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28Jun/130

KENYAN FAMILY OF PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA SAYS THEY WILL NOT GO AND MEET HIM IN THE NEIGHBORING TANZANIA.

Writes Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City

The family of the US President Barrack Obama who is currently on an African tour from which his ancestral home Kenya is excluded, have reiterated that they will not travel across the Kenya-Tanzania border to try to meet him there.

Mama Sarah Obama the 90 year old step grandmother of the US President, when contacted at her Nyang’oma Alego Kogelo home in Siaya County said they can’t travel to the neighboring country in order to meet her grandson.

”We are not invited therefore there is no point going there. Moreover Obama is the President of the US and all the arrangements for his African itinerary are organized by the US government”, she said adding “President Obama is on official visits to specific countries as the US President.”

“Joining him in the neighboring country of Tanzania, though it is next door to Kenya may interfere with his itinerary. He has a very busy and tight schedule and as such we have decided to not to attend any of his functions there.”

Mama Sarah Obama was reacting about the rumor which went around that members of the Obama family in Alego Kogelo were making tentative arrangement to travel to Tanzania today.

There is no such arrangement, though the US President would have loved to see him stopping in Kenya, however, briefly it could be. This is the second time President Obama has skipped Kenya during is visit to the sub-Saharan Africa. The first time was when he was first elected President when he visited Ghana. Obama is very popular with the millions of Kenya people whom for along time have been looking forward to see him visit the country of his father ancestral land.

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19Jun/130

“Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip”

From: Junaid Tahir

Dr. Randy Pausch died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, but wrote a book 'The last lecture" before then, one of the bestsellers in 2007. What a legacy to leave behind…

In a letter to his wife Jai and his children, Dylan, Logan , and Chloe, he wrote this beautiful "guide to a better life" for his wife and children to follow.

May you be blessed by his insight.
personality:

1. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

2. Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment

3. Don't over do; keep your limits

4. Don't take yourself so seriously; no one else does

5. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip

6. Dream more while you are awake

7. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

8. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.

9. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.

10. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present

11. No one is in charge of your happiness except you

12. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

13. Smile and laugh more

14. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.unity:

15. Call your family often

16. Each day give something good to others

17. Forgive everyone for everything

18. Spend time with people over the age of 70 under the age of 6

19. Try to make at least three people smile each day

20. What other people think of you is none of your business

21. Your job will not take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.

22. Put GOD first in anything and everything that you think, say and do.

23. GOD heals everything

24. Do the right things

25. Whatever good or bad a situation is, it will change

26. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up

27. The best is yet to come

28. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful

29. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it

30. If you know GOD you will always be happy. So, be happy.

While you practice all of the above, share this knowledge with the people you love, people you school with, people you play with, people you work with and people you live with.

Not only will it enrich YOUR life, but also that of those around you.

source: unknown

M Junaid Tahir
www.DailyTenMinutes.com

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17Jun/130

USA: The end of Roe v. Wade

Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor are pushing an unconstitutional bill through the House that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy--without any exception for the woman's health. Sign the petition to tell them to drop this bill and stop attacking women.

Visit Here http://act.weareultraviolet.org/go/879?t=2&akid=488.6000.TUDXfe

From: Nita and Shaunna, Ultraviolet

Dear Readers,

Remember Todd “legitimate rape” Akin? And Richard Mourdock who said a pregnancy from rape is "gift from God"?1 Well, they’re back--or at least their policies are. Trent Franks, a tea party Republican Congressman from Arizona, said last week that "the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low."2 The truth: at least 30,000 women become pregnant from rape each year.3

What’s even scarier? The House is set to vote on Rep. Franks's proposal to criminalize abortion nationwide after the 20th week of pregnancy this week.4

Republicans in Congress are using this bill to score political points with their conservative base, but after the 2012 election, they're also desperate to appeal to women voters. Now, it’s up to all of us to send them a clear message: Women are watching and we are speaking out. Stop attacking our rights. Can you sign the petition telling Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor to drop this bill now? We’ll deliver your signature and comments before the vote.

Tell Congress: Drop the 20-week abortion ban.

Attempts to ban abortions after 20 weeks aren't new--extreme conservatives have been pushing similar legislation through state legislatures for years now. Nine states have all passed similar laws, including Indiana, Louisiana and Nebraska. But the bill is unconstitutional, and it directly contradicts Roe v. Wade. Just last month, Arizona’s ban was thrown out by the federal appeals court. Courts have also overturned similar laws in Idaho and Georgia.5

It’s also dangerous. If it’s passed, doctors who perform safe abortion care could be tried and imprisoned--even if a woman was at risk for severe, permanent health problems.6

Not all Republicans are on board with their party’s latest extreme attack on women. Republican Rep. Charlie Dent even said of his own party’s leadership, "Clearly the economy is on everyone’s minds... and now we’re going to have a debate on rape and abortion… The stupidity is simply staggering."7

If we all speak out now, we can show Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor that pushing this bill through the House--and continuing the Republican war on women--is not only wrong, it’s going to cost them politically.

Sign the petition.

Thanks for speaking out.

--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Malinda and Karin, the UltraViolet team

Sources:

1. Rape remarks sink two Republican Senate hopefuls, NBC News, November 7, 2012

2. Trent Franks: 'The Incidence Of Rape Resulting In Pregnancy Are Very Low', Huffington Post, June 12, 2013

3. Ibid.

4. House GOP Set To Vote Next Week On 20-Week Abortion Ban, Talking Points Memo, June 12, 2013

5. Abortion Bans at 20 Weeks: A Dangerous Restriction for Women, NARAL Pro-Choice America

House Republican Calls Nationwide Abortion Ban Vote ‘Staggering Stupidity’, Think Progress, June 13, 2013

6. Trent Franks, Abortion Bans, and the Fetal Pain Lie, RH Reality Check, June 13, 2013

7. House Republican Calls Nationwide Abortion Ban Vote ‘Staggering Stupidity’, Think Progress, June 13, 2013

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15Jun/130

Kenya: MY HOMILY OF ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

The first reading of Eleventh Sunday in ordinary time is taken from 2 Sm 12:7-10, 13. While it shows us the weakness of human nature, at the same time it shows the infinite mercy of God. David acknowledges his sin and asks for God’s mercy and forgiveness. God’s forgives him and vows never to repeat that sin again.

The second reading is from St. Paul to the Galatians- Gal 2:16, 19-21. Paul is speaking here of justification and faith. In Christian theology justification is God’s act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin while at the same time declaring a sinner righteous through Christ’s atoning. In Protestantism, righteousness from God is viewed as being credited to the sinner's account through faith alone, without works.

Catholic and Orthodox Christians distinguish between initial justification, which in their view occurs at baptism, and permanent justification, accomplished after a lifetime of striving to do God’s will.

Most Protestants believe that justification is a singular act in which God declares an unrighteous individual to be righteous, an act made possible because Christ was legally "made sin" while on the cross (2 Cor 5:21). This is contrary to James 2:24-26. "You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. But faith without works is dead."

In Romans, Paul develops justification by first speaking of God's just wrath at sin (Rom. 1:18 - 3:20). Justification is then presented as the solution for God's wrath. One is said to be 'justified by faith apart from works of the Law.'

The Gospel is from Lk 7:36—8:3. It shows the mercy of God for sinners and the willingness and eagerness, with which God welcomes back the sinner. A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table.

Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears.

Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, that she is a sinner.”

Mary Magdalene was believed to be a reformed prostitute and is identified as the woman who 'was a sinner at the house of Pharisees, who washed Christ’s feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair and anointed them. Christ then forgave her sins.

The lesson we learn here is forgiveness, a decision to let go your sins and never to repeat them again as we see in the first reading and the gospel. David and Mary Magdalene never repeated the action they were accused of. It was wrong for David to kill Uriah and take his wife.

For unfaithful partners in Kenya where marital infidelity is as intertwined as nyama choma, also known as mpango wa kando, it would mean that forgiveness must go with justice. It means doing justice to your partner and your entire family that you will never cheat on your partner anymore.

In Kenya men are the ones closely linked with big percentage of mpango wa kando than women. A 2008 study carried out by Spylink International, a private investigation outfit based in Kenya, revealed that marital infidelity was on the rise with men taking the lead with 75 per cent share of cheating, while women at 25 per cent in 2002. By 2008 this figure rose from 25 to 45 percent of women cheating on their men.

The study pegged this scenario on “changing lifestyles, and women’s empowerment through higher education and knowing “their rights.” Hard economic times implied that more women were exchanging their bodies for material favours. The survey, however, revealed that “as the data stands, women in Kenya will be “leading the infidelity game by 2010.”

Even worse was the fact that 99 per cent of married couples cheat on each other, with Nairobi, of Kenya’s eight provinces, leading with 60 per cent of unfaithful men, and women at 40 per cent.

Nyanza comes second with 55 per cent of men and women at 45 per cent. Western and Rift Valley take fourth and fifth slots respectively, with men taking 65 per cent, while Coast came fifth with men leading with 60 per cent.

In Eastern province, unfaithful men stood at 70 per cent and 85 per cent in case of men in North-Eastern, a region where women are socially, culturally and economically suppressed.

Central Province was the surprise package with women taking a 60 per cent stake a head of their men.

This trend has led to single women in Kenya. A survey released few years ago by consumer market research firm Ipsos-Synovate, shows that 44 per cent of women dislike infidelity among men.

In terms of the state where the government is to ensure that all the citizens have an equal right to the most extensive total system of equal basic liberties compatible with a similar system of liberty for all, the forgiveness would also mean doing justice.

You must do justice on social and economic inequalities, nepotism, negative ethnicity, human rights abuses, and assassinations, tortures among other ills as recommended by The Truth Reconciliation and Justice Commission (TRJC) in their report.

The report recommends that the head of the state and other departmental heads apologize to Kenyans and then for justice to be done it recommends that actions should be taken. IDPs must be reallocated, people who lost their dear ones be compensated.

TRJC was set up following deadly post-election clashes five years ago. After those elections some 1,500 people were killed and more than 600,000 forced to flee their homes. Some IDPs are still in the camps and people whose dear ones died have not been compensated.

TRJC mandate was to investigate and recommend appropriate action on human rights abuses committed between Kenyan independence in December 1963 and the end of February 2008 - including politically motivated violence, assassinations, corruption and land disputes.

It recommends that those with alleged involvement in the Wagalla massacre should no longer hold any public office. The killings occurred in 1984 during efforts to disarm ethnic Somali clans in the north-east of the country. Survivors say close to 5,000 people died.

When justice is done it is when the forgiveness will bring a kind of peace that helps the victims go on with life. Forgiveness here means that you are now at peace with yourself and the community. Click here to read Pope John Paul II Message for the World Day of Peace 2002.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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E-mail omolo.ouko@gmail.com
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

12Jun/130

KENYA: WHAT WORRIES ME IS UNEMPLOYMENT TIME BOMB OF YOUTHS

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013

Some of our readers have asked my opinion what I think about Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu engaging in politics contrary to her commitment before being appointed. Readers were referring to the introduction of widow of late Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo, Nduku, to President Uhuru Kenyatta in Machakos on Sunday by Ngilu to vie for Makueni senate seat.

While unveiling the Jubilee Cabinet, President Uhuru told Kenyans that the condition for appointment of Ngilu and Najib Balala, who had unsuccessfully vied for the Kitui and Mombasa senatorial seats respectively, was on condition of keeping off politics.

My opinion has always been clear that I don’t care whether Ngilu, Balala, Kasungu Kambi engage in politics even though they promised they would not. I don’t care because it is very unfortunate that I will not live to see Kenya you can call yours because this will happen in 50 years to come and many of us would have already died.

That is also why I don’t care whether Uhuru and Ruto mobilized their ethnic communities to ascend to power, whether they rewarded their supporters because they helped them grab the power. Even if Raila won I would still not acknowledge his victory because of using Luo and Kamba communities to win.

It is also why I don’t care whether Francis Kimemia blocked Raila from entering the VIP lounge at Jomo Kenyatta airport or any other airports, or whether Uhuru is retaining PCs, DCs, Dos or county commissioners.

Instead I care very much and it is indeed bothering me so much about 2.3 million Kenyan youths who are facing serious unemployment time bomb due to bad governance in Kenya since 1963 when Kenya claimed to have achieved Independence.

Since independence Kenyan youths have been the most frustrated social groups in the country. That is why I don’t blame more than half of them being responsible for crimes reported nationally as researchers are saying.

My worry is that this is expected to keep growing and reach a peak nationally in about ten years’ time. It means that this “demographic trap” could see “more crime, militant gangs, terrorism, labour unrest and political violence” among other social ills.

Many young Kenyans cannot get jobs because they don’t have usable qualifications or skills, having dropped out of various institutions before completing their studies due to lack of school fees caused by abject poverty and unemployment of their parents as well.

Different economists describe the situation as worrying for a country with such a youthful population and a birth rate of close to three per cent against an economic expansion that is not creating as many jobs as needed.

This may explain the formation of youth vigilante groups that make it easy for violent actions to take place. The age at which the youth engage in crimes is given between 16-25 years. Yet still, we don’t blame them because the high unemployment rates increase the likelihood of violence and conflict.

It is also why you cannot blame young girls who turn into immorality and prostitution. This has been blamed for high rates of school dropouts. Some of these girls have opted to sleep with wealthy men with hope to make easy money.

This explains why teenage pregnancy is on the rise I Kenya. Girls are dropping out of school after they have found they are being expectant. These girls start boycotting classes before they are suspected that they were expectant.

Teenage pregnancy refers to girls becoming pregnant when in either primary school or high school, basically below 18 years of age. This means they have to drop out of school to first take care of themselves and the baby when it is born.

This trend has forced some communities in Kenya to marry off young girls from age 10 to men old enough to be their parents. At this tender age, these girls have not being exposure to any form of sexually education and have no clue of what their husbands expect from them. They become baby making machines.

Lack of a stable family structure push the girls to look for security else where and this is when they get lured in relationships which have devastating effects on their lives. Lack of stable family structure because many of these parents are unemployed, they can’t bring up their children financially, take them to school, so they resolve into alcoholism to forget the burdens they undergo.

That is why due to poverty, girls are forced by their parents to sell their bodies as a source of revenue for the family, just to cater for their basic needs. Most of these girls don’t care even if they contracted HIV/ Aids. In fact they are almost like dead walking people.

It also explains why some young people are abusing drugs rampantly and of course this will also increase the sexual activities. This is a major contributor to increased cases of under age and unwanted pregnancies.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
Tel +254 7350 14559/+254 722 623 578
E-mail omolo.ouko@gmail.com
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

31May/130

USA: Ugh. Fox has done it again.

Dear Readers:

What do Lou Dobbs and Fox think is the biggest threat facing our society? Working moms.

Yep. You read that right.1

On Wednesday, an all-male panel on Dobbs' Fox Business show was absolutely panicked over a new Pew study that shows women are the primary breadwinners in 40% of American households.2 In their hysteria, they opined that having women as primary breadwinners is "bad for kids, bad for marriage," "catastrophic," and will "undermine our social order." One panelist, Erick Erickson, even said that "science" dictates that men are dominant over women.

Earth to Dobbs: This is not Leave It to Beaver. Working is a fact of life for most women, just like it is for most men.

The video of Dobbs and company blaming working mothers for the disintegration of society is spreading like wildfire online and across media outlets. Even Fox's female hosts and reporters are speaking out.3 The reaction is clear: people are tired of this garbage on our TVs.

We can't let Fox and Dobbs get away with this degrading, ignorant, anti-woman rhetoric on television. More Americans watch Fox News and its affiliates than any other cable news network4--what their panelists say is influential to tens of millions of people. If we all speak out, we can make sure Dobbs and his all-male panel are held accountable.

And this isn't just a problem isolated to Dobbs' show--it's all over Fox. Host of Fox News program 'The Five'," Eric Bolling, said the increase in women's earning power was actually a symptom of the "breakdown of the American family."5

Lou Dobbs has said inflammatory things about women on Fox outlets before.6 And prior to his gig on Fox Business, he was known for xenophobic rants about immigrants on his CNN show.7

Dobbs is one of the worst examples of an old conservative who's terrified of anything changing and just wishes the entire country were a Leave It To Beaver episode.

But reality is very different than Dobbs’ hysterical fantasy: women working outside the home is not destroying society. The divorce rate has been decreasing over the last 20 years, and Americans are happier than ever.8 The real problem is that while more women are the primary breadwinners at home, they’re still earning less than their male counterparts at work ($0.77 to every dollar to be exact).9

It's time Lou Dobbs went the way of all 1950s television--off the air. His sexist rants and panels have no place in the 21st Century.

The outrage is already so bad that Erick Erickson, one of Dobbs' panelists, called people challenging his out-dated views "emo lefties" on his blog.10 If we act now, we can hold Lou Dobbs and his panel accountable.

Will you sign the petition demanding Fox fire Lou Dobbs, Erick Erickson, and Juan Williams?

http://act.weareultraviolet.org/go/806?t=4&akid=461.6000.ts_d9i

Sign the petition.

Thanks for speaking out.

--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Malinda and Karin, the UltraViolet team

Sources

1. The 'science' of gender roles, The Maddow Blog, May 30, 2013

2. Breadwinner Moms, PewResearch Social & Demographic Trends, May 29, 2013

3. Erick Erickson's Latest Sexist Tirade Draws Outrage, Media Matters, May 30, 2013

4. May 2013 Ratings: Fox News Gains Total Viewers, Loses Younger Viewers, TVnewser, May 29, 2013

5. Fox’s Eric Bolling: More Women In The Workplace Will Lead To ‘More Abortions’, Mediaite, May 30, 2013

6.Fox's Lou Dobbs: "Even If Roe v. Wade Were Turned Back ... Abortion Rights Would Remain", Media Matters, November 2, 2012

7. Lou Dobbs, American Hypocrite, The Nation, October 7, 2010

8. Divorce Rates Declining In The U.S. (Interactive Map), Huffington Post, April 11, 2013

Americans' Emotional Health Reaches Four-Year High, Gallup Wellbeing, May 10, 2012

9. Fact Check: Women Earn 77 Cents to Every Dollar Men Earn, Says National Women's Law Center, National Women's Law Center, October 17, 2012

10. Erickson Fires Back At ‘Emo Lefties’, Talking Points Memo, May 30, 2013

31May/130

SHOCKING HEADLINE MAKING NEWS IN THE MONTH MAY

from: Ouko joachim omolo
*The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images*
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

The month of May is ending with lots of shocking news. First it was the news that show the head of the Italian Bishops’ Conference filmed this weekend

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Holy Communion to a notorious “transsexual” and homosexualist political activist who goes by the name Vladimir Luxuria, at the funeral Mass of a controversial Genoan priest.

The deceased priest, Fr. Andrea Gallo (hereafter referred to as Don Gallo), strongly opposed Catholic teaching on sexuality. In the video clip, published by the national newspaper Corriere della Sera, Angelo Bagnasco, the Cardinal Archbishop of Genoa is seen giving Communion to Luxuria, and another transsexual at the funeral of Fr. Andrea Gallo.

Three thousand flocked from all over Italy for the funeral of Don Gallo, the priest they called the “pretaccio communista” (an ironic use of “lousy communist priest”) and the “angelic anarchist”. Some participants wore t-shirts with the slogan, “Tell me who to exclude and I’ll tell you who you are”.

Standing in front of a group of priests wearing rainbow stoles and addressing the gathered thousands, Vladimir Luxuria gave a eulogy in which he thanked Don Gallo for “letting us open the doors of your church and your heart.”

“Thank you for having us transgender creatures feel willed by God and loved by God. We hope that many will follow your example and someone will apologize.”

Born Wladimiro Guadagno, actor and former prostitute Vladimir Luxuria (“Lust” in Latin) was a member of the Italian parliament and a founding member of the Communist Refoundation Party.

Although he remains physically a male, he claims “female identity” and is famous in European politics as the first openly “transgender” member of any European national legislature. In 1994 he helped organise Italy’s first Gay Pride festival in Rome.

Gallo, whose casket was decorated with a scarlet scarf, was known for his promotion of Marxist ideologies, and was popular with the more radical end of the homosexualist movement having participated in June 2009 in the Genoa Pride demonstration, complaining to the press about the “uncertainties” of Catholic teaching on homosexuality.

Gallo was called Gay Character of the Year by homosexualist activists. In March this year Don Gallo told media that the Catholic Church needs an openly gay pope

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/03/07/Italian-priest-calls-for-gay-pope/UPI-54211362661597/

and said that homosexual priests should be allowed to “express” their sexuality. “Because repression leads to pedophilia,” Gallo told ANSA news agency, adding that he had been sexually abused as a young priest.

No formal canonical sanction was ever laid against him during his priestly career. An obituary in Avvenire, the Italian bishops’ official paper, called Gallo “Priest of the road for the weak,” and said he gave “a witness of Christ and of the Church.”

Under the governance of Cardinal Bagnasco, who had been named a “front runner” for the last Conclave, Genoa is a haven for priests who openly oppose Catholic teaching and discipline.

When this was taking place, 29 years old male Andrew Mbugua Ithibu goes to court to have his name changed from Andrew Mbugua Ithibu to Audrey Mbugua Ithibu. He went to court after he was unable to win Government recognition of her new status as a woman.

She accuses the national examinations body of preventing her from being employed by refusing to change her academic certificates to reflect her current gender status. The case is seeking orders to compel the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) to change her names in the examination certificate.

Audrey says she was born male and diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder seven years after completing High School and scoring a grade of A-minus. After completing High School in 2001, Andrew decided she wanted to be a female and chose the name Audrey.

Another shocking story making the headline this month was that of a Form Three Audrey Janet Radul who was abducted on her way to barber shop to have her hair cut on May 9. Her teacher at Nyamonye Girls’ High School in Bondo, Siaya County, had sent her to have her hair cut because it had chemical, which was against school rules.

She went missing since May 9 but resurfaced 21 days later on Wednesday, the day the *Daily Nation* published a story about how she went missing without trace

http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Girl-went-for-haircut-never-to-return-/-/1056/1865590/-/x7f1f7/-/index.html

. She was in Bondo at the shopping centre heading to the barber shop to cut her hair when a saloon car approached her.

The man asked her for directions to a place she did not know. Although she told him she had no idea, he insisted on shaking her hand. She later found herself in a dark room. The man had told her to mind her on business and keep quiet if she wanted to live long.

Janet described the room where she was taken hostage as very dark and she could not distinguish day from night. The room had no ventilation and the door was always closed from the outside.

As days went by, two other girls were brought in; one a Form Two student and the other a Standard Seven pupil. They were called Marion and Victoria respectively; Marion was in a grey skirt, white shirt and grey windbreaker while Victoria was in a blue uniform with a white collar.

Later, some two men — an Indian and an African — came for the two and she remained alone again. The men appeared to be dealing in sex trade because she heard one say: ‘I like this little one, she looks so young. He was referring to Marion the class seven girl,”

Another shocking news making headline was that of a 20-year-old man from USA confessed to smothering a 14-year-old girl, keeping her body in a suitcase, and trying to set her remains on fire because she would not have an abortion.

In another story, 26-year-old pregnant mother Zhang Yinping was dragged to the local Family Planning Office in Yuyue, Hubei, for a forced abortion. Despite being 6-months pregnant, the Family Planning Officials reportedly went ahead with the forced surgery. After the surgery, Ms. Zhang suffered a massive hemorrhage and died the following morning on May 24th.

China's one-child policy is routinely enforced through brutal measures including forced abortions and sterilizations, and crippling fines that can amount to several times a family's annual income.

It is at the time statistics from the Nepalese Health Ministry indicate that more than 95,000 abortions were performed between April 2010 and April 2011, up from 89,000 the year before and 51,000 the year before that.

In 2002, Nepal legalized abortion until the 12th week of pregnancy, a deadline that is extended until the 18th week in cases of rape, incest, fetal disabilities, or if the woman’s health is in danger.

It is quite shocking that at Barcelona’s Sant Pau Hospital, which is co-administered by the Catholic Archdiocese of Barcelona, killed an unborn child earlier this month in a pre-scheduled abortion based on the “suspicion” of deformities that normally do not pose a medical danger to the mother, according to internal hospital documents obtained by LifeSiteNews.com.

The documents contradict repeated and vehement denials by Barcelona’s Cardinal Archbishop Lluis Martinez Sistach, who has dismissed numerous reports published in the Spanish media and abroad regarding the killing of the unborn at the facility since they first began to be published in 2010.

The documents, written in Catalonian and Spanish, include copied text in Word format apparently taken from hospital computer records, as well as two screen shots of hospital computers. They indicate that a woman entered the hospital on May 13 at 10 a.m. “for a medical interruption of pregnancy because of a suspicion of fetal osteochondrodysplasia with thoracic hypoplasia.”

According to standard medical references, osteochondrodysplasia is a disorder that causes stunted bone growth and is often associated with dwarfism. Thoracic hypoplasia is a lack of complete growth in the chest area.

The archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, has stonewalled pro-life groups for years regarding numerous reports of abortions at the hospital, which began appearing in the media in 2010, when the Spanish newspaper *ABC *revealed government records indicating that several Church-affiliated hospitals in the Catalonia region had been performing abortions for years.

In 2011, the Cardinal began to publicly deny the reports, claiming that abortions do not occur at Sant Pau, adding that an order had been given not to perform abortions.

However, the evidence of the killing of unborn children at Sant Pau has continued to pile up.

The sad news is that after your abortion, you may go through a number of different emotions. Some women feel relieved; some feel sadness and grief, whereas others may have mixed feelings.

You may also develop an infection after your abortion, heavy vaginal bleeding with large clots, severe lower abdominal pain, high temperature and generally feeling unwell, unusual or unpleasant smelling vaginal discharge.

*Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ*
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.*

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002
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28May/130

Decade’s Largest Global Conference on Women and Girls bagan today in Kuala Lumpur

From: Dickens Wasonga
Date: Tue, May 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM
Subject: Decade’s Largest Global Conference on Wom?e?n and Girls bagan today in Kuala Lumpur
To: jaluo karjaluo

Thousands of international leaders and advocates call for investments in women’s health and rights at Women Deliver 2013.

By: Dickens Wasonga.

Today, more than 3,000 world leaders, policymakers and advocates representing over 150 countries convened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Women Deliver 2013, the decade’s largest meeting focused on girls’ and women’s health and rights.

The conference will feature more than 100 sessions with talks by some of the world’s leading voices on girls’ and women’s issues, including Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Chelsea Clinton, Board Member of the Clinton Foundation; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Foundation (UNFPA); and Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Malaysian Prime Minister Honorable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak led the opening ceremony on the first day of the meeting.

The Women Deliver 2013 conference will focus on themes including:

· the economic and social benefits of investing in girls and women;

· how to achieve the goal of reaching 120 million more women with voluntary family planning services by 2020; and

· the need to place girls and women at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.

During the meeting, organizations such as the World Bank, the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization will release major new research and reports focused on the benefits of investing in girls and women.

“Women Deliver 2010 was critical in showing that investing in girls and women is not only the right thing to do, it is also good for the economy and good for society,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who gave opening remarks at Women Deliver 2010 and later that year launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. “Women Deliver 2013 will be an opportunity to keep up the pressure and to affirm our plans for the period ahead.”

Women Deliver 2013 takes place at a critical time, just days before the Secretary-General will receive recommendations for the post-2015 development framework. Conference speakers and attendees will call for action to ensure that girls and women are prioritized in the lead-up to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline and beyond.

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3May/130

KENYA: FREE MEDICAL CAMP BY SALEM MINISTRIES WITHIN SIAYA COUNTY.

By Agwanda Saye

Salem Ministries which is a Kisumu based Christian Ministry will host a free medical camp within Siaya County the birthplace of the USA President Barrack Obama which will be conducted by a group of volunteer nurses from California and Washington Seattle from the United States of America.

The free medical camp will take place at Uhasi in Pala Sub Location

According to the head of Salem Ministries Bishop Pheobe Onyango the free medical camp will take place between 13th and 14th of May this year and will comprise eight people from the US under Unbox Life and together with local nurses and doctors.

“There will be general treatment and the main target will be to try and de worm the children and test and treat malaria” Onyango added.

She added that her organization targets to offer the services to over two thousand people for the two days event.

“We target people from all the Constituencies making Saiya County to come for the free medical camp and we hope that people from Ugenya,Alego,Rarieda,Gem ,Bondo and Ugunja constituencies will attend ,my worry is that the duration might be a challenge but we will try to attend as many as possible “she added.

She however said that should they be overwhelmed by the number of those seeking medical attention then they might be forced to add another day.

“She added that she has followed all the laid down procedures with the authorities in regard to the event saying all the authorities concerned are fully aware of the free medical camp.

19Mar/131

TOUCHED BY HUMILITY OF POPE FRANCIS I

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013

Pope Francis has demonstrated his humility in practice. He has chosen a modest papal ring in silver rather than gold, and one designed decades ago rather than one created specifically for him. It is here that I am touched.

"Ring”, which originally served as both a symbol of the papacy and a seal, is usually cast in gold for successors to St Peter’s chair. “The pope’s decision to renounce precious things and avoid materials such as gold is very much in keeping with his desire to emphasise the religious symbols themselves, not what they are made of.

Pope Francis is already distinguishing himself from his predecessors by shedding embellishments and calling for a “poor Church for the poor.”

It explains why Catholics and the curious flooded St. Peter's Square to greet Pope Francis on the day of the ceremony to officially install him as pope Tuesday. It explains further why he was applauded as he issued an appeal for the protection of the weak, the poor and the world environment.

His homily touched a crowd of up to 200,000 gathered in front of the Vatican: “I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”

Pope Francis gave a new example of his preference for simplicity when the Vatican unveiled the symbols of his papacy on Monday. The pope decided to keep the coat of arms and the motto he chose when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Besides this change, Francis chose to keep his old symbols, which allude to the Holy Family and to his membership in the Jesuit order: a sun inscribed with the letters "IHS," a star to represent the Virgin Mary and a nard flower to represent St. Joseph, Jesus' earthly father.

There was a ripple of applause through a packed St. Peter's Square, and tears in the eyes of the some of the faithful, as Francis spoke of humility and the need for advocacy on behalf of the poor – themes he has already established as the hallmarks of his papacy.

“Let us never forget that authentic power is service,” he said. “Only those who serve with love are able to protect, defining his idea of protection as “respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.”

It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about. It means caring for one another in our families: Husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents.

It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness. In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!

Pope’s message is that “one should never confuse simplicity and humility with weakness.”

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

17Mar/131

MY HOMILY OF FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013

Fifth Sunday of Lent is the final week prior to Easter. Today I celebrated one mass. The first reading was taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, 43:16-21. It talks of God’s promise to restore His people after they have suffered in exile.

The second reading is from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, 3:8-14, and is a warning to the Philippians about false teachers; Judaizers who would try to hang on to the old ways while at the same time claiming to be Christians.

The Judaizers taught that in order to be a Christian, you first had to be a Jew: to be circumcised and to obey all 613 Old Covenant commandments. This question, whether or not Gentile converts to Christianity must first become full and legal Jews, prompted the Council of Jerusalem.

The Gospel is from St. John, 8:1-11 and is about the woman caught in adultery. God wants to prove to us that all of us are sinners. "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

When Jesus and the woman were left alone, he looked up and said, "Woman, where are they?" Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

Specific theme for the Kenya Episcopal Conference Justice and Peace commission Lenten Campaign is the child and the family as the basic unit of society. As the second reading puts it that in Christ there should be no Jew, circumcised, or uncircumcised, in Kenya where tribalism or negative ethnicity as media refer to it nowadays is the order of the day children are faced with lots of challenges as they grow up.

Recently I was challenged by my 11 years old niece when she asked me how comes that Kikuyus do not want other tribes to lead this country, and why specially Luos. That they think they are the only tribe who matter in Kenya as if they own it. No matter how much I tried to convince her that it is not the case she insisted it is.

The question of my niece is the question other children and Kenyans ask about other tribes. It demonstrates how negative ethnicity is tearing Kenya apart. Each tribe in Kenya thinks it is the best.

This is seen specifically when a particular tribe becomes the president. It favours its own tribe mates when it comes to the appointments of key positions in the government since independent. Jomo Kenyatta favoured his tribe mates when he became the president. Daniel arap Moi did the same and now Mwai Kibaki.

This makes tribalism and nepotism to be one of the deadly cancer diseases in Kenya which will take time to heal. Children are growing seeing this and that is why they ask such challenging questions.

Children are aware that this type of bad governance has not only been the main factors hindering Kenya from achieving important development milestones, it is also affecting children emotionally.

Nepotism is the showing of favoritism for relatives or friends based upon that relationship, rather than on an objective evaluation of ability or suitability, for instance by offering employment to a relative, despite the fact that there are others who are better qualified and willing and able to perform the job.

Children need to be told clearly that such type of bad governance and leadership can no longer be entertained in modern society. This can be done in schools and churches. In Kenya this is currently being done in form two through three literature set books, Betrayal in the City, the Caucasian Chalk Circle and the River and the Source.

Betrayal in the City by Francis Imbunga tries to help students understand that power is in the hand of the people and can be used to throw away bad leaders. The play starts by cutting a clear distinction between leaders and the mass.

It opens by showing the life of Nina and Doga who mourn for their lost child, who was killed on an organised demonstration, which was focused on African dictatorship and corruption.

The play portrays Mulili an illiterate soldier who was employed and given high post because the president was his uncle. On the same scene we also meet Jere who is a faithful soldier and he adores African style of life, he and Mulili fell into a fight since they take different courses of reasoning, here Mulili represent the ruling class and its common habits of bulldozing the society.

It demonstrates how the whole country is proven rotten and how harmful speaking the truth is, we see how those dared to open their mouths and the reveal the truth face difficulties, and sometimes going to the extreme of being imprisoned for example Jusper and other prisoners.

Finally some people gather courage and plan a revolution on which now Mulili betrays the president and he realizes how bad he is. It calls for peoples powers to demonstrate against such leadership, to remove them from the office and replace them with leaders who are patriotic-leaders who consider Kenya to equally belong to other Kenyans.

On respect and protection of human life, the Caucasian Chalk Circle fits. This is a play by the German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht. The play is a parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby and becomes a better mother than its natural parents.

To demonstrate that all children are equal, whether boys or girls the River and the Source by Margaret A Ogola fits. The novel tries to convince readers that a home without daughters is like a spring without a source. It kills the culture in some societies that think that only boys are valuable in the home.

It is a sweeping story following the lives of three generations of women, from Akoko, born into a traditional Luo community, to her grandchild Awiti, whose children live into the late twentieth century.

Yet still, far from being the cradle in which the life of an individual is nurtured, family can be a source of personal identity in providing the template of social norms and values that go into shaping the individual’s personality.

These values have been however challenged. This is because traditional family structure has been put under pressure from rapid social change, undergoing erosion, and is generally splitting up to such an extent that it is failing to fulfil its primary role of socialization affected by urbanization and modernization.

Today is not as easy as in the past to provide children with the same amount of care and attention they automatically receive in the extended family set-up. Urbanization and modernization directly cuts across ancestry-based residence and mutual social, spiritual, and economic co-operation.

In the modern era the family has gradually shrunk to become the nuclear family, consisting solely of parents and their children - thus denying many parents the assistance they once received from extended family support networks. As a result, many parents find it increasingly difficult to carry out all their work and family responsibilities.

Due to high cost of living children often have to devote most of their day to helping the family in its income-raising ventures. Even if they should manage to attend school, regularly, eventually, the lack of suitable clothing, footwear, or money to buy the basic school equipment and needs encourages them to drop-out voluntarily.

Yet still, marriage has gradually become the individual's concern rather than a concern of two extended families. The divorce rate has risen sharply. The number of single parent families has increased dramatically despite the fact that for growth and development of a child's personality, it is desirable for both parents.

More still, a child whose mother is repudiated by the father, or where life at home becomes intolerable due to threats, quarrels, even physical violence, where a father resorts to drinking heavily to drown his sorrows, or abandon his family altogether because of his inability to meet the family needs, develops psychological problems in empathy with the abandoned mother.

Many of these children end-up in the street to earn a living and to support their mother and siblings. Street-children are becoming of great concern of late. They roam the streets, offering their services as load carriers, ice water vendors, scrap metal sorters, wooden toy makers, peanut, orange and banana sellers. The boys chase cars with their wares - a risky business life.

Adolescent girls drift naturally into early marriage, unplanned teenage pregnancies/abortion, frequent childbearing and a new generation of impoverishment. Others may take up prostitution.

The issue of abandoned babies and infants is gradually becoming a problem in this country and may continue to be worse unless measures are taken to redress the fundamental factor of a supportive family system in the modern society.

We have not even talked about over 50 percent of orphaned children as a result of HIV/Aids; either from their parent(s) dying from it, or abandonment as a result of having it. HIV children need three things: Good nutrition, love, and adequate medical care.

Another big problem with our children is sexual abuse which includes the employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in, or assist any other person to engage in.

Any sexually explicit conduct or simulation of such conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct; or the rape, and in cases of caretaker or inter-familial relationships, statutory rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children.

There is also a problem with emotional abuse, a pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth. This may include constant criticism, threats, or rejection, as well as withholding love, support, or guidance.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

18Feb/130

What kills one AFRICAN woman every minute of every single day? / The Most Important “Life” Survey You Will Read

From: News Release - African Press Organization (APO)

[logo image: Mamaye! mothers - babies - alive]

PRESS RELEASE

What kills one AFRICAN woman every minute of every single day? / The Most Important “Life” Survey You Will Read

ACCRA, Ghana, February 18, 2013/ -- The Most Important “Life” Survey You Will Read

Every survey starts with a simple question.

What kills one AFRICAN woman every minute of every single day?

A: AIDS

B: CANCER

NEITHER

THE ANSWER IS?

C: PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

Somewhere in AFRICA one woman dies every minute of every day from causes related to pregnancy and birth.

The hardest pill to swallow for even the most successful African nations is this: giving life to the continent’s next generation is one of the biggest killers’ of Africa’s women.

More often than not it is preventable: Uncontrolled bleeding, infection, poor medical care and a lack of education still sit at the very heart of this hidden crisis.

Those who survive may still suffer. For every woman who dies during childbirth, it is estimated that another 30 are injured or become sick bringing life to the world. Africa’s poorest are the most vulnerable.

But women themselves are not the only victims. The children left behind are more likely to die simply because they are motherless.

Too many babies also die unnecessarily. In Africa, over a million newborns die each year – that is - nearly four every single minute.

If Africa is to advance, MORE needs to be done. SIGNIFICANTLY more.

Today (18th February 2013), MamaYe (http://www.mamaye.org), a public action campaign to save the lives of mothers and babies will be launched in five countries most affected by the crisis of maternal and newborn mortality: Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Tanzania. This is the first part of a continent-wide campaign which will use digital and mobile phone technology to engage ordinary Africans in the most important fight of all – the battle to save our mothers and babies.

Logo MamaYe: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/mamaye.jpg

At its core MamaYe will challenge the status quo – the fatalism of millions of Africans, young and old, who accept the deaths of mothers and babies as “natural” or “God’s will.”

MamaYe is a campaign to both educate and encourage communities to take collective and individual action for pregnant mothers amongst them. It will seek to overcome the ingrained belief that responsibility for maternal and newborn survival rests elsewhere: with ‘the government’ ‘the ministry’ ‘professionals’ ‘the UN’ or foreign donors. For MamaYe the active participation of Africans as a whole is a critical ingredient.

MamaYe believes that technology can educate, motivate and mobilise people to take direct action to respond to the maternal and newborn crisis in Africa.

By 2016, it is projected that there will be one billion mobile phones in Africa. 167,335,676 Internet users. 51,612,460 Facebook subscribers. In Ghana, for example, mobile penetration in the country has reached a record 80% of the country’s population.

MamaYe has been initiated by Evidence for Action which is funded by the UK Department for International Development, and headed up in the five countries by African experts.

Country Director Ghana Professor Richard Adanu, who is also the Dean of the School of Public Health in Accra, said:

“We all have the power and the potential to save the lives of mothers and newborns.

“Men who support their wives to visit ante-natal clinics are helping to save lives. Taxi drivers who volunteer to get women to clinics in time for the birth can do the same. Voluntarily giving blood also saves lives, by helping women who haemorrhage during childbirth.

“Government officials that ensure clinics are well stocked with drugs and other essentials, are nothing less than life-savers. Midwives that respond to a crisis in the middle of the night are maternal survival heroines.

“We can all play our part. Childbirth is not a disease. We have known for decades what it takes to ensure the survival of women and babies in childbirth. But if our mothers are to survive, then the African public must also step up, take responsibility and become more involved and vigilant.

“MamaYe will provide the evidence, information and tools necessary to empower our citizens to demand change.

All it takes to make the change, is YOU. “

Visit http://www.mamaye.org to find out more about making a life-saving change for mothers and babies of Africa. On this website you will find easy to understand evidence, stories of heroes and heroines, commitments made by the Government and different actions you can take for this important cause.

Make your voice heard and demand more, join the MamaYe campaign at:

• http://www.mamaye.org

• http://www.Facebook.com/MamaYeAfrica

• http://www.Twitter.com/MamaYe

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of MamaYe.

Contact: Rachel Haynes (for in-country contacts, see below)

Email: info@evidence4action.net

Contacts

Ghana:

Nii Sarpei, Communicatons: n.sarpei@arhr.org.gh

Malawi:

Mwereti Kanjo, Communications: mweretik@gmail.com

Nigeria:

Morooph Babaranti, Communications: m.babaranti@evidence4action.net

Sierra Leone:

Fatou Wurie, Communications: f.wurie@evidence4action.net

Tanzania:

Chiku Lweno-Aboud, Communications: c.lweno-aboud@evidence4action.net

Notes to editors

MamaYe (http://www.mamaye.org) is a campaign initiated by Evidence for Action (E4A), a multi-year programme which aims to improve maternal and newborn survival in sub-Saharan Africa. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, the campaign focuses on using a strategic combination of evidence, advocacy and accountability to save lives in Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Web and Social Media

Pan Africa: http://www.mamaye.org | Facebook.com/MamayeAfrica | Twitter.com/MamaYe

Ghana: http://www.mamaye.org.gh | Facebook.com/MamayeGH | Twitter.com/MamayeGH

Malawi: http://www.mamaye.org.mw | Facebook.com/MamaYeMalawi | Twitter.com/MamaYeMW

Nigeria: http://www.mamaye.org.ng | Facebook.com/MamaYeNigeria |Twitter.com/MamaYeNigeria

Sierra Leone: http://www.mamaye.org.sl | Facebook.com/MamaYeSL |Twitter.com/MamaYeSL

Tanzania: http://www.mamaye.or.tz | Facebook.com/MamaYeTZ | Twitter.com/MamaYeTZ

Facts about maternal and newborn mortality in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, the lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 16, compared with 1 in 2,800 in developed countries.

Those who survive may still suffer. For every woman who dies during childbirth, it is estimated that another 30 are injured or become sick bringing life to the world.

Every day, 444 women die in sub-Saharan Africa due to causes relating to pregnancy and childbirth.

In Africa, over a million newborns die each year.

The newborn mortality rate is 44 deaths per 1000 live births in Africa.

Globally, the countries with the highest rates of newborn mortality are mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: World Health Organization.)

SOURCE
MamaYe

12Feb/130

William Henry comments on – - Mideast; World crisis vs. citizens activism for mutual love;

From: octimotor

Hi:

In the midst of concerns about attacks on liberty and peace, by those who may care to notice, comes a significant comment from William Henry. Audio of his message is at web link below.

Indeed it is time for sovereign peoples of many nations to reach out to each other, opposing run-away leaderships' quests to bring chaos and atrocities.

Audio Link

Source:
Whitley Streiber's website, Unknowncountry.com; section titled Revelations with William Henry;

http://www.unknowncountry.com/revelations/latest#ixzz2KhpYZjaC

Wednesday February 6, 2013
The Threat to Our Freedom and the Looming Danger in the Middle East

5Feb/130

A HIGH-RANKING VATICAN OFFICIAL WANTS GAY COUPLES GIVEN LEGAL PROTECTION

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013

As a high-ranking Vatican official on Monday (Feb. 4) voiced support for giving unmarried couples some kind of legal protection even as he reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to see off a rebellion within his ruling Conservative party on Tuesday over his government's plans to legalise gay marriage.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, was quoted to say the church should do more to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination in countries where homosexuality is illegal.

This was his first Vatican press conference since his appointment as the Catholic Church’s “minister” for family. He conceded that there are several kinds of “cohabitation forms that do not constitute a family,” and that their number is growing.

Against background that Paglia suggested that nations could find “private law solutions” to help individuals who live in non-matrimonial relations, “to prevent injustice and make their life easier.

Although Paglia was adamant in reaffirming society’s duty to preserve the unique value of marriage, he said the church must defend the truth, and the truth is that a marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Responding to journalists’ questions, Paglia also strongly condemned discrimination against gay people, who he said “have the same dignity as all of God’s children.”

“In the world there are 20 or 25 countries where homosexuality is a crime,” he said. “I would like the church to fight against all this.”

In Britain, even though parliament is likely to vote to give the draft law its initial approval, more than 100 of Cameron's 303 Conservative lawmakers are expected to vote against it on what they say are moral grounds.

Behind in the polls, Cameron is trying to perform a tricky, and some analysts believe, impossible balancing act: to reconcile his desire to show his party is progressive with the views of many of those inside it uncomfortable with such reform, amid growing talk of a possible leadership challenge against him.

Many Conservative lawmakers say they feel Cameron is not a real conservative and is sacrificing what were once core party values on the altar of populism. Such talk is rife among some Conservative lawmakers and follows a spate of articles in the British press in which a handful of MPs raised the possibility of replacing Cameron with someone else, a prospect most commentators regard as far-fetched before the next election in 2015.

The new law proposes legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales in 2014. It would also allow civil partners to convert their partnerships into marriages. Faced with strong opposition from the Anglican and Catholic churches, the new law would not force them to conduct gay marriages, but critics say gay people may launch legal challenges.

In France while the process of legalizing same-sex marriage despite fierce opposition from the Catholic Church, a similar fight is brewing in Britain with the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches sharply opposed to the move.

The Conference of the Bishops of France (CEF) issued a nine-page paper outlining the main debating points for and against the reform planned for next year and detailed several legal and anthropological objections to same-sex marriage, avoiding religious reasoning.

The paper stresses that the Church respects homosexuals and rejects discrimination, but argues that the demand for gay marriage reduces a complex social institution to a question of equal rights for individuals based on "amorous sentiment, which is by definition ephemeral".

It claimed those calling for it do not take seriously enough issues of procreation, paternity and the duties of spouses to each other and parents to children.

France's Catholic bishops are backing plans for a national demonstration against same-sex marriage legislation, which is expected to be approved by lawmakers later in January.

A coalition of 30 French family groups, "Manif Pour Tous" (Demo For All), plans a Jan. 13 Paris rally against a bill allowing same-sex marriage, introduced Nov. 7 by the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande under the slogan, "Marriage for All."

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

30Jan/131

Kenya: Trouble is brewing inside President Barrack Obama’s Kenyan family over the recent trip to Washington D.C by a self-styled spokesman

Reports Leo Odera Omolo In Kisumu City.

Trouble is brewing within the Kenyan based family of the US President Barrack Obama following claims that the person who had traveled to Washington D.C early this month to witness the second inauguration and swearing o President Barrack Obama had no mandate of doing so, but was an impostor.

It has emerged that a former Siaya County civic leader Nicholas Rajula had travelled to Washington D.C to attend President Obama second swearing in on behalf of the family while masquerading as the family spokesman.

Rajula's trip to the US has since elicited a harsh reaction from Malik Abong’o Obama, the elder step-brother of President Obama who disowned Rajula as an impostor and impersonator with no blood relations with the Obama family in Kenya.

Addressing newsmen in Siaya town during the launching of his campaign for the lucrative and powerful elective position of Siaya County governor, Malik distanced the family from the so-called spokesman, adding that he is a self-styled person who had no blood relation with the Obamas, though he hails from the Alego Kogelo sub-clan. He added that he {Malik} was the defacto spokesman of the Obama family in Alego Kogelo .Siaya.

Malik is contesting the position of the Siaya County governor as an independent candidate. Observers and local political pundits, however, were quick in pointing out that he stands very little chance of winning the seat a region where the Orange Democratic Movement {ODM} is the party of choice.

Ex-Councilor Rajula, who is a businessman running chains of hotels included Kogelo Luxury Resort, which is allocated only a few meters from the Obama rural home in Nang’oma Kogelo in Siaya County could not be reached immediately for his comment.

This writer made a frantic effort to reach President Obama’s 90 year-old step grand-mother Mama Sarah Obama for her comment over the ex=Councilor alleged trip to the US on behalf of the family in vain. However, none of the Obama relatives in Kenya had travelled to the US to witness his second swearing in his second term of five years.

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5Jan/130

USA: How to live before you die By Steve Jobs

From: Yona Maro

In 12 June, 2005, a year after he was first diagnosed with cancer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a candid speech to graduating students at Stanford University.

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“I am honoured to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College [Portland, Oregon] after the first six months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned Coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards 10 years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky – I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz [Steve Wozniak] and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2bn company with over 4,000 employees. We had just released our finest creation – the Macintosh – a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling-out. When we did, our board of directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologise for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me – I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over. I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the world’s first computer-animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7.30 in the morning and it clearly showed a tumour on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for “prepare to die”. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumour. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful, but purely intellectual, concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but some day not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called the Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors and Polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of the Whole Earth Catalog, and then, when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words “Stay hungry. Stay foolish”. It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

Thank you all very much.

29Dec/120

HOLY FAMILY AND CHALLENGES OF GAY MARRIAGES

From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2012

Tomorrow is Sunday December 30, 2012, the feast of Holy Family. Even though one of the primary functions of the family is to produce and reproduce persons biologically, today the church faces challenges on gay families-click here to see The 10 Most Famous Gay Parents And Their Families.

Today the question is not whether homosexuals should adopt children or not, but rather on whether people involved in homosexual or lesbian relationships be allowed to adopt children, or whether children who grow up in single-sex parented homes advantaged or disadvantaged.

These statistics show the tragic consequences of fatherless and single parent homes in the United States: 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes, 85% of all children that exhibit behavioural disorders come from fatherless homes, 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes, 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes, 75% of all adolescent patients in drug abuse centres come from fatherless homes, 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.

While this applies to children who grow up in fatherless homes, mothers are equally important in the lives of children and the results of 'motherless' homes are equally tragic. Children, who grow up with two mothers and no father, and those who grow up with two fathers and no mother, will be horribly handicapped in life.

According to Dr Sotirios Sarantakos from Charles Stuart University, Australia, children in normal marriages faired the best, and children in homosexual homes the worst. Children of homosexual couples scored the lowest in language ability, mathematics and sport.

They were more timid, reserved, unwilling to work in a team or talk about home lives and holidays. They felt "uncomfortable when having to work with students of a sex different from the parent they lived with" and were the least sociable.

A study in Family Planning Perspective showed that male homosexuals were at greatly increased risk for alcoholism: "Among men, by far the most important risk group consisted of homosexual and bisexual men, who were more than nine times as likely as heterosexual men to have a history of problem drinking.

The church is opposed to same sex marriages because God's Word is clear that only a man and a woman can enter into marriage, and this is the foundation for the family. Genesis 2:24 reads, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."

Malachi 2:15 says that God made a man and his wife one because "He seeks godly offspring." For those who stray from the wisdom of God, the results are tragic. These statistics show that homosexual homes are less stable, more unfaithful and relationships are shorter, and there is more drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

As Reuters report, children growing up in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families are more likely to live in poverty and may be denied legal ties to one of their parents according to report released on Tuesday.

Yet still, the gay issue in the world has become acute. In France, mass demonstrations were held against the government's intention to legalize gay marriage. In Great Britain, the spiritual head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has resigned. According to local media he left his post because of his inability to cope with homosexuality among the clergy.

In Russia, the Moscow Regional Duma refused to include in the agenda the bill similar to the one recently adopted in St. Petersburg about prohibition of homosexual propaganda to children and adolescents. Allegedly, the document "does not agree" with the federal law.

The primary purpose of the Church in instituting and promoting this feast is to present the Holy Family as the model and exemplar of all Christian families. That is why the Feast of the Holy Family is not just about the Holy Family, but about our own families too. The main purpose of the Feast is to present the Holy Family as the model for all Christian families, and for domestic life in general.

Above all, our family life becomes sanctified when we live the life of the Church within our homes. This is called the "domestic church" or the "church in miniature." St. John Chrysostom urged all Christians to make each home a "family church," and in doing so, we sanctify the family unit.

This is because marriage is too often conceived as the sacrament which unites a man and a woman to form a couple. In reality, marriage establishes a family, and its purpose is to increase the number of the elect, through the bodily and spiritual fecundity of the Christian spouses.

While every marriage intends children, the purpose of every marriage is to establish a Christian family. Yet every Christian family must live in harmony and in prayer, which are the pledges of joy and union.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.
-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

25Dec/120

Do me what u want done to u,au sio!

From: Maurice Oduor

Heheheheheheheheheeeee !!!!!!

Evans, this made me chuckle and reminded me of a trick one teacher played on us in Primary School once.

It was PE time and everyone was asked to line up. 2 people in class were then chosen as opposing team Captains, call them Captain A and Captain B. Captain A was given the opportunity to choose all his 11 players first and the remaining people would automatically be in the other team. Captain B was thus not given a chance to choose anyone but was to get stuck with whoever the Captain A did not want. It seemed like a very unfair process for Captain B. However, the teacher emphasized that Captain A should try to form a balanced team so that both teams would be approximately of equal strength. But Captain A chose all the best players for his side and left the rest for Captain B. The teacher then asked him if he thought the 2 teams were now of approximate equal strength. He said yes. Then the teacher told him that he would now captain the group that he did not pick and Captain B would capatain the group Captain A chose.

Suddenly, Captain A started complaining that it was unfair for him to captain a very weak team when all the best players were on the other side !!!! Poor Captain A.

Courage

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On Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM, Evans MACHERA wrote:

Laughing kiosk

One afternoon a husband arrived
home with sad news for his wife.

HUSBAND: Wife, I just received a call,
mother (mama) passed away. Shall
we go to town and get some
necessities for the funeral? Please
write a list and then we can go.

WIFE: A list won't be necessary, we'll
just get 2cabbages & 2 liters of
... cooking oil.

HUSBAND: Is it going to
be enough?

WIFE: No need to waste
money, of course its going to be
enough!

(They left for town and
after getting two cabbages and 2
litres of cooking oil), the husband
asked his wife again if that was all.
She emphasized the issue of not
wasting money on the funeral. They
then hit the road towards the village
and where the road branches to
different villages, the husband
driving, took a turn to his wife's
home.)

WIFE: Where are we going,? I
thought you said we are going to
the funeral, your mother passed
away.

HUSBAND: Yes we are; its
YOUR mother who passed away.

WIFE (shocked & crying): But that
grocery is not enough! Lets go back
and get some more stuff!

HUSBAND:
NO! I asked you over and over if it
was all that was needed and you
said "yes"; so we are not going back!

Moral of the story: Whatever that
you want done to you, do it to
others as well.

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18Dec/120

Open Letter to His Excellency President Obama

From: Judy Miriga

Your Excellency President Obama,

I write this email to you with very heavy heart for your urgent attention and help.

My mother's life is in danger. It is 4 days now that I have not heard about the whereabouts of my mother. She has since been frequently sick from 2010 when my mothers" bed was heavily sprayed with mosquito insecticide and I made an open letter appeal to the Coalition Government Leaders where I submited my complaint and immediate intervention on the matter. My mother has had a good health over the years with bouncing energy before she fell sick from the spraying. After the spraying she has had frequent headaches with eye sore and since then I registered her with Health Insurance so she can receive good medical attention to recover from the same. I must say that since then, my mothers begun to go down and her health started deteroriating. I depend on My brother Gordon, friends and relatives at home who keep me posted about her health.

Few days ago sometimes on Friday last week, I received an urgent message that my mother was very sick with swollen leg and was in a lot of excruciating pain. I was forced to urgently sent additional money for her to be taken to hospital. I was surprised to learn that there was a conspiracy to obstruct my brother from taking my mother to the hospital as her leg had gone worse and my mother was crying very painfully. I called the Chief of my village and I found that she was aware about the incidence but informed me that my mother was already in Nairobi. Sending members of the family to locate her whereabouts there was no way anyone was able to locate my mother. After further investigation and more importantly what shocked me was that, the people who hijacked my mother on the way to hospital were still seen hovering around between Migori, Uyugis and my village and mother is nowhere to be seen. I gathered by Saturday that mother's record at the hospital where I listed her to receive medication, she had not been seen. by the time I am writing this email, mothe has not been seen anywhere. Today, I had my brother Gordon report to the police in the Chief Camp and I followed by phone calls to confirm that the Police station at the village Camp have the report on record.

I found out that there are strange arrangement to bring strange people at our home who are going to poise as Somali guard to be stationed at our home during this time of fluid election terrorism......pockets of attacks that are heard from many Tana River, Police Killings, attacks in Pokot, Mandera, Garissa, Turkana, Rift Valley, night barglary with cow theft in the villages such like in Nyakach and other areas in Gem. I fear organized crime may be in the offing by harboring terrorists, ribels or organized gangsters to terrorize the community using our home as a place of hiding terror gangs during the election time. I also found out that my house was vandalized, doors broken and my firm invaded by tresspassers without my consultation. I found out that people are cultivating my firm without my concent with arrangements to sell my land to foreign investors illicitly and illegally. This is the same with my father's home where my mother recide and we suspect that my mother is being terrorized so she can die quickly for them to take the land. My brother Gordon has also been threatened and he fears to speak out and report the happenings. In other words He has been silenced and is being intimidated. I fear for my brothers life too......

The attachements are incidents to confirm that the goings ons in Kenya is not safe or secured as people prepare to go for election. There is no security and there are fears that there could be foreign terror gangs planning to attack and terrorize our village ahead of the election and I fear my mother could have become a target.

Memory of 2007/8 is not over from our minds yet.

I will be greatful if you can help with intervention to locate my mother safely and further press for remedy so peace can set in our home again.

My mother's life is very valuable to me and I am at pain when her whereabouts is still unknown in such an excruciating pain and that she has to go through this torment at her age. For whomever is engaged in this act of wickedness and evil must be wholesomely condemned by all peace loving good people. I am saddened and lost for words.....

Kindly help !

Sincerely,

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

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From: Judy Miriga
Sent: Fri, July 9, 2010 12:24:46 AM
Subject: Open Letter to President Kibaki and PM Raila

Dear Mr. President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila,

I hope this email finds both of you in good health, and wish PM Raila quick and full recovery.

The reason for writing this email to you both is I have an urgent problem which I need intervention of your good Office.

In the recent past, my mother had been invaded and beaten in the night while people were asleep. Many other times when mother goes to Church, people entered into the house and frequently stole things or just roughed up the house so when she comes back, she notices someone has been into the house. Three times within this year, some people supposedly sent from Government Office, came and marked the house, then later, other people came in with insecticides and sprayed the house allover the house and turned the bed upside down and sprayed the supposedly mosquito insecticides. When I called home, my mother’s voice was not clear and she complained she has been sneezing terribly with too much itching of the eyes, that every time she goes to sleep, she sneezes uncontrollably. My baby brother also got affected and is unable to see clearly he is home complaining of eye itchiness and sore. I find this act to be very strange.

Some few weeks ago, my brother was rescued and fished out from falling into the borehole and said he could not remember how he fell in there at the market place. He had severe bruises and was hurting badly.

Few months ago, my only uncle died in a mysterious circumstances, and KPA Officials in Kisumu were involved in suspicious activities meant to embezzling his benefits without following proper procedures.

I fear to overlook such activities because of many strange happenings in and around Kenya, so I must keep a watchful eye on my mother and brother with the rest of family members since my father had died and my uncle was the last to die amongst all my uncles and the family is very vulnerable.

I have in the past put my life on line since 1992 during the repeal of section 2A and the struggle to demand for change for better life to all Kenyans, I am not an enemy of Kenya but a friend, who have interests of the people of Kenya at heart. I should not therefore be treated as an enemy but a friend and a Veteran who want the best for Kenya and Kenyans. I plead for the lives of my mother and family that they should not be harmed by those who may take advantage of fluid situation in Kenya.

What makes the last case more odd, suspicious and curious is that, since I was born, I have never heard anyone coming to the village homes to spray mosquito insecticides inside the house, not even in areas within the surrounding of the homes. If anything believable, what is acceptable is spraying outside the houses in the bushes. The Notice for information to the community is in usually made through the Chief Camps, but this one is strange.

I fear that my mother and brothers as well as other relative's lives at home are not in any endanger by the inhaling of such toxic substances which can possible harm their lives. I fear because it is an uncommon practice and very strange to me. I fear therefore that my family members are not targeted in any way or by those who might pretend to have been sent by the Government but are after sinister motives to terminate lives of my family members from existence. I have tried severally to contacted the MP Member of Parliament for Oyugis Hon. Minister Oyugi Magwanga without any success. I believe the Chief is helpless if much help in not coming from the Member of Parliament. I also noticed that the community at home are fearsome and cannot clearly speak up and say what may become of the problem, I can feel the fear that they are not open.

I need your urgent intervention and I therefore request for your kind information and assistance to safeguard my mother and family from harm, and I trust this request will meet with your favorable kind response on the matter.

Sincerely,
Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

http://socioeconomicforum50.blogspot.com

c.c. MP Oyugi Magwanga
Chief Carolyne

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Kenya: As Polls Loom, Tensions Mount in Slums

4 December 2012

Nairobi — After Kenya went to the polls five years ago, Victor Situma and his family were among some 600,000 people who fled their homes as, in many parts of the country, a bitter dispute over who had won the presidency degenerated into widespread inter-communal violence.

His house and shop were looted and vandalized. In all, more than 1,500 people were killed. Two years ago, he returned from his rural home in the western Kakamega District to Mathare, one of Nairobi's largest slums. But father-of-six Situma plans to move his family back west soon.

The next elections are due in March 2013. A raft of posts - from the presidency to ward representatives - is up for grabs. Candidates and parties tend to revolve not around policy but geographic region and, by extension, ethnicity. The run-up to the polls has already been marred by several incidents of violence.

"I will vote here in Nairobi because of my job. But I will take my family to western Kenya so that even if there is violence, I die alone. I don't see any guarantee that the election will be peaceful," he told IRIN.

"I don't know who will win the elections, but you can still be attacked, because politicians are already saying 'our people must get this post or another', but the poor people we live with here believe in what they say and will take their word for it," he added.

According to Olga Mutoro, policy and governance officer at the Peace and Development Network Trust (PeaceNet), Situma's fears are far from uncommon.

"In the slums, suspicions among people from different ethnic communities are growing, and many are beginning to segregate according to their tribes in order to give themselves a sense of comfort" she told IRIN.

Rispa Wambui, 35, also no longer feels safe in Kibera, another major Nairobi slum, where she has lived with her family for 15 years.

"Many of my neighbours are not from [my] tribe, and I know whatever the outcome of the coming election, they might attack me. I don't want to wait for that to happen. I am looking for a house to rent in a place where my people are many. It is the only way I can feel safe," she said.

Foreshadowing violence

"We are witnessing pockets of violence across the country - much of it with political motives - and this could be a pointer to what the country might witness when electioneering moods set in properly," Saida Ali, executive director of the NGO Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW), told IRIN.

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"People who live in informal settlements experience few security patrols, and many are also vulnerable to political manipulation due to their low economic status," she said.

According to government data, 71 per cent of Kenya's urban population lives in slums. "During the [2007-8] post-election violence, traditional myths about the existence of 'ancestral homelands' - considered to be binding to specific ethnic communities by blood - were transferred to Nairobi's suburbs and violently enforced," the Nairobi-based Peace Research Institute wrote in a recent report.

"Ethnic identities were checked by vigilante groups at zone boundaries [in slums], inter-group clashes occurred mostly along such boundaries, and the slum-dwellers adjusted their daily movements with regard to the location of ethnic zones (e.g., by avoiding zones held by members of opposing ethnic communities)," the report added.

Gender-based violence

Experts say that as fears of electoral violence grow, so do fears of gender-based violence.

"Women bear the greatest burdens of violence, and this is what happened even in the 2007 and 2008 conflict," said Atsango Chesoni, the executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, an NGO.

"It is during the elections that people take the opportunity to defile women," COVAW's Ali said.

Mutoro of PeaceNet says empowerment programmes are needed to help people ward off political manipulation.

"People need to be sensitized on national unity and, at the same time, given the skills to be able to address their grievances without necessarily finding comfort in their tribal groupings," Mutoro said.

[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations. ]

Poll shows fears of Kenya election violence linger
Reuters – Fri, Oct 5, 2012

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of Kenyans expect a presidential vote in March to be marred by post-election violence, an opinion poll showed on Friday, raising fears of a repeat of unrest in 2007/8 when more than 1,200 people were killed after a disputed ballot.

Kenya's March 4 poll will be closely watched and any serious violence is likely to be viewed dimly by the United States which has urged Kenya to hold free and fair elections and to be a role model for Africa.

However, a Gallup opinion poll released on Friday suggested fears of unrest linger. The survey - conducted between July and August - showed that 23 percent of Kenyans aged 18 or older (and who are therefore eligible to vote) expect election violence to recur.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga leads the race to replace retiring President Mwai Kibaki, the same poll showed.

The prime minister and Kibaki were the main rivals in a disputed 2007 presidential poll, when then opposition leader Odinga accused Kibaki of stealing the vote.

Not all Kenyans are so gloomy about the prospects for next year's election though.

The same survey showed that many are hopeful that the vote will be better organised than the 2007 election with 73 percent of those surveyed saying they thought police would ensure public safety during the vote.

Sixty seven percent also said they had confidence in the judicial system, a potentially significant statistic since Kenyan authorities believe the 2007/8 poll violence might have been avoided if people had had more faith in their legal system's ability to settle disputes.

Most Kenyans were confident the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, which replaced the previous electoral commission blamed for botching the 2007 vote, would manage the polls effectively.

Pollsters interviewed 2,400 Kenyans across the country face-to-face.

Two prominent presidential hopefuls, former cabinet ministers Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto, are due to face trial at the International Criminal Court for their alleged role in the post-election violence.

--- On Fri, 9/7/10, Fred Miriga wrote:
From: Fred Miriga
Subject: Re: Open Letter to President Kibaki and PM Raila
Date: Friday, 9 July, 2010, 10:43

Dear Mr. Amenya Gibson & Tobias Odongo,

I have read both your letters replying to Judy's complain on Insecticides which is sprayed in people's houses including her mother's house in Ringa Kojwach, Kasipul Kabondo Location with surprise. It is strange to look at such behaviour as normal. I am brought up in Nyanza and I know from Colonial time to date that Mosquito that spread Malaria breeds in stagnant waters, dams, swampy areas etc all those are never found inside residential houses. They are outside the houses may be in the Compounds, outside homes, in the thickets, shrubs and swamp near rivers pond and stagnant waters in man made holes, valleys or such like depressions.

Tobias you are very close to the High most personalities in Kenya that such a dangerous thing cannot happen targeting to kill and finish people of Nyanza and you keep quite.

That exercise has killed so many children in Kano, South Nyanza and it is still killing more faster than Malaria. Investigation is going on and Kenya Government will pay dearly for allowing USAID to eliminate Luos in Nyanza.

It is up to the Government to come up with programs that will accommodate all students and children of Kenya equally but NOT selectivelly and thereby putting Students and young people of Kenya in Groups where others are enjoying while other are suffering. This is why we have President who should lead by examples, treating all Kenyans as His people. Ministers should make sure that all services is spread equally in all parts of the Ccountry and MP to make sure that His Voters [Community] have equal share in the Government Cake without marginalisation like what is happening in Nyanza presently and in the eyes of our enlightened MPs. Why do they earn Salaries and Raise their Salaries more than a half yearly for NO service done in representing the interest of Voters.

Any Trading Business coming from Overseas must consult, involve by seeking approval of the community with its leadership MPs and the Local Chiefs of the area. Our MPs in Nyanza should not get any SALARY thereof is such things are going on without their knowledge or raising concerns. They do not implement Government Policies as is required where they are suppose to consult with the people who send them to Parliament.

Two examples are;-

1. Government Burned the use of Chloroquine in Kenya almost 10 Years ago, but in Nyanza you still find Chloroquine used in Government Hospitals and Dispensaries.

2. Government passed that anybody diagnosed to have Malaria Parasite in his/her Blood will receive free Treatment in Government Hospitals and Dispensaries. This does not work in Nyanza.

If Nyanza MPs cannot follow such basic needs for their VOTERS then WHY! WHY!! WHY!!! should they earn SALARY? WHY should they come back again for the SECOND time to ask for VOTES when 1/2 or1/4 of the Voters are already dead of curable dicease in the name of MALARIA?

However we would like the Provincial Director of Medicine in Nyanza, District Medical Officer, Kasipul Kabondo and Nyando Districts, District Public Health Officers Kasipul Kabondo andNyando District and Area Chief of Ringa Kojuach and Awasi to tell people of Nyanza how many Children have already died in their areas and what action they have taken to Treat those already affected by the Sprey of Insectcide.

My last Question and concern is the Moi University Students headed by Mr. James Shikwati Director & Student President in Free Enterprise after Malaria Summit that took place in 2008 they were adviced to sprey the incectcide on the Wall internal but NOT on Beds.

When entering the Houses they themselves dress in a protective full-gear, covering their Mouths, eyes, ears, heads and the whole body against any drop and smell of the Insecticide. What Protection do they give to those who live in the HOUSE against the toxic and the Insecticide Smell which may last for days if not weeks? Is this not harmful to Human Health?

Do you agree with me that the Program may be good but the intention and Application is wrong, which is now resulting in DEATHS and SICKNESSES.

Fred Wuodoganda On Fri, 7/9/10, amenya gibson wrote:

From: amenya gibson
Subject: Open Letter to President Kibaki and PM Raila
Date: Friday, July 9, 2010, 6:01 AM

Hi Judy

Unless your case is peculiar I will be glad to to inform you that spraying of insectcides is an initiative that was started by SIFE program Student in Free Enterprise under James Shikwati of IREN

It has helped mostly university students to be engaged while on holidays

They target mostly malaria prone areas where they spray water ponds suspected to have breeding ground for malaria.

On Thu, 7/8/10, Nethan David wrote:

From: Nethan David
Subject: Re: Open Letter to President Kibaki and PM Raila
To: "Judy Miriga"
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010, 7:09 PM

Judy.

What is this? How can this happen to Senior Citizens of your mother's status? I hope it is not any of the politics of the yesteryears where devastating effects were being inflicted on relatives of voices of reasons simply because they called a spade a spade !. But why ?

I hope the prophets of doom have not infiltrated the hitherto peaceful rurals of Oyugis and Kasipul/Kabondo as have been in other areas!. The frequency of events is even very worrying in deed!.

I think what these people do not know is that your position is so dear to them since you have all along been championing the destiny of Kenya in such a pragmatic and bold manner to the effect that several mountains have been moved to let Kenyans have a breathing space by way of the passage of the New Constitution on 4th of August 2010.

What they do not know is that you are one person for whom all Kenyans of goodwill should have knelled down and pray so that the passage of the New and progressive Constitution bring with it the desired benefits associated with the Kenyans in the Diaspora's expected connectivity with Development back home.

Out there, you are the voice of Kenya for Kenyans who need things from that Country, and people Must see it as such. There is no any other friend of Kenya better than the Head of Diaspora Secretariat, voicing the needs of Kenya in the land of plenty with a view to making Kenya harvest lots of undiscovered benefits now enshrined in the New Constitution. This Judy, the bridge between Kenya and all Kenyans in the Diaspora, a situation replica of that of the Ambassador at large, the resting shelter for new and disorientated Kenyans looking for opportunities. In my honest view, a person like this should have proper security for members of her/his family back at home to enable a peaceful working for the country. Your letter to the His Excellency The President is a welcome idea. If the area Member of Parliament is Too High to listen to Serious Kenyans, then what else can somebody do?

The New Constitution has it that the Civil Society Organizations will work in Partnership with the Government in effecting development programs in Kenya and Judy Miriga is standing at the Gate. Or is it her position at the gate which is the problem?

Time has come when if you know you can not be there you support who is, so that you reap the benefits and not the other way round. Times for envies and destructive jealousies are over, and people should sober-up. The area Chief is certainly answerable since he/she is the eye of the President down there. All questions and answers are certainly available at that office. Or are they trying to say that by spraying pesticides on the old lady they are doing Judy any good? Can that same person do the same to his/her own mother of that age?

This is a laughable comedy surely ! How come since 1963 ,today, the government! of all the people, the Government of Kenya is spraying mosquitoes in the Homes in Luoland!? Curious in deed. I have never seen such a thing in my life, even building a clinic in the villages, leave alone providing medicines in the community dispensaries.

Accidental incidents are understandable, but when incidents gets repeated as is the case here looks like there is something afoot!. The Chief, Councillor and the Member of Parliament should tell the people in the Diaspora what is their problem with their spokesperson and, indeed able voice in the wilderness.

The incident should be investigated and also there must be a proper connection with the past two so that a person is charged and it is made public for Kenyans in the Diaspora get assured that justice is done. Let no side shows mask the issue at hand of Passing the New Constitution on 4th August.

The new constitution will be the catalyst for the tempo for acquisition of enormous development opportunities for thousands of Kenyans through the office whose occupier you are now making restlessly uncomfortable. Be realistic and behave people !.

I rest my case.

Raphael Atore
President: Network for Development of Youth Inc.

On Fri, 7/9/10, Tobias Odongo Ogodo Ogodo wrote:
From: Tobias Odongo Ogodo Ogodo
Subject: Re: Open Letter to President Kibaki and PM Raila
To: "Judy Miriga"
Date: Friday, July 9, 2010, 4:08 AM

Hi Judy,

How are you doing there ? I hope you are doing very well. Have just red your email now and you are complaining about the work the Government is doing by spraying houses with insecticides. This is being done in every home in Kenya becouse it has been found by reaserchers that highland mosqutos is the highest killer diseased in Kenya and you know very well that Kasipul do bourdered Kisii highland. This is happening everywhere here in Kenya and not at your home alone.

From: Judy Miriga
To: Judy Miriga
Sent: Fri, July 9, 2010 12:24:46 AM
Subject: Open Letter to President Kibaki and PM Raila

Dear Mr. President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila,

I hope this email finds both of you in good health, and wish PM Raila quick and full recovery.

The reason for writing this email to you both is I have an urgent problem which I need intervention of your good Office.

In the recent past, my mother had been invaded and beaten in the night while people were asleep. Many other times when mother goes to Church, people entered into the house and frequently stole things or just roughed up the house so when she comes back, she notices someone has been into the house. Three times within this year, some people supposedly sent from Government Office, came and marked the house, then later, other people came in with insecticides and sprayed the house allover the house and turned the bed upside down and sprayed the supposedly mosquito insecticides. When I called home, my mother’s voice was not clear and she complained she has been sneezing terribly with too much itching of the eyes, that every time she goes to sleep, she sneezes uncontrollably. My baby brother also got affected and is unable to see clearly he is home complaining of eye itchiness and sore. I find this act to be very strange.

Some few weeks ago, my brother was rescued and fished out from falling into the borehole and said he could not remember how he fell in there at the market place. He had severe bruises and was hurting badly.

Few months ago, my only uncle died in a mysterious circumstances, and KPA Officials in Kisumu were involved in suspicious activities meant to embezzling his benefits without following proper procedures.

I fear to overlook such activities because of many strange happenings in and around Kenya, so I must keep a watchful eye on my mother and brother with the rest of family members since my father had died and my uncle was the last to die amongst all my uncles and the family is very vulnerable.

I have in the past put my life on line since 1992 during the repeal of section 2A and the struggle to demand for change for better life to all Kenyans, I am not an enemy of Kenya but a friend, who have interests of the people of Kenya at heart. I should not therefore be treated as an enemy but a friend and a Veteran who want the best for Kenya and Kenyans. I plead for the lives of my mother and family that they should not be harmed by those who may take advantage of fluid situation in Kenya.

What makes the last case more odd, suspicious and curious is that, since I was born, I have never heard anyone coming to the village homes to spray mosquito insecticides inside the house, not even in areas within the surrounding of the homes. If anything believable, what is acceptable is spraying outside the houses in the bushes. The Notice for information to the community is in usually made through the Chief Camps, but this one is strange.

I fear that my mother and brothers as well as other relative's lives at home are not in any endanger by the inhaling of such toxic substances which can possible harm their lives. I fear because it is an uncommon practice and very strange to me. I fear therefore that my family members are not targeted in any way or by those who might pretend to have been sent by the Government but are after sinister motives to terminate lives of my family members from existence. I have tried severally to contacted the MP Member of Parliament for Oyugis Hon. Minister Oyugi Magwanga without any success. I believe the Chief is helpless if much help in not coming from the Member of Parliament. I also noticed that the community at home are fearsome and cannot clearly speak up and say what may become of the problem, I can feel the fear that they are not open.

I need your urgent intervention and I therefore request for your kind information and assistance to safeguard my mother and family from harm, and I trust this request will meet with your favorable kind response on the matter.

Sincerely,
Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,
USA

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Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS)
Indoor residual spraying (IRS) is the application of small amounts of insecticide to the interior walls of houses to kill or sometimes repel malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. IRS is a highly effective, proven malaria prevention strategy that saves lives.

The Use of DDT
The President’s Malaria Initiative launched an indoor residual spraying campaign in Zanzibar, impacting 210,000 homes and helping over 1 million people. Source: USAID/Tanzania

The use of the insecticide DDT for IRS is very different from the massive agricultural applications that led to the ban of DDT in the United States and other countries, both in terms of the amounts of insecticide used and the potential risks to the environment. If used correctly for this purpose, it poses no known risk to human health. Malaria, on the other hand, kills more than 1 million people each year, the vast majority of whom are African children.

USAID adheres to strict environmental guidelines, approval processes, and procedures for the use of DDT and all other World Health Organization (WHO)-approved insecticides in its malaria control programs. We work with WHO and national partners to build country-level capacity to ensure the safe and judicious use of all insecticides, including DDT, used in malaria control programs.

DDT is one of the WHO-approved insecticides for IRS. Its use for IRS to prevent malaria is an allowable exception under the Stockholm Convention – also known as the Persistent Organic Pollutants Treaty or POPs Treaty – when used in accordance with WHO guidelines and when safe, effective, and affordable alternatives are not available. The Stockholm Convention aims to eventually end the use of all POPs, including DDT.

DDT is more effective and less expensive than many other insecticides in many situations; as a consequence it is a very “competitive” choice for IRS programs. Interest in IRS, with DDT specifically, has increased in WHO, national control programs, donors, and other partners, with recent examples of successful applications, particularly in southern Africa.

The determination of which of the WHO-approved insecticides to use for USAID’s IRS programs is made in coordination with the host-country malaria control program, with the primary objective of preventing as many malaria infections and deaths as possible in the most efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable way, and in accordance with national policies and capacities.

USAID has never had a “policy” as such either “for” or “against” DDT for IRS. The real change in the past two years has been a new interest and emphasis on the use of IRS in general – with DDT or any other insecticide – as an effective malaria prevention strategy in tropical Africa. For example, in fiscal year 2005 USAID supported less than $1 million of IRS in Africa, with programs utilizing insecticides purchased by the host government or another donor. For fiscal year 2006, in the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and in other bilateral programs, USAID will support more than $20 million in IRS programs in Africa, including the direct purchase of insecticides. This dramatic increase in the scale of our IRS programs overall is the greatest factor in DDT’s recent prominence in USAID programs.

Plans to Support IRS

In fiscal year (FY) 2005 USAID provided approximately $1 million support to IRS in Africa, in most cases utilizing insecticides purchased by the host government or another donor.

For FY 2006, USAID is providing more than $20 million in support of IRS activities in eight African countries, including the direct purchase of insecticides, spraying equipment, protective gear, environmental assessments, training of spray personnel and information, education, and communication for local residents.

USAID is currently supporting IRS with DDT in Zambia.

This year, pending completion and satisfactory results of all necessary entomological and environmental assessments, USAID plans to support IRS with DDT in Ethiopia and Mozambique (including purchase of the insecticide); and also in Madagascar (using DDT purchased by another donor).

With FY 2006 funding, USAID is supporting IRS with insecticides other than DDT in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Angola.

In FY 2007 the PMI will add four new countries, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda, and Mozambique. It is expected that funding for IRS will be part of the malaria control activities supported by the PMI in all of these countries.

From Stone Throwers to Wealth Creators

Who is a university student in Africa? Many times, university students in Africa are viewed to be an unruly mob. ‘Any time I drive past a university compound, I feel a sense of uneasiness, I know students for stone throwing and violence’, a motorist was quoted recently. Things are changing in Kenya. Despite the hard economic times that students especially in public universities undergo; a new group of young and energetic individuals has emerged with a mission of changing the way thing work in public institutions. That is why, the recent victory of Moi University, in a national entrepreneurship exposition surprised many analysts.

Students in Free Enterprise [SIFE Kenya] in conjunction with the Inter Region Economic Network [IREN Kenya] hosted the 3rd national university business and entrepreneurship exposition at the Panafric Hotel on Saturday May 28, 2005. In this event, Moi University Eldoret, were crowned the 2005 SIFE Kenya National Champions after beating 10 other universities in a highly competitive league. Moi University will proceed to Toronto (Canada) in early October to represent Kenya in SIFE World Cup an international exposition that will attract university teams from 42 countries world wide.

Moi University SIFE (MU-SIFE) was launched on 13th April 2004 under the umbrella body of SIFE Kenya. SIFE Kenya is a network of university teams aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and establishing linkages between business ventures, institutions of higher learning and communities. MU-SIFE has experienced a massive growth from a team of 13 students to 159 drawn from all disciplines in the institution. Located 40 Kms away from Eldoret town, Moi University was the second public university to be established in 1984 through the Mackay Commission as a college of Technology. It has a current population of 12000 students from the initial population of 64 spread out in 4 campuses.

Among the notable projects that MU-SIFE team is currently involved in are, Blooming Falls, that teaches small scale farmers vegetable production, Fertile attraction, that teaches farmers how to make cheap fertilizer, Biashara Nawiri that equips small and medium enterprise (SME) owners with entrepreneurial skills and their initiative of turning Kesses Dam into a recreational center. The team is also working with the Bindura children’s home teaching entrepreneurship with the aim of making the home financially independent. They also have the Green Power Project that aims at providing an alternative cheap and locally available fuel to replace the use of charcoal among others. Moi University SIFE is also remembered for having raised Kshs 65,000 towards the famine relief efforts through The Standard-KTN appeal last year.

In their Blooming Falls project, the team has been able to totally transform the life of a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Tarus. Mr. Tarus works as a security guard while his wife is a vegetable vendor. She used to walk for almost 35 KMS in search of vegetables for sale. This is because farmers in the locality mainly concentrate on maize and wheat farming. They used to plant maize on their 2 acre land and their annual income was Kshs 20,000. MU-SIFE managed to convince the couple to plant vegetables on one acre of their farm. The results are remarkable. Their daily income now stands at an average of Kshs 300 estimated at Kshs 72,000 annually. With this, their family is fed, clothed and their children send to school. In the past, this was impossible. According to Mr.Tarus, he used to take emergency loans from his employer just to be able to feed his family. His neighbors having seen the transformation have vowed to follow in his footsteps once their current maize crop is harvested. He now plans to expand his vegetable farm to the other acre. “If any life has been changed according to the SIFE spirit of changing the world, then I am the first one changed.” Mr. Tarus said. To the couple SIFE is god send and their lives will never be the same again. The SME owners have also formed a Sacco and some of them have opened accounts with Post Bank Kenya.

University students have most of the times been portrayed as unruly and living in utopia. The MU-SIFE initiatives have therefore taken their administrators by surprise. This was evident from their comments during a meeting facilitated by the Vice Chancellor’s office and the MU-SIFE team. According to Dr. Sang, the Chief Administrative Officer, the SIFE team portrays a different type of students. Dr. Sang had to be reassured that the neatly dressed, organized young people he was seating with were actually his students. Prof. Gudu, (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Planning and Development) said that the students work was very impressive. “Initially I had no idea what SIFE was all about until I got hold of their annual report. I go through a lot of reports daily and dismiss quite a number of them due to their theoretical nature. But here are students who have actually gone out into the field and done something tangible and on top of that produced a high caliber report” Prof. Gudu remarked. “What we have always had on paper the SIFE team has beaten us to it by implementing programs on the ground,” observed Dr. Rono, Head of sociology Department during the official handing over ceremony of the team’s trophy and certificates.

“The program has also been beneficial to the students both as a team and on individual basis” said Diana Ntinyari the team’s Vice President. “We have learnt how to work as a team noting that we come from diverse backgrounds. As a business management student, I have been able to put my theoretical knowledge to test. On top of that I have learnt how to plant Sukuma Wiki and other vegetables!” She added.

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), founded in the United States in 1975, is a positive grassroots student movement active on more than 1700 university campuses in more than 40 countries. The principle of SIFE is simple. Through teaching others, SIFE students gain a practical understanding of how market economies work. They gain the opportunity to make a lasting difference in their communities and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Through outreach programs, SIFE students are helping the community confront issues such as illiteracy, an under-educated workforce, economic naivety, the dangers of deficit spending and government over-regulation. ‘We at SIFE are investing heavily in the future of Africa, that is, the African youth. I welcome any one with a vision for this continent to join us in this quest.’ said James Shikwati, SIFE Kenya country Director.

By Jacqueline Sungu
SIFE Kenya Program Manager

GMAP - The Global Malaria Action Plan

World leaders and the global malaria community gathered on occasion of the 2008 MDG Malaria Summit on September 25, 2008, in New York to endorse an ambitious Global Malaria Action Plan – GMAP.

The GMAP provides a global framework for action around which partners can coordinate their efforts. The GMAP presents (i) a comprehensive overview of the global malaria landscape, (ii) an evidence-based approach to deliver effective prevention and treatment to all people at risk and (iii) an estimate of the annual funding needs to achieve the goals of the RBM Partnership for 2010, 2015 and beyond.

The GMAP outlines the RBM Partnership's vision for a substantial and sustained reduction in the burden of malaria in the near and mid-term, and the eventual global eradication of malaria in the long term, when new tools make eradication possible. To reach this vision, the targets of the GMAP are to:

Achieve universal coverage, as recently called for by the UN Secretary-General, for all populations at risk with locally appropriate interventions for prevention and case management by 2010 and sustain universal coverage until local field research suggests that coverage can gradually be targeted to high risk areas and seasons only, without risk of a generalized resurgence;

Reduce global malaria cases from 2000 levels by 50% in 2010 and by 75% in 2015;

Reduce global malaria deaths from 2000 levels by 50% in 2010 and to near zero preventable deaths in 2015;

Eliminate malaria in 8-10 countries by 2015 and afterwards in all countries in the pre-elimination phase today; and

In the long term, eradicate malaria world-wide by reducing the global incidence to zero through progressive elimination in countries.

To achieve these targets, the GMAP outlines a three-part global strategy:

control malaria to reduce the current burden and sustain control as long as necessary, eliminate malaria over time country by country and research new tools and approaches to support global control and elimination efforts.

The GMAP is a living document: as approaches and tools evolve to fight malaria, so will the plan.

Malaria: Overview on Infectious Diseases

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View updated PMI country profiles as of April 2010.

Saving Lives

Every 30 seconds an African child dies of malaria. At least 1 million infants and children under 5 in sub-Saharan Africa die each year from the mosquito-borne disease.

A Global Leader in Fighting Malaria

USAID has been committed to saving lives and fighting malaria since the 1950s. The Agency works closely with national governments to build their capacity to prevent and treat the disease. USAID also invests in the discovery and development of new antimalarial drugs and malaria vaccines.

In addition to its ongoing malaria programs, the Agency also manages programs through the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), a $1.2 billion, five-year initiative to control malaria in Africa announced by former President Bush in June 2005. PMI is a collaborative U.S. Government effort led by USAID, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the Department of State, the White House, and others.

The goal of PMI is to reduce malaria deaths by half in 15 target countries in Africa by reaching 85 percent of the most vulnerable groups — children under 5 years of age and pregnant women — with proven and effective malaria prevention and treatment control measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying, lifesaving antimalarial drugs, and treatment to prevent malaria in pregnant women.

The 15 PMI focus countries were brought into the Initiative in a phased fashion:

Beginning fiscal year (FY) 2006: Angola, Tanzania, and Uganda

Beginning FY 2007: Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Senegal

Beginning FY 2008: Benin, Ethiopia (Oromia Region), Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, and Zambia
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is using several different methods of making insecticide-treated bednets available to the Senegalese people. So far, PMI in Senegal has used these various methods to satisfy 614,977 people’s preferences for bednets.

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PMI funding in FY 2006 was $30 million, rose to $135 million in FY 2007, to $300 million in FYs 2008 and 2009, and will increase to $500 million in FY 2010.

In each of the focus countries, PMI works closely with ministries of health and national malaria control programs and supports their national malaria control strategies and plans in coordination with other national and international partners, including the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the World Bank Malaria Booster Program, UNICEF, World Health Organization Global Malaria Program, and nongovernmental organizations, including faith-based and community groups, academia, and the private sector.

The Agency also provides support to malaria control efforts in three other nonfocus countries in Africa – Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Southern Sudan – and to two regional malaria control efforts in the Amazon Basin of South America and the Mekong Delta region of Southeast Asia. The latter two programs focus primarily on issues related to the identification and containment of antimalarial drug resistance.

USAID’s Strategy for Combating Malaria

USAID is a member of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, a global initiative made up of more than 90 partners whose goal is to halve the burden of malaria by 2010. The Agency’s expanded response to malaria supports the international goals and targets of the Abuja Summit [PDF, 68KB], the Millennium Development Goals, the White House Summit on Malaria, and the Global Malaria Action Plan.

The Agency’s malaria program focuses on five key areas:

Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS)

Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITNs)

Malaria in Pregnancy

Diagnosis and Treatment

Pesticide Management

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