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UN human rights chief denounces 'draconian' anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria - UN News Centre

UN human rights chief denounces 'draconian' anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria - UN News Centre | Africa |
AFP UN human rights chief denounces 'draconian' anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria UN News Centre 14 January 2014 – The United Nations human rights chief today voiced her alarm at a “draconian” new law in Nigeria that further criminalizes lesbian,...

Via Nevermore Sithole
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      This article revises a what the UN human rights chief  (High Commissioner) thinks about a new law in Nigeria. The UN human rights chief explains that the new law is 'draconian' or exceedingly harsh and very severe. The law is, 

"...a 14-year prison term for anyone who enters into a same sex union, and a 10-year prison term for anyone who administers, witnesses, abets(to help a criminal or to help someone commit a crime) or aids’ a same sex marriage or civil union ceremony. The law states that ‘a person or group of persons who supports the registration, operation and sustenance (something/someone that gives support, help, or strength) of gay clubs, societies, organizations, processions or meetings in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment." The UN human rights chief explains that this law violates many universal human rights such as, rights to privacy and non-discrimination, rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, rights to freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention.

      What this article helps me understand about Africa is that every country has their own problem, sometimes it's the same as another country's main problem. I do not think that this is the main problem in Nigeria, but I do feel like this is a huge issue across Africa, across the globe. Though I'm pretty young, I'm not ignorant, and since I've signed up to Scoop It I've just suddenly realized how messed up our world is. I've always known that there were problems everywhere, but I never took noticed or even cared, as long as I was not affected. 

     I feel that this article opens up a new door for me, because now I have a better understanding that people are willing to help, are willing to ruin and destroy lives, a better understanding of how different people can be. I want to help stop the discrimination of other people who are different from what society expects us to be, but first I must get over my own biased opinion, and my cruelty. 

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 15, 2014 6:27 AM

Anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria

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Opinion: Is Africa the most homophobic continent?

Opinion: Is Africa the most homophobic continent? | Africa |
New laws in Nigeria and Uganda, plus reports throughout the continent of extortion, murder, so-called "curative rape" and abuse of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex) -- and their allies -- are deeply concerning to many people, in and outside of Africa.

Via Alexis Akwagyiram
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     This is an article and a video. During the video American Preacher and Lawyer, Scott Lively, is accused of being an extremest and of starting these protests and killings of gays and lesbians. He defends himself, but is not very convincing. In the article it tells us to keep three things in mind before we start to call Africa "the most homophobic continent".  The first thing is that Africa is a HUGE continent made up of 54 countries. We need to keep on being reminded that Africa is a continent not a country, and that each country is under their own rule, law, and religions. The second thing is that it's us Westerners that put the idea of bisexual being evil and sinful. Most countries in Africa accept gays and lesbians, and families try to be discreet about other family members being bisexual. The African policy of "uBuntu" is meant to keep families together even when members strayed from the heterosexual, married, and fertile ideal. The third thing is that religious groups have helped spread this hate for bisexuals.

      This article helps me understand that Africans are not to be held responsible for all these deaths, protests, and hatred. Westerners influenced them, and turned them into "monsters".

      I feel grief and shame, because of what people are doing to bisexuals and what some of the bisexuals do. Why can't people just accept one another for who they are?! Why don't people see that just because one person is mean and nasty doesn't mean everyone else is too! There acting like a bunch of children and teenagers!! When I'm playing sports and one of the other girls is being mean, all the sudden we assume that everyone from that school is mean, but that's not true because then I meet some of the other girls who are really nice and kind, and say sorry for their teammates behavior. Not all Christians are like Scott Lively(who I don't like at all), not all bisexuals are evil and force people to do things, and not all Africans are mad at bisexuals!

Alexis Akwagyiram's curator insight, March 1, 2014 8:51 AM

Lots has been written about the apparent wave of anti-homosexual sentiments in a number of African countries. This opinion piece, on CNN's website, is balanced and well researched. For other views, check out this New Yorker article - - and this comprehensive breakdown of homosexual legislation in a number of countries, which I saw on -

Meritxell's curator insight, April 8, 2014 2:30 PM

L'homofòbia actual a Nigèria

Rainer Emily's curator insight, April 10, 2014 11:43 AM

This is all about the people of Africa and how welcoming they are to homosexuality (not very welcoming...) This article I chose to represent the Social aspects of Africa since it portrays how the people stand up for themselves and their beliefs. 

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Urban Farming Can Resolve Africa's Food Security Problems - Food World News

Urban Farming Can Resolve Africa's Food Security Problems - Food World News | Africa |
Urban Farming Can Resolve Africa's Food Security ProblemsFood World NewsMany cities in Africa have already begun adopting peri-urban agriculture to grow their food.

Via Alan Yoshioka
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      In this article it talks about how Urban Agriculture, which is the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities, will help solve Africa's food security problems. This article explains why there should be more urban farming, it talks about how it can improve peoples lifestyles. This article also says that people should stop using pesticides and wasteful irrigation to help their plants grow, but should use safer ways that will be better for the environment.

       This article helps me understand that Africa needs and deserves more than it gets. Yes, African people should use farming techniques better for the environment, but doesn't everybody? Everyone in Africa deserves clean water and food, good health care, and a sturdy roof over their heads. They can't get these and people are fleeing into cities and out of their country, even though they deserve to stay at home and have every right to do so. 

        The topic discussed in this article is very true and real, and it scares me. I like how it's talking about helping people and solutions  but I'm worried if the plans that they're making will ever actually be reality.

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Water Issues Receiving Attention - Government -

Water Issues Receiving Attention - Government - | Africa |
Water Issues Receiving Attention - Government
The National Water Resource Strategy, which aims to ensure that national water resources, is another intervention of government.
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          "South Africa: Water Issues Recieving Attention" is about the South African Government making promises to the African people and the media that they will do something about the lack of clean water. The Government says that they are sending technical teams to test the systems in the problematic areas. They are detecting leaks and the national Water Department has installed new pumps in some areas. The Government explains that they are trying to find and solve the problems, but that it will take a while for them to completely restore and better the water. Also in this artical it explains that it is not only the lack of water that is the problem, but also the peolple not taking care of the land and water, that communities are polluting the water.

           This artical helped me understand that Africa is not so different from other places. I believe this because, in Thailand people do not care for their streams, moats, and lakes. The water is heavily polluted with plastic bags, bottles, and many other things. Though, in Thailand there is no lack of clean water. Another familiar aspect about Africa, that every other country has, is the Government. They always makes promises, that sometimes they keep, but other times, it's simply not possible. In most countries improvment is slow, just like how it will be with this water crisis in South Africa.

            The topic discussed in this artical is a problem that needs to be solved! Not only in the whole of Africa, but also all over the world. It saddens me to think that our world doesn't have enough clean water. So normally I don't think about it, I just ignore the fact that every 15 seconds a child is dying from a water related disease. I think that over time we'll be able to help these men, women, and children in South Africa to get as much clean water as they need.


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I've had hate mail and lost friends – but I will not stop writing about gay rights in Uganda

I've had hate mail and lost friends – but I will not stop writing about gay rights in Uganda | Africa |
Patience Akumu has written about the lives – and deaths – of gay activists for five years in the Kampala Observer. Here she explains how a deep-rooted discrimination blights her country
I never meant to write about gay rights in Uganda.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
Arielle Erickson's insight:

     This article is about a woman who writes about gay rights in Uganda. This woman writes about the struggles and deaths of gays. She explains that when she started writing about gay rights, she had no idea that she was going to be hated by so many people. She lost "friends" and have had, still has, people on Facebook, email, also personally criticizing her, saying she's gay,  and treating her as an outcast.

     This article helps me understand that event though many people loathe gays, there are still people who care about them, and see them as actual human beings with feelings, and a conscience. In a book I once read called, "My Life Undecided", a girl who can't make good decisions makes a blog so that the readers can choose for her, but she unexpectedly falls in love with her debate partner, and in this book there is one sentence that stands out to me, and that I think relates to this issue. The sentence is, "But I'm slowly learning that some things in life simply aren't a choice, like, who you fall in love with." I think that this might be what happens to gays, they can't choose who they are attracted to, they just are attracted to the same gender!

     I personally feel that we should just accept one another, this goes beyond gays! Humans have a tendency to discriminate other people who are different from them. Such as the African slave trade, Westerners looked down upon Africans then and made them their slaves because they looked different, and they had other reasons too, but not good ones. This process of looking down on others who are different from us is common in history, as well as today! I don't mind gays, I might not completely agree with gays, but if they are good people, and if they are being abused in one way or another I will support them and try to help them out (so that they aren't getting abused anymore), but I will not try to change them. 

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Urban farming: A lesson from Africa - GlobalPost

GlobalPostUrban farming: A lesson from AfricaGlobalPostThe urban farming that results in a place like Nairobi, one of the continent's fastest-growing capitals, is a far cry from the trendy lifestyle choice sprouting in London or Manhattan.
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      This article is about how in Nairobi, the city and countryside are colliding. This type of collision is increasing the amount of urban farming. Tristan McConnell went to Dagoretti, Nairobi and interviewed Gilbert Njuguna, who is 65 years old, and is a urban farmer and has urban livestock. Njuguna has just over one acre of land, but he keeps five cows and grows enough vegetables to feed his family. He uses the cow manure as fertilizer and sells the cow's milk. He keeps his cows in a pen and feeds them Napier Grass. All of this is very good, but livestock are the cause of one-forth of the diseases in rural areas. Urbanization increases risks of disease and pollution. Instead of getting rid of urbanization, researchers say that people should embrace urbanization, and try to make it more safe and hygienic. 

        This article helps me understand Africa better, because I now know that even thought urbanization can be risky it is still better and more productive than normal agriculture. Besides with the city growing and destroying more forests, there is less land to farm. Urban farming requires less space, and produces more food for more people. It is illegal in some parts of Africa, though.

        I think more people should be doing urban farming and have urban livestock, because it takes up less space, provides more food, reduces soil erosion, uses organic matter for the crops so that there are less toxic chemicals and pesticides in their food. 

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"We're in a crisis right now": World's biggest refugee camp sees alarming spike in child deaths

"We're in a crisis right now": World's biggest refugee camp sees alarming spike in child deaths | Africa |

Child mortality is up six-fold in parts of Kenya's Dadaab camp as Somali refugees continue arriving amid the Horn of Africa crisis. UNHCR chief António Guterres has called for aid inside Somalia.

Via Jeff Makana
Arielle Erickson's insight:

     This article talks about how Somalis are fleeing their country because of a drought, that is more severe  and is affecting more lives than any other drought in East Africa in 60 years! Refugees are getting sick and are dying, but the people who are affected most by the drought, and the journey to refugee camps, are children. In this article it tells us that a mother lost her 3 children while traveling to Dadaab. The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, is one of the largest camps. The camp had about 400,000 refugees in 2011, and in this article it explains that the camp is only getting bigger. With all these refugees coming to Dadaab for safety, the UN had to cut rations down.

     This article helps me relate and understand the conflicts and troubles that refugees are going through. Droughts and famine are both things that I have never personally experienced in full depth, but I have some similar experiences that aren't as drastic or as life-dependent. Earlier this year my family's water system wasn't working. We didn't have any shower water or sink water, but we did have big bottles of water to use. It was sort of similar to a drought because, we had to use our water wisely. In youth group we do a 24 hour famine every year, and we're only allowed to eat 1 cup of rice during that time, and we have to do some community service (we cleaned, and washed a 4-story building next to the church). This is sort of like (not exactly) what the refugees are going through.

     I think that the topic discussed in this article is a major problem that more people need to know about. People (including me) should try to help these refugees and children, by sending money to the UN so that they don't starve or by helping out in person, in the Dadaab camp. This problem is like a deep cut, you get it and it hurts, then you get stitches, and it slowly heals. Maybe it gets infected, maybe not, but either way there will be a scar. Even when it's all over, the pain, and the memory will still be there. 


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