From Soul City, South Africa, December 11 2013: The Soul City Institute extends its condolences to the Mandela family. Like everyone across the world, we received the news of Tata’s passing with great sadness and disbelief. Although he had been sick for a while, I do not think that we would ever be ready to say goodbye to him.
Author Chris Morry, from his Field Notes series for the Polio Network on December 11 2013: It has been very busy since we left Afghanistan for Nigeria. So busy in fact that it was 24 hours before I learned of Nelson Mandela's death. His passing is a moment for reflection not only on the impact of a single person who came to represent the best elements of one of the most powerful social justice movements of our time but also on what brings us together to create large scale societal change.
Author Lisa Jordan December 10 2013: The Dutch are very proud that, according to UNICEF’s research, children here are the happiest in the world. But averages hide extremes. Sadly, in the Netherlands, neglect and abuse are on the rise. The University of Leiden found in 2011 that one in 30 Dutch children suffer abuse.
Author Shahidul Alam links to his musings from Dhaka, Bangladesh, written July 18 2009 and linked here on December 10 2013, as a tribute to Nelson Mandela: "You built the road to freedom. We need the courage to walk it..." In 67 Minutes for Madiba, accessible through the link below, he describes his photo assignments as opportunities to become aquainted with Nelson Rolihlahla "Madiba" Mandela, Graça Machel, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and Fatima Meer.
Author Shelley Enarson, December 8 2013: I remember the day I heard a man named Nelson Mandela would be released from prison. As a child growing up in a public white school in Pretoria [South Africa], I can't recall any balloons of celebration that day. The opposite was true - a sense of caution and fear filled the air. In my 10-year-old rationale, I wondered who was this criminal who was being released with so much public attention. After all, criminals go to jail and if this man was being released from jail, he had to be a criminal - so I thought.
"When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat." Nelson Mandela
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Nelson Mandela, Madiba, was all about positive change. Today the world struggles to change to an earth absent his physical presence. He was of course unique in his capacity to apply increasing heat to boil very hot water. As a result he cooked a very different, much improved, hugely better world. And he did it in a way that exuded love. The world (eventually) loved him back.
Author: Anu Mohammed, November 29 2013 Film is not just a big business in Nigeria. It’s huge. Every year nearly 2000 movies are made, a production rate which beats Hollywood, only coming second to the world’s largest film industry, Bollywood. But when the important topic of HIV and AIDS comes up in many Nollywood movies and Nigerian songs, it’s often not accurately - or helpfully - treated.
Author: Linda Raftree, December 5 2013 Migration has been a part of the human experience since the dawn of time, and populations have always moved in search of resources and better conditions. Today, unaccompanied children and youth are an integral part of national and global migration patterns, often leaving their place of origin due to violence, conflict, abuse, or other rights violations, or simply to seek better opportunities for themselves.
Author: Warren Feek of The Communication Intiative, December 2 2013 "It is certain that ending the AIDS epidemic will mean so much to so many.
Author Rana Tassawar Ali, December 3 2013
The definition of "gender discrimination" is: an attitude or action/decision taken with a bias towards individuals on the basis of their gender. If we analyze the fact of gender discrimination against women in Pakistan and in the global context, we find five facts.
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