Friday, April 3, 2015

Darkest Africa Will Turn You White

Perhaps, they, too, need an AmeriKan intervention of some sort?

"Rise in ‘stunningly vicious’ attacks on African albinos" Associated Press  March 13, 2015

BLANTYRE, Malawi — The United Nations human rights chief said there has been a sharp increase this year in attacks on albinos in East Africa, especially in Malawi and Tanzania, calling the attacks ‘‘stunningly vicious.’’

‘‘As a result, many people with albinism are living in abject fear. Some no longer dare to go outside, and children with albinism have stopped attending school,’’ High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

Albinos are sometimes kidnapped and killed, fuelled by beliefs that their body parts will bring luck.

You sure it isn't part of something more sinister?

In January, an 11-year-old was kidnapped by her uncle in Malawi, who said he was promised $6,500 for her body, the UN commission said. In the same month, two more albino children were kidnapped and the dismembered body of a 68-year-old woman was found, the UN said.

Six incidents have been reported by the UN in Malawi in 2015, compared to only four in the previous two years. The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi estimates more albinos have been targeted. The association has recorded 11 attacks in Malawi since December 2014.

Eight attacks have been recorded in Tanzania since August 2014, the commission reported. Last year, Tanzanian authorities outlawed practices that used albino body parts, making it a crime punishable by death. The country also tried to separate albino children for their own safety, a practice criticized by the UN.

Malawian police have arrested at least six people for targeting albinos, spokeswoman Marble Nsefula said. Four people have been convicted in Tanzania, said the UN.

That is where my print ended, but the Globe kept going into the bush:

The human rights chief also expressed concern over Burundi, where 19 albinos have been killed since 2008.

Albinism is a genetic condition by which people are born with little or no pigment in their skin and eyes. While one in 20,000 people in the Europe and North America have the condition, one out of every 1,400 people have it in East Africa, according to Canadian charity, Under The Same Sun.



"UN Security Council to cut Congo force" Associated Press  March 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that cuts the UN peacekeeping force in Congo by 2,000, a far smaller reduction than what Congo President Joseph Kabila has wanted.

The resolution defies Kabila’s wish that the UN’s force shrink by at least 7,000.

The vote comes amid weeks of tension after the United Nations backed out of a planned joint operation with Congo’s military against a rebel group, saying the two Congolese generals in charge have been involved in ‘‘massive human rights violations.’’

The resolution extends the 21,000-strong peacekeeping force for a year and says its exit from Congo should be ‘‘gradual and progressive.’’

It also says that the mission’s force intervention brigade, which has a unique mandate in the UN peacekeeping system to take offensive military action against rebel groups, can act ‘‘either unilaterally or jointly with’’ the Congolese military.

That is why you want to keep the U.N. out!

The resolution notes in particular the threat from the FDLR rebel group, whose defeat the UN sees as key to security in eastern Congo. 

I can't remember the last time I saw something about the Congo in the Globe, but the rape crisis that happened under U.N. noses seems to have healed with time.

Congo’s military has gone ahead on its own in recent weeks with operations against the FDLR, a group that includes Hutus, who committed the 1994 Rwanda massacres.

The resolution says the cut of 2,000 peacekeeping troops would be made permanent only after ‘‘significant progress’’ in the fight against the FDLR.

Meaning they are staying right there.