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post Adoption: a growing trend

November 22nd, 2007

Filed under: Behind Adoption — eresso @ 07:23

I am not worried about fostering. Rather, I am worried about the growing number of adoptions going on. Kids as a commodity. A status symbol. A quick fix of papers, selling children to the highest bidder. Are you a celebrity? Oh, you get the VIP treatment. Choose. Which one shall it be Sir, Madam? They are orphans after all, right? Better to have a full tummy than sleeping under sewage tunnels with an empty stomach. Hmm, what a choice!

Identity versus food security. Which one shall it be? I am happy that I do not have to make this choice. Do not blame it on me. I am just playing the mirror.

It is a trend brothers. Ethiopian orphans are being adopted all over the world. And some are given away by their parents who wish a better future for their offspring. Can you blame them? Who is to blame? I say lack of self respect. I say poverty. Fostering and adoption are also very common in Ethiopia, although not backed up with fancy legal papers. But, the major issue is, the growing epidemic, if you wish, that glorifies everything what the white man has and is. Oh “fe-rendj hager eko haede, tadillo. Ayaskenam?” Never heard such a statement? Come on, give me a break!

Some of them want to help us, sure thing. For instance, some take unimaginable sacrifice to raise an alien child like their own. Trust me on this, the borrowed parents have also plenty of social stigma to fight against.

The question is, are we not responsible for them? Is it not our society who orphaned them, rejected them–indifferent and blind? Are they not our children first before they are that of the white man? Do we help as much as we can? Are we really concerned beyond the usual empty lip service?

It touchs several aspects of life, in the poor and rich man’s world that is. Don’t you think? Africans can not take care of their children? By the way, does it work, I mean white parents raising black children? A mix is feared, confuses, and disturbs the natural order of things. White folks here and black lots there. When the mix happens, the white overshadows, is the benevolent, the munificent, the descendant of Abraham-white as stainless. The black receives; thankfulness is expected of him for he is the descendant of Ham and Canaan-the cursed. What an endless irony. Question it if you wish and can. Be ware though, you must have the stamina to challenge a biblical truth. I am not playing the role of a spoiler here.

Nevertheless, we shall differentiate brothers. Good and evil are evenly distributed among the children’s of Abraham and Ham. I am just reminding you of the depth of our dilemma. Face your damon and fight it. Be concerned. Start the change from your house. Teach your children self respect and responsibility. Help your next kin. If we help our children, they do not have to be adopted away from home. After all, we do not believe that we are cursed. Do we?

Peace

post A. Mwenda: Let’s take a new look at African Aid

November 9th, 2007

Filed under: Video Forums — Lissan Magazine @ 20:50

About this Talk
In this provocative talk, journalist Andrew Mwenda asks us to reframe the “African question” — to look beyond the media’s stories of poverty, civil war and helplessness and see the opportunities for creating wealth and happiness throughout the continent. Most important, he says, the solution to Africa’s problems is not more aid.

About Andrew Mwenda
Journalist Andrew Mwenda has spent his career fighting for free speech and economic empowerment throughout Africa. He argues that aid makes objects of the poor — they become passive recipients of charity rather than active participants in their own economic betterment.

Source: tedtalks

post Zeresenay Alemseged: Paleoanthropologist

November 2nd, 2007

Filed under: Video Forums — Lissan Magazine @ 11:18

Why you should listen to him:

Paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged studies the origins of humanity. Through his Dikika Research Project (DRP) in the Afar desert of Ethiopia, he has discovered the earliest known skeleton of a hominid child, the 3.3-million-year-old bones of Selam, a 3-year-old girl of the species Australopithecus afarensis. She is a member of the same species as Lucy, discovered nearby in 1974.In studying Selam’s tiny bones, Alemseged is searching for the points at which we humans diverged from apes. For instance, Selam may have had ape-like shoulders, made for climbing trees — but her legs were angled for walking upright. Her young brain, at age 3, was still growing, which implies that she was set to have a long human-style childhood. And in the hyoid bone of her throat, Alemseged sees the beginning of human speech.

Born in Axum, Ethiopia, Alemseged is based at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. To see more video from Alemseged, visit the video archives of Nature.

Source: tedtalks

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