posts tagged "Africa"
Missing Iringa and all the fantastic kids I met :)
Take me back!
This time next week I will be in Tanzania :)
CODA stands for Coopérative pour le Développement des Affaires (Business Development Cooperative). The cooperative is based in the Bè-Ahligo district of Lome, and has been running since May 2008. Its main purpose is to help small businesses and communities to promote their own economic, social and cultural development in a sustainable way.
Its objectives are:
- To combat poverty by providing social education to its members
- To promote income-generating activities for women
- To support private initiatives by promoting the collection of savings and the distribution of loans to members.
CODA is a member of the Professional Association of Microfinance Institutions in Togo.
Introduction - Written by our field partners
Afi (57) has had many challenges in her life, she is a widow who has lost two of her five children. Her remaining children are grown up and settled. To make ends meet she works a staggering 92 hours a week. Having been through so many hard times Afi wants to stabilise her business so that income is something that she never has to worry about.
Afi sells hot food for a living and has done so since she was young. A typical day for her will involve waking early to cook dough, fry fish and crush tomatoes. Afi will then spend the day selling this food to hungry workers.
Afi intends on working very hard and using her loan to bulk buy stock for her business. With her profits she wants to save up enough money to build a house.
After having such a tough time Afi is really looking forward to a time where money will no longer be a worry for her.
"An ant-hill that is destined to become a giant ant-hill will definitely become one, no matter how many times it is destroyed by elephants"
Faraja and Pishon Mhewa with their baby brother Jeminus in Mafinga, Iringa, Tanzania
"The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
A groundbreaking new play debuted in a number of little-known theatres in the Ugandan capital of Kampala this month. The River and the Mountain paints a tragic portrait of a gay business man living in the impoverished east African nation, examining the motivations behind the country’s notorious anti-gay lobby and its continued persecution of LBGT communities.
In testament to the issues raised by the production, the Ugandan authorities responded by arresting its British producer, David Cecil, on a charge of “disobeying legal orders” when the play was staged earlier this month without authorisation. Released on bail Monday afternoon, the 34-year-old vowed to press ahead with a regional tour of the play. If convicted however, he could be sentenced to two years imprisonment.
“This latest incident is another example of the government’s efforts to close down the space for ideas and divergent opinions,” said Maria Burnett, the Uganda researcher for Human Rights Watch.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda: as the law currently stands, anyone caught engaging in homosexual acts for the second time, or engaging in gay sex where one partner has HIV, can be sentenced to death. And that’s only if the violent mobs don’t get you first. In October 2010, short-lived Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone (no relation) published a front-page splash, “100 pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos leak”, that listed names, addresses and photographs of 100 gay Ugandans alongside a yellow banner that read “Hang Them”.
Three members of activist organisation Sexual Minorities Uganda (whose faces were on the list) petitioned successfully to get the newspaper closed down. However, in January 2010, one of the three, David Kato, was killed in his home by a male assailant. Others on the list are missing and believed to have been murdered.
The Ugandan government is not alone; cases of government sanctioned and gang-led homophobic violence and persecution are rife throughout Africa. In Cameroon, Jean-Claude Roger Mbede recently finished a year-long stretch for texting another man an SMS that read, “I’m very much in love w/u”. An appeal hearing is scheduled for Monday; failure to overturn the decision would result in a further two years behind bars.
I found myself in handcuffs being treated like an animal. I spent a week after I was arrested being tortured and insulted every day. Now my family says I’m dangerous and they cannot live with a homosexual
Just received my flight info for Africa in January
Seems more real now
In worse news I also just ate my lip retainer. Great.