One year ago, Somalia was gripped by famine. It was the first time since 1991 that famine was declared, a term that is only used when more than 30 percent of children are suffering from acute malnutrition, the most dangerous and severe form of malnutrition. In these conditions, every minute counts.
Violence and discrimination against women is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. The term ‘violation against women’ can also be called ‘Gender-based violence’. The violation includes sexual, physical, economic and psychological abuses. The age, race, wealth, culture, geography does not change the fact of violence against women. Violence against women is present in every country, cutting across boundaries of culture, class, education, income, ethnicity and age.
Russ Feingold Special Envoy of the United States to the Great Lakes region of Africa arrived in Goma, North Kivu earlier last week. He gave his views on the elections in the DRC which, according to him, should commence with the national before the local.
If what took place in Migori last week had happened during the times of Jomo Kenyatta or Daniel arap Moi, Kenyans would still be counting bodies days after the nearly catastrophic event in Nyanza, the perceived stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.
“In some places it looks like a Tsunami has hit this area”. With these words, Dr Henia Dakkak, United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Technical Advisor, who is visiting Gaza for a few days to assess the humanitarian situation, described what she had seen in the heavily populated Strip.
Ask Kenyans to name their biggest enemy today and they will not mention illiteracy, poverty and disease – the three major challenges that have dogged the country since independence. No! they will not name HIV and malaria either; not even – I am sure – the terrorist group, Al Shabaab.