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월요일, 7월 15, 2019

The Remarkable Story of Anthony, President Akinwumi Adesina's Adoptive Son from Madagascar


The Remarkable Story of Anthony, President Akinwumi Adesina’s Adoptive Son from Madagascar


Africa News
2019.07.05.


Three years ago, Anthony, then 11, showed signs of stunted growth as observed by African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina during a visit to Madagascar’s Bas Mangoky region. To the Bank chief, the boy looked no more than 5 years of age.

“I was transfixed by one of the children attracted by my helicopter landing. He was so small that I was convinced he could be no more than 5 years old,” recalls President Adesina.

“I asked him his name and he told me it was Anthony. But his voice was not that of a 5-year-old child. I was shocked to discover that he was 11. He was suffering from severe malnutrition.”

This was on 2 August 2016 and the story could have ended there. President Adesina could have continued his tour of the region, where rice production had tripled, from two to six tonnes per hectare, thanks to the decisive intervention of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional window of the African Development Bank. He could have continued his rounds, proud of the Fund’s intervention, which had enabled the region to record a 141% increase in its agricultural income.

This, however, would have gone against his convictions and his personal efforts to help curb malnutrition. “Anthony said his dream was to become a doctor,” he recalls, visibly moved when he reunited with Anthony this week on the sidelines of the ADF-15 replenishment meeting in Antananarivo. The President of the African Development Bank thus decided, in agreement with his wife, to adopt Anthony and provide him with the means to live a dignified life, alongside his family, in his home environment.

And even then, Anthony’s incredible story did not end there. “I saw him again, the day before yesterday. Our son, Anthony, is growing normally. He is fine and well-fed,” Adesina says. “He is doing well in school and is one of the best in his class. I really hope that one day he will achieve his dream of becoming a doctor.” Barely half the height of his adoptive father in 2016, Anthony now seems well on track to overtake him.

For President Adesina, Anthony’s story is one of hope. Just like this young Malagasy boy, the continent can overcome its weaknesses. “Fragility is not inevitable. It can be overcome,” Adesina said in his opening speech at the second consultative meeting of the replenishment of the Fund.

“We believe in Africa! We believe in a prosperous future. We believe in its destiny!” he declared.

“The African Development Fund can continue to create hope among the least developed populations, offer opportunities to those who have nothing, and restore pride and determination,” he said, calling on donor countries to maintain their strong commitment to the continent.



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Gino Strada's Emergeny in Kabul


Afghanistan, 6 dead and 50 school children injured in an attack in Kabul

la Repubblica
2019.07.01.


Around 100 people were hit this morning by a series of explosions in the PD16 district - police district 16 - of Kabul, the Afghan capital. The balance is at least six dead, 50 of whom are injured among the wounded. The attack took place just as the peace talks between the US and anti-government forces aimed at ending a war that began on October 7, 2001 are underway in Doha. It was about 9 am, the streets were full of people. In the district where the explosion took place there are military and government buildings, the Afghan Football Federation and the Afghan Cricket Council. It is an area in which there are many schools, in fact many of the victims are children.

The White House condemns "the cruel attack". Donald Trump announces that the US will maintain a strong intelligence presence in Afghanistan after troop withdrawal. "In Afghanistan we will leave much intelligence, much more than you can imagine... it looks like a laboratory for terrorists... I call it the Harvard of terrorists," said Trump, citing the prestigious American university.

The chilling balance sheet of civilian victims. "There was a big explosion, then a series of smaller explosions - says Marco Puntin, coordinator of EMERGENCY programs - at our Surgical Center for war victims, we received 45 patients, 22 admitted for surgical treatment while 23 were treated on an outpatient basis. Unfortunately, two of these died ... one of them was a child. Among the patients received today there are 17 minors. And there are still patients coming. "According to the latest UNAMA report, in the first three months of 2019, the war in Afghanistan caused 1,773 civilian casualties, of which 582 children. In these three months, 18 incidents involving educational facilities and 26 involving health facilities have been reported.

The now long "EMERGENCY stay" in Afghanistan. The organization teams founded by Gino Strada have been in Kabul since 2001, with the Surgical Center offering treatment to war victims who, in the first 5 months of 2019, admitted 1,414 patients, 15% of whom are under 14 years old. Every day, in our hospital, 9 new patients, victims of the endless war arrive: 56% of them are victims of firearms, 32% of shrapnel and mines.



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[2019 Sunhak Peace Prize Laureate] Fight against Female Genital Mutilation


Fight against Female Genital Mutilation

Waris Dirie, A Human Rights Activist Who Publicized the Issue of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to the World


Q. You were the first person to claim to fight against female genital mutilation. 
Did you have any concerns or think that it could be dangerous to you?

I don’t look at the possibility, or think about how it will be, or what it would be like. 
There was a problem I couldn’t stop thinking about, and I didn’t think about anything else. 

Because if you do think about it, you never make it. 
I don’t think about the ifs. 
I knew that it was something I had to do, 
and I went for it.  



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African Development Bank President attends historic African Union summit, decries child marriage



African Development Bank President attends historic African Union summit, decries child marriage

EIN News
2019.07.09.


The president of the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina joined continental leaders in Niger for an African Union summit which saw the official launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement – the world’s largest free trade area since the formation of the World Trade Organization.

The agreement, ratified in April, will cover a market of 1.2 billion people and an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) of $2.5 trillion, across all 55 member States of the African Union.

The Bank has been central in shaping the AfCFTA agreement, setting its strategy and format and approving a $4.8 million grant to the AU for the establishing of the Secretariat and to accelerate its roll out. Nigeria made history at the summit by becoming the 54th African country to sign up.

Commending all the parties involved for bringing this historic agreement to fruition, President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou said: “The time has come to translate words into actions. The continent has waited for far too long, and we are glad this historic moment for the people of Africa is being witnessed in Niger.”

His comments were echoed by AU President, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and AU Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat who both stressed the need to celebrate the strides the continent has made.

“An old dream has come true. The founding fathers must be proud,” said Faki.

Child marriage a scourge, women’s inclusion must be prioritized - Adesina

Whilst in Niamey, Adesina also participated in a high-level panel on combatting child marriage, organized on the sidelines of the summit by the First Ladies of West African Economic Community states and Niger’s first lady Dr. Lala Malika Mahamadou Issoufou.

The panel, themed: Combatting child marriage and promoting girls’ education and retention in schools, heard testimonies from young girls as well as from Niger’s traditional chiefs, who committed to support the recommendations of the meeting.

“It is totally unacceptable that in Africa some people would block the future of girls. Fundamentally, we have to protect girls, help them achieve and perform.” Adesina said.

Highlighting the need to urgently address “this plague which jeopardizes the future of girls in Africa,” Adesina urged participants to prioritise the inclusion of women. “Women are the backbone of the African economy and of the African communities,” Adesina stated.



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Anote Tong Former President, Kiribati to Key-Note CEO Summit atop Salesforce Tower




Anote Tong Former President, Kiribati to Key-Note CEO Summit atop Salesforce Tower

CISION PR Newswire
2019.07.02.




On July 17, 2019, CEOs and industry leaders from over 150 corporations will gather atop Salesforce Tower on the "Ohana" Floor, to focus on the vision for a Climate Resilience and Ocean Conservation Living Museum being proposed in San Francisco.

The non-profit (501c3) Aquarium of the Bay is California's only Smithsonian Affiliate, that has served millions of visitors on Pier #39 for 23 years. This Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited, award winning institution holds over 23,000 animals in its care in its 750,000 gallon saltwater tanks, including sharks, bat rays, octopus, sturgeons and squids, among others, offering 70,000 children free education each year. An international team of experts is involved in conceiving the BayEcotarium- a living museum- to address the challenges of climate change, ocean acidification, clean energy, carbon-sequestration, sea-level rise, plastic and micro-plastic pollution and solutions- at public policy, programs, prototypes and paradigm-shift levels.


Former President of Kiribati, His Excellency Anote Tong, will deliver the Key-Note. President Tong has been at the forefront of raising global awareness on catastrophic risks caused by climate change. His atoll nation faces an existential threat due to rising sea levels owing to Climate Change. He directed Kiribati's purchase of land in Fiji in 2014 as a contingency refuge for his people. Climate warrior Tong, pioneered the notion of 'migration with dignity' to prevent his people from becoming 'climate refugees'. He oversaw the creation of a 480,250 square kilometer marine park, the largest Marine Protected Area in the world winning the Peter Benchley Ocean Award, it was later adopted as a UNESCO World Heritage site. "This gathering of minds In San Francisco is part of a continued process of engagement that strengthens our vision and collective resolve to make this environmental edifice a reality," says visionary President and CEO, George Jacob, who was recently honored with the Louie Kamookak Medal by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and named Chief Advisor to UN Environment on Climate Museum initiatives in the Caribbean Region.



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