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42 African migrants drown off Yemen coast

42 African migrants drown off Yemen coast | Africa | Scoop.it
42 African migrants drown off #Yemen coast http://t.co/wE3HPGd2nm http://t.co/oXJ0kCuOot
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      My article is about 42 illegal African migrants drowned when their boat overturned off Yemen's southern coast on Sunday. The boat was smuggling dozens of African migrants. A Yemeni naval patrol in the Arabian Sea saved at least 30 others.  They were then taken to a refugee camp in the town of Mayfaa. A security official confirmed the incident but no more details were immediately available. 

 

      This helps me understand that accidents do happen on the sea, and it isn't just a matter of if you can swim or not.  42 migrants drowned, maybe they could swim but they were stuck and couldn't catch their breath. I wish more people survived, i don't think these people deserve to die even though they are traveling illegally. I hope there were not many children there because all children are innocent, and haven't lived their lives fully yet . I wonder that if the rescue team had come faster to the incident scene, maybe more people would have been saved. 

 

      My opinion on this article is that it's really heartbreaking to me. Its not as sad as other incidents were millions and millions of people die but this is still the loss of life. It shows me how life is so precious and that u can loose it any second, even when u don't know it. I'm right here, in the present, and I'm thinking i couldn't possible loose my life right now, but that's not true at all.  The people were just on a boat maybe enjoying the fresh air and the waves, then all of a sudden the world around them is gone.

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Five killed in South Africa explosives truck accident - Reuters UK

Independent Online Five killed in South Africa explosives truck accident Reuters UK JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Four South African police officers and a motorist were killed on Thursday after a vehicle collided with a truck carrying explosives on the...
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      On Thursday, February  27th 2014, four police officers and a person on a motorcycle died. They were killed after a vehicle collided with a truck, that had been carrying explosives. this accident happened on the main highway between Johannesburg and Zimbabwe. Three other officers were also badly injured after the blast, and are in critical condition. The  explosion left a crater in the middle of the highway and blew debris and waste all around, even over several hundred meters away.  The explosion occurred after the four policemen and the motorist were killed. When three other policemen arrived at the scene, the explosives blew up.

       This helps me understand that people should be aware that accidents do happen everywhere, and they can cause tragic deaths. I know now that a lot of people in Africa also die from accidents and not just from being murdered.  I thought that a majority of people only died from mostly attacks and rebels and gunman but, I am wrong. 

      My opinion on this article is that it's really tragic and shocking . I understand that all people die but I just wish that people wouldn't die so early in their lives. Now that i think, every time I'm in a car going somewhere, there is a chance of me dying from stupid accidents. I wish the other three officers would have been more careful and have checked if the explosions would explode. I think it was very bad luck that the accident involved a truck with explosions because that is so dangerous.  I wish good luck to all the victim's families and hope that their horrible loss will soon pass on. 

 

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How UNICEF is helping children in the Central Africa Republic | News | UNICEF UK

How UNICEF is helping children in the Central Africa Republic | News | UNICEF UK | Africa | Scoop.it
UNICEF has distributed emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Bangui following clashes in recent days that have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced. (New levels of cruelty and violence in CAR with over 130 children killed and maimed.
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      This article is about UNICEF helping children in the Central Africa Republic. UNICEF is terrified by the cruelty and violence against children in Central African Republic. Children are  targeted because of their religion, or because of their community. Over 130 children have been killed and severely wounded/injured , some of them in the worst way imaginable. UNICEF is urgently requesting  to government, community, religious and civil society leaders who have the trust of their communities to help end the violence and to work together to let everyone be kind to one another. Over a million children in Central Africa Republic are in need of medical care. UNICEF is helping by giving emergency vaccinations, providing and giving out blankets, soap, cans to carry liquid, medicine, water purification supplied, plastic sheeting, and health and first-aid kits. UNICEF is also working very hard to try to establish safe spaces for the children, where they may be able to reunite with their families again. 

 

      This helps me understand that Africa is still not happy about having different religions in the country. Some may think that other religions and beliefs are wrong, they may even want to get rid of it completely. Even though Africa can be a very cruel and violent place, if you went to the right place you could be safe, like for example being with the UNICEF team, that would be a very safe place. It also tells me that Africa is not all just a horrible and violent place but that it also gets the help it need to keep people safe.

 

      My opinion on this article is that people shouldn't care about religion, it doesn't change the way people are. Not everyone is the same and you should accept what others believe in. You may not believe the same thing but it doesn't have to get in the way of a friendly relationship with one another. Even though this is happening I truly respect UNICEF for doing everything in their power to keep children/ people safe from getting killed or hurt. I believe that they are really committed to helping and they are saving many people right now. 

      

      

 
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earthdog58's comment, February 23, 2014 9:13 PM
Even though Africa can be a very cruel and violent place, if you went to the right place you could be safe, like for example being with the UNICEF team" - I appreciate what you say in your response, but please be aware that there are a great many places on the continent that are safe to visit - far more than where it is dangerous.
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Nigerian gay men being hunted down

Nigerian gay men being hunted down | Africa | Scoop.it
Gay people in Nigeria are being hunted down across the country, as hostility to homosexuals reaches fever pitch, writes the BBC's Will Ross. (Nigerian gay men being hunted down.
If u don't agree with them, do something.
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Gay men in Nigeria  being hunted down. Why ?

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earthdog58's comment, February 23, 2014 9:10 PM
Because they are gay. And Nigeria is one of the many countries in the world going backward rather than forward.
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17 gold miners trapped mile underground in South Africa - CBS News

17 gold miners trapped mile underground in South Africa - CBS News | Africa | Scoop.it
Channel News Asia 17 gold miners trapped mile underground in South Africa CBS News JOHANNESBURG -- South African gold producer Harmony Gold launched a rescue operation on Wednesday to free 17 miners trapped a mile underground after a fire at its...
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17 gold miners were trapped underground in South Africa. 

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Earliest footprints outside Africa discovered in Norfolk - BBC News

Earliest footprints outside Africa discovered in Norfolk - BBC News | Africa | Scoop.it
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Earliest footprints outside Africa discovered in Norfolk
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Scientists have discovered the earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa, on the Norfolk Coast in the East of England.
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Discovery of footprints, which are the earliest evidence of human footprints. They were found outside Africa ! 

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Hundreds of Dead Animals Found at South Africa Airport | TIME.com

Hundreds of Dead Animals Found at South Africa Airport | TIME.com | Africa | Scoop.it
Hundreds of endangered animals were found dead at a South African airport (Hundreds of dead animals found at South Africa Airport were headed for US exotic pet trade http://t.co/GysdFh1gZ6)...
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WOW! HUndreds of dead animals found dead in an airport

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Africa's last polar bear mourns partner's death - Reuters

Africa's last polar bear mourns partner's death - Reuters | Africa | Scoop.it
Scotsman Africa's last polar bear mourns partner's death Reuters JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Wang, the only polar bear in Africa, has taken the death of his life-long partner very hard, tearing up toys and grass in the enclosure they shared, and two...
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AFRICA HAS POLAR BEARS !!!!

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African church leaders resist gay rights, call it a colonial import - Washington Post

African church leaders resist gay rights, call it a colonial import - Washington Post | Africa | Scoop.it
The Guardian African church leaders resist gay rights, call it a colonial import Washington Post NAIROBI, Kenya — A call for greater acceptance of gays and lesbians has put African and Western churches on a collision course, as some African clerics...
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This article is about how african church leaders resist gay rights. The article said that people think that being a homosexual is the same as being a slave. Another person said it was like a bomb, invading the country. Gitonga, a powerful East African  church official, is  group of Kenyan leaders who have launched “Zuia Sodom Kabisa,”  The group needs 1 million signatures from others to criminalize homosexual acts in Kenya. 


This helps me understand that Africa will not accept homosexuality, because there are so many people against it.  There will always be people who hate it and think that it's wrong but I don't think we should punish these people for it. I would hope that Africa would see that it's not their business to choose if you can be gay or not, I think they should just accept that its happening.  Gay people have done no illegal crimes and are still sentenced as criminals. Being gay should be no crime because it was not their choice. 


I think all of this is very foolish and cruel. I am 100% for people being gay ! I think gay people can be very sweet and kind. They could control and change who they were, but that would mean that they didn't have any freedom in their lives.  I totally understand what these gay people might be thinking, they probably think that the whole world is against them and that no one will ever love them. Now that being gay is crime, these people think that being themselves is a crime and to fake it,  it would mean that their life is all a lie. 

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earthdog58's curator insight, March 8, 2014 8:46 PM

Why is homosexuality seen by so many Christians as THE most important battle to fight, whilst seeming to care nothing for problems such as hunger, lack of education, FGM?

 

I wonder how much Bishop Arthur Gitonga of the Redeemed Church in Kenya (his frankly stupid opinions are quoted at length in the article)cares about the people in his own country who have no easy access to safe drinking water, or who are facing famine?

 

http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=568&pLv=3&srI=47&spI=28&cI=10

 

http://allafrica.com/stories/201402190730.html

 

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-156806/famine-dry-north-breach-law

 

https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000105225

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African choir sings to save children, fulfill dreams - KCRA Sacramento

African choir sings to save children, fulfill dreams - KCRA Sacramento | Africa | Scoop.it
African choir sings to save children, fulfill dreams KCRA Sacramento Since 1994, the Watoto Children's Choir has acted as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa, read a news release...
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      In this article an African choir sings to save other children. The choir is made up of children who have lost their families and parents, they are mostly all orphaned. Some were even abandoned. The children in the choir, knows what it feels like to be in a tough place so they are singing to save others like them. They want to raise awareness and give others medical care and safety. The choir is called "Watoto Children's Choir." Watato is currently helping 3000 children in Africa to fulfill their dreams for the future. They have performed in different places trying to spread their message around. 


      This helps me understand that not all  African children are safe but their are people who are aware of it and they try their best to help. I also understand that children get abandoned because their parents cannot care and pay for a child. Some of the kids families die, leaving them to be orphans. I would love to support the choir for what they do for African children.


      My opinion on this is that it is really beautiful and amazing, how there are people and children who care. The children in the choir know exactly how it feels to be in the other children's positions. They understand that it can be scary and lonely to loose everything. Not all children are safe and I am really happy that there is help for them. Some kids think they have nothing and no hope to do the things they want, but the Watoto tries their best to help them out. If they can raise enough awareness, people will know whats going on and will try to help. As the awareness grows and the message spreads around, so many more children will feel safe and happy again. I love that there is hope for the children and that their dreams cannot be limited. 

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Help protect elephants from poaching

Help protect elephants from poaching | Africa | Scoop.it
Sign Network for Animals' petition calling on South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa to increase the number of patrols against elephant poaching.
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Help protect

the elephants from poaching. 

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The earliest human footprints outside Africa

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Nicholas Ashton, curator, British Museum Happisburgh has hit the news again. Last time the coverage even reached the People’s Daily in China, but I've yet to find out which parts of the globe the l...
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Earliest footprints from humans found outside Africa.

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South Africa sets election date for May 7 - Aljazeera.com

South Africa sets election date for May 7 - Aljazeera.com | Africa | Scoop.it
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South Africa sets election date for May 7
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South African President Jacob Zuma says general elections will be held on May 7 as the country celebrates 20 years of democracy.
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Photos: Elephants Moved Across Africa in Risky Operation - National Geographic

Photos: Elephants Moved Across Africa in Risky Operation - National Geographic | Africa | Scoop.it
National Geographic Photos: Elephants Moved Across Africa in Risky Operation National Geographic Not only is it hard to move one of the largest animals in the world, it's also difficult to find the notoriously shy African forest elephant (Loxodonta...
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Communal violence turns deadly in Nigeria

Communal violence turns deadly in Nigeria | Africa | Scoop.it
Latest incidents in Kaduna and Borno states raise fears of more religious violence in run-up to presidential poll.
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      This article is about violence and deaths occurring based on the religion of people. Eight people have been killed in religious violence in Nigeria, including a Christian family of seven. Then another act of violence kills another seven using a roadside bomb. With those two incidents, another deadly attack followed. A Catholic church attack resulted in more than sixty deaths ! It is said the church attack was conducted by a group called the Boko Haram. This group has made  hundreds of similar attacks near and in the area of South Nigeria. Boko Haram is an armed group fighting against Western influence in the Muslim north of Nigeria, where it wants to set up an Islamic state.

       This article helps me understand that Africa has many issues about religion. The Boko Haram group thinks it is wrong to be Christian and thinks that it is just the spread of Western influence. Africa, to me doesn't feel like a very safe place especially in this area.  In the article it says that the north of Nigeria is mostly Muslim and the south of Nigeria is mostly Christian, which I believe is quite fair and even. I don't think  they should go around killing and attacking Christian people. I also wonder why the government doesn't do anything to help the attacks and violence.

         I think that the article is depressing to read because so many people are dying just based on their religion. They never did anything to deserve to die, all they did was believe in what they thought was right. Even though i may not have a specific religion, I don't choose a side, and decide that people who have a different belief, from me are bad, and I should hate them. I believe religion shouldn't affect the way we look at people and it shouldn't matter to us if they believe in something we don't. 


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Maryland Mall Shooter Also Had Explosives, Police Say - ABC News

Maryland Mall Shooter Also Had Explosives, Police Say - ABC News | Africa | Scoop.it
ABC News Maryland Mall Shooter Also Had Explosives, Police Say ABC News At a news conference this evening, Howard County Police Department Chief Bill McMahon said police were still investigating a possible motive, but they were sure the incident...
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