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Children Who Migrate to Work

Posted in Awareness, Humanity, Mother Africa, NEWS, Our Health with tags , , , on June 11, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Berikisu, an 8 year old in Accra, the capital of Ghana, trades her education and health for money. She balances metal pans of food on her head to carry to customers all day. The weight of the food as caused her persistent pain in her neck and back. At times she falls to the ground. She told IRIN reporters,

“I have a headache and I want my mother to buy me some medicine. I always have pains, in my chest. I have never been to the hospital.”

Berikisu came to Accra to work as thousands of other Ghana’s children do. The U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report estimates over 30,000 children work as porters. Even more children are sex workers.

Sheema Sen Gupta of UNICEF said,

“These kids are supposed to be in school. Their health is compromised. We also know that these kids have babies on the streets, which is a maternal health issue.”

In Ghana children’s rights are addressed in dozens of policies, although legislation is not often enforced. Agencies are trying to prevent children from needing to migrate to find work just to eat. Schools are opening so children can eat where they learn.

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Working Children in Africa

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Humanity, Mother Africa with tags , , on April 22, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

A girl performs domestic labor in a rural Mauritanian encampment. The International Labor Organization estimates there are at least 10 million working children in African alone.

In Sierra Leone children work in diamond mines instead of going to school. No one seems to know how many children are working in these mines.

In Sanguie, Nayala, Kossi, and other parts of West Africa, children mostly under the age of 14 work outside the home.

Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte (1959)

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE with tags , , on April 10, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

If a child lives with criticism,

he learns to condemn . . .

If a child lives with hostility,

he learns to fight . . .

If a child lives with fear,

he learns to be apprehensive . . .

If a child lives with pity,

he learns to feel sorry for himself . . .

If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy . . .

If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilt . . .

BUT

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient . . .
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident . . .
If a child lives with , he learns to be appreciative . . .
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love . . .
If a child lives with honesty, he learns what truth is . . .
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice . . .
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and those about him . . .
If a child lives with friendliness, he learns the world is a nice place in which to live . . .

WITH WHAT IS YOUR CHILD LIVING?

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Sponsor a Child

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE, Humanity, Mother Africa with tags , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

World Vision is looking for sponsors of children like 13 year old Kanini. Kanini is the soul supporter of himself and his ailing grandmother who is well into her eighties. Kanini’s parents are dead and he worries about the well being of his grandmother. Each day Kanin herds cattle in exchange for small amounts of porridge. He shares his ration with his grandmother. She worries about him.

“Even if I go for many days without food,” Kanini’s grandmother says, “it is alright, as long as my grandchild tells me that he ate something.”

Rose, their neighbor, offers to share what she has with them but often there is little for her to share. Rose is a widow with 10 children to feed. People used to freely share their food, but the raising food cost makes it hard to neighbors to continue to do that.

Rose says,

“The hunger situation here is dividing us . . . Very few people will harvest enough this year.”

Kanini dreams of attending school to be able to take care of his grandmother. He says,

“I do not go to school,  because there is no one to sponsor me.”

For about $1 a day, you can help a child like Kanini to have the most basic necessities-like food, education, clean water, and health care.

Change a life. Sponsor a child today. Visit

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Emmett Till

Posted in Awareness, HISTORY, North America with tags , , on February 6, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

In the summer of 1955, Emmett Till was a fun loving 14 year-old, who was brutally murdered for whistling at a white woman in a Mississippi store. Emmett was from Chicago and unfamiliar with Jim Crow. Simeon Wright, his cousin, says that Emmett was alone in the store for only a minute before he was sent in by relatives. Jim Crow, a racial caste system, was like an out of control pit bull.  People of African descent had different rules to follow and the pit bull (Jim Crow) enforced them. Emmett’s cousin was sent in to be sure that Emmett followed the rules of Jim Crow.

Jim Crow allowed a claim of the teen putting his arm around storekeeper Carolyn Bryant, as a defense for the men that killed him. Sixty-seven year-old Wright, told Smithsonian magazine reporter, Abby Callard, that during the time that he was with Emmett, Bryant was behind the counter. He said it was impossible for Emmett to have had his arm around her. He said as they were walking from the store, Bryant went to her car. It was then that Emmett whistled at her.

“You guys might be afraid to do something like this, but not me.” Young Emmett’s words showed that he had no idea of the consequences of his action. “When he saw our reaction, he got scared too.” Wright said.

That night Emmett was drugged from his bed by Roy Bryant, J. W. Milan, and other men. He was forced at gun point to get into a truck. The men asked the person inside the truck if they had the right boy. Emmett’s mother and cousin could hear a woman’s voice say that they did.

The men were found not guilty, but later confessed. Emmett’s mother wanted his body viewed in a glass top coffin to show the world how they had beaten her son.//