen

Mwinyi has been working in the tourism industry both in Italy and Kenya for several years. After selling his travel agency in Italy, he decided to go back to Kenya in order to bring what he called “an alterative tourism”.

After years of experience as a tour operator in Italy, Mwinyi wanted to run a travel agency in Watamu – a town on the Kenyan coast – and promote a sustainable tourism.
Little he knew that his plans would be obstructed by the Italian mafia, which, in the past decades, has managed to monopolise the tourism sector in the coastal resort towns of Watamu and Malindi.

Italian mafiosi who come to Kenya become businessmen,” Mwinyi told African Voices. “If a company that organises trips and safaris in Watamu and Malindi is not led by an Italian businessman, everybody disregards such company and spreads false rumours,” he claimed. “However, as soon as an Italian businessman takes the lead, the attitude towards the company changes in a more positive way.”
Mwinyi went on alleging that after explaining his project to a group of Italian businessmen, he was offered financial support to open his agency.

However, during a dinner with the businessmen, he heard them conversing in Italian about him, with some suggesting he could be useful for their business given his knowledge of the Italian language. The men made Mwinyi understand that they would be implicated in his business.

They told me: Listen, if you behave well, your and your family’s problems will disappear,” Mwinyi continued and then explained that he was threatened after rejecting the proposal.

Mwinyi went on alleging that the Italian mafia is also doing business in the volunteering sector, where Italian women receive donations for humanitarian projects that the mafia will then use for its interests.

The real estate sector is also monopolised by Italian mafiosi,” he continued. “They always look for Italians willing to pay cash for houses. Rich Africans in Nairobi find it very difficult to buy a house because mafiosi want to be paid in cash and the transaction has to occurr in Italy.”

Referring to the widespread corruption in every sector of Kenyan society, Mwinyi said: “In a poor country such as Kenya, money speaks louder than truth. Money speaks and the truth remains silent and all mafiosi pay lawyers very well and this cycle continues.

It is impossible for an African businessman not affiliated with the mafia to open an office and run a business, even if they have the money to do so. Italians like to be the bosses, they like to colonise, it’s in their blood. They have found their paradise here in Kenya,” he concluded.

Jobs denied to locals

Mwinyi’s case is not a rare episode in Kenya, where (Italian and non) criminal organisations are widespread. The presence of the Italian mafia in Kenya is perceived not only as an obstacle to local development, but also as a magnet for prostitution and drug trafficking.

In a 2005 classified document later leaked by WikiLeaks, US diplomats described Malindi as a town where Italians proliferated. The document read: “Hundreds of Italians – and upcountry Kenyans – dominate the town’s economic lifeline. Some are involved in feeding the town’s skyrocketing illegal drug consumption. Political and/or police protection is likely. The town’s Muslim majority, meanwhile, shun (or are denied) jobs in the beer-drinking, pork-eating and immodest tourist trade.”
The document went on explaining that since Italians preferred to do business with their fellow expats, local youths were denied employment and, as a result, they resorted to drug trafficking and prostitution.

Kenya’s “bandit economy”

Little seems to have changed since the 2005 document. In 2012, Kenyan journalist Paul Gitau wrote an article for the Standard Digitals explaining how Malindi had become an extension of Sicily, given the grip the Italian mafia had on the coastal town.

Earlier this month, Kenya’s Chief Justice Willy Mutunga warned the country’s economy had become “a bandit economy”. He said cartels affiliated to politicians and terror groups ruled over the different sectors of Kenyan society.
Mutunga said that mafia-style criminals in Kenya, which he compared to Al Capone’s mob in 1920s America, collect “millions every day”. He also warned that Kenyan citizens were at war with these cartels “run by political bosses and corrupt businesspeople”, but leaders ready to face them should be prepared to the consequences including “being exiled or even killed”.

by Ludovica Iaccino,
Journalist, London.
@LudovicaIaccino

Burundi: che sia un 2016 di gioia, dice Nkurunziza

15 Gen

di Giovanni Gugg

Come in qualsiasi altro Paese del mondo, il 2016 del Burundi è cominciato con il rituale discorso alla nazione da parte del Presidente, il quale si è augurato che il nuovo anno cominci «nella gioia» perché il 2015 è terminato «nella pace, nella sicurezza e con molta allegria». Per chi segue la cronaca della crisi burundese – emersa con furia alla fine dell’aprile 2015 – queste parole appaiono surreali, se non beffarde. Allo stesso modo, i silenzi di Nkurunziza sui nodi centrali delle tensioni in corso nel Paese hanno tutta l’aria dell’ennesima dimostrazione di tracotanza: nel suo discorso non ha fatto alcun riferimento alle proteste e alle opposizioni, né alcun accenno alla possibilità ipotizzata dall’Unione Africana di inviare dei peacekeeper nel Paese, così come al dialogo di Kampala per far rispettare gli Accordi di Arusha. Inoltre, il silenzio è proseguito sull’aspetto che probabilmente più inquieta il potere burundese, ovvero la libertà di stampa: quattro emittenti radiofoniche sono ancora impossibilitate a lavorare, decine di giornalisti sono scappati negli ultimi mesi e anche quelli stranieri sono malvisti, come Sonia Rolley, alla quale il governo ha espresso il suo disappunto perché mistificherebbe la realtà “serena e tranquilla” di Bujumbura. All’estero, tuttavia, i reporter burundesi vengono premiati per la loro «competenza e coraggio», come è accaduto ieri a Esdras Ndikumana a Parigi, dove ha ricevuto un prestigioso riconoscimento dall’associazione della stampa diplomatica francofona.

Sull’ipotesi dell’Unione Africana di avviare una «mission africaine de prévention et de protection au Burundi» (Maprobu) con almeno 5.000 uomini per fermare le violenze nel Paese, il governo burundese si è dichiarato esplicitamente contrario. Questa, tuttavia, sembra l’unica speranza per evitare il peggio, dato che l’Onu è del tutto inidoneo su un’eventuale recrudescenza della violenza in Burundi: proprio due giorni fa il webjournal statunitense “Vice” ha pubblicato un appunto confidenziale, trapelato dall’ufficio peacekeeping delle Nazioni Unite, in cui si documenta come la massima istituzione mondiale sia «tristemente impreparata ad affrontare la possibilità di un peggioramento degli spargimenti di sangue nel Paese africano».

La situazione generale, come è noto, è profondamente deteriorata: come ha documentato Amnesty International, arresti arbitrari, sparizioni e morti ormai non si contano e, come ha riferito Radio France International, infiltrazioni di ribelli burundesi si sarebbero rilevate nella Repubblica Democratica del Congo. Inoltre, come ha denunciato un’associazione di donne (il “Mouvement des Femmes et Filles pour la paix et la sécurité au Burundi”) si sono avuti casi di stupri e abusi sessuali da parte della polizia e della milizia paramilitare e filogovernativa Imbonerakure di cui ha scritto anche RFI. Per chiudere l’elenco delle notizie più violente e sanguinose, infine, molta emozione ha suscitato nei giorni scorsi l’assassinio da parte della polizia del cantante ventisettenne Pascal Trésor Nshimirimana, noto come “Lisuba”, secondo alcuni per aver partecipato alle manifestazioni di protesta, secondo altri per la canzone “Amagaba” (scritto anche da “RFIRFI“, “BBC“, “La Nouvelle Tribune” e altri). bu2

Intanto a Gitega, nel centro del Paese, prosegue presso la Corte Suprema il processo ai presunti golpisti del maggio scorso, dove uno degli accusati si è difeso dichiarando: «Non potevo incrociare le braccia davanti al massacro dei pacifici manifestanti da parte della polizia».
Allo stesso tempo, emergono inchieste sulla presenza di fosse comuni e sul massacro della notte tra l’11 e il 12 dicembre 2015, quando almeno 87 persone sono state uccise (ma si potrebbe dire: giustiziate) nei quartieri più contestatari della capitale. Da una mappa delle violenze pubblicata su “Le Monde“, Bujumbura appare ormai un teatro di guerra, dove ancora oggi continuano omicidi e lanci di granate.

Cosa fare, dunque, affinché nel 2016 si fermi la caduta nel baratro cominciata nel 2015? Pochi giorni fa l’editorialista Murithi Mutiga ha pubblicato un’interessante riflessione, sul giornale keniota Daily Nation, in cui si domanda cosa farebbe Julius Nyerere dinnanzi al Burundi di Pierre Nkurunziza. Il testo ci introduce pienamente nella storia e nel pensiero politico panafricano: nel 1978 Nyerere, padre fondatore della Tanzania e personalità tra le più importanti dell’Africa moderna al pari di Nelson Mandela, non esitò a inviare le sue truppe in Uganda contro il brutale Idi Amin Dada, preludio alla caduta e all’esilio in Arabia Saudita del dittatore. Ma quel gesto di Nyerere fu rivolto anche contro la politica non-interventista (dunque collusa) dell’Unione Africana di quei tempi, che riteneva di non dover entrare negli affari interni dei Paesi membri, rendendosi così, di fatto, inutile. Oggi, sostiene Mutiga nel suo articolo, l’attuale UA dovrebbe avere l’audacia che Nyerere dimostrò allora, altrimenti «soffrirà un imbarazzo mortale se in Burundi dovessero cominciare omicidi di massa».

 

 

Africa’s new Frontier in Agriculture and Innovation

11 Gen

I once exported some avocados to France and they found themselves in Brazzaville. I was shocked when I asked, they had come from France where I had exported” This is a story that is not unique to Dr. Theo de Jager a medium scale farmer and President of PanAfrican Farmers Association (PAFO) based in South Africa it is a narrative that is identified by many farmers who export produce in Africa. Dr. Theo was speaking at the Global Forum of Agriculture and Innovation (GFIA) the first ever held on the African soil in Durban, South Africa.

winnie 2Many farmers find themselves in the same predicament, wanting to supply their produce to fellow African nations but due to lack of infrastructure and what Dr. Theo calls Obstacles they are not able to do so due to “Obstacles that need to get out of the way”.

Africa has the potential was the key message at the GFIA Africa. Africa is the new frontier of agriculture it has the potential to feed itself and the world if it were to unblock regional trade barriers this is according to a World Bank report of 2012. Unfortunately the barriers Africa facing the continent are many almost insurmountable from war to famine, floods to corruption the list is endless.

Michael Hailu the Executive Director of Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) noted Innovations are big in Africa adding “Africa has the potential for everyone to be successful

According to the data gathered by Maps of the world showing the arable countries in Africa notes that Mauritius has maximum and Djibouti has the minimum percentage of arable land in Africa. Interesting to note that most of the African countries have below 20% of arable land.

Africa has the potential to feed the world yet the conflicts bedeviling it makes it a near tragedy to say the least on how we should conduct ourselves. Interesting enough was one of the keynote speakers Former Prime Minister of Somalia Abdullahi Farmajo. He noted a country like Somalia which he once led has the potential but Somalia has been without a functioning government for over two decades “Warring has affected farming farmers. Conflict in Somalia has been complicated due to clanism”.

winnie1Rwanda for example is a country that has emerged from conflict and has leaped in strides to reclaim and rebuild itself. The Minister of Agriculture in Rwanda Tony Nsanganira pointed out that the country’s flagship project  and crop intensification began in 2007. If all countries in Africa who have arable land would intensify in such projects I would bet you with my small belongings including my valuable pen and notebook we would never receive food aid from any developed country instead we would give them aid. But this is a mirage that will happen maybe in 30th century.

Director General of South Africa’s Department of Agriculture Bongiwe Njobe pointed out “Soil to stomach approach Government needs to create infrastructure” Though the farmer may face challenges of funding “Capital is shy as a deer, you scare it it runs

Bongiwe adding that “Government needs to drive consumer education on food security to get people to talk on nutrition

Daniel Gad owner of multimillion Omega farms in Ethiopia noting that there’s a big gap in developing capacity of the youth “There’s need to promote agribusiness and there’s need to invest in government process” Gad added.

It’s time for farmers to invest but even as we put our hope on this great continent of Africa wise words from Dr. Theo need to be engraved in the minds of all prospecting investors “There’s no such land without people, you need to marry this people in order to succeed it is their culture and  identity

By Winnie Kamau
Data Journalist,
Media Relations Consultant.
@WinnieKamau254

 

Il paranoico El Sisi, orgoglio di un occidente corrotto e marcio.

9 Gen
In Egitto, in occasione dell’anniversario della rivoluzione del 25 gennaio, El Sisi, dittatore psicopatico e paranoico sta facendo arrestare tutti gli egiziani che amministrano pagine o gruppi su Facebook, coloro che scrivono su pagine politiche e che condividono notizie su altre pagine, sono accusati di cospirazione, falsificazione di notizie, terrorismo ect…
Tra gli ultimi arresti, solo due giorni fa, 4 persone tra cui 3 donne solo perchè condividevano notizie da una pagina politica.
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Come può il popolo di un paese immenso come l’Egitto, sopportare tutto questo senza muovere un dito? La rivoluzione araba in Egitto che aveva visto una sommossa popolare immensa per destituire Mubarak, non doveva avere un finale di questo tipo. Il paese ha avuto l’occasione di passare in mano ad un personaggio come Morsi che, quanto meno, voleva ridare l’Egitto agli egiziani, ma non era certamente un lecca culo degli USA e questo non gli ha portato bene.
Per gli USA e per alcuni paesi Europei come Francia e Italia, ci voleva un uomo forte e che sopratutto non cambiasse gli interessi occidentali nel paese. Ed El Sisi, ex capo della sicurezza abituato a comandare e torturare con fermezza è l’uomo giusto, per loro.
E infatti, abbiamo visto i vari primi ministri europei e il presidente statunitense andare in Egitto e strinegere la mano del dittatore come se nulla fosse, dimenticando, anzi ignorando che quell’uomo è un torturatore e repressore della libertà di espressione. Un uomo capace di buttare nelle galere egiziane, che non brillano per diritti umani, l’ex presidente Morsi e giornalisti di ogni tipo che spesso hanno solo scritto parole di critica politica che in un paese libero e civile si chiama informazione.
Come possiamo dormire sonni tranquilli sapendo che USA ed Europa che dovrebbero vigilare e che si priofessano governi che si battono per la democrazia e libertà nel mondo, lasciano che tutto ciò accada in Egitto, un paese che noi stessi dovremmo proteggere dalle calunnie e dalla violenza anche solo per essere una delle terre culla della civiltà mondiale.
Obama piange in diretta TV per i morti in America delle armi vendute in casa..
Paglaiccio, perchè non piangi in TV pensando ai milioni di morti causati con le tue bombe e i tuoi fucili in medio oriente e in Africa. Perchè non piangi quando vai a stringere le mani insanguinate dei dittatori come El Sisi?
Perchè non piangi pensando al Daesh, ai morti sgozzati e ai bambini arruolati che useranno anche le tue armi, per ammazzare? Perchè non piangi pensando che il Daesh è un prodotto della tua legislatura?
Pagliaccio Obama, sai bene che nessuno toglierà mai le armi dalla vendita pubblica in America, il business miliardario e tu, stai attaccando proprio quelle multinazionali che ti hanno aiutato a diventare presidente degli Stati Uniti per ben due volte, eppure solo quando sai di non poter più essere rieletto, ti lanci in battaglie da ‘premio nobel per la pace’. Obama, pagliaccio.

Noi guardiamo, ridiamo, ci commuoviamo e dimentichiamo che se il mondo è nello stato penoso di oggi, che se il luogo più insicuro della terra è la terra stessa, lo dobbiamo solo a personaggi come Obama e tutti coloro che lo hanno preceduto e non solo negli Stati Uniti, ma anche in questa Europa che non sa dare riferimenti e sicurezza ai cittadini, chiusa e subordinata dall’incudine e martello delle economie dei paesi arabi e Americani

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Eppure in Africa qualcosa si muove, alcune nuove generazioni stanche del giogo occidentale nel continente hanno messo la parola fine ad alcune dittature sanguinarie e oppressive come in Burkina Faso, in Tunisia che seppure faticando molto, un barlume di democrazia si intravede dopo il dittatore Ben Ali. La Somalia (Mogadiscio) sta reagendo. La Tanzania si è disfatta di un presidente scalda poltrona ed è passato ad un uomo attivo ed onesto. Il Rwanda come il Ghana sono paesi che oggi hanno una stabilità e crescita economica da far invidia a molti paesi europei.
Però esistono le estrazioni di minerali utili all’industria mondiale e sfruttata da braccia spesso mal pagate o schiave, lontane dagli occhi e dagli organi di informazione occidentale. L’estrazione di petrolio delle multinazionali italiane, americane e francesi che ricordiamolo, con la loro speculazione hanno generato la nascita dei Boko Haram che all’inizio erano combattenti mal organizzati e con armi scadenti, per le loro terre danneggiate dal petrolio, prima di diventare quello per cui li conosciamo oggi.
E ci sono aancora le tasse coloniali che Francia, Inghilterra, Spagna, Portogallo continuano a pretendere come veri strozzini della peggior specie. Milioni di dollari che ogni anno vanno ad impinguare le casse di questi paesi senza i quali, probabilmente, sarebbero loro i paesi del terzo mondo! Saremmo noi, senza quelle tasse a dover salire sui barconi per migrare in Africa. Ricordatevelo gente, quando vi divertite a fare i razzisti orgogliosi dell’ultima ora che, se oggi vivete dignitosamente e avete un tetto sulla testa e uno smartphone in mano, non è tutto frutto del vostro sacco, anzi, è di un grosso sacco che svuotiamo ogni giorno e si chiama, Africa.
scritto da African Voices
@AVafricanvoices

Il ya un an, d’une livraison d’armes de l’hélicoptère français à Boko Haram. Pour nous, il est tous vrais.

3 Gen

Notre source est une personne travaillant au Cameroun et il est clair qu’il ne veut pas donner son nom. La peur de parler au Cameroun est élevé. L’interview est à court de peur d’être intercepté.
La source collabore avec African Voices depuis 3 an.

Q) Avez vous suivi la controverse de article hélicoptère français transporter des armes à Boko Haram?

R) Que je ai vu, mais je comprends leur est honteux. est un moment tragique pour le monde européen et même si ils se plaignent beaucoup de choses mal, préfèrent dormir sous la couverture de la vérité de leurs dirigeants, même si elle est fausse.

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Q) Je vous ai demandé si ces nouvelles sont vraies ou faux, vous me as dit?

R) cette image est réel et il remonte plus d’un an mais l’Occident est venu après nos efforts. Est pas facile d’obtenir certaines choses hors du Cameroun; le contrôle des services de renseignement est très élevé.
Ici pas de journal a publié les nouvelles et seulement une tg cassé les nouvelles après avoir été fermé par le gouvernement sur des accusations de terrorisme et les journalistes sont toujours en prison sans inculpation vrai.
Même ceux qui ont fait la photographie est pas heureux. est vraiment tout grotesque, l’armée du Cameroun lutte contre Boko, notre gouvernement dit Boko ne existe pas au Cameroun et dans en attendant, il a signé la lutte contre Boko et dans ce chaos France fait ce qu’elle veut. La France suit le commerce des armes qui apporte millions d’euros, et Biya prend sa part.

Q) Problèmes pour l’armée de cette image?

R) Problèmes pour le pilote d’hélicoptère qui a perdu la capacité de voler pour la vie et pour l’équipage de ce jour. Certains ont été forcés de démissionner de l’armée et d’autres ont pas été en mesure de leur fin.
Ici au Cameroun ne sont pas libres de parler ou écrire sur cette histoire. Combien d’autres.

Q) Vous voulez dire quelque chose à ceux qui ne croient pas cette histoire?

R) Que pouvais je dire? Je envie de leur vie et la possibilité de croire que les Européens sont innocents. Les gouvernements européens régissent tout, bon et mauvais.
Parfois, il est difficile de comprendre ce qui est vrai et ce qui est pas. France, Etats-Unis, l’Italie, la Chine, la Russie, l’Angleterre, je pourrais continuer, la liste est longue, ces pays veulent monopoliser les nouvelles soutenu par nos dictateurs très bien payés et par les médias européens qui contrôlent les journaux ou les sites appelés faux.
Il en résulte la confusion et de fausses vraies nouvelles devenir avec un excellent travail de marketing et de mensonge.

La France ne participe pas à la guerre contre Boko, Hollande a dit il ya presque un an. Mais la France vend des armes à Boko, qui est sûr

Hélas, il ya peu pages que les African Voices et peu de gens comme vous, déterminés à suivre la vérité contre tous. Cela m’a un peu plus détendu fait, mais je vous assure, ce ne est pas facile.

Longues vivantes African Voices, Salut

 

Liberia’s Accession new kid of the WTO Block

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Liberia had their President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf camped in Nairobi for almost a week in the rigorous await of the new birth. A Namibian proverb says ‘From Little date seeds, great things are born’. With this backdrop the 16th of December 2015 will be etched in anals of history of the People of Liberia in the words of Madam President Sirleaf “This marks a historic mLiberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arrives in the company of Kenya's Vice President William Ruto (R) to attend the "The International Forum on Women in Business" ahead of the World Trade organization (WTO) Summit in capital Nairobi December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamisilestone in Liberia’s joining of transformation

Liberia started their journey to World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2007 here it was rigorous effort back and forth movements from Geneva the Headquarters of WTO and Monrovia. Liberia’s team led by their Trade Minister Axel Addy was not an easy journey. I had an opportunity to attend the Liberian reception and from the conversations gathered it was a great win for the team of negotiators.I later had a chance to talk to the Assistant minister of Trade Stephen Marvie, Jr “The accession will compel Liberia to put systems of transparency through this process” Adding that they would stand to gain more in terms of investment for the nation.

True to the word of the Assistant Minister of trade Steve, European Union and Liberia’s Trade Minister Axel signed a deal that would increase the level of market access for European Union (EU) goods and services to the Liberian market. According to EU trade with Liberia is at 0.03% of its total trade value with EU importing from Liberia half a billion Euros in 2013.

EU Ambassador to the WTO Angelos Pangratis acknowledged that though Liberia had gone through a devastating public health challenge of Ebola, noting that Liberia had made remarkable progress in preparing for WTO entry “We are looking forward to rewarding Liberia’s efforts and welcoming the country in the WTO family

President Sirleaf in her speech at the WTO added “Liberia is accepted into the World Trade Organisation family we are optimistic that this council meeting is poised to impact global trade to strengthen the rule based multilateral trading systems to ensure the less developed nations of the world are getting a better deal by removal of barriers which will foster a larger percentage of global trade

During her stay in Kenya the Liberian President who is the first and only woman President in Africa was bestowed the honour of Chief of the order of the Golden Heart by host President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta lauded Liberia’s entry to WTO “I am pleased that this decision was taken here in Nairobi, on African soil. Without a doubt, WTO membership carries considerable gains and benefits. Liberia’s Accession Package provides a platform for continuing domestic reforms and should inspire other African countries in their domestic measures”.

Other gains for Liberia joining the WTO includes a faster integration into the West African regional bloc Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS). The Assistant Trade Minister Steve Marvie noted “Through WTO Liberia will now integrate in the regional bloc ECOWAS forcing it to fast track the integration process” adding “We will enjoy the Extended tariff on Products ETP once we migrate to EcowasLiberia joins World trade organization as the 163th nation and the 35th Least Developed Country in WTO.

My small interactions with President Sirleaf came out as humble in nature yet stern and firm. With a small bow she acknowledged the delegations of the various countries that stretched out to meet her after the Accession ceremony. I also noted Liberia is rather a unique country compared to Kenya, with a population of 4.5Million people this means the whole country could easily fit into Kenya’s capital City Nairobi. Their currency is in dollars and minimum wage for their population is $50-$70 US Dollars. If you are white person you cannot get a nationality one has to be African-Black in order to qualify for citizenship.

Being Sirleaf’s last term as President I am interested to know the outcome of the next election in 2017.

 

Winnie Kamau
Data Journalist,
Media Relations Consultant.

Will Afghanistan Accession to WTO quieten the US Air-strikes?

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No protocol nor gigantic security detail contrary to my expectations but a reserved quiet looking man sauntered to the Accession hall with minimal security, flagged by a small delegation. At first I was a bit confused whose photos I was to take? Only to realize this is the man of the moment we had been waiting for close to 20 minutes, the First Deputy Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammed Khan Rahmani.

The hall is half empty and with no restrictions I get the privilege to seat on the second row after the Afghanistan delegation. Two women are represented in the company of 15 men is not a bad thing for this noble country where the voice of women are always relegated to the background.

w2The Afghan delegation is very interesting they are all upright no one moves, minimal exchanges unlike a few rows behind me some French speaking West African Minister is just talking so loudly you can barely hear the speakers forcing me to harsh them down. Proud moments as I join the Afghan people as they make a historic mark at the 10th Ministerial meeting of WTO in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

Amidst the reports by international media of air-strikes, suicide bombers and the Taliban war a country that is still seeing war and atrocities meted against it has had courage to stand up and fight against all odds to join the world in trade. Afghanistan is a country that is in the corridor of the Central Asia and neighboring the wannabe Superpower China as the 164th Member of the multilateral trading organization, World Trade Organization (WTO). The 35th member of the Least Developed Countries following Liberia has a staggering population of 30.5 million people.

The world joined to congratulate Afghanistan which was once a major horticultural exporter that accounted for 10% of the world’s dried fruit market in the 1970s according to a report by Afghan government site.

Afghan’s journey to WTO started in 2004, culminating to 11 years of negotiations for the war torn country which is ready to make peace and rebuild itself from a donor and import dependent economy.

I bet the Afghan delegation in Kenya is having the best time in their lifetime. In a little known country Kenya sleeping comfortably without thinking of the air-strikes at night and the bunkers. A guileless question hangs in the air so pregnant in thought whether Afghanistan Accession will be the end or ease of airstrikes by the American government in the name of fighting against the Taliban and extremists. Will this Accession see cease fire and negotiations that will bring a lasting Peace elucidation.

WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo joined to congratulate the Afghan Islamic Republic for the historic achievement “It is a clear sign for all the world to see that Afghanistan is building a business-friendly environment. Countries undertaking the reforms required to join the WTO tend to grow at around 2.5 percentage points faster than others once the process is completed.”

The joint trade agency of WTO and United Nations, International Trace Center joined the world in congratulating the Afghanistan Islamic Republic. ITC’s Executive Director Arancha Gonzalez noted “The Government of Afghanistan is already thinking ahead on how being a part of the WTO can be an important lever to increase the competitiveness of their SMEs. I can assure you, that the International Trade Center will continue to partner with Afghanistan to make this a reality.” The ITC is currently in the process of preparing a package of trade support for Afghanistan financed by the European Commission. ITC pledged to support the design and implementation of a National Export Strategy and implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

In a short interview with the First Deputy Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammed Khan Rahmani noted he was elated that his government had joined the multilateral trade organization “We want to be the most active member in the region.”

The American government joined the world to laud the move by Afghanistan to join WTO in a reported presser by an Afghan media house- TOLO news, the US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said “For Afghanistan’s, accession to the WTO is a major step forward for the Afghan Government’s efforts to unlock the potential of the Afghan economy”

Kirby added “the Afghan government needs to work with parliament and other stakeholders to take steps needed to receive the full benefits of membership”

The Director General Azvedo also announced the application by Kenya’s war torn neighbor Somalia to WTO “And just this morning I am pleased to say that we received the membership application of the Federal Republic of Somalia”. Again I credulously ask will the Accession of Somalia to WTO quieten the extremists Al Shabaab in Somalia?

 

Winnie Kamau
Data Journalist,
Media Relations Consultant.

5 years old. Happy Birthday African Voices!

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African Voices was born on January 1 of 2010 with the goal of becoming a reference page for Africans in Africa and those who work in the Continent. But expectations have been surpassed by a growing demand both in Italy and in Africa and many other parts of the world starting with the US and South America, many African friends tell us that AV is well known in DR Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Djibouti, Burundi and many other countries.

This can only be great satisfaction for me and for all the staff who worked on this page with great commitment, also if we are all volunteers and do not receive remuneration, to give readers the best news and different, perhaps closer to reality, of as they can or want to do the media blazoned.

In this 2015 we can claim to have seen and to be on whole territory in all its best and worst sides, starting by Ebola in West Africa and often interviewing one of the best biologists who work with MSF Italy. We have personally followed the developments in Egypt, the attacks in Somalia with real-time news. The attacks in Tunisia and Kenya, the controversial Zimbabwe and the profound crisis in Burundi.

We never leave anything, or at least we trying, searching to be closer to the voice of the people and not the rulers but sometimes the two are closer than we can imagine.

The year 2015 was also the year of the opening to new collaborations and collaborators. In fact, AV for 4 and a half years has been driven by a single person. Today there are collaborators, political activists and members of the diaspora living in South America.
Some who would not have the possibility to freely publish certain articles and information on certain countries without the risk of being imprisoned by dictators and accused of terrorism.

I can’t mention the countries where their work; their names could even be the nick name to protect their safety and that of the page itself, threats in these five years there have been.
But not only threats, there’s also many questions of publication by associations, NGOs, artists, writers, bloggers, politicians, musicians asking us to publish their pieces and their works and this can only please us, it means we’re doing a good job and we are followed by the right people.

The blog is going very well and only yesterday WordPress has recognized the good work done. The blog is open to everyone who wants to publish his article, given that there are up to 4000 people a day who follow it.
The site however is stopped by 2 years to my will, but in the early months of 2016 will take up life as it was made a partnership with the Angolan magazine by Jovens da Banda and the blog Africa Rising.
They are concerned with highlighting the efforts of young Angolan entrepreneurs and other African countries, giving voice to those who don’t have adequate financial resources, but have enormous will and capacity.

The site of AV is going to be transformed following the same philosophy of Jovens da Banda, treating the stories of the new African entrepreneurs in Italy and Europe and, if the contacts permit, even in the rest of the world.

Moreover, thanks to the international platform TRAVEL PARTNER, after two years of hard work and trade agreements, we are able, in January, to get out to the general public with a portal called AFRICAN VOICES TRAVEL able to publish tourist information and reservations on most African countries with thousands of hotels, safaris, tours, car rental and to short time, ethnic flights reservation.
Part of the profits from this activity will support the work of missions in Africa some of which we will do the names for total honesty.

So even for 2016 we have set goals very interesting and demanding that we will try to get for the good and the growth of our motherland, Africa.

Thank you and Happy New Year from the African Voices staff
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