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Suicides of Ethiopian Maids in The Middle East

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 5, 2009

A recent spate of suicides by foreign maids in Lebanon is prompting outrage among human rights groups, who say the government is doing too little to protect migrant domestic workers from severe abuse.

Over the past seven weeks at least 10 women have died, either by hanging themselves or by falling from tall buildings. Six of these cases have been reported in local media as suicides and four more have been described as possible work accidents.

An Ethiopian woman working as a cleaner in Lebanon told CNN by phone that she was sad about the recent suicides, and that she had a friend who killed herself several years ago, when she too was working as a live-in maid.

The abuse faced by migrant domestic workers is a common problem throughout the Arab Middle East, both because of generally poor labor regulation and also cultural prejudice.

The responsibility lies primarily with the state. There are no inspectors who can check on working conditions. The laws need to be modified.

The mistreatment of these women and the absence of any government protection is not just in Lebanon — it’s in all the Arab countries,

According to HRW, more than one third of foreign domestic workers in Lebanon are denied time off and more than 50 percent work at least 10 hours per day.

In North American and European cities, whenever the Ethiopian immigrant population reaches the 300 mark, it is natural to discover Ethiopian shops, Cafés, Restaurants and similar expressions of sociocultural dynamism. But, this is not the case in Arab cities, where hundreds of thousands of men and women Ethiopian origin live for decades, even centuries. The fact that nowhere in the Middle East, except in Israel, a single Ethiopian restaurant is to be found says it all on the degree of tolerance in that part of alienating world .

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UN & Population Control

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 5, 2009

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3

One of the most difficult concepts for many of us to accept is that there are human beings dedicated to coercive population control and genocide. It’s difficult to acknowledge that some governments help to finance the program of forced abortion, forced sterilization, infanticide, and control of the numbers of live births in the developing world. It’s known that rich nations are helping to finance the United Nations’ world-wide “family planning program,” a form of population control. Most rational men and women, however, find it impossible to believe that such programs are really part of a “master plan” to kill off large segments of the world’s population.

In the year 2003, the United Nation’s emergencies Unit for Ethiopia (EUE) has called for pressure tactics for depopulation in Ethiopia. Rather than providing food aid, the EUE is suggesting that a “reward and punishment” system should be implemented to implement ‘family planning’.

African media quote the EUE report as saying, “If Ethiopia wants to become less dependent on foreign food aid, all appropriate means should be explored to stop the ongoing population explosion.”

“The dissemination of family planning methods, possibly linked with relief operations, must be stepped up,” it said. “Family planning education should be pursued more aggressively and it might be worth contemplating how far a system of reward and punishment could help implement family planning strategies.”

There is a substantial evidence to prove that UNICEF has become a very willing partner in the population control anti-child and anti-family programs of the U.N. Until recently, UNICEF was vehemently denying its involvement in contraception and abortion programs. Since the Vatican’s Nov. 1996 withdrawal of its targeted $2,000 annual symbolic contribution, UNICEF seems to have dropped the pretence and has become more open about its participation in such programs.

Most people have no idea that one of the key goals of the United Nations is population control. In fact, an incredibly shocking U.N. population division policy brief from 2009 has been uncovered that not only discusses the need for population control, but also asks how fertility decline in the least developed countries can be accelerated.

The policy report begins with this stunning question:

What would it take to accelerate fertility decline in the least developed countries?

So who exactly are the least developed countries?

Well, apparently they aren’t places that have a lot of white people. The report defines the “less developed regions” this way:

The document says……”For purposes of this brief, the less developed regions include all the countries and areas of the world except Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States of America and all countries in Europe:”

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Thanks, Enemamar!


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Dear God…..

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on December 5, 2009

….Please confirm what I already believe

God may have created man in his image, but it seems we return the favour. Believers subconsciously endow God with their own beliefs on controversial issues.

“Intuiting God’s beliefs on important issues may not produce an independent guide, but may instead serve as an echo chamber to validate and justify one’s own beliefs,” writes a team at the University of Chicago in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

I found the readers comments on HYS more interesting than the “research” itself

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