One of the world’s most inspirational leaders and Father of South Africa Nelson Mandela died peacefully on 5th December 2013 after a long illness. At the age of 95 Nelson Mandela brought democracy to South Africa, through a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. Jailed for over 27 years he had only love and compassion for his jailers. “Never and never again …” was his clarion call against oppression. He did not win the battle against apartheid by himself. He worked with many people of all colours and creed, many known and sadly others now forgotten. February 11 1990 was the culmination of many people’s answer to prayer. The day he was released from prison. A few years later on 10 May 1994 he became President of South Africa – The Rainbow Nation. Here was a person who embodied the message of “Love your neighbour and Love your enemies.” The world will truly miss him and all that he stood for.
William Ang’awa 5 December 2013
Mohammed Adow’s report of the #JusticeForLiz march in Nairobi 31 October 2013 -‘Kenya teen gang-rape case sparks protests.’ 31 October 2013.
This report includes an interview with Nebila Abdulmalik of FEMNET the initiator of the avaaz.org crowd community petition which has attracted over 1.3 million signatures and Njeri Rugene, the Nation Newspaper reporter who brought Liz’s situation to the world.
BBC Anne Soy’s Report ‘Kenyans demand gang-rape justice in police petition 31 0ctober 2013′ on hundreds of protestors who marched through the streets of Nairobi, Kenya to hand in a petition to the Police Headquarters.
The report includes a short interview with Saida Ali of the Coalition on Violence Against Women calling for end to violence on women and accountability on addressing impunity on ending sexual violence and on how they treat rape cases.
We recommend the related links on the BBC website:
Anne Soy: Kenya’s Liz: Will her rapists be charged? 31 October 2013
BBC Trending :#JusticeForLiz and the rape that shocked Kenya. 28 October 2013
Fears of Rape in Kenya’s Slums ‘traps Kenya Women.’ 7 July 2010
There is worldwide shock and horror concerning the rape of a Kenyan 16 year old known as Liz, in Busia, Western Kenya. Her mistreatment, threats towards her family and barriers placed in her pursuit of Justice has brought shame to Kenya, The Kenya Police and the Judicial system. Over 1.3 million people have signed a petition calling for the immediate justice for Liz and to send a strong message to police everywhere that rape is not a misdemeanour. Please support the Justice For Liz Petition initiated by Nabila Abdulmelik in Kenya.
We should thank Avaaz the crowd sourcing community petition for supporting this campaign, and the million of people around the world who are fighting against injustice.
Article by Richard Spencer of the Daily Telegraph 30 October 2013 “Suicide Bomber Strikes at Tunisia tourist resort.” Suicide bombers attempted to attack a resort in Sousse, Tunisia and in the area of the Tomb of Tunisia’s post-independence leader Habib Bourgiba.
Richard Spencer on Twitter:@richardspencer
Two senior Al Shabaab leaders were killed in a possible drone strike on Monday 28 October 2013.
Report by Aljazeera ‘US Drone Strike’ kills senior Al Shabab members in Jilib town in Somalia’s Middle Juba. The Al Shabaab members were travelling in a Suzuki car and included the group’s top explosive expert known as Anta. The comments on the report appear to give approval of the drone strike with a few lone voices questioning the effectiveness of drone strikes.
The BBC report – ‘Somali Al-Shabab commanders killed in strike’ 28 October 2013 follows the same theme quoting eye witnesses and a Kenyan military source inferring the presence of Kenya troops having raided the town of Jilib situated 120 kilometres north of Kismayo.