“Jasmine Revolution”
Symbol of peace: Flowers placed on the barrel of a tank
in very much calmer protests than in recent days in Tunisia

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011
Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi. "Mohammed suffered a lot. He worked hard. but when he set fire to himself, it wasn’t about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity." (Peter Hapak for TIME)

1 - TUNISIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

How eyepatches became a symbol of Egypt's revolution - Graffiti depicting a high ranking army officer with an eye patch Photograph: Nasser Nasser/ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 - EGYPT Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

''17 February Revolution"

3 - LIBYA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

5 - SYRIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

"25 January Youth Revolution"
Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
(Subjects: Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" (without a manager hierarchy) managed Businesses, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)
(Subjects:Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

"If an Arab and a Jew can look at one another and see the Akashic lineage and see the one family, there is hope. If they can see that their differences no longer require that they kill one another, then there is a beginning of a change in history. And that's what is happening now. All of humanity, no matter what the spiritual belief, has been guilty of falling into the historic trap of separating instead of unifying. Now it's starting to change. There's a shift happening."

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

African Union (AU)

African Union (AU)
African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ Zacharias ABUBEKER)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Few words can describe Nelson Mandela, so we let him speak for himself. Happy birthday, Madiba.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Potions and polls: Tanzanian albinos terrified after attacks

Yahoo – AFP, Emile Costard, 7 April 2015

Their limbs hacked off and babies and children abducted or killed, albinos in 
Tanzania live in fear of another horrific spate of attacks against them ahead
of elections in October (AFP Photo/Tony Karumba)

Dar es Salaam (AFP) - Their limbs hacked off and babies and children abducted or killed, albinos in Tanzania live in fear of another horrific spate of attacks against them ahead of elections in October.

Albino body parts are boiled up in foul human potions for witchcraft in the east African nation, and reports of killings have increased as local politicians order their spells in the belief that the expensive brews will secure poll victory.

"Local political leaders believe in the power of witchdoctors and think that it could help them to win elections," said Vicky Ntetema, director of Under The Same Sun, an organisation defending the rights of albinos in Tanzania.

With an entire corpse selling for as much as $75,000 (70,000 euros), Ntetema claims the high price is an indication that "some political and economic elites" could be involved in albino murders.

In one recent attack, a six-year-old albino boy's hand was chopped off with a machete and his mother assaulted as she tried to protect him.

At least 76 albinos have been murdered since 2000 with their dismembered body parts selling for hundreds of dollars, according to United Nations experts.

A further 34 albinos have survived after having parts of their bodies hacked off, and grave robbers have dug up at least 15 more albinos, seeking buried limbs and bodies.

Forced to flee

Sengerema Simon, a 28-year-old man with albinism, was forced to flee his village in Tanzania's northern Tabora region fearing he would be attacked and cooked.

"In the village, I often heard people just call me 'the albino', then one day men I did not know called me by my name, saying they were going to do business... I was very scared," he told AFP.

Unemployed, he now ekes out a living in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam with help from the Tanzania Albinism Society.

Albinism is a hereditary genetic condition which causes a total absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes.

It affects one Tanzanian in 1,400, often as a result of inbreeding, experts say. Tanzania is home to some 49 million people.

Many attacks take place in northwestern Tanzania among the Sukuma people, the country's largest ethnic group and one with a long belief in witchcraft.

But experts say a thriving informal mining industry has also driven the killings, with prospectors desperate for anything that could help them strike it rich.

"The murders are connected to gold and diamond miners' efforts to secure lucky charms for finding minerals and protection against danger while mining," a 2010 report by the British-based Journal of Modern African Studies said.

In Africa, albinos generate a mixture of fear and fascination: some are stigmatised for their different colour, others treated almost as "divine figures," said Giorgio Brocco, an expert at Germany's Free University of Berlin.

"In some part of Africa, some ethnic groups originally believed that people with albinism disappeared instead of dying -- or that they are gods," Brocco said.

Stigma from birth

Not in Tanzania, however, where they have "mostly been discriminated against" because they cannot so easily take part in farming, as their skin burns in the fierce sun, Brocco added.

Josephat Torner, 32, who works for the Tanzania's Albino Society, speaks on 
March 12, 2015 in Dar es Salaam about discrimination and threats against the
albino population (AFP Photo/Emile Costard)

That stigma begins at birth, said Josephat Torner, 32, who has albinism and works for the country's Albino Society.

"When I was born, the community wanted to poison me. People thought I was a bad omen for the village... but my mother stopped them and saved my life."

Torner recalls how growing up he was ostracised for his looks.

"Children didn't want to play with me because they thought I could contaminate them, even my own brothers didn't touch my clothes for the same reasons," he said.

Campaigners say that education and raising awareness are vital in changing beliefs and prejudice.

"You may apply for a post of employment... you may have all the qualifications and experience, but you will never get employed because of negative attitudes," said Kondo Seif, who works for Under the Same Sun.

Seif, a top student at the University of Dar es Salaam, says he was denied a scholarship and teaching post after studying "because of my condition."

Still Seif is optimistic that attitudes are slowly changing, at least in urban areas.

"Bad reactions in a restaurant or a bar were very common in the past but not so much now," he said.

In March, Tanzanian police rounded up hundreds of witchdoctors in a bid to stem the albino murders.

But campaigners such as Torner -- who travels regularly around remote northern regions to raise awareness about albinism -- say that in the long-term, it will be education that will "eliminate the false beliefs."

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