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Free West Papua

Posted in Awareness, Humanity, Oceania with tags , , , on September 24, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

The indigenous people of West Papua are sending this message to the UN and the world:

“40 years ago, all UN members, including the UK, recognised our right to self-determination but until now we have never been allowed to exercise our right freely and legally. We did not want to become Indonesian in 1969and after so many years of Indonesian oppression we certainly do not want to be Indonesian now. We want to be free!”

Benny Wenda – West Papuan Independence Leader in the United Kingdom & Chair of the Koteka Tribal Assembly –  FREE WEST PAPUA CAMPAIGN


In 1957, Indonesia was involved in a dispute with the Netherlands for control over West New Guinea. After four unsuccessful resolution claims to the UN General Assembly, they then tried a threat of military force disguised as diplomacy. Backed by ties with the then Soviet Union, Indonesia was seen as a “real threat of war”. The US then persuaded the Netherlands to accept a compromise involving “self determination” for the indigenous people.

On August 2, 1969, the Indonesian dictator Suharto claimed that 100 percent of the Melanesian people of West Papuan chose to be annexed by Indonesia. This was called the Act of Free Choice. Since then when peaceful protesters try to voice their objection they are met with a military response of killing, torturing, and imprisonment.

Indonesian Crimes Against Humanity:

  • Arrest without trial
  • Police violence and torture
  • Bombed and machine gunned villages
  • Evictions with no prior warning
  • Homes burned to the ground

Many of the people that the police have forced from their homes include families with pregnant mothers, children, and the elderly.

Support the Papua National Consensus Collective Leaders in their petition to the UN General Assembly. In accordance with the International Standards of Human Rights, the principles of International Law, and the Charter of the United Nations, the people of West Papua have the right to self-determination. Show your support by signing the petition.

Special thanks to Andrew for sharing this petition!

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Europe, Latin America, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, South America, Southeastern Asia, Spotlight with tags , , on August 15, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Do you know the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, MoCADA? It is located at 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 1999 by its Executive Director, Laurie Cumbo. Originally  located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, in 2006, with the help of a cultural affairs grant from New York City and private money, it relocated.

Its mission is to ‘rewrite history’ so to give an accurate account of the historical, artistic, and cultural contributions of people of African descent to the world. Due to the arrogance of racism many of these facts were never documented or celebrated as achievements of the descendants of Africa.

‘Ain’t I a Woman’, a group exhibit featuring paintings, videos, and works of mixed media is currently on display until December 19, 2010. Featured artists include:

  • Eric Alugas
  • Andrea Chung
  • Elizabeth Colomba
  • William Mwazi
  • Kenya (Robinson)
  • Phoenix Savage
  • Damali Abrams
  • Francis Simeni

The exhibit offers an insight on African Diasporan Women as they choose to be seen. Its name was borrowed from an 1885 speech given by Sojourner Truth. The exhibit is in keeping with her work as an activist to promote taking ownership of one’s image and identity.

For more details contact MoCADA

Sickle Cell Anemia

Posted in Europe, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, Our Health, South America with tags , on July 7, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Sickle Cell Anemia is a chronic blood disorder that causes hemoglobin to crystallize. Hemoglobin in red blood cells carries oxygen from the lungs to organs and tissues. In sickle cell anemia, red blood cells may:

  • Cluster
  • Stiffen
  • Form sickle-shapes
  • Fail to circulate sufficiently

This condition is potentially fatal.


Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic disease occurring in the following heritages:

  • African
  • Native American
  • Hispanic

It also occurs in people from Italy, Greece, India, and the Middle Eastern countries.

Children of parents who both carry two of the sickle cell gene are at the highest risk of inheriting the disorder. Although sickle cell anemia is present at birth early signs might not develop until age 4 months. Inexpensive blood screening test are available to be done at birth.

Symptoms first appear in infants as fever, abdominal pain, and pneumococcal bacterial infections.  As they grow they will experience symptoms associated with common anemia symptom such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and feeling cold. Episodes of severe pain,  called crisis,  are  also a symptom. Insufficient blood flow and shortage of cells may cause:

  • Damaged retinas that may lead to blindness
  • Damage to Kidneys, liver, lungs, bones, and nervous system
  • Swelling in the hands and feet accompanied with fever
  • Stroke
  • Slow growth
  • Bacterial infections
  • Ulcers in feet and legs
  • Yellowing in skin and eyes

Treatment focuses on the individual symptom and  include blood transfusions, oral antibiotics, and a drug called Hydroxyurea.

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Read more on how these statistics were derived.

Learn more about Sickle Cell and genetics @ Learn.Genetics


Global Racism Directed At Descents of Africa

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Europe, HISTORY, Latin America, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, South America with tags , , , , on July 4, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Have the descents of Africa been a global target of racism? If so why? The issue of racism has often been addressed. Focus has been placed on the injustice of it, areas where racism manifests itself, and combating it. Seldom do we focus on why it was created, why it still exists, or why its targeted races are chosen.

Ignoring these essential questions allows the continued growth of racism, because it allows the survival of the root. What is at the root of racism?  Consider these components:

  1. Basis – Ignorance and Arrogance
  2. Division – Based on Differences
  3. Justification – Absents of Guilt

Racism is based on not understanding groups of people different from you. Couple ignorance with feelings of superiority to the new group, and the result is arrogance. There is usually an economic basis to institutionalized racism. History reveals greed as a consistent factor.

Historical Examples of Greed

Descents of Africa have been targets of this sort of racism for centuries. Proclaiming these groups as less than human justified the continued discrimination and inhumane treatment. Examples of this sort of racism can be found globally.

In an article on racism, Anup Shah said this about racism . . .

“Racism and discrimination have been used as powerful weapons encouraging fear or hatred of others in times of conflict and war, and even during economic downturns.”

SocialVibe and Charity: Water in Ethiopia

Posted in Awareness, Europe, Humanity, Latin America, Mother Africa, NEWS, North America, Oceania, South America, Spotlight with tags on July 2, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

SocialVibe  is a social media with the mission to empower sponsors of charities of “their” choice.  You can be a part of this. Help send girls to school in Africa. It is free. Take part in a few simple activities on the SocialVibe banner on my sidebar.  It is fun and it  will only take a few seconds. Do you have a blog or website? Add SocialVibe to your sidebar.  Join SocialVibe.  Enrich someone’s life.

Australian Aboriginal People’s Health Crisis

Posted in NEWS, Oceania, Our Health with tags , on June 30, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

The Indigenous community in Australia is experiencing a health crisis. The health and well being of this community is at an all time low. Indigenous people are twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital as their non-indigenous counterparts. Population reports show a higher rate of recent illness, chronic illness, and cigarette smoking in Australia’s ingenious community.

Health Statistics

  • 80% of children under age one die
  • 93% of all children suffer middle ear infections
  • Infants are twice as likely to have low birth weights
  • Infants are eight times likely die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Indigenous people are 10 times likely to have kidney disease
  • 54 to 70% of adults smoke
  • 30% of adults have type-2 diabetes
  • 60% of the Indigenous community is likely to die of cancer

Dr Tamara Mackean of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association states,

“To us, health is about so much more than simply not being sick. It’s about getting a balance between physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual health. Health and healing are interwoven, which means that one can’t be separated from the other.”

Australia’s Indigenous community has higher rates of contracting contagious diseases such as:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Meningitis
  • Salmonella
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis

The average life span for Aboriginal men is age 57,  and age 62 for women.

World Vision Micro: How it works

Posted in Europe, Humanity, Latin America, Mother Africa, NEWS, North America, Oceania, South America with tags , on June 29, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Empower men and women living in poverty by funding small loans. Help an entrepreneur of your choice with an sound business idea, but no access to credit and a traditional loan. Here’s how it works . . .

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