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Am I African because I'm black or because I live in Africa? (VIDEO) Tags: News Africa Interviews Videos South Africa

Many will debate that the term African belongs to the black people, because all back people come from Africa - and other will counter that argument by saying that it does not matter what the colour of your skin is, as long as you were born and brought up in Africa and contributed to the economy.

Refiloe Lepere, the Content Producer of Sowetan LIVE and Sundayworld websites, says that the term 'African' is very loosely used and the true Africans are very generous with the term, dishing it out to everyone who want to call themselves African.

Lepere adds that being African is a simple fact. A black person no-matter where in the world they live is African.

Others in the team begged to differ, saying that whether a person is white, black, Indian; they can still be African because they were born and raised on the continent.

We took to the streets to hear what others had to say about this.

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Source: sowetanlive

Liberia Vows Prosecution for Hiding Ebola Patients Tags: Liberia Sickness West Africa Ebola Ellen Johnson

Liberia's president says anyone caught hiding suspected Ebola patients will be prosecuted. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf issued the warning on state radio Monday, expressing concern that some patients had been kept in homes and churches instead of receiving medical attention.

Sierra Leone issued a similar warning last week, saying some patients had discharged themselves from hospital and gone into hiding.

Health workers elsewhere in the region have encountered hostility and some have even been attacked.

Liberia's health ministry said Monday the country had recorded 49 deaths caused by Ebola, 26 of which were confirmed by laboratory tests.

The outbreak in West Africa is already the deadliest on record, killing 367 people according to the latest World Health Organization numbers.

Most deaths have been in Guinea where cases were first reported.

DOCUMENT:

My Fellow Liberians,

In awake of a renewed outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia, this has KILLED so many people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and still poses a threat including health workers. To date in Liberia 70 people have contracted this deadly disease while 46 of our compatriots have died. These numbers will rise if we do not listen to the advice from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Partners. I call on all Liberians to now see the Ebola Epidemic as a national public health emergency.

For those who do not believe that Ebola exists in Liberia, I want to inform all Liberians in this public manner that the disease is REAL and is in our country killing people. It is as I speak, taking the lives of our citizens in Lofa, Montserrado, and now Margibi County.

Ebola spreads through physical contact with a victim of the disease. The virus also spreads through: sweat, saliva, blood, by touching the vomit or urine of somebody who is sick with Ebola.
These deaths are mostly due to denial, touching dead bodies or participating in Burial Ceremonies. Avoid touching dead bodies or body fluids or materials of infected Ebola persons. Avoid direct physical contact, such as handshakes, kissing and direct contact with body fluids of infected or dead persons or animals.

Major issues confronting the response teams include but not limited to keeping sick people in healing centers, prayer homes and other non medical centers. These practices create public health hazards to families, neighbourhoods and other innocent people. It is illegal under our public health law to expose the people to health hazard such as Ebola. Let this warning go out, anyone found or reported to be holding suspected Ebola cases in homes or prayer house will be prosecuted under the laws of Liberia.

The Government of Liberia and Partners have done this much: training of health workers; community health volunteers; established treatment centers in JFK, ELWA, Foya and Firestone Hospitals; established Ebola testing center; social mobilization and psychosocial support; improved surveillance system and contact tracing. We will continue to do more. I call on you my fellow citizens to protect yourself, protect your family, and protect your community from this deadly Ebola virus, by taking all necessary precautions.

Symptoms of Ebola typically include: weakness, fever, headaches, diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach pain. Additional signs include rash, red eyes, internal and external bleeding, chest pain, and sore throat.

As the number of cases and deaths of Ebola Virus Disease continues to rise in our sub region, we are all gravely concerned by the rate at which this cross border transmission is taking place. Drastic action is indeed needed on all fronts to immediately stop this spread.

This can only be achieved through a robust and incisive response in fighting this spread.

I call on all our Nationals and County leaders, traditional and religious leaders, civil society, international partners, and all citizens to join hands in fighting this disease.
With God on our side, Liberia will win the fight against Ebola!

I thank you.

Source: AP

African Preacher Faces Deportation From The UK For Calling Children "Child Of Satan" Tags: Zimbabwe News Church Preachers Helen Ukpabio

Preacher Helen Ukpabio Faces Deportation Form The UK For Calling Children "Child Of Satan."

Helen Ukpabio isn't being slammed and under fire for saying children who cry at night are Satan. According to Dailymail UK, she could be banned from the UK following calls to Home Secretary Theresa May that she is a risk to youngsters.

Campaigners are urging for Helen Ukpabio, known as ‘Lady Apostle’, to be deported and banned from returning to the UK on the grounds her preaches are harmful to the public. The born-again Christian Pentecostal preacher, who founded the controversial African Evangelical franchise Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries in Nigeria, is thought to currently be in the UK.

It understood she flew into London where she has been holding a number of church services to promote her belief in witchcraft and offer help to those ‘under threat’ from the wizardry. A poster advertising one of Ms Ukpabio’s most recent talks – which was cancelled after the venue was leaked online claims to offer help to people who are under ‘witchcraft attack, ancestral spirit attack or mermaid spirit attack’ and claims to help ‘disconnect' them. However, campaigners have warned her controversial views are dangerous to children – including the belief that ‘if a child under the age of two screams in the night, cries and is always feverish with deteriorating health, he or she is a servant of Satan’.

The Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN), the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) have now written to the Home Secretary in an attempt to get Ms Ukpabio deported under the Immigration Act 1971 - on the grounds her presence here is not conducive to the public good.

In a letter to Ms May, the campaigners warn: ‘Whilst the Government has moved swiftly to block entry to the UK for Islamic preachers whose presence is considered as harmful to the public good, there have been no cases of Christian pastors facing such measures.’ The groups are hoping the pastor will be banned from returning to the UK once she has completed her final tour.

Source: glorysone

62 Percent Of Girls In Rural Areas Use Leaves During Menstruation Tags: News Zimbabwe Women Girls Education

More than half of teenage girls in Zimbabwe do not have access to sanitary wear and use unhygienic alternatives such as leaves, a senior Government official has said.

Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development Deputy Minister Abigail Damasane said this at a ceremony to launch the International Menstruation Hygiene Day in Seke recently.

She said 62 percent of young girls in rural areas use leaves or rags during menstruation, adding that 20 percent of girls miss lessons due to period pains.

"Girl children are failing Grade Seven because sometimes they do not come to school because of menstruation.

"They spend the whole process at home because they will shy when they spoil their uniforms," she said.

She urged churches and other organisations to establish clubs that assist these girls in making reusable sanitary wear to bring back confidence among the girls.

Deputy Minister Damasane advised the girls to embrace the idea of reusable pads because they can make them by themselves.

"As a community let us work together to make our own pads for our children. Let us use these new products and spread this issue to the whole world because there are no miracles to stop this menstruation," she said.

Reusable pads are washable, affordable, portable and can be changed frequently.

The reusable pads have already been introduced to four provinces namely, Masvingo, Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North and Midlands.

There are 10 districts with 467 schools that had 49 000 girls that are benefiting from these sanitary towels.

The menstruation hygiene day which was being held for the first time across the world, was organised to boost awareness of women's sanitary needs during menstruation.

Health and reproductive organisations launched the world's first menstrual hygiene day on May 28 to draw attention to the many girls forced to miss school each month because of inadequate toilet or washing facilities and insufficient access to sanitary towels.

Source:Herald

Mandela's Window Graca Breaks Silence On Husband’s Death Tags: Nelson Mandela Graca Machel South Africa News

JOHANNESBURG - Graca Machel was at Nelson Mandela’s bedside until the very end. But she’s remained silent about her loss until now, as she respected a six-month mourning period. 
 
Now, she’s broken her silence.
 
In a statement issued on her behalf, Madiba’s widow says she lost her best friend, beloved husband, and guide. 
 
She says she’s been deeply touched and comforted by the affection her family has received.

Source: eNCA

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