Archive for Australian Aboriginals

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
  • HIV/AIDS

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

International Ballet Competition

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Latin America, Mother Africa, NEWS, North America, Oceania with tags , , , , on June 11, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Andile Ndlovu, of South Africa, wows watching reporters with a series of pirouettes and an abrupt statuette ending as he prepares for the USA International Ballet Competition.

Ndlovu is a 22 year old apprentice at the Washington Ballet. He will compete with over 100 dancers from 31 countries. He said,

“I’ve never competed in an American completion. I want to come here and do my best. I don’t want to be at the bottom.”

This competition launched Cuban-born Jose Manuel Carreno’s career with the American Ballet, as well as many others. The competition offers medals, cash awards, company contracts and scholarships to deserving dancers. One year contract from Miami City Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Columbia (S.C.) City Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet are being offer this year.

The competition will take place in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. June 12-27.  Judges from Australia; South Africa; Spain; Russia; and nine other countries have the difficult task of choosing the winners.

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Aboriginal Art

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Oceania with tags , , on June 11, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Aboriginal art is filled with traditional content and meaning. Art represents the beliefs of the Aboriginal people. It symbolizes Dreaming and other concepts in the Aboriginal world. Dancing, singing, bodying decorations, sand drawing, and basket weaving are all a part of Dreaming. Aboriginal art takes on many forms such as rock paintings, ground drawings, body painting and decoration. Styles, methods, materials, and meanings vary.

Contemporary methods of producing art are seen throughout central and northern Australia. Acrylic painting on canvas and many other commercial methods are being used today. The paintings still hold the same classic elements of Aboriginal life and art.

Symbols such as circles, curved lines, and straight lines are used to represent camp sites, waterholes, or places of significance. Each symbol has its own meaning. “U” shapes may represent people and straight lines may represent a traveled path. Dotted motifs and designs are trademarks of contemporary Aboriginal Art.

Pan-Africanism; The United States of Africa

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Europe, Latin America, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, South America with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Pan Africanism has been defined as many things such as a sociopolitical world view, a philosophy, and a movement. Pan Africanism seeks global African Unity for people of African heritage. The term Pan-Africanism was developed by Sylvester Williams of the United States. In the beginning it formed as solidarity amongst those where experiencing extreme racism and prejudice. It was a form of nationalism or a statement to reinforce pride. As a movement, campaigns have been to go “Back to Africa” and to economically and politically develop Africa.

The concept of Pan-Africanism was formed by W. E. B. Du Bois of the United States (and citizen of Liberia), known as the Father of Pan-Africanism, Marcus Garvey of Jamaica, and Kwame Nkrumah, of Ghana. Other early key leaders were Jomo Kenyatta, Robert Sobukwe, and Patrice Lumumba.

In 1919, the first Pan-African Congress was formed by W. E. B. Du Bois. Fifteen countries were represented by 57 delegates. Its main goal was to represent native Africans who did not rule their homeland. Its ultimate goal was to see all of Africa having home rule.

A Line up of First Ladies at Women Deliver 2010

Posted in CULTURE, Europe, Mother Africa, NEWS, North America, Oceania, Our Health, South America with tags , on June 9, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization that promotes programs and funding for women globally.  Women Deliver stands for “Safe Motherhood, Gender Equality, Girls;  Eduction . . . ‘

Women Deliver is sponsoring the world’s largest conference on women’s health. It is bring together leaders from around the world to reduce infant mortality, maternal mortality, introduce breakthroughs in reproductive technology, improve contraceptive options and other women health issues.

NIGERIAN First Lady, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan, is among the lineup of First Ladies and 3,000 representatives from an estimated 140 countries attending the Women Deliver 2010 conference which opened yesterday in Washington DC, USA.

Other First Ladies at the conference are Sia Nyama Koroma of Sierra Leone, Ernestina Naadu Mills (Ghana), Mama Fatma Karume (Zanzibar), and Kagame (Rwanda).

AllAfrica.com

Photos provided by Women Deliver

African Diaspora – Exodus; Movement of the People

Posted in Awareness, Europe, HISTORY, Latin America, Mother Africa, North America, Oceania, South America with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Throughout history African people have been forced to leave their homes to go to foreign lands. As a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, imperial exploitation, and civil war, Africans have been shipped or driven into the Americas, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and other African countries.

Due to Diaspora, more people of African descent live in Brazil, South America, than in any country on the African continent (with the exception of Nigeria). Forced migration of people of African descent has made up an estimated 14% of the world’s population.

Country – African Descent Population

Brazil – 85,783,143

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United States – 38,499,304

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Colombia – 9,452,872

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Haiti – 8,701,439

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Dominican Republic – 7,985,991

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Italy –3,090,000

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France – 3,000,000

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Jamaica – 2,731,419

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Venezuela – 2,641, 481

-6,999,926

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United Kingdom – 2,080,000

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Cuba – 1,126,894

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Peru – 875,427

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Canada – 783,795

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Ecuador – 680,000

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Trinidad and Tobago – 610,000

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Nicaragua – 520,786

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An Apology for the Stolen Generation

Posted in HISTORY, Oceania with tags , , , on May 26, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Many Aboriginal people do not know their origins, who their relatives are, which tribe they are descended from or the names or the manes of their parents and or grandparents. They are a stolen generation (also known as the lost generation). – PAPA People Assisting Parents Association

The Stolen Generation

From 1910 to 1970 an estimated 100,000 Aboriginal children were taken from their families by government authorities and placed into church or state institutions. Most were under the age of five. Many suffered physical and sexual abuse.

Authorities did not educate these children because they were expected to do domestic and farming work. The children were told their families were dead. Families were not allowed to visit or write.

Federal and state government policy was to remove Aboriginal children, especially those of mixed descent, from their parent with the claimed motive of assimilating them into European society.  As a result these children grew up:

  • With a lack of self esteem
  • Suicidal
  • Violent
  • Delinquent
  • Insecure
  • Alcohol and drug dependent
  • Unable to trust
  • Without parenting skills

The Aboriginal community was profoundly damaged by these genocide policies.

An official apology was made to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples.