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She’s A Survivor

She’s A Survivor

 IT looked good as the procession moved on the Great East Road to the Lusaka Showgrounds to officially launch the 16-Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. It must have been the same for Musenge Musumali, 36, when growing up. But it was not. It was ugly. Musenge’s narration of her childhood during the launch […]

A Struggle For Survival In Yemen

A Struggle For Survival In Yemen

More than half of the population (14.1 million people) is without enough to eat. Over 7 million of these people are one step away from famine. About 13 million Yemenis do not have access to safe water sources, with rural areas most affected. The economy has been shattered, food prices are on the rise and […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Amina and A Story Of Survival

LOUD WHISPERS: Amina and A Story Of Survival

In December 2008, I attended a forum in Nairobi, Kenya, which had been convened to discuss appropriate support programs for survivors of violent conflict. The participants were mostly women’s rights activists and gender specialists from post/current conflict countries such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe. On the delegations from each […]

This Woman Survived the Rwandan Genocide and Inspired Change in Her Community

This Woman Survived the Rwandan Genocide and Inspired Change in Her Community

Sitting under the shade of the acacia trees in Nyaruguru, Rwanda, 52-year-old Caritas Mukagatana lists every member of her family killed in the 1994 genocide that claimed the lives of nearly 800,000 people in just 100 days. “I had a large family but out of that large family only me, two of my children, and my […]

Chibok girls – do we really care?

Chibok girls – do we really care?

The world united in a campaign to demand #BringBackOurGirls after the abduction of the Chibok school girls two years ago by the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram. But there has been next to nothing in the way of support to the women that have managed to escape the militants. They are now homeless, reduced to begging […]

Why child trafficking surges after natural disasters

Why child trafficking surges after natural disasters

When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, it killed well over 8,000 people and turned much of the country into a disaster zone. 17 days later, as recovery operations were getting established, a 7.3 magnitude quake caused further destruction. In the desolation, chaos and widespread panic that followed, a surge in child […]

Survival of Mothers and Babies: A Collective Responsibility

Survival of Mothers and Babies: A Collective Responsibility

Nigeria is one of the countries with high maternal mortality and infant mortality rates. People sometimes liken the maternal mortality rate in countries such as Nigeria to a full Boeing 747 crashing daily in order for us to appreciate the gravity of the situation. However, for so long we have being blaming government for what […]