Memory is a record.
People only have substance within the memories of other people. And that’s why there were all kinds of myself. There weren’t a lot of myself per se, I was just inside all sorts of people, that’s all.

"The Syrian conflict has entered its third year. The situation for children has deteriorated in all areas of concern. Among the well in excess of 70,000 people estimated to have been killed to date, many thousands are children. Sizeable numbers of children have been killed and gravely injured in shelling and fighting, while thousands more have seen family members killed or injured or have lived through shelling, missile firing and heavy aerial and artillery bombardment of their homes, schools and hospitals by the government forces, resulting in severe psychological distress. The use of terror tactics by armed opposition groups, such as car and other bombs, in civilian areas, including near schools, and the association of children with such armed groups rose sharply over the reporting period."

"The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt. It must be claimed by those in Tahrir Square who chanted, ‘Muslims, Christians, we are one.’ The future must not belong to those who bully women. It must be shaped by girls who go to school and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons. The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources. It must be won by the students and entrepreneurs, the workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people. Those are the women and men that America stands with. There’s is the vision we will support. The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims and Shia pilgrims. It’s time to heed the words of Gandhi: ‘Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.’"

unicef:

As the crisis in the Horn of Africa deepens, the United Nations has warned that all of southern Somalia could slip into famine in the next two months.

Join UNICEF correspondent Priyanka Pruthi as she reports on the worsening crisis in the Horn of Africa, as famine grips parts of war-torn Somalia and the entire region suffers from severe drought.

Full story: http://bit.ly/nS7dpq
Donate: http://bit.ly/nS7dpq

(by unicef)

unicef:

Image from the Horn of Africa
Orsen Basha feeds her daughter, Ansell, a ready-to-eat therapeutic meal, in a therapeutic feeding centre in the Dagahaley refugee camp in North Eastern Province, near the Kenya-Somalia border. “Ansell is about three years old and is very sick,” said Ms. Basha. “My husband and I came to live in Dadaab because the situation in Somalia has become very bad. We arrived after walking for a month. There had been no rain where we lived for a long time. All of our crops failed last year, and this year there was no food. Our animals, goats and a few cows, died because there was nothing for them to eat. If we had stayed, we would have starved. … The fighting [also] became very bad: there was never peace where we were. We were afraid that our children would be killed if we stayed. Members of my family have been killed…. I never want to go back to Somalia; there is nothing there for us now. Here we are being looked after and there is food and I can get help for my children. I was worried about Ansell but … I came to this clinic to get her this special food… After she eats it, she feels better.” The camp is among three that comprise the Dadaab camps, located near the town of Dadaab in Garissa District.
Kenya, July 2011: ©UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1021/Holt
The Horn of Africa’s children need our help. You can join UNICEF’s effort by visiting: http://bit.ly/o55Nll
You can receive more UNICEF photos from the Horn of Africa on your iPhone by visiting: http://bit.ly/nWsSp2
Or…visit us at: http://www.unicef.org/phot​​ography

unicef:

Image from the Horn of Africa

Orsen Basha feeds her daughter, Ansell, a ready-to-eat therapeutic meal, in a therapeutic feeding centre in the Dagahaley refugee camp in North Eastern Province, near the Kenya-Somalia border. “Ansell is about three years old and is very sick,” said Ms. Basha. “My husband and I came to live in Dadaab because the situation in Somalia has become very bad. We arrived after walking for a month. There had been no rain where we lived for a long time. All of our crops failed last year, and this year there was no food. Our animals, goats and a few cows, died because there was nothing for them to eat. If we had stayed, we would have starved. … The fighting [also] became very bad: there was never peace where we were. We were afraid that our children would be killed if we stayed. Members of my family have been killed…. I never want to go back to Somalia; there is nothing there for us now. Here we are being looked after and there is food and I can get help for my children. I was worried about Ansell but … I came to this clinic to get her this special food… After she eats it, she feels better.” The camp is among three that comprise the Dadaab camps, located near the town of Dadaab in Garissa District.

Kenya, July 2011: ©UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1021/Holt

The Horn of Africa’s children need our help. You can join UNICEF’s effort by visiting: http://bit.ly/o55Nll

You can receive more UNICEF photos from the Horn of Africa on your iPhone by visiting: http://bit.ly/nWsSp2

Or…visit us at: http://www.unicef.org/phot​​ography

crookedindifference:

united-nations:

Last chance to vote for your favorite ad to end violence against women and girls. The ad with the most votes by the end of today (11:59 PM, CEST) will be awarded the Public Prize. Every vote cast will count as an action on @Say No – UNiTE. Your vote is your voice!

About this competition: No to violence against women - United Nations European ad competition

View the entries & vote!


Just over four hours left to vote.
Help pick the best ad campaign to represent this important cause.

Violence against women and girls (VAW) is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations. It is rooted in gendered social structures rather than individual and random acts; it cuts across age, socio-economic, educational and geographic boundaries; affects all societies; and is a major obstacle to ending gender inequality and discrimination globally. According to UN Women, between 15 and 76 percent of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.
For more information on VAW please visit: http://www.unwomen.org/focus-areas/?show=Violence%20against%20Women

crookedindifference:

united-nations:

Last chance to vote for your favorite ad to end violence against women and girls. The ad with the most votes by the end of today (11:59 PM, CEST) will be awarded the Public Prize. Every vote cast will count as an action on @Say No – UNiTE. Your vote is your voice!

About this competition: No to violence against women - United Nations European ad competition

View the entries & vote!

Just over four hours left to vote.

Help pick the best ad campaign to represent this important cause.

Violence against women and girls (VAW) is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations. It is rooted in gendered social structures rather than individual and random acts; it cuts across age, socio-economic, educational and geographic boundaries; affects all societies; and is a major obstacle to ending gender inequality and discrimination globally. According to UN Women, between 15 and 76 percent of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.

For more information on VAW please visit: http://www.unwomen.org/focus-areas/?show=Violence%20against%20Women

Democrats Seek Permanent Repeal of Global Gag Rule; GOP Seeks to Enshrine it in Law

Yesterday, Congresswoman Nita Lowey introduced the Global Democracy Promotion Act of 2011, a bill that would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule (GGR), a policy that has been applied and revoked via executive order at each change in the White House, beginning with Ronald Reagan and leading most recently to repeal by President Obama in 2009. 

The GGR prohibits international health care providers from receiving U.S. international assistance for family planning if those organizations use other (non-US) funding to provide abortion counseling, referrals, or services, or seek to change laws regarding abortion care in countries in which abortion is a leading cause of death among women ages 15 to 49.  Access to contraception and to family planning counseling and information helps [people] and their partners to plan the number and spacing of children they want to have and to avoid unintended pregnancies that lead to abortion.  As such, by denying U.S. international assistance to groups that also provide safe, legal abortion, the GGR actually increases the number of abortions, rather than reducing them.

These facts notwithstanding, as we reported last week, House Republicans are seeking to enshrine the gag rule into law.  First, the included it in the 2012 State Department Authorization bill which passed out of committee las week. This week, apparently not wanting to leave any doubt about their desire and intentions to undermine women’s health and rights to self-determination, House leadership also included language in the House FY2012 appropriations bill that would make the GGR permanent law. And just to be sure, leadership also included in that bill a ban on U.S. support for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and cuts to international family planning assistance.  The bottom line of all these policies if passed would mean less support for family planning and more constraints on evidence-based programs, at a time when 215 million women worldwide want to plan their families but have no access to contraception, a set of conditions that again, will not reduce the number of abortions.  This bill is expected to be marked up in committee today.

The GDPA would do the opposite, by ensuring under U.S. law that U.S.-funded international family planning programs would be free to deliver services based on public health and medical evidence and in a manner that promotes the basic health and rights of women. In countries where complications of unsafe and illegal abortions are leading killers of women ages 15 to 49, it is irresponsible to say the least to force medical practitioners to remain silent about these issues.

crookedindifference:

Follow Katie’s lead and do it.
Just text text “FOOD” to UNICEF (864233) to donate $10, enough to feed a child for 10 days

crookedindifference:

Follow Katie’s lead and do it.

Just text text “FOOD” to UNICEF (864233) to donate $10, enough to feed a child for 10 days

pdtglobal:

fyeahafrica:


HORN OF AFRICA CRISIS
Somali refugees walk through a dust storm at a camp near the town of Dadaab. A worsening drought crisis threatens 10 million people in the Horn of Africa. The drought has resulted in famine in parts of southern Somalia and widespread malnutrition in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. UNICEF and partners are working to treat acute malnutrition and provide other critical assistance.
Kenya, July 2011: ©UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1019/Holt
The Horn of Africa’s children need our help. You can join UNICEF’s effort by visiting - http://t.co/HHhmWNm
To see more images from UNICEF, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/photography

via unicef

When giving to help with relief for those inflicted by famine in the Horn of Africa, remember to keep Saudra’s Dos and Don’ts of Disaster Aid in mind - make sure to educate yourself about the situation and the organizations involved so that you can be sure your donation will be used responsibly and efficiently. For example, try to support organizations already operating in the area with a policy or a history of providing local food aid. 

pdtglobal:

fyeahafrica:

HORN OF AFRICA CRISIS

Somali refugees walk through a dust storm at a camp near the town of Dadaab. A worsening drought crisis threatens 10 million people in the Horn of Africa. The drought has resulted in famine in parts of southern Somalia and widespread malnutrition in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. UNICEF and partners are working to treat acute malnutrition and provide other critical assistance.

Kenya, July 2011: ©UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1019/Holt

The Horn of Africa’s children need our help. You can join UNICEF’s effort by visiting - http://t.co/HHhmWNm

To see more images from UNICEF, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/photography

via unicef

When giving to help with relief for those inflicted by famine in the Horn of Africa, remember to keep Saudra’s Dos and Don’ts of Disaster Aid in mind - make sure to educate yourself about the situation and the organizations involved so that you can be sure your donation will be used responsibly and efficiently. For example, try to support organizations already operating in the area with a policy or a history of providing local food aid. 

theatlantic:

Famine in East Africa

With East Africa facing its worst drought in 60 years, affecting more than 11 million people, the United Nations has declared a famine in the region for the first time in a generation. Overcrowded refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia are receiving some 3,000 new refugees every day, as families flee from famine-stricken and war-torn areas. The meager food and water that used to support millions in the Horn of Africa is disappearing rapidly, and families strong enough to flee for survival must travel up to a hundred miles, often on foot, hoping to make it to a refugee center, seeking food and aid. Many do not survive the trip. Officials warn that 800,000 children could die of malnutrition across the East African nations of Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Kenya. Aid agencies are frustrated by many crippling situations: the slow response of Western governments, local governments and terrorist groups blocking access, terrorist and bandit attacks, and anti-terrorism laws that restrict who the aid groups can deal with — not to mention the massive scale of the current crisis.
Above: Somali refugees who recently crossed the border from Somalia into southern Ethiopia cluster between two food tents as they wait to be called to collect food aid at the Kobe refugee camp, on July 19, 2011. Ethiopian authorities and non-governmental organizations have accommodated almost 25,000 refugees at the camp since it was set up less then three weeks ago. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

See more heartbreaking photos at In Focus.  One immediate way to help is to text “FOOD” to UNICEF (864233) to donate $10, enough to feed a child for 10 days, more ways to help listed here.

theatlantic:

Famine in East Africa

With East Africa facing its worst drought in 60 years, affecting more than 11 million people, the United Nations has declared a famine in the region for the first time in a generation. Overcrowded refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia are receiving some 3,000 new refugees every day, as families flee from famine-stricken and war-torn areas. The meager food and water that used to support millions in the Horn of Africa is disappearing rapidly, and families strong enough to flee for survival must travel up to a hundred miles, often on foot, hoping to make it to a refugee center, seeking food and aid. Many do not survive the trip. Officials warn that 800,000 children could die of malnutrition across the East African nations of Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Kenya. Aid agencies are frustrated by many crippling situations: the slow response of Western governments, local governments and terrorist groups blocking access, terrorist and bandit attacks, and anti-terrorism laws that restrict who the aid groups can deal with — not to mention the massive scale of the current crisis.

Above: Somali refugees who recently crossed the border from Somalia into southern Ethiopia cluster between two food tents as they wait to be called to collect food aid at the Kobe refugee camp, on July 19, 2011. Ethiopian authorities and non-governmental organizations have accommodated almost 25,000 refugees at the camp since it was set up less then three weeks ago. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

See more heartbreaking photos at In Focus. One immediate way to help is to text “FOOD” to UNICEF (864233) to donate $10, enough to feed a child for 10 days, more ways to help listed here.