:Be good: children as young as 12 years old are picking cocoa in West Africa 4 #chocolate we eat BUY:http://t.co/1HSRBSrPWG @childlabourfree
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This article talks about the “bitter truth” of the chocolate Easter eggs many of us like to eat. Presently, there are children as young as 12 years old in West Africa who are enslaved and forced to pick cocoa to make the chocolate we eat today. Many of these children work for long hours and gets little to no pay at all. Most of them have never even tasted chocolate. The ACRATH organization encourages everyone to buy slave-free chocolate which means chocolate that are not produced by slaves. The good news is, that five years ago, many Australian supermarkets did not have Easter chocolate that is certified as slavery-free, but in 2013, there were already about six slavery-free Easter chocolate products available.
This article helps me understand Africa more by letting me know that slavery still exists inAfrica. Even though most people think that slavery ended a long time ago, there are recently still lots of enslaved children, particularly in West Africa, who are enslaved and forced to make chocolate. Many of these children are very young, which means that besides slavery, child labor is still an issue in some parts of Africa.
I feel very sad when I read this article because of the fact that slavery still exists in Africa. I also feel a bit guilty, because some of the chocolate I eat might actually be made by these enslaved children. I really hope that the chocolate I eat can be slavery-free and I will try to make sure that they are. Lastly, I will always think about these children whenever I have these tasty yet bitter chocolate.
The UN compound at Malakai in South Sudan is reporting a shortage of water and are trapped inside. (The UN compound at Malakai in South Sudan is reporting a shortage of water and are trapped inside.
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This article talks about water shortage due to the conflict in South Sudan. The government soldiers and the rebels continue to battle. 10 people died because of the conflict, while up to 21,000 people are seeking refuge in the UN base; because of that, the UN base has a water shortage, additionally, up to 535 huts have been destroyed in recent fighting.
This article helps me understand Africa more by letting me know more about the conflicts in South Sudan as well as what these South Sudanese are going through. Even though I live in a peaceful place, there are still conflicts going on around the world, particularly in South Sudan. I also learned that besides things being destroyed, water shortage is also a great issue, therefore the UN are working hard to have access to enough water.
I feel very sad when I read this article because I don’t fully understand why the government and the rebels are fighting, causing so much violence and destruction. I also feel sad for the people taking refuge at the UN base, who suffer water shortage and many other issues. I should really be thankful for what I have and should try not to waste any water.
Agriculture Key Sector for Africa, Says Dlamini Zuma AllAfrica.com Agriculture remains one of the key sectors that can transform the African continent, African Union Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said in Ethiopia on Wednesday.
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This article talks about some agricultural improvements that have to be made in Africa. The African Union Commission chairperson, Dr. Dlamini Zuma stated that even though Africa has lots of farm land, Africans still import food from other continents. Many Africans even face starvation. She emphasized that Africans have to try and change the situation by producing enough food for them as well as exporting some to major markets, thus gain some input. Improving the productivity of agriculture became the theme for 2014. This article also states that these African countries should be able to produce enough food and export more if correct investment choices in agriculture are made. Some people are already trying to invest more in scientific research and technology in order to improve the productivity in agriculture.
This article helps me understand Africa more by letting me know that agriculture is still what most Africans do for a living. Even though people are trying to diversify the economy, agriculture is still an important part of the African economy. I also learned that Africans are working very hard to improve the productivity in agriculture; they invested up to 10% of their national budget to do more agricultural research. I also learned about the importance of the balance between subsistence farming and commercial farming. Africa may face severe famines if any one of those is invested too much or too little.
I think this topic is very important because it makes me understand what many African nations are working towards, this year. I feel happy to know that people are doing their best to end hunger and improve agriculture. This also motivated me to take part in ending hunger by not wasting food and finishing everything on my plate. Even though this might not help as much, I should also do my best, and I think every one should do their best to end hunger either through improving agriculture, or through not wasting food or through other ways.
Gulf Daily News A hi-tech way to ease water crisis Gulf Daily News "We're doing a project with World Vision Canada in South Africa, supplying a community of 36,000 individuals. "It's going to ...
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This article talks about a way to end water shortage. World Vision Canada and some other organizations are trying to use technology to end this problem. Recently, people are trying to transform moisture into water by using a machine to let the humidity get pulled in with the air and goes into a reserve. Then it will hit the ozone and gets hit with an electric charge that purifies it. The water is then filtered twice. The largest unit now is capable of producing 13,000 liters of water per day. World Vision Canada then supplies a South African community of 36,000 individuals with this water, in the hopes of solving the problem of water shortages in that region. This hi-tech. product is still in the process of testing and consideration, but hopefully it will be a useful product in ending water shortages.
This article helps me learn more about Africa by letting me know that besides saving water, people are now trying more modern ways- such as technology- to solve water shortage problems. I also learned how humidity can be transformed into water by technology. In addition I learned that even though people are trying to end water shortages in South Africa, water shortage is also a great issue all overAfrica and we shouldn’t ignore these issues.
I think this is an important article that reminds me about water shortages in Africa. I agree with this article when it says, “People take water for granted, but if we don't control the use and production, we will face shortage one day.” Therefore I think that even though we have enough water right now, we shouldn’t waste water and if possible, we can even try to find solutions for ending water shortage.
Denting youth unemployment through agriculture in Africa spyghana.com Agriculture is not glamourous. It suffers from entrenched negative perceptions.
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This article talks about how lots of African Youth think lowly of agriculture. They think agriculture is a job for the elderly and they think that it is hard work where they get little pay. Professor Rukuni stated that the government should invest more on agriculture as well as adding value to it. If the Youths are willing to take part in agriculture, the Youth unemployment could decrease. Also, since Africa contains more than 50% of the world's fertile and unused land, the government should give more political support and financial investments. Agriculture could then be a more decent job for the younger generation.
This article helps me know more about Africa by letting me know that many African Youths have second thoughts about agriculture and does not consider it as a decent job. This taught me that even though Africa's economy still relies a lot on agriculture, the younger generation wants to invest on other jobs such as marketing and other buisnesses. I also learned that the youth unemployment rate in Africa is increasing mostly due to their dislike towards agriculture.
After reading this article, I think that agriculture is really important for Africa. I also think that people shouldn't have the stereotypes that agriculture is only for the elderly and poor. I think if the government have more support and financial investments on agriculture, it can allow farmers to produce more food with better quality, therefore more people will have enough food to eat and Africa's economy may also grow.
As more South Sudanese refugees flee into neighbouring countries, UNHCR teams are working to establish a number of new camps and expand existing ones in neighbouring Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.
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This article talks about how a lot of refugee camps in Africa are overcrowded due to the large population of South Sudanese refugees. Therefore, the UNHCR is working hard to expand the refugee camps in Ethiopia,Uganda and Kenya, as well as to establish new ones. This is a serious problem because about 1,000 South Sudanese refugees cross to neighboring countries per day. A lot of them don’t have enough food, water and shelter, and most of them suffer with diseases and starvation. The UNHCR have already established some new refugee camps and have provided many children free education. However, a large amount of money is still needed in order to support all the South Sudanese refugees.
This article helps me understand Africa more by letting me know that there are still lots of refugees in this world and that many of them need our help. Most of these refugees are still under the age 18. It also shows how severe the conflict is in Sudan, resulting thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries for protection. I also get to know that many people have no choice but to flee to other countries, due to war and conflicts.
I feel shocked when I read this article because I never knew that there are so many refugees around the world, particularly in Africa. I think we should help them when we are able to, such as donating money, clothing, food, and other everyday objects. By doing this, these refugees might be able to live a better life, and even get educated and soon have a job.
BBC News Seven surprising facts about vultures BBC News "Every visitor to Africa assumes that the major consumers of wild animals are lions, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs and jackals. But they are not," says Mr Thomsett.
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This article talks about how people might assume that the major consumers of wild animals inAfricaare lions, hyenas and cheetahs, however, many might forget about vultures. The article gives seven facts about vultures including how the Rupp- ell’s Vulture is the highest flyer and how some vultures have bigger appetites than lions and hyenas! Vultures can also fly long distances and cross borders to find food. One Rupp-ell’s vulture was recently recorded travelling fromTanzania across Kenya to a region in Sudan and Ethiopia. Also, the Turkey vultures even urinate on their legs to sterilize their legs. Additionally, vultures have powerful expansions and have a varied diet. The Palm Nut Vulture eats nuts, palms, figs and fish, while the Lappet- faced vulture feeds on flamingos and chicks! Lastly, vultures have strong stomach acids that can destroy bacteria; therefore they can eat dead things without having any negative effects.
This article helps me understand Africa by letting me know that lions, hyenas and cheetahs are not the only consumers of wild animals. It also lets me know more about the wild life in Africa and how vultures survive not only by feeding on left over carcasses, but also by traveling long distances to find appropriate food. In addition, I get to know more about vulture’s different habits and how they adapt to the environment.
I think this is an important topic that teaches us more about the wild life inAfrica. This is because many people, like me, have some stereotypes that lions, cheetahs and hyenas are the only consumers of wild animals in Africa, however, vultures are actually one of the major consumers inAfrica. I feel very surprised when I found out that a vulture recently flew thousands of kilometers fromTanzaniato the region ofSudan. I really admire how they have such special abilities to fly long distances and feed on dead animals without any negative effects. I really think people should know more about vultures and not to forget that they are also a part ofAfrica’s wild life.
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