Pregnant Wife Catches Husband Having Sex with a 10 Years Old

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A Pregnant housewife, Mrs Flora Ereba has handed her husband to the police in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, when she allegedly caught him having sex with a 10-year old hawker on their matrimonial bed.

The 37-year old, Michael Ereba was allegedly caught by his pregnant wife, Flora while he was having sex with the little girl at their house at Jakande Estate, Ajah area, Lekki, Lagos.

Nigerianeye’s Investigations revealed that the couple married eight years ago and had three children.

The victim told the police that she was hawking snacks in the estate when Michael called her under the pretence of buying snacks from her.

She narrated that when he went to his house, he dragged her inside his bedroom and tore her pant and started having sex with her forcefully.

She said while she was struggling to free herself from Michael, his wife who had gone out came back and met them in the act.

She said his wife raised an alarm and scolded her husband. Instead of Michael pleading with his wife, he started beating her.

His wife alerted her neighbours who contacted the police. And he was arrested. Michael is now facing a charge of rape at a Family Court in Surulere, Lagos. When he was arraigned, he pleaded not guilty.

The presiding Magistrate, Mrs Daudu granted him bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The matter was adjourned till 7 June 2012.

He was however remanded in prison custody at Ikoyi, Lagos because he could not fulfil his bail conditions.

Art: Working to Counter Human Trafficking Does not Require Neutrality

By Mike Mungai

Bwana Mdogo Arts uses the the words and the image of Desmond Tutu a Nobel laureate to convey a counter human trafficking message. Follow Bwana Mdogo Arts and other artists against human trafficking by liking their facebook page. Artists sharing this passion too are welcome to join in.

I have thought about our Kenyan and East Africa ladies coming back from Middle East and telling stories of horror. I have always wondered if there are no human rights institutions or organizations in those countries where this is happening. Or if there are human rights institutions, do they care to defend the rights of people coming from poor countries; other races or from other parts of the world? A human rights organization stands above human differences and just focuses on defending human rights and the dignity of the human person. Human rights are universal even in a multi-cultural setting created by the modern globalised world or in a traditional cultural setting. Despite the fact that culture is not universal in nature, the values espoused in the human rights agenda cannot be defined and limited by cultural perceptions. The entry point for human rights is human dignity which is specific to all the persons of the world and has a transcendental value.  Hence subjecting another human being to horrid treatment, slavery or torture is an act against human dignity.

Henceforth, the fight against human trafficking does not require neutrality. The words of  Archbishop Tutu above speak volumes, “if you have chosen neutrality in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Archbishop Tutu represents a great voice against apartheid. After a long struggle apartheid became history. Lets hope that a day will come when TIP will be a thing of the past. And the stories of human agony as a result will come to an end. Aluta continua.
Read more about human rights universality here

Men sentenced to 18 years for slaying South African lesbian

From Nkepile Mabuse, CNN
February 3, 2012 — Updated 2130 GMT (0530 HKT)
Murder motivated by hate in South Africa
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A judge rules that killers targeted Zoliswa Nkonyana because of her sexual orientation
  • Prosecutor’s spokesman: The sentence shows “hate crimes would not be tolerated”
  • Rights group: “We hope that this message is heard loud and clear across the rest of the continent”
  • Four men are sentenced to 18 years each in prison for the 2006 slaying

(CNN) — Gay rights advocates in South Africa hailed a judge’s sentencing of four men to 18 years each in prison for brutally slaying a 19-year-old lesbian.

Hatred fueled the 2006 stabbing and stoning of Zoliswa Nkonyana, who was targeted because of her sexual orientation, Magistrate Raadiya Whaten ruled.

Four years’ credit was given to Lubabolo Ntlabathi, Sicelo Mase, Luyanda Londzi and Mbulelo Damba, meaning they will spend 14 additional years behind bars.

“The sentence sent a strong message that hate crimes would not be tolerated,” national prosecuting attorney spokesman Eric Ntabazalila told the South African Press Association.

Gay rights advocates celebrated Wednesday’s ruling.

“It was the first time discrimination based on sexual orientation was named as an aggravating factor in a South African criminal trial,” the Triangle Project gay and lesbian rights group said in a written statement.

Gay marriage is legal in South Africa, which was the first African nation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries, based on rules left over from the British colonial era, when sodomy laws were introduced.

Despite South Africa’s anti-discrimination provisions, attacks based on sexual orientation persist, rights groups say.

After interviews in six of South Africa’s nine provinces last year, New York-based Human Rights Watch concluded that “social attitudes towards homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people in South Africa have possibly hardened over the last two decades. The abuse they face on an everyday basis may be verbal, physical, or sexual — and may even result in murder”

This week officials from another rights group said they hope this week’s sentencing will set a precedent across Africa.

“We hope that this message is heard loud and clear across the rest of the continent, where homophobic discrimination is widespread and where homosexuality is a crime,” the non-profit People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty said in a statement.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/02/world/africa/south-africa-slaying-sentence/index.html?hpt=iaf_mid

Self and cultural alienation is an enemy of civilization

By  Muko Ochanda

“I called my first born Nyerere, because Nyerere … helped me to think as an African. … also from the religious point of … view. …. As an African I could see the value in … the religious practices of my people. Mainstream religions dismissed them as devilish (shaitan). This dismissals always made me unsatisfied and I lacked equilibrium between my soul and my beliefs.”

Exposure to Nyerere’s writings made Kuwa to believe in the African spirituality. It made him see the difference between being an African and being an Arab, despite the fact that he had been made to believe that being an Arab was superior than being a Nuba, African. He later admitted that he was wrong all along as he had always been an African from the Nuba Mountains. On the realization of his African-ness, he started lamenting that the educated African in the Nuba has little regard for himself because of being an African. Other ways of life and religion had made him disregard his cultures and hence he or she distances him or herself from it. These enlightened Africans also had no regard at all for their birth place. This inferiority complex makes them ashamed to be called an African or Nuba for that matter.

Yousif found out that there were several things in the African that militated against him or her such as tribalism which made them have little regard for people from other tribes; religion which in essence was an imported phenomenon and had consumed the African mindset to downgrade his own customs instead of enriching them; corruption that was in essence contributing to lopsided distributive justice towards those who could pay; politics which are not driven by higher level ideals; poor self image which made the African see that he was a lesser being in front the people of other races, this was also extended towards seeing the other Africans too as being lesser beings; Africans are also a subject of study by people of other races and not so much the African themselves. These studies hence do not delve deeper to study the essence of the African and to help the African society understand itself fully. Yousif was indignant of the high class Africans who only wanted to be associated with Arabs or other races while looking down upon their own communities and running away from it. This attitude meant that the educated Africans’ role in transforming the value system of the village and peasant African communities was watered down by their lack of self regard which made them disregard their birth places.

Lastly Yousif advices the Africans and the Nuba not to be too submissive to other cultures. Openness to other cultures does not mean blind sublimation in them. In this case Yousif seems to appeal to the process of inculturation which helps to avoid cultural confusion and alienation in the fast evolving modern society. There is need for care in choosing what corresponds to the African culture and what can enrich it while rejecting what diminishes the value of the African culture. Inculturation  includes two dimensions: on the one hand it is the intimate transformation of the authentic cultural values through their integration with other value systems and on the other is the insertion of other value systems in the various African cultures[1].

Hence culture is the soul of a people. It should not be sold, replaced or destroyed but transformed. This soul is the vehicle of wisdom and is a precious source of material for inspiration in building a civilization. Hence, what would it benefit a man or a woman if he or she got the whole world and lost his own soul?[2] Nothing! With this soul (culture) intact in the African , they will slowly work towards full human dignity, acquire self confidence, be helpful to their neighbours and lastly work towards creating their wealth in a honest and just way; what Yousif calls “I shall build my civilization.” Hence, no matter how an African pretends to be someone else, by way of life, appearance or adoption of other cultures, in the long run he or she remains an African. A belief in the Africanness therefore is a great asset towards building the African civilization and richness. It is the tool that will assist Africa to avoid being the most trivialized continent in the whole world and which will make Africans think in terms of investing there in.

Africans need to be attracted to Africa and not to run away from it.


[1] Pope John Paul II (2000), Ecclesia in Africa. Holy See.

[2] Ibid

Zambia won’t enact pro-gay laws to get aid, says official

By ELIAS MBAO NATION Correspondent Lusaka, Wednesday
Posted  Wednesday, November 2  2011 at  20:15

Zambia will not enact pro-homosexuality laws in a bid to get British aid, a Government spokesperson said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron this week said Britain will consider withholding aid to countries that do not recognise gay rights, after leaders of the 54-nation Commonwealth meeting in  Australia failed to adopt reforms on homosexuality.

Zambia’s chief government spokesperson Given Lubinda said the southern African nation would only enact laws supported by its citizens and in line with their culture.

“David Cameron must be reminded of what we agreed when we met in Paris for the Paris Declaration. Cameron was there, I was there,” said Mr Lubinda, an opposition parliamentarian at the time the Paris Declaration was penned.

He added: “When we met in Ghana, we came up with the Accra Agenda for Action and both those declarations are that no country will use its aid to influence the policies of an aid receiving country.”

He said Zambia was a sovereign state and would make independent decisions on which laws to enact.

“It is wrong for Mr Cameron to try and use aid as a way of influencing policies and laws of Zambia or any other country for that matter,” said Mr Lubinda, the country’s Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism.

“Zambia will not be pressured to formulate laws or policies by any foreign government,” Mr Lubinda told Lusaka-based Hot FM Radio

Earlier, Prime Minister Cameron told the BBC: “We want to see countries that receive our aid adhere to proper human rights, and that includes how people treat gay and lesbian people.”

Zambia, constitutionally a Christian nation with about 13 million people, is largely conservative and many citizens are opposed to homosexuality.

Neighbouring Botswana’s ex-president Festus Mogae – chairperson of a grouping of prominent African fighting Aids – last year sparked controversy while visiting Zambia when he urged African governments not to enact laws that criminalise homosexuality and sex work.

Apart from South Africa that has laws that protect homosexuality though uneasily, other countries in the 15-nation regional bloc – the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – are mainly uninterested in gay and lesbian rights.

Agents of evangelization – The Family

By ecclesiainafrica here

The family is a privileged place for evangelical witness

The family should become a privileged place for evangelical witness, a true domestic church, a community chich believes and evangelizes, a community in dialogue with God and generously open to the service of humanity. Thus the family is the school of Christian life and a school for human enrichment.

The family should be built in solid African value pillars

Dioceses will develop a programme for the family apostolate as part of their overall pastoral plan. The family should be built on solid pillars and noble values of the African tradition. The family is hence a powerful nucleus of Christian witness in a society undergoing rapid and profound changes.

DR CONGO: New Comic Book to help Fight Violence against Women

 

FRANCE, March 8, 2011 (CISA) –
A Congolese cartoonist is among 24 artists who have contributed to a new comic strip book to fight violence against women.
The new comic strip, launched ahead of the International Women’s Day in France on Monday March 7, 2011, is the work of 12 men and 12 women.
In the comic strip album, Congolese cartoonist Pat Masioni has produced a story that evokes the horrific violence against women in Central Africa and other parts of the continent.
Masioni depicts a character called Maya who undergoes verbal and physical abuse. The last box of his strip is black, to represent the death of dignity that Maya suffers.
“With her, I want to pay homage to all the anonymous women in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who are alive or dead, are  victims of the shameful violence that exists in the world,” Masioni states in his introduction.
The new French comic book is titled: En chemin elle rencontre..  (On the way, she met…). It is edited and published by Marie Moinard, director of the small publishing company Des ronds dans l’O, and a cartoonist herself.
The book looks at rape, verbal aggression, domestic cruelty and other kinds of violence and clearly shows the consequences for women. But it also outlines women’s legal rights, alongside the thought-provoking images.
The French publisher thought this would be a “perfect” medium for raising awareness among both young and old.
The launch brought together cartoonists, an outspoken French singer, a psychiatrist who treats victims of violence, and artists who support women’s rights.
“The book comes from the humanist conviction and the fierce belief that the incidents of violence must stop, and that equality between men and women must be respected,” Moinard said.
Known as bandes dessinées (drawn strip) in France, comic books enjoy a popularity that cuts across age, gender, class and skin colour, Moinard said. As such, the medium can be used to sensitize readers about serious and difficult issues.
The title of En chemin is drawn from a French children’s song that tells the story of a girl meeting four boys while out on a walk. Each of the boys touches a different part of her body, with the song implying that the girl enjoys the violation. A verse states that “men are pigs” but that “women like pigs.”
“This is a song that children sang at holiday camps,” said Muriel de Gaudemont, a spokeswoman for Amnesty International, France.
“I used to sing it myself, and it illustrates the mentality that women are somehow to blame for the violence that they suffer,” she said.
De Gaudemont told IPS that violence against women is one of the “greatest scandals” in the area of human rights.
“Everywhere in the world, women are too often the victims of humiliation, rape, mutilation, murder or lack of access to healthcare,” she stated.
One of the book’s sections is based on the lyrics of a disquieting song by the rising French singer Agnès Bihl, who gives voice to subjects often considered taboo.
Titled Touche pas à mon corps (Don’t touch my body), the song deals with incest. The story it tells is illustrated in red and black by artist Nathalie Ferlut, in which readers are made aware of the impact on the child.
At the launch of the comic strip book, Bihl performed the song in a way that touched the audience, both through the lyrics and her delivery. The “narrator” is a child begging the father she loves to stop what he is doing.
The 36-year-old Parisian singer told IPS that it was an honour for her to be part of the comic strip book project because the subject of violence against women and girls needed to be brought into the open.
“Children should know that incest is not normal. We need to make this subject less taboo. It is a terrible thing to experience incest, and it is also terrible not to be able to talk about it,” Bihl said.
She said that each time she performs the song; there are individuals who approach her afterwards to talk about their experiences. She told IPS that two children who had listened to the song recently revealed to their mother that they had been abused by their father.
“For people who have lived through this, I want them to know when they hear the song or read the bande dessinée that they are not alone. And for people who haven’t experienced incest, they should know that it could happen in their families,” Bihl said.

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