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Archive for June 4th, 2012

Six Eritrean Christian Women Abducted In Cairo

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 4, 2012

The women were reportedly abducted in the Egyptian capital by men purporting to be police officers.

The women, aged between 20 and 32, claim to have traveled in a white taxi that was stopped by men in police uniforms, who opened the vehicle and sprayed an unknown substance into their faces that caused them to lose consciousness. When they awoke, they were in an unfamiliar location.

One woman reported being abducted on her way to church and being held for around three weeks. She said that upon regaining consciousness, she was in a small room with the other five women who had also been abducted from the streets of Cairo.

Three had reportedly already been there for three months and two allegedly paid $5,000 for their release without success.

The women reported having to wear burkhas and being told that they would be released if they converted to Islam.

Four women were able to escape by causing a commotion as their abductors took them by car to another location. The other two women remain unaccounted for.

According to CSW, the reports are further evidence of the insecurity and vulnerability of Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt.

It warned that some Eritrean refugees were being detained in Egyptian prisons where they face abuse, the threat of return to their home country, and are denied access to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Elsewhere, there are reports of Eritrean refugees being kidnapped in the Sinai Desert and Sudan, and even tortured in order to extract exorbitant ransoms from friends and family for their release.

CSW’s Advocacy Director, Andrew Johnston said, “It is appalling that in the 21st Century, people in search of refuge from their own tyrannical government are being bought and sold like a commodity by criminal syndicates in an illegal trade centred on, but by no means limited, to the Sinai Desert.

“Seen in this light, the recent abductions are particularly worrying, because such abuse has never before been reported in Cairo, a development that may be fueled in part by the impunity surrounding the abuse of Eritreans in the Sinai.

“We urge current and future Egyptian authorities to take effective action to end human trafficking within their borders.

“This crime disproportionately affects this community of refugees, and has implications for security not only within Egypt, but also beyond her borders.”

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Global Media: Darkness In The Minds of The Producers?

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on June 4, 2012

They accuse, belittle and insult the continent of Africa at will. In the 21st century, they still talk about Africa as if it is a small state, show their readiness to pick every ‘possible’ negative event in the continent and send subliminal messages, beamed at global radio and television audiences. The Western Media which gives very little attention to the fate of African states, continues to devote a large portion of its resources and energy towards painting the great continent of Africa in a negative light. Why is it? Is it because Africans don’t complain much about the past injustices, and are not as loud, aggressive and deadly as South Asians and Arabs? Or is it simply because Africa is the Cradle of Humanity, hence a superior continent?

Yesterday, while Ethiopians and other Orthodox Christians were celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit on the twelve disciples of Jesus on the day of Pentecost, the British monarchy “by coincidence” chose this very day for the celebration of their own version of “Jubilee”, described, Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee – a celebration devoted to monarchy and military might. I have nothing against about their fun and festivities, but it’s amazing to observe that neither Christmas nor Easter get this much public and media attention in ‘New Britain”. There were protests and unsympathetic reactions when the Vatican Pope visited the UK two years ago – a very dangerous sign of ignorance and poor hospitality.

On this very day, 15 people were killed and dozens wounded in Nigerian church attack, and a plane with 153 passengers crashed, killing all 153 people aboard and at least 10 on the ground.

As the ‘real Christian Jubilee’ is about celebrating justice, peace and the equality of all people as created in the image of God, Western Media organizations who commonly employ to specifically dump negative news materials and information when reporting, communicating, or disseminating anything concerning Africa, have used such tragic occurrences like the one in Nigeria to blame, belittle and insult the whole of Africa and Africans. Mind you, Nigeria is one of the 54 member states of the “Commonwealth”, of which 16 belong to the so-called Commonwealth realm.

Minutes after the crash of “Dana Air” in Lagos — way before the cause of the crash has yet not been revealed, the medias immediately pointed their fingers at the incompetence of “Africans”, the incapability of “Africans” to fly a plane, as they’re collectively named.

Mind you, “Dana Air” which began operations in 2008 is privately operated and Indian-owned, and the pilot of the plane was American, the co-pilot Indian – the airliner was recently awarded the title of “Best Safety and Security Conscious Airline in Nigeria” Yet, the whole propaganda machine repeatedly preferred to emphasize on the “bankrupt” and “incompetence” nature of Africans. What to gain?

It’s known that media conditioning shapes, molds, and monopolizes those images, references to Africa are received sometimes with disdain and contempt. Even some western-educated Africans, who have virtually no cultural competence, actually contribute to how Africa is projected globally. Ashamed of their “heritage and historical past” they side with media characterizations projected through such stories and specials, by telling them what they only want to hear.

Listen to this program episode from the Africa-bashing broadcaster, the BBC – WorldHaveYourSay

Listen attentively to the words used by the moderator, notice which self-hating, self-promoting African representatives have been selected to sound off on the program. Shameless!

The cause of the crash is still unknown, yet, this one example proves the denigrated global image of Africans which was put by Europeans for decades is now baring its fruits among many in the West. Despicable comments and their ‘popular’ ratings on many of the blogs and forums – whether it concerns the church bombings, the plane crash, or the reluctance of Black football players heading, in particular to Orthodox Ukraine for the European Championship (Poland and Ukraine host) — you will be able to notice the artificial image which is as dark as the pervasive fear conjured up in the their minds.

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