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|December 24, 2011|
|mia farrow (@MiaFarrow)|
12/24/11 1:45 PM
However you celebrate, I send you my RESPECT, GRATITUDE
and fervent hopes for PEACE everywhere #Love
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|December 19, 2011|
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|October 23, 2011|
The Lord's Resistance Army has murdered, abducted or mutilated scores of thousands, especially children.
This month President Obama announced that he is sending 100 U.S. military advisers to central Africa to assist regional forces in ending the reign of terror orchestrated by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, Mr. Obama noted that the LRA "continues to commit atrocities across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan that have a disproportionate impact on regional security." He concluded, "I believe that deploying these U.S. armed forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy."
There is also a human interest.
In improvised camps near Yambio in South Sudan, parents keep children close. "When we go to sleep, we don't know if we will be alive in the morning," a young mother revealed to one of us (Ms. Farrow) this year. Everyone there has a story of murder, torture, mutilation or abduction.
Sister Giovanna, an Italian nun, cares for children who have been abducted by the LRA. "These children have been taught to kill without mercy. Those who are able to escape come back traumatized," she told Ms. Farrow. She pointed to a slight, silent boy of 11 or 12. "That child was forced to kill his father, breaking his head with a log."
Another boy was outspoken; he had killed 82 people, he said. He was forced to cut one of them into pieces with a machete.
"Do you think the children can ever forget what they did?" Sister Giovanna said. "They scream in the night."
During its 24-year existence, the LRA has abducted some 70,000 civilians, mostly children. The group has killed tens of thousands and displaced two and a half million people in four countries. Countless villagers have been mutilated- their lips, ears and noses cut off.
The LRA was founded in 1987 by Joseph Kony, a Ugandan, in the north of that country. His stated goal was to overthrow Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and establish a regime based on the Ten Commandments. It wasn't long before he had shattered all 10, and then some.
In 2001, the U.S. Patriot Act declared the LRA to be a terrorist organization. Kony and two of his most brutal henchmen are wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder, rape, sexual slavery, and using children as combatants. There are longstanding allegations that the LRA has enjoyed the support of another indicted war criminal, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
Five years ago, Ugandan forces succeeded in driving the LRA out of Uganda into the dense brush along the border areas of neighboring South Sudan, Congo and the Central African Republic, where they have continued their depredations. The brutal, messianic Kony long ago abandoned any pretense of a political agenda. The LRA is a self-sustaining predatory guerilla group that replenishes itself through plundering villages and abducting children to use as soldiers, porters and sex slaves.
The Bush administration supported a Ugandan assault on Kony's forested encampment, but when it failed, executive attention faded. However, spurred on by a growing U.S. activist network led primarily by students, in 2010 Congress passed a strong bipartisan bill demanding a presidential strategy to end the LRA and bring the hundreds of captive children home.
Republican Sen. James Inhofe welcomed President Obama's announcement. "I have witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by the LRA, and this will help end Kony's heinous acts that have created a human rights crisis in Africa," he said in a statement.
Fighting in some of the most impenetrable terrain in the world, the Ugandan forces significantly reduced LRA numbers to some 200-400 of its most hardcore fighters. But Uganda has now redeployed some of its best troops to Somalia for counterterrorism operations there.
With U.S. troops on the ground, President Obama has the credibility to ask African and other nations to contribute troops. The mission must be backed by sophisticated intelligence and logistical capabilities from the U.S. and others.
With this additional support, it shouldn't take long to bring Kony and his henchmen to justice, return captive children to their families, and restore peace to this agonized region.
Ms. Farrow, an actor and activist, has traveled throughout LRA-affected areas in the Central African Republic, Congo, South Sudan and Uganda. Mr. Prendergast, cofounder of the Enough Project, is coauthor of the book "Unlikely Brothers" (Crown, 2011).
|October 20, 2011|
|October 5, 2011|
I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch ONE's new video "The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity" and in doing so sign the petition:
Dear Members of Congress,
The famine in Somalia has killed 30,000 children in 3 months. In 2011 we have the opportunity to make famine a thing of the past. Lives are in your hands. Please fully fund Feed the Future and help break the cycle of famine for good.
The reasons for the famine in the Horn of Africa are complex and solutions are difficult, especially in Somalia, but we can't lose sight of some simple facts:
1. 30,000 children have died in just 3 months. Thirty thousand. With over 12 million people at risk.
2. Famine is not a natural catastrophe - drought doesn't have to lead to famine. It can be prevented, as we have seen in much of Kenya and Ethiopia.
In the 21st century, it's an obscenity that people are dying because they can't get enough food to eat. Every
Please watch the film and make use of the voice you have -- sign the petition. It will make a difference in putting pressure on world leaders to do more to help those in need right now, and live up to promises already made to invest in the things proven to work â€“ early warning systems...irrigation...drought resistant seedsâ€¦ and of course, peace and security.
Thanks for reading.
We can also donate to UNICEF
|October 1, 2011|
Zika & Pregnant Women
Discovered in 1947, the Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Virus that is brought by the same type of mosquitoes which carries chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever. These type of species are active during day time and can survive both indoors and outdoors. The outbreak did not occur outside Africa until the year of 2007 spreading towards the South Pacific. In 2015, scientific studies in Brazil reported that the Zika virus can be associated with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Zika is considered a mild disease which causes viral fever, skin rashes, body and head aches. These symptoms usually last from 2 to 7 days. Detection of the transmitted virus can only be confirmed through blood and other body fluid laboratory tests. People diagnosed with Zika virus should have plenty of rest, treat fever and pain with necessary medicines, and drink enough fluids. If symptoms worsen, medical care and advice are needed.
The virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika virus can be transmitted from the mother to baby during pregnancy period. Infection during pregnancy may cause several birth defects such as microcephaly wherein the baby’s head will be smaller than expected. Other fetal brain defects of Zika virus can be liked to eye defects, impaired growth and hearing loss. As such, it is important to stay away from countries that have ongoing outbreaks of Zika virus.
The most basic prevention from Zika virus is the prevention of mosquito bites. Here are precautionary tips on how to avoid it:
1. Wearing light-colored clothes, long sleeves and pants as much as possible
2. Using of physical barriers such as screens, closing doors and windows
3. Sleeping under mosquito nets
4. Applying insect repellent containing DEET which is safe for pregnant women
5. Clean potential mosquito breeding sites such as buckets, drums, gutters, pots, used tires
Pregnant women aren't only at risk from viruses. Misinformation propagated from the health & beauty industry, and the choices pregnant women make may also pose a risk to the health of pregnant women and their unborn babies. For example, pregnant women are well-advised to stay away from certain classes of chemicals contained in beauty products that normally wouldn't pose any threats to healthy individuals, but could harm the unborn baby. Examples are Diethanolamine (DEA) that are found in some hair and body products, and hydroquinone which is commonly found in skin lightening and pigmentation reduction products.
More invasive cosmetic treatments like botox should also be avoided as botox is a poison whose effect on fetuses is not well studied. Physicians also advise against laser treatments because the skin of a pregnant women is much more sensitive than when she is not pregnant. Again, the potential risks of laser procedures on the unborn baby is not well studied and documented, although most experts would advise a pregnant women to err on the side of caution. At home beauty devices like laser hair removal systems and microdermabrasion equipment are more of a grey area. Although they are milder than professional systems and good laser hair removal systems & products carry no known risk threat to infants, again some experts advise pregnant women to rather be safe than to be sorry and to also use them with care.
In reality, laser hair removal does not necessarily mean permanent hair removal. As some hair become resistant to laser or it could also grow again. Although getting laser treatments for hair are incredibly safe, there are still some possible sides effects and risks that comes with it. A general risk from getting laser hair removal are skin burns. This may happen if the skin will absorb the laser energy rather than the hair follicle itself. Unfortunately this usually happens on patients with darker skin because darker pigments easily absorbs the laser. Another common side effect of having laser treatments is skin irritation where one can experience temporary discomfort such as redness and swelling, these symptoms typically disappear after several hours from the treatment. Pigmentation or a change in skin tone is another possible side effect of laser treatments. It happens when the treated skin may become lighter or darker compared to the untreated skin. Other problems such as blistering, scarring or other changes in the skin’s texture rarely happen to patients since laser hair removal is considered a safe procedure. These risks and effects should be discussed by the doctor or experts during the consultation process to ensure the readiness of the patient.The same concern exists with microdermabrasion. It is not clear whether there are any radiation safety issues with professional microdermabrasion systems that may pose a threat to pregnant women. For at home systems, the opinion is mixed and one should consult guides like this one on safemicrodermabrasionequipment.com that reviews the top microdermabrasion systems
It is hoped that with better information and advances in medical technology, the threats to pregnant women in the form of viruses can be eradicated. Pregnant women themselves may also be better able to make more informed decisions with better information and knowledge about the potential risks around them.
|October 3, 2011|
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Also- I'm having some issues w posting on this website but am working on it. The site is linked to my Facebook so I'll be covered social network-wise
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