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President Gaddafi angered by the West

Posted by African Press International on March 3, 2007

London (UK) The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has complained bitterly over the failure by the West to redeem their promises to his country for renouncing the nuclear programme in 2003.

Conveying his anger Friday to the West via the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Libyan leader said that Britain and America should have lived up to their own part of the nuclear bargain, having talked Tripoli into aborting ’our’ nuclear programme.

“Agreement is agreement and has to be honoured”, said Gaddafi, adding that redeeming the compensation promises or lack of it will bear greatly on the ongoing pressure by the West on Iran and North Korea to tread the part set by Tripoli.

Britain, the US and four other major powers – Russia, China, France and Germany – are currently discussing tighter sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt its nuclear programme.

Gaddafi stated categorically that his reminder for this well deserved reward ’should not be mis-read’ as a threat to return to the confrontation of the past. “We are not going back ! The era of confrontation and all that came with it are now behind us”.

Responding, the British Foreign Department hailed the Libyan leader as a courageous man. But insists that Gaddafi and Libya had gained and continue to reap from foreign investments and other benefits that follow the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.

“Sanctions have been lifted after Libya renounced the nuclear weapons programme. The US and UK have re-established diplomatic ties. Moreover, Libya is no longer in the US list of world terror states. Gradually, every other thing will follow”, said the UK officials..

Gaddafi has ruled the North African country for almost 40 years, and celebrations are taking place for the 30th anniversary of his own type of government he invented as Libya’s unique system of “popular rule”, the Jamahiriya./ APA

 

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Dog had to be dug up after being buried under the snow

Posted by African Press International on March 3, 2007

An elderly Border collie was saved by his whimpering after he literally was buried under the masses of snow that fell over southern Norway last week.

Christina Hørte and Bonzo were happily reunited this week.

PHOTO: ANNE KARIN ANDERSEN, AGDERPOSTEN

The 11-year-old dog, named Bonzo, disappeared from his family’s home in Fevik last Tuesday. Days went by, with no sign of him.

“We searched everywhere for him, but couldn’t find him,” Mabel Pedersen, the mother of the family, told local newspaper Agderposten. “We finally advertised his disappearance in the paper and on local radio.”

A week later, the telephone rang and a woman said she’d heard some whimpering from a nearby park area called Storesand.

Ten-year-old Christina Hørte and her grandmother put on their skis and mounted a search and rescue operation. They headed for Storesand, and soon heard something that sounded like a dog whining or wimpering.

Finally they saw him. “Only his head was sticking out of the snow!” Christina told Agderposten. He was otherwise buried and also stuck because his leash had gotten wedged under the snow.

Christina and her grandmother quickly dug Bonzo out. He was in surprisingly good shape, but almost certainly would have perished if he hadn’t been found.

He was checked out by veterinarian Geir Hals, who said Bonzo apparently ate snow to get enough fluids, and his fur kept him warm. “If must have been just terrible for him, but that’s how he survived,” Hals said.

By Nona Berglund

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Courier vehicle robbed in Oslo

Posted by African Press International on March 3, 2007

A currency transport vehicle was held up in Oslo’s Majorstuen district Friday afternoon.

The robbers struck at this kiosk in an otherwise quiet residential area.

PHOTO: MMS-FOTO: KJETIL KOLSRUD

The courier had emptied a slot machine inside a kiosk on Jacob Aalls Gate when he was robbed by two armed men.

One of the men reportedly had a pistol, the other a knife, according to iOslo.no. Both wore ski masks and disappeared in a waiting car.

The getaway car was found in flames near the Blindern area shortly after the robbery.

Police launched a major search effort, involving dogs and a police helicopter./AftenpostenENG

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President Jammeh opens new parliament session

Posted by African Press International on March 3, 2007

Banjul (The Gambia) Parliamentarians from all over The Gambia were on hand Friday evening for the state opening in Banjul of the new legislative year 2007 by the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.

The formal occasion, which attracted the usual large crowd of interested onlookers, was significant this time for it was the first session of the parliament, since their election in January 2007, to be addressed by President Jammeh.

This is the formal opening of parliament for the start of work in the 2007 legislative year, as well as an opportunity for President Jammeh to present his government’s plans and programmes for the year.

For the majority of the members, this was their first time to attend the legislature, to represent their constituencies following their election in last month’s legislative elections. Five of the 53 members are nominated by the head of state in accordance with constitutional provisions.

President Jammeh was met on arrival by the newly elected Speaker, Mrs. Fatoumata Jahumpa-Ceesay, who introduced him to members from both the government and opposition sides of the house, before being conducted to the chambers to deliver his formal address.

In a wide ranging speech, Jammeh told members that his “government remains committed to put in place rational sustainable policies and programmes in order to achieve higher economic growth and development, to improve the welfare of all Gambians.”

He noted that some of the developments will be in the key sectors “namely, agriculture and natural resources, health, education and the provision of basic infrastructure, security constituting the essential elements for sustainable development.”

Jammeh spoke about the planned transformation of the agricultural sector through the creation of the newly established National Agricultural Development Agency, to effectively generate, utilise and mobilise human, financial and material resources for the sustainable development of the sector. He said the sector performed reasonably well in 2006 with growth of 3% and 4% respectively in cereal and groundnut production.

He also spoke about the multi-million dollar African Development Bank/International Fund for Agricultural Development funded “Participatory Integrated Watershed Management Project,” tasked “to empower farming communities, increase productivity of crops, livestock and forest resources at the grassroots level.”

This is in the transfer and control of efficient land use management from the government to the local community.

The speech also ranged over successes made in the health, education and infrastructure sectors as well as tourism and the service and hospitality industries. He told members of new legislation in the offing and then called on all to desist from partisan politics and work collectively in the national interest.

“You may belong to different political parties, but what is important is that national interest should precede all other activities…” he stressed.

The President’s party enjoys an overwhelming majority in the new legislature with 43 out of the 48 elected members. /APA

 

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UN delegation worried by the situation in post-Liberia

Posted by African Press International on March 3, 2007

Monrovia (Liberia) The joint UN fact-finding inter-agency mission to Liberia Saturday expressed concern about the funding gap which may occur between now and 2009 as emergency oriented international NGOs leave Liberia before the government can develop capacity to serve the basic needs of its people.

A spokesperson of the joint executive board delegation from the World Food Program (WFP), UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP, observed that Liberia is faced with the double challenge of funding and implementing emergency humanitarian interventions, while at the same time funding and implementing sustainable development strategies and programs.

Addressing a press conference Friday at the headquarters of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL, the delegation’s spokesperson observed that the UN, NGOs and Community Based Organizations are today directly funding 85 per cent of Liberia’s health, education, water and sanitation programs.

The delegation, which visited several counties in the country, therefore recommended that the international community needed to remain fully engaged in Liberia to help sustain the remarkable progress being made by the government.

The joint delegation said while on the tour, it also observed that the government’s Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy is a collaborative and serious strategy, and a strong starting point for the government and its partners in reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

The mission further noted that the Poverty Reduction Strategy would also set the course for Liberia to move from emergency to real development./ APA

 

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Mwaura is back in circulation

Posted by African Press International on March 3, 2007

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Giving birth in Kisumu – Kenya

Posted by African Press International on March 3, 2007

Popular slum midwife makes child delivery pure pleasure

Story by JOHN OCHIENG
 

*”The night at the Manyata residential area in Kisumu town is still and virtually everyone is deep asleep. But the calm is rudely disrupted by a scream from a woman who has suddenly developed labour pains. The scream persists, waking up everyone. She is then rushed by neighbours to a nearby house where she is likely to get relief. Moments later, the frail voice of a new-born baby is heard from the house.

A group of women leave Mary Adhiambos house after being attended to.

This is a common occurrence in the lakeside town’s estates and the surrounding areas as women at an advanced stage of pregnancy seek the services of traditional birth attendants. And they are not confined to nights; quite a few births occur by day.  It is 10am and a group of 12 expectant women troop into a two-roomed ramshackle house whose rusty roof attests to the fact that it has seen better days. Inside, they settle around a table and moments later, an elderly woman emerges from an inner room wearing a broad smile. After exchanging pleasantries she settles down to business and starts giving tips on prenatal care.Ms Mary Adhiambo, 54, has been in this business for the past 22 years and never before has she witnessed such a high turnout of women seeking her services. The increasing demand is now a challenge to the attendants, or nyamrerwa in the Luo language.

“I have been in this business for a long time, but the past four months have been different because the number of women coming for help has increased tremendously,” she told the Saturday Nation when we visited her house the other day.

“Before, it was very easy because I handled at most two births per day, but now I handle up to five.”

What could be the reason for this sudden rise in demand? Ms Adhiambo is not sure, but she thinks it is because, she claims, women in labour are handled badly in conventional hospitals.

“Most women get it rough whenever they go to public hospitals,” she says. “The atmosphere is never welcoming, and the treatment is normally very rude because of the divided attention of nurses and doctors.

“The fact that they have several others to look after makes them do things in a hurry, much to the chagrin of mothers who are about to give or have just given birth.”

Similar sentiments are expressed by 41-year-old Dorothy Akoth, a mother of two who is expecting the third. Like many others, she delivered her now six-year-old son with Ms Adhiambo’s help. “My experience in the maternity wards at the hands of the nurses when I went to deliver my first son was horrible,” she recalls. “I was mishandled and made to feel like a lesser human-being.

“When I was deep in labour I cried for attention but there was nobody to care for me. During delivery the nurses were very rough and were not bothered by the pain I was going through.” 

After the experience, which she terms terrifying, Ms Akoth was introduced to Ms Adhiambo during her second pregnancy by a friend who had received help from her. “My friend told me of how gentle it was to be handled by a nyamrerwa, and I decided to pay her a visit,” she says.

Ms Akoth then regularly attended clinics at Ms Adhimabo’s house until she gave birth and throughout, she says, the experience was “more than rewarding.”

She recalls: “Despite the excruciating pain that women go through while giving birth, my experience with Adhiambo gave me a lot of courage; she was very gentle and caring throughout.”

It was the pain and difficulties Ms Akoth went through while delivering in hospital that made her seek the services of a traditional birth attendant. 

Twenty-seven-year-old Ms Rose Opiyo too has plenty of good words to say about the birth attendants. “When I was in sharp labour and felt like giving up, they kept encouraging me and gave me the strength to push on. I have never been to any conventional hospital, but I’m told they are very neglectful,” she says.

She is expecting her second baby in three months, and the first was also delivered by a nyamrerwa. She does not see herself going to a hospital any time soon because, she says, she has a lot of faith in the attendants’ services.

Among the group of women at Ms Adhiambo’s house is 16-year-old Jane Amimo who is six months pregnant. And this being her first pregnancy, she is having difficulties adjusting to the unfamiliar condition. “I was brought here by my mother and I have been taught a lot by Adhiambo, and I feel she has really prepared me for motherhood,” she says with a chuckle.

Besides ensuring the wellbeing of the growing babies inside the mothers’ wombs, the attendants give women tips on personal hygiene and the food they should eat during pregnancy. “We not only ensure that the baby is developing in the right position, but also teach the mothers what to eat to ensure the wellbeing of the baby,” Ms Adhiambo says proudly.

She says most women, especially the young ones, do not know what sort of food to eat during pregnancy and most of them put the infants at risk.

Ms Adhiambo’s services are just like those offered at the hospitals. She ensures her clients receive both pre and post-natal care to ensure they do well even after delivery. “My duty is not only to help them before and at delivery, but also after delivery,” she says. “I must follow up and ensure the babies are doing well.” 

The famous nyamrerwa has no fixed charge for her services. The fee can be anything from Sh50 to Sh500, depending on a client’s financial status. “I wouldn’t turn away a woman in labour just because she has no money,” she points out. “I will always accept whatever they have, however little, and others come with nothing, but they still get my services.”

Ms Adhiambo remembers how she once saved a woman who was on the verge of losing her baby. She recalls: “She had nothing, but she brought me Sh500 after six months, and she feels indebted to me to date.” Ms Adhiambo’s greatest joy is seeing a successful delivery, and this is something she always prays for.

That God has been on her side since she started the work is something she is grateful for. She has not lost a baby and no client has developed complications during a delivery. 

“It is a very delicate exercise and many of us doing this job have not been as lucky,” she says with smug satisfaction. “I guess I have been very careful and remained focused, but I will not take credit for this because I know it is God who has been on my side.” 

What other challenges does she face in the course of her job? “Every undertaking comes with challenges and this is not an exception,” she says, adding that sometimes she is confronted by complicated cases. But these she normally refers to public hospitals. “You can’t be a master of all,” she philosophises. “I’m not a doctor and any case I feel is beyond me I normally refer to a hospital.” 

Ms Adhiambo says, however, that quite a few of the cases she refers to hospitals come back to her in one way or the other. “There are those who have had to deliver through the Caesarian section in hospital, but they still come back to me later and seek my advice on how to look after the baby,” she says.

How did it all start for the dedicated woman? She was only 18 and had gone to fetch water in a river. On her way back she came across a woman in labour crying by the road. “I don’t know how it happened, but I know I helped her to deliver successfully,” she recalls. “The bug bit me then and I have not looked back since.”

Ms Adhiambo has undergone several midwifery training courses, and this has enabled her to combine her little knowledge of modern healthcare with the traditional one.

Nyanza provincial hospital superintendent John Odondi says the role of traditional birth attendants cannot be overemphasised as, he argues, they are an integral part of maternal care. “Their role is very integral because they attend to emergency cases that cannot get to us in time,” he says. 

“Besides, they help bridge the gap between us and those who cannot afford charges in public hospitals.”

He adds that the Government encourages the service to help many poor women, especially in the villages. “The State will soon set a code of practice for them and ensure they operate within the set standards because they have to co-exist with the contemporary medical practitioners.”

Ms Adhiambo also derives pleasure from meeting children she helped to deliver. “It is gratifying to see them as grown-ups, having seen them coming out of their mother’s wombs,” she says.

Even as demand for her services continues to grow she is sure of one thing: That she will always be there to provide it. In fact, she wants more women who want to learn the trade to come to her so that they may replace her when she finally hangs up her gloves.

And her parting shot? Young girls, should avoid getting pregnant because they are not yet ready. “Handling them at delivery is a nightmare,” she says.”*

*”/”*Lifted by Korir and published by African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no, tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525,source.nation.ke

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