BBC World News – Focus on Africa

Almaz’s story: The illustrations which bring to life the harrowing tale of a young Ethiopian domestic worker abused by her employers in Saudi Arabia. Journalist Benjamin Dix and artist Lindsay Pollock speak to BBC Africa’s Sophie Ikenye about how comic books can be used to tell powerful stories.

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  1. #Almaz’s story: The illustrations which bring to life the harrowing tale of a young Ethiopian domestic worker  abused by her employers in Saudi Arabia. Journalist Benjamin Dix and artist Lindsay Pollock apeak to BBC Africa’s Sophie Ikenye about how comic books can be used to tell powerful stories.

    BBC World News – Focus on Africa

  2. Whois Saudi Arabia that Africans will go there to become slaves for these stupid people who cannot read or write. Africa has enough raw materials & perciu

  3. African leaders has failed their African citizens. This is slave trade once again, African leaders are selling their fellow brothers & sisters once again into slave trade like they did many centuries ago to white people.

  4. African leaders are beasts who do not care about their people being humiliated in other countries. They kill their own people at home and their people are being exploited by others. Neither Western governments care about Africans. Western countries are friends of African dictators as far as they serve their political interests.

  5. please don’t travel Saudi Arabia or arabian  b/c They have no human and they will never too.
       My hart with my people Ethiopian people how to travel to these country.

  6. British came to Africa with no proper documents embezzled resources rape women including small girls then tell Africans now close ur eyes i want to pray for u Jesus is coming, bf eyes open everythings has gone.

  7. Nigeria at 57: a delinquent journey to nationhood
    By Fr Livinus Onogwu

    The significance of Independence Day celebration is that it looks at a nation’s journey towards full self realisation away from colonialism. Characteristically, Nigerians across the world gathered to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence anniversary. In Kenya scores met at Marist International University College Karen, Nairobi, in a colourful celebration that began with the Holy Mass. While it is laudable to keep the Nigerian flag flying wherever we are and in any case, truth be told, there are much to worry about and less to celebrate especially given lingering insecurity, secessionist agitations, labour unrests and harsh impact of economic recession among a litany of other crises. There is need to critically look at Nigeria’s delinquent journey towards a healthy nationhood and the path she must toe into the years ahead if she is to reclaim her enviable position in the comity of nations.

    Nigeria is a very interesting country. She is jealously blessed with both human and natural resources. She is known the world over as the most populous black nation and celebrated for many good things such as career professionals, footballers, musicians and movies as well as many bad things such as drug peddling, scam, corruption, international prostitution and militancy. Simultaneously, her blessings are the bane of her constant headaches. It would take the best brains in mathematics to balance the equation between her negatives and her positives.

    I intentionally used the term “constant headaches” as opposed to “curses” to highlight the fact that the headaches can actually be cured – and indeed by Nigerians themselves. If it was a colonial curse or demonic hostage, the many spiritual generals in the country would have delivered her from such stubborn spirits. Nigerians are growing increasingly impatient with their “suffering and smiling” (Fela Kuti) outlook. Expressions of frustration will certainly heighten in the coming years if concrete steps are not taken to save the situation by critically engaging with the ongoing quest for national renaissance that would birth a new, secure, peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Nigeria.

    Nigeria, a microcosm of Africa, is a country of many ethnic nationalities. The beauty of this conglomeration is her rich cultural diversity, huge human population and a variety of natural resources. This combination beautifully enriches life in the country. The ugly side of the multicultural diversity shines forth when firstly it comes to administration, secondly meeting the needs and aspirations of the teeming population and thirdly resource exploration, allocation and management. The story is about the same in most other African countries.

    Firstly, in the area of administration, we consider elements such as leadership, government appointments, access to power, inclusivity and service delivery. Do all ethnic groups have a sense of belonging in the country? The Ibo people for instance feel badly marginalised and omitted from the national picture and hence the ongoing Biafran agitation. To forge ahead as a united nation therefore it is imperative for Nigerians to uphold their sense of nationhood and commit to it wholeheartedly. The government should foster a deepening sense of cohesion and integration by strictly following the principles of federal character as enshrined in the constitution in the conduct of all government businesses.

    Secondly, the huge population is a blessing in terms of work force and consumer market for goods and services. This also naturally translates into a huge need to create employment opportunities and provide massive social amenities such as electricity, schools, hospitals and roads. When the needs of these millions are not met, crime and lawlessness cannot come as a surprise to anyone. Boko Haram for instance is a fruit of dirty politics, illiteracy and joblessness shrouded in the veil of religious piety. As the next point would posit, if properly harnessed and repositioned, the county’s natural resources are more than sufficient to cater for the needs of Nigerians.

    Thirdly, the natural resources of the country are unevenly distributed. While some parts have resources that contribute substantially to national income but do not enjoy the benefits, other parts do not have anything to contribute but enjoy much benefits. How are national resources distributed such that those who have as well as those who do not have both enjoy the benefits? Militancy in the oil rich Niger Delta for instance is a fight for economic justice. And of Nigeria’s many diverse resources, only a few have been explored as oil continues to remain its mainstay. A fiscal federal structure that would allow regional control of resources is the best way forward to awaken those who are lazying around and waiting for Abuja to share oil revenue.

    There is need to not only diversify the economy away from the vagaries of oil production and prices but also to encourage public and private partnership in the agricultural and industrial sectors. Growth comes from the added value of processing raw materials through to finished products for domestic consumption and export. An investment friendly environment as well as a massive infrastructural development are key to attracting the much needed revival of the non oil sectors.

    Those three aspects, in my view, are at the root of Nigeria’s headache. It is simply a call to properly develop and judiciously use the natural resources to meet the needs of all Nigerians. And this is possible and achievable. How? Our searchlight now turns on the current administration of President Buhari and his efforts to chart a sure path to making Nigeria great again. President Buhari has been criticised for making life difficult for Nigerians and it is indeed true that there are no longer free mints flying all over in the air. It is no longer dirty business as usual. The hardship is the result of efforts to redeem the economy from the many ailments that have over the years sapped out its blood, leaving it anaemic. The temporary pains will give way to permanent gains for the greater and common good of Nigerians.

    Some key areas of appreciable success in the current administration include the sustained war against Boko Haram insurgents, the fearless crackdown on corruption, streamlining government institutions for efficiency, checks and controls of all government businesses, securing the economy from being a dumping ground, empowering local manufacturers and attracting foreign direct investment among many others. These steps are in the right direction. There is much more to be done and the government have shown its willingness to work. The work is however hampered by the sickness of the system as manifested by the sickness of the president himself. His seeming recovery is a sign of hope that fallen Nigeria will rise again.

    Secessionist agitations, calls for restructuring, inter-ethnic clashes, smuggling and deliberate economic sabotage, marginalisation, poverty, unemployment, unfair resource distribution, systemic corruption, unredressed historical injustices, ethno-political dominance, killer nomadic Fulani herdsmen, maladministration and sectional favouristism among others are the germs, bacteria and viruses sickening the Nigerian system. Although we are aware of these teething elements that threaten our national cohesion and stability, the will to address them is either paralysed or nonexistent. National Conferences and submissions from different aggrieved quarters have shed great light on what the solutions are. If we chose to sweep these perennial problems and other emerging concerns under the carpet, they would generate deadly dusts that no one would love to inhale – and we are already seeing this in the south east, north east and north central.

    Visionary leadership is needed to help fix Nigeria. Experts are needed to help leaders formulate efficient and effective policy combinations for smooth and sustained economic development. As Nigeria moves into electioneering period in the coming year, it is imperative for Nigerians to learn from recent elections across the continent and use the process to entrench good leadership and democratic principles. Every Nigerian has a moral duty to act in the spirit of our national anthem to realise the big dreams of our founding fathers. We are the answers to our prayers!

  8. Adam Kinzinger feigns Matthias of Budapest, a bloodline ancestor of Julian Casablancas married to Catherine of Podebrady, his #4 roster spouse circa 800 years ago.

    Juliet Joslin is the bloodline Soulmate of Adrien Brody. Her actual appearance resembles actress Cynthia Nixon. Julian Casablancas is the dormant Fixed Twin Soul of Juliet Joslin, parting ways 2600 years ago. The Underworld aka TOC Network which was originally a secret society in Russia, patterned an artificial reunion between Julian Casablancas and Juliet Joslin that began in the early 18th century.

    While intentions on the part of Juliet Joslin were more goal oriented regarding her own Soulmate union, things began to slip after her life as Mary Shelley. "Frankenstein" was a co-write with Charles Dickens, the bloodline ancestor of Adrien Brody.

    Amy Knorr, the registered bloodline descendant of Marilyn Monroe, is the bloodline Soulmate of Julian Casablancas. Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is the dormant Fixed Twin Soul of Amy Knorr.

    Amy Knorr is not an underworld operative but her family did enlist, including her father as of 125 years ago. The underworld uses "extreme psychic science" developed in Russia. An underworld tactic is imperceivable psychic warfare. The point of entry is perceiving centers used for intimate soaring with one’s Soulmate. Offering sexual feigning services to operatives on assignment became point of entry. Julian Casablancas joined the underworld in the early 18th century. His brain center for King’s conquest in Soulmate venture was tricked away from him, prior to joining via a projection / reperception maneuver caused by an underworld operative feigning the exact identification marker for a different purpose.

    Amy Knorr was attacked psychically as an infant by an underworld leader who misused the punishment that Marilyn Monroe earned for the pinups, to block Amy Knorr from her sexuality and womanly attributes. After this was done, underworld operative Juliet Joslin, member of 700 years, perceived and feigned these qualities of Amy Knorr as herself, beginning at the end of her direct ancestor’s life, before she herself was born.

    Marilyn Monroe’s pinups by contract were supposed to be anonymous and painted; photographs were not to be published. The contract was violated after her death.

    For the public, and during sexual feigning services, Juliet Joslin feigned that Julian Casablancas was her Soulmate, which damaged things between Julian Casablancas and Amy Knorr, as well as Adrien Brody and Juliet Joslin.

    This link to "Clandestino" by Shakira assured the public that despite impressions, the real Adrien Brody was perceived by Juliet Joslin and the real Amy Knorr was perceived by Julian Casablancas.

    When the perception of Juliet Joslin was screwed over about 7 months ago, the perception for raising kids and pertaining to Adrien Brody as the actual father was also thrown offline which affected the perception of the children adversely.

    Juliet Joslin and Adrien Brody were focusing on athletics together and their more accessible perception. "Goal oriented" was how they patterned because it pertains to the comparable aspects caused by the crisis situation of the underworld. Figuring things out together would keep them together. This is the first life with disruption.

    Julian Casablancas had his own identity and perceived the marriage as a feigning service marriage. He and Juliet Casablancas would also produce positive by figuring out ideas together.

    Delicate balance was essential. Perception must be restored.

  9. Please my sisters and brothers, stop going to these arab countries to look for work, they don’t have any consideration for black people. And I don’t even think if they are really muslim people, because a good muslim person can’t hurt others.

  10. I painful in my heart because these have animal’s hearts how can they do this their fellow human being and my advice to each and every person is that they should not go to such places

  11. saudi arabia always kill africa people there every that one Ghana girl was kill in saudi most of arabia people don’t like black african people you see Kuwait and Libya and Bahrain i been to ararbia contains if you are african is most problem you have

  12. Forced labour, modern day slavery and trafficking must end. People causing such things should be stripped out of their wealth

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