Babies: Those Who Want Can’t Get And Those Who Get Don’t Want

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Unwanted baby deposited in a baby box.

Once I visited a Belgian couple in the neighborhood of Antwerp. They are married for many years and both are in their forties. They dearly love each other and many times, I study the way Peter treats his wife, kindly, gently and respectfully. “Joel, hold a woman like an egg, because when it breaks, you can’t pick it up, you will only miss your water when your well runs dry,” Peter once told me.

I do ask questions, especially when very close to someone. “Peter, you don’t like children,” I said. “I married to have children, but we never had one. I’ve tried everything without success, “said Peter. “After everything failed, did you ask from God,” I asked. “If there is God, then he might be a very wicked God,” said Peter.

I realized the pain and heartache of Peter. His comments are enough to know how dear baby means to him, but frankly speaking, when one seeks God, God will also seek you. His wife couldn’t bring forth a baby and now he hates God for that. It’s not only Peter and his wife facing this bitter experience. Worldwide, there are thousands of women looking for children without success.

Some have spent thousands of dollars just to be pregnant all to no avail. Many are sad in their matrimonial homes, because the child they are longing for never comes. Thousands of women are desperate looking for babies. Without any hope of having own their babies, some adopt children, yet thousands of babies are killed daily through abortion, strangulation and abandonment.

Some mothers are so cruel that one finds it difficult to believe what they did to their own babies, The question is, why babies often end up in the hands of women who don’t want them, when someone else is looking for one without success? Couple of months ago, a woman from New Jersey was arrested and charged with murder for allegedly putting her newborn baby in the middle of the road and setting the infant on fire.

Innocent babies are being dumped in toilets, bushes, roadsides, gutters etc, without any pity or remorse. The need to do more to help mothers with unwanted babies is necessary. Governments worldwide should also find a solution to avoid abandoned babies, because society wouldn’t accept this kind of cruelty. Germany has already found a solution to discourage abandoning of babies, by providing baby bank.

Lee Jong-rak , a pastor in South Korea, saw a devastating problem in the amount of abandoned babies left to die on the streets. He organized a “Baby Drop Box” where unwanted babies are deposited in a box, saving thousands of babies who would have been left on the streets or abandoned to die. Life is precious, people should stop killing babies.

Exploring Slave Dungeons At Cape Coast Castle

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Tourists exploring a slave dungeon at the Cape Coast castle

The mere mention of slavery brings bad memories, as it harboured unimaginable evil act, as thousands of Africans were captured under inhuman circumstances in overcrowded dungeons and transported across the Atlantic to the New World. Even though slavery is long abolished, the African still bears the psychological scars, as he fights to regain his lost identity and respect among mankind on the surface of the earth today.

The slave trade in Ghana mainly took place at coastal towns, but I wish to write about Cape Coast, my country of birth, which was the center of the British slave trade for almost 150 years. Cape Coast is located in the central region of Ghana. It was the capital of Gold Coast between 1700 until 1877 when the capital was shifted to Accra. Ghana replaced Gold Coast when the country achieved its independence in 1957.

Echoes of sad music in the air can be heard from Cape Coast, attracting thousands of tourists including African-Americans and other Africans in the Diaspora to visit the place, where their ancestors were packed like a sardine into ships for slavery. There is a proverb in Ghana which says “Man don’t cry.” I’m beginning to question this proverb if it has any elements of truth because many Africans in the Diaspora who visit Cape Coast castle can’t hold back their tears.

The psychological effect and emotions over Cape Coast Castle, which still has the remnants of the slave trade, are unbearable. President Obama, wife, Michelle and children can’t forget the experience of touring the preserved sites. One can’t escape the cold waves which go through the spine. Even though many Africans in the Diaspora haven’t been to Ghana to trace their roots or visit Cape Coast, others had. The Pan African Historical Festival, simply called PANAFEST is a cultural event which has brought thousands of African-Americans to visit Cape Coast.

Visiting Cape Coast Castle to understand the pain and suffering endured by the millions of slaves is an important step for African-Americans and other Africans in the Diaspora to be closer to Africa. It is sad to note that many hate to be referred to as Africans, even though history about their origin isn’t a fabricated story. It seems that’s the way to help forget this bitter experience, but there is nothing satisfying than visiting the continent of your origin to discover the reality aspects of a sad journey.

Forts and castles built by Europeans between 1482 and 1786, serving as slave depots are still visible in Ghana. Apart from the Cape Coast Castle, are also Elmina and Christiansburg Castles.  Ghana invites you. Be part of other tourists to visit Cape Coast, to see the male dungeon, female dungeon, remnants and the reality of cruelty of slavery, committed by White Slave Masters.

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Aids And Ebola: ‘Truth’ Is Not For Sale, Yet Many Can’t Afford It

You can ride the horse to the river’s side, but you can’t force the animal to drink some water if not thirsty, thus; if scientists who have collaborated and conspired with the American government and other world leaders, to cover up the medical crime against Africa, expect Professor Johan Van Dongen to do the same, then they are deceiving themselves. That Dutch scientist is exceptional, he can’t be intimidated to lie over the origins of Aids and Ebola.

Professor Johan Van Dongen was probably the first whistleblower in the Netherlands at the age of 32. At 43, he works inside the pharmacological and medical establishments and at 48, he was dismissed at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, because he wouldn’t like to take part in crime other laboratory technicians believe was right. Johan obviously was a man with a clear mission.

Due to his experience in immunology, surgery, pharmacology, anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology, pathology, physiology and animal science, he did research on the origin and spread of Aids and Ebola and discovered that Aids and Ebola were caused by man. These crimes remain secret to common people but not to scientists. Either you support them or shut your mouth, but Johan wasn’t ready to shut his mouth.

On the Aids and Ebola issue, I was not surprised to read the theory of the former Dutch Micro-surgeon at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. It is no longer a secret that governments had tried to cover up a certain crime, but whatever they do, the truth will surely come out one day. As a matter of fact, it is not only those who commit a crime and try to cover up, are criminals, but also those who are aware of the crime and remain silent.

According the Dutch professor “The virus is human made and tested on Africans in Uganda and Zaire, in order to find vaccines against it for military defending purposes.” Why was such experiment tested on black people in the first place? For a very long time, the African continent has suffered injustice and cruelty in the hands of Europeans and America .

Slavery, colonization, the assassination of powerful African leaders and much more, the question is, why the black man? When I came to Belgium a couple of years ago, I realized there is something terribly wrong, especially in the Flemish community. The Belgians colonized Congo and Rwanda but have nothing to do with them. They have completely isolated themselves from the citizens of the countries they colonized.

Unlike The Netherlands, it is opposite, since integration is better with its former colonies, such as the Suriname, Antilles, and Curacao. The more I studied the Flemish, the more I get the answer. The crime Belgium committed in Congo and their involvement in Rwanda’s genocide are haunting them. The scriptures must be fulfilled. “The evil man goes running away when no man is after him, but the upright are without fear, like the lion.” Proverbs 28:1. It’s clear, the Flemish or Belgium in general needs to isolate themselves from them because they fear pay back.

Unfortunately, a bad character is hard to change.The Flemish doesn’t only keep away from Africans but also their own people, the Walloon. “We don’t want them to come to live in our community to ruin our society and culture.” This kind of discriminatory statement was prevalent in the time of Apartheid in South Africa but resurfaced in Belgium. I have never trusted the Belgium media and still nothing has impressed me to believe or trust them.

Where one sees journalism losing its credibility is Belgium. Just imagine a country without any black journalist serving in the media, but a bunch of white journalists without any opposition or challenge, thus; write whatever they like, twisting facts and hiding the truth. Yet their neighbours, Holland, has many black journalists serving in the media. I can’t say that’s the reason Dutch newspapers sell better than Belgium newspapers.

After slavery robbed off the respect and identity of the black man, he still faces discrimination and racism in the society today. Many don’t have respect for an African, yet they want to be respected. I have a philosophy, “If you give me respect, I will give back.” I didn’t come to Belgium to praise their chocolates and waffles. We have a lot of Cocoa in Africa for chocolates.

I find it very hard to change my attitude among people who don’t have respect for the black man because they think they are better, superior and intelligent. Instead of wasting time to hate and discriminate against Africans, they can use that time to wash that inedible blood stain in their hands, because the mothers, fathers and children they murdered in Congo and the victims of the Rwanda genocide are calling for justice.

Ebola was purposely inflicted on Africans. Those responsible should pay for their crime. Let’s be sincere, crime is never encouraged but discouraged. That is the reason many years after the killing of six million Jews by Adolf Hitler, the Nazis involved are been tracked down to face justice. Thus; what does Belgium wants to tell the world after naming streets and building statues in honour of a king who killed and disfigured over 10 million Africans in Congo, including children? I had a dream, we shall overcome.

http://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Medical-History-Against-Mankind-ebook/dp/B016W89W1G

The Bite Of The Mango: Story Of A Survivor Of The Brutal War In Sierra Leone

Interviewed by Jim Clancy, CNN’s inside Africa, the Sierra Leonean born victim of war and author of the book ” The bite of the mango” Mariatu Kamara, told her horrific ordeal during the ten year long brutal war that maimed thousands of civilians in her country.

Mariatu narrates her story. At 12, fleeing from the activities of the rebels, she finds herself in another village. She felt hungry and decided to go to her village to get some food to eat. On the way, she was captured by the rebels and they amputated both of her wrist. The reason? So that there wouldn’t be any hands to vote for the government. But they are wrong ”I still have hands to do whatever I want to do” Said the courageous woman.

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Asked by Jim Clancy why she named her book ”The bite of the mango” She explained that after her wrists were cut off , a man came to her aid and offered her a mango to eat. But she felt like a child as being fed. Despite the pains and blood gushing out from her wounds, Mariatu held the mango to eat it herself.

At her book launching in the United States of America, the courageous war victim was awarded ”Voices of Courage Award” She happily interacted and answered questions of people that want to know her story and spoke of the meaning of the award to her. Her message is ”Never give up in life, no matter the situation. She went on further to say that victims of war and other calamities to keep on pushing until success is achieved.

Mariatu is not only a courageous but a strong woman that has brought to the awareness of the world the suffering of war victims globally.

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Mariatu and Ernest Bai Koroma, the president of Republic of Sierra Leone.

Mariatu Kamara was born and raised in the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Her harrowing experiences as a child victim of war and its aftermath are the subject of her memoir, The Bite of the Mango (2008).

Today, Mariatu is a college student in Toronto. She was named a UNICEF Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, which involves speaking to groups across North America about her experiences. Prior to her UNICEF engagement, Mariatu spoke publicly for the nonprofit group Free the Children.

She has also traveled extensively speaking to high school students and organizations about her physical and emotional journey from a child victim of war in Sierra Leone to a successful author, public speaker and student in Canada. She was recently honored in New York City with a Voices of Courage award given by the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Her professional goals for the future include working for the United Nations, raising awareness of the impact of war on children, and running her own foundation to raise money for a home, and eventually many homes, for abused women and children in Sierra Leone. She is also planning on reuniting several members of Aberdeen’s theater troupe, which she credits with her personal healing. She would like to make this an ongoing project so that she can share with youth the peacekeeping skills that she is learning through her own work with UNICEF and others.

In her spare time, Mariatu likes to listen to music, cook, shop, talk on the phone, watch movies, and go to parties. Most of the time she likes to stay home with family and be with her close friends. She is torn between her love of Sierra Leone and Toronto. She wishes she could live in both places at the same time.

http://www.amazon.ca/The-Bite-Mango-Mariatu-Kamara/dp/1554511585