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African Voices cambia nome e mission

5 Ott

Quando 7 anni fa ho aperto la vecchia pagina AFRICAN VOICES, ormai persa perchè rubata da un ladro, il mio obiettivo era quello di imparare tutto quello che ancora non sapevo sull’Africa, sul territorio, i popoli e la cultura attraverso la conoscenza e l’informazione di altri.
Quel progetto mi ha fatto ottenere buone soddisfazioni e quasi 300 mila followers. Ho ottenuto la stima di diversi blogger e giornalisti africani, di attivisti per i diritti di molte categorie e per la pace. Molti musicisti, poeti, scrittori, pittori, politici africani ed editori e tanta, tanta gente comune hanno simpatizzato per quella pagina e per il mio modo di operare.
Opera che poi, negli ultimi due anni mi ha visto affiancato da validi collaboratori africani e non di grande valore che ancora oggi sono al mio fianco.

Ed è proprio con loro, in special modo con Cornelia Toelgyes, amica e attivista da molti anni a favore dei diritti umani, esperta di Africa e giornalista divide con me come  amministratrice questa nuova avventura.
Abbandonare il nome AfricanVoices cambiando con Voices 5 Continents e allargare la nostra mission non più solo all’Africa, ma anche agli altri 4 continenti, non è stata una decisione semplice, ma ormai dopo anni di solo Africa e con decine di migliaia di articoli, video, immagini e discussioni condivise e con la ‘morte digitale’ della pagina originale, il cambio è diventato un obbligo e non poteva che essere verso un impegno maggiore verso gli altri quattro continenti mantenendo nella stessa misura anche le info sul nostro principale continente, l’Africa appunto.

Oggi, gli equilibri si sono spostati e sopratutto il mondo è cambiato molto. Terrorismo, razzismo, omofobia, xenofobia, cancellazione dei diritti umani, diritti civili, repressione della stampa internazionale, migrazioni, cambiamento climatico e molto altro, sono aumentati in via esponenziale ovunque ed ecco allora la nostra decisione di spostare la l’attenzione anche sugli altri 4 continenti per capire, imparare e ottenere un confronto più ampio.

Non mancheranno le fotografie, i racconti attraverso le immagini di grandi fotografi internazionali, video, musica e cercando attraverso le tradizioni locali dei 5 continenti di ampliare le nostre conoscenze personali sperando di coinvolgere anche il Vostro interesse.

Allora… , benvenuti nella nostra pagina VOICES 5 CONTINENTS.


The inhuman law of human beast

9 Lug

What happens in the brain of the human beast, it is often an enigma.
What you could have done this African (perhaps Ethiopia) to merit popular law of villages, to be stoned fiercely and then delivered to the fire and no one is opposing the massacre.

No animal has a worse human behavior instead practice violence, murder, genocide and massacre.

The human and civil rights have been invented by man to give an alibi to the trampled rights, torture, murder and oppression.
Human nature is sick and is falling more and more down.

The culture of racism against black domestic help in Lebanon (and the rest of the Arab Muslim world)

25 Giu

A video showing a young Ethiopian maid being dragged by the hair, beaten and forced into a car by several Lebanese men in a busy Beirut street was followed by the maid committing suicide by hanging a few days later.

OBSERVERS.france24 (H/T SusanK)   The scene, captured by a cell phone camera, occurred in front of the Ethiopian consulate in Beirut. The maid, named Alem Dechasa, is lying on the ground, crying and pleading in Ethiopian: “I don’t want to go there!” An onlooker can be heard attempting to stop the man beating her: “Stop it, what’s your problem? Let her go back to the consulate.” But a few moments later, another man grabs Dechasa’s collar and drags her on the ground, then tries to force her into a car. She resists, and one of the men violently grabs her hair – at which point the video cuts.


The main perpetrator of the violent acts in the video, identified by the licence plate of his car, is Ali Mahfouz, the owner of a maid service agency that employs many migrant workers. He claims that he had taken her to her consulate for her to be sent her back to her country, which she categorically refused.

 Ethiopian consular officials said that they found Dechasa too unstable to be sent back to Ethiopia, and had advised Mahfouz to take her to a psychiatric hospital in the city. After they left, the consular officials said they heard screams and shouts coming from the street and called the police. According to Mahfouz, he was trying to get Dechasa into a car to drive her to the airport when the police interfered and took her to the Deir al-Salib psychiatric ward.

She committed suicide there on March 14 by strangling herself with a sheet.
Ali Latifa Fakhri a member of the Lebanese Anti-Racism movement in Beirut, says, “Ali Mahfouz brought Dechasa to the consulate while she was in a crazy frenzy. He then justified himself by saying that she had tried to commit suicide several times and he had been forced to switch her to another house. But the question is obviously not whether or not the girl had mental problems. Violence like this can in no case be justified. It’s also worth asking whether Dechasa became unstable following the treatment she underwent at the hands of her employers.


Personally, I consider businesses like Mahfouz’s little more than human trafficking. These recruiters go to Ethiopia, Sri Lanka or the Philippines to convince poor women to work in Lebanon. They promise good wages, days off, freedom of religion, etc… But once in Lebanon, they often find themselves working 18 hours a day with no rest, irregular pay, and limited freedom. Sometimes, their passport is confiscated and they can’t go anywhere without their employer’s permission. They’re worse than second-class citizens, they’re like slaves. [Every year, there are reports of several thousand maids being physically or sexually abused by their employers in Lebanon.]

“The simple fact that such blatant violence took place in front of the woman’s consulate is proof that nothing stops employers.” The system completely excludes these employees from the rights of other Lebanese workers: they have practically no legal protection.


21 Gen

Violence against Barely a month after World Vision released a report showing violence against Kenyan children has increased. In front of the whole world and nation Police were caught on tape and camera teargassing pupils of Lang’ata Road Primary School. The children who were protesting for a worthy cause: to have their playing ground returned after it was grabbed. This was a sad day indeed for all Kenyans leading to a furious President Uhuru Kenyatta warning his cabinet Secretary of Lands Charity Ngilu.



World Vision released the results of the 2014 World Vision global views on violence against children survey. The survey conducted by research company, Ipsos has revealed some shocking results. The survey was conducted between August 9th -15th 2014 with sample size of 200 face-to-face interviews.

The survey was conducted in 28 countries with a sample size of over 11,000 with Kenya categorized among the fragile states. The experiences of Kenya are rather baffling in terms of violence against children:



94% of Kenyans know a child victim of violence but whom do they tell? What steps do they take? Is it enough just to know a victim?


58% of the population in Kenya feel that violence against children in Kenya has increased in the last five years. Public places ranks high followed by public transportation ranking second highest as places most likely for children to be violated.


Alcoholism and drug abuse is listed as the highest factor leading to violence against children while lack of knowledge and poverty follows next.




Winnie Kamau for African Voices
President Association of Freelance Journalists
Media Relations Consultant

Policeman rapes four-year old in Jos Nigeria

27 Mar

A riot policeman attached to the Special Task Force was on Wednesday  arrested for raping a four-year old girl in Jos, Plateau State.
The girl, identified simply as Helen, was allegedly raped by the policeman, said to be a 32-year corporal, serving under STF at Rapum in Kassa, Barakin Ladi Local Government Area.
Punch correspondent gathered that the little girl was first treated for bleeding at the Barakin Ladi General Hospital and later discharged.
However, by the following morning, the bleeding became so severe that she had to be rushed back to the hospital.
It was gathered that the policeman, who was recently posted to the area, was known as ‘Dogo’ by the locals. He was said to have covered his name and rank with his cardigan.
The parents of the girl were said to have reported the incident to the sector commander in Barakin Ladi and the policeman was promptly arrested.
As of the time of this report, the father of the girl was said to be making a statement at the office of the sector commander, while doctors were battling to save the girl?s life.
It was learnt that the suspect would soon be transferred to the STF headquarters for interrogation.
STF Media Officer, Capt. Salisu Mustapah, confirmed the story. He said the policeman would be tried according to the law.
He said, “This is an isolated case and I must tell you that we don’t condone this kind of attitude.”
“The suspect is now in our custody and if at the end of the day he is found guilty, I assure you that he will never go scot free.”

Source: Punch
Simpa Saint Samsons
Indipendent film-maker
CEO, S.O.S21 Pictures International, Inc