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A Tribute to the Displaced of New Orleans – Five Years Later

Posted in Awareness, Humanity, North America, Spotlight with tags , , , on August 22, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

On August 29, 2005, 18 to 25feet waves caused by Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. Before that day, New Orleans was a city with an unique culture. Like her native dish of gumbo, New Orleans developed her flavor from a blend of African, French, Spanish, Native American, Caribbean, and Acadian ancestry.

Known as ‘The Birthplace of Jazz’, a name she earned for her festivals, music, and swag. The rhythm of New Orleans was celebrated by local residents and tourist during:

  • Funerals
  • Mardi Gras
  • Satchmo Summer Fest
  • French Quarter Festival
  • Voodoo Music Experience
  • Live Music Clubs and Halls

Katrina was a category 5 hurricane. New Orleans was under a mandatory evacuation. About 1.3 million people lived in New Orleans, with 62.9% of African descent. Those with the means to transportation left the city; an estimated 150,000 remained. Those who remained lined up to weather the storm in the Louisiana Superdome. Stranded tourists went to the highest floors of their hotels. There was no federal or state aid to evacuate those who remained. For years before the hurricane, local officials had requested state aid to update the levies (similar to dams).

Five years after the massive evacuation over 100,000 people remain displaced. Hurricane Katrina destroyed more than 180,000 homes and much of the city’s infrastructure was destroyed. Up to 80% of New Orleans was underwater. Rebuilding has not created affordable homes for the displaced.

The lack of response to request to updated levies and the lack of evacuation aid for the poor, allowed a natural disaster to become a genocide attempt to the city. Much of New Orleans’ flavor has been ‘watered’ down. It has been a lost to the city.

Reviewing Rwanda and the Genocide of 1994

Posted in HISTORY, Humanity, Mother Africa, Spotlight with tags , , on July 1, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills, is located in central Africa. Rwanda has a population of 11,055,976; with 84% of the population Hutu, 15% Tutsi, and 1% Twa. Over half of the population is Roman Catholic.

Hutus and Tutsis in the 15th century lived in independent cooperation, under a system controlled by the Tutsi King. Hutus were farmers and the Tutsis raised cattle. Under this system, Hutu farmers were given cattle and land to farm for their allegiance to the king. Although, both groups had many things in common, the Tutsi were considered elite and had advantages over the Hutus.

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Belgian’s Colonization

  • During World War I the country is occupied,  then colonized by Belgian
  • The country is named Ruanda-Urundi
  • Over time, Belgium instigates power struggle between Hutus and Tutsis
  • Civil war breaks out
  • Over 180,000 Tutsis are exiled

On July 1, 1962, Ruanda-Urundi became the independent nation of Rwanda. For a brief period there was peace and progress. In 1973, the military took power. Discontent stirred among the exiled Tutsi Rwandans. In 1990, under the name of Rwanda Patriotic Force (RPF), the exiled Tutsis demanded rights for an estimated 500,000 Tutsis living in Diaspora globally.

Response to the Demands

Cease fire and peace talks were scheduled. On April 6, 1994, military and militia groups began rounding up and killing all Tutsi and political moderates. The killing spree continued for two months.

  • Over 800,000 Tutsis and Moderate Hutus were killed.
  • Two million Tutsis fled to Zaire (the Democratic Republic of Congo), Tanzania, and Bun.
  • One million became part of the global Diaspora

The genocide ended on July 16, 1994 when the RPF gained control. Since the genocide, democracy in economic, political, and judicial institutions has become Rwanda’s priority to ensure the end to the war crimes that occurred.

Protecting Women’s Health Protects the Future of Nations

Posted in Awareness, Europe, Humanity, Latin America, Mother Africa, NEWS, North America, Oceania, Our Health, South America with tags , , on June 14, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Women’s health has recently topped the global news. There have been a number of campaigns for women’s health. The reason for this is a growing awareness that healthy women mean healthy nations.

Global awareness of this has prompted actions from the United Nation, Non-Government Organizations, NGOs, and nations such as the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Even poorer nations, such as Cuba, are donating to nations under their level of poverty.

Just this past week a global conference, Women Deliver 2010, brought together 3,500 women’s health professionals and leaders from 150 countries. Drafts, plans, and women’s health needs of these counties were deliberated.

Problems addressed included:

  • Access to health care providers (such as  clinics and hospitals)
  • Reducing maternal mortality
  • Providing family planning means and opportunities
  • HIV/AIDS clinics open to both men and women (together)

Many of the world’s poorest nations are home to women of African descent. The outcome of these efforts will have an effect on the future of global people of African descent. To ignore this issue is to support genocide.

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.

Genocide in Darfur

Posted in Humanity, NEWS with tags , , , on April 8, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Darfur, Sudan, is a city in conflict that is seeing its people become displaced throughout the Sudanese borders and refugee throughout the world.  Once families flee their homes they are forced to continue to flee. If they are lucky, they find themselves safe in a new land. The road is never easy. Although, they might find themselves safe in a new land the lost of their homeland is always heartfelt.

Over 2.5 million civilians have been displaced and over 400,000 have been killed. The fighting between the government of Sudan, the Janjawid (an allied militia), and rebel groups has made civilians victims of outrageous human rights violations. Support is needed to stop the violence and stop the genocide.