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Norway: Babtism of Silje’s and Joseph’s child took place on the 2.june 2013 in Oslo

Posted by African Press International on June 9, 2013

Norwegian Silje and Joseph Wol Ali Mongok from South Sudan babtised their baby-boy on the 2nd of June 2013 in Oslo. The two parents were excited throughout the ceremony that brought together many invited guests.

The two, happy and very proud to be parents, held a get together party at Lilleborg Church after the babtism was done.

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Acharaugo Dancing Group in Norway led by Social Educator and artist Juliet Okparaebo releases a CD. Release party held on 8th June 2013 in Oslo

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Dancing videos from the party are being edited and will be posted here in due course…………

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Boosting global malaria?

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Artemisinin is usually extracted from the sweet wormwood tree, mainly grown in Asia (file photo)

NAIROBI,  – The UN World Health Organization has accepted the first semi-synthetic version of artemisinin, the key ingredient for malaria treatment globally, for use in the manufacture of drugs, boosting hopes that more people will have access to life-saving medication.

With an estimated 219 million malaria infections and 660,000 deaths – mainly children under five – annually, the disease is one of the world’s biggest killers.

Until now, artemisinin, the key ingredient in the WHO-recommended first-line malaria treatment artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT), has only been available by extraction from the sweet wormwood tree, native to Asia. However, climatic factors have meant it has suffered from uneven supply over the years.

“Normally, artemisinin is sourced from a plant, which is affected by seasonal factors – now, we have a man-made source, which ensures…

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Survival sex: Weekly meetings for sex workers in Mopti and Sévaré

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A sex worker, displaced from the north, in Mopti

SÉVARÉ/BAMAKO,  – More displaced women and girls – some as young as 13 – are turning to sex work to get by in Mali where 14 months of occupation and conflict have forced 475,000 people from their homes in the north, according to NGOs.

NGO Danaya So (House of Trust in the local language Bambara), has registered 3,800 sex workers in central Mali’s towns of Mopti and Sévaré, as well as in Bamako, but the real number is much higher, says its director, Kadidjatou Coulibaly.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has registered 41 girls in Mopti aged 15-18 who have turned to survival sex. “Of the 41 we registered, almost all were without their parents or without their husbands who they said had disappeared or been killed during the fighting,” said Aminata Dicko Sangaré, UNICEF’s protection project administrator in Mali.

Coulibaly visits the brothels and houses where young women work, three times a week, trying to raise awareness of the health risks associated with sex work and to find women and girls alternative incomes. Most of them are single young women living away from their families.

She said her workload soared following the Islamist occupation in April 2012, and has remained high.

“I first heard about the rebels raping women in May, a couple of weeks after they occupied Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu. Almost immediately after we received the first group of young women.”

Over the past year the number of women living in `maisons closes’ or brothels in Sévaré and Mopti has doubled, while in the street, in bars and some hotels, more sex workers are visible, said Coulibaly.

At the end of 2012, staff at the local health clinic in Sévaré said HIV/AIDS was on the increase among blood donors, according to Sylvia Mollet, who works with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Bamako.

Maimouna’s experience

In April 2012, Maimouna*, 17, fled 570km south to Sévaré in central Mali, a week after Tuareg rebels – the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) – and then Islamists, occupied her home town of Gao.

“I came here and there were so many men, mainly Malian soldiers who had fled when the rebels attacked the towns in the north,” Maimouna said. Soon they became her clients, she said.

She now takes 3-5 clients a night to pay for her food, clothing and rent; on average she earns US$2 a night. “I do not want to do this, but I have no choice. It is really bad but this is the only way for me to get money at the moment,” she told IRIN.

NGO Danaya So organizes weekly meetings for sex workers in Mopti and Sévaré

Single females without their parents and who have nowhere to stay are the most vulnerable, according to Danaya So. The conflict has separated many families, said the NGO’s project coordinator Marie Denou in Bamako, with husbands working in one town and wives and children in another, leaving them vulnerable.

Many unaccompanied minors may not have told their parents how they will support themselves, and cannot expect any support from their family, said Coulibaly. “They say they work in the market or clean in peoples’ homes. If their families found out how they were making a living they would not be able to return home.”

“The pressure on the young women to help support their family is high and it is not unusual for a mother or other female relative to push them into going onto the street,” said the Global Fund’s Mollet.

Risks

Many women do not identify themselves as sex workers and call the men they sleep with boyfriends, which can enable HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases to spread, said Mollet. “The man will argue he is a boyfriend and refuse to wear a condom,” she told IRIN.

Danaya So convenes weekly meetings in the homes of sex workers to discuss the dangers of sexually transmitted diseasesand how to protect themselves. Waiting for the meeting to start, the young women, all in their teens and early twenties, keep busy gossiping, braiding each other’s hair and playing with their Chinese counterfeit smartphones. “My boyfriend bought me this,” said Fatima*, aged 20. “We sleep together and he gives me money to buy food and other things I need. Because he is a soldier he is at least paid, even if it is not enough.”

UNICEF and NGO Catholic Relief Services will soon give cash transfers to displaced northern who have become sex workers, to try to cover their basic needs.

Though no one can say for sure, many believe the number of sex workers is expected to increase with the arrival of the international peacekeeping troops. There are already 6,000 foreign soldiers in Mali, and in the coming weeks some 5,000 more will arrive to support MINUSMA, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission there.

Many Malians are also growing increasingly vulnerable. People who were already struggling before the crisis began, are certainly worse off 14 months later,” said Mollet. “They have lost it all, maybe even their parents.”

*not her real name

kh/aj/cb source http://www.irinnews.org

 

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Conflict boosting trafficking – More women are at risk

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More women are at risk

BANGKOK, – Women in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State are increasingly susceptible to human trafficking, said a new reportreleased on 5 June by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT). “Thousands of young women are at risk,” KWAT spokesperson Julia Marip told IRIN.

Sporadic clashes over the past two years between the Burmese government and Kachin Independence Army (KIA), which has been fighting for greater autonomy, have created greater opportunity for traffickers to prey on internally displaced persons (IDPs), the report said.

Despite recent peace talks, the ongoing conflict continues to block regular aid to the camps, fuelling poverty and trafficking, including a report of underage girls being sold to Chinese men for up to US$6,500. The KWAT report highlights 24 cases of IDPs forced into marriage, labour or the sex trade, but there are likely to be many more.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there are over 85,000 IDPs in Kachin and Shan states, including over 50,000 in KIA-controlled areas.

sk/ds/rz source http://www.irinnews.org

 

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Kenya: Trouble at Nzoia Outgrowers Company

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  • By Godfrey Wamalwa,Bungoma,4/6/2013
Cane farmers from Bungoma county are appealing to Ethics and Anti corruption commission to institute investigation against Nzoia ougrowers Company(NOCO)Chairman Joash Wamang’oli over the disappearance of sh 10million under shade circumstances.
The irate farmers led  by Makarios Wanyama muse they alleged that  Mr.wamang’oli and his directors cannot account for 37million shs belonging to farmers.
They have also sold off all tractors brought by the former prime minister hon. Raila Odinga. Sources have also claimed the farmers files got lost to confuse them from getting the correct payments of their cane proceeds and this also gave way for them not to complain about illegal deductions.
He blamed the managing director and chairman for not giving right information on the disappearance of the records leading to the  farmers suffering and poor pay.
“Wamang’oli and his cronies are now planning to sale NOCO ‘s  land and all property with their ill  intention to wound up the farmers company to an Asian tycoon Mr.Shkhimandakh from Kisumu ”lamented farmers.
Farmers have joined the workers calling for the removal of the chairman saying that he has failed to clear the  accumulated debts.
Their representatives maintain that not all farmers benefited from the million company because its employees tampered with the records leaving out most of them in financial cold.
Mr Wanyama commenting on the controversy between workers and management said it requires sanity to reach a lasting solution which will be only arrived if graft team probe the officials behind the loss of money.
Documents availed to weekly citizen show massive corruption and non-payment to staff and farmers retention money.
However, Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula has vowed to bring fight tooth and nail and bring those behind the million scandal to book. The senator assured cane farmers that the outgrowers firm will not be sold.
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