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Alina is a young Swiss woman who just finished her secondary studies. Part of her requirements to graduate was a monograph with original research. Alina took a critical look at the topic "aid and development." In no time, Alina arranged to do, what she always wanted, a chance to prove herself working on a project. Anidan a orphanage in Kenya, desperately needed help in setting up a library. The library was needed to deepen the resident children´s love for learning and reading books. Her research and experiences provided the basis for her thesis which she has now completed. Alina's thesis and work provides inspiration and a how to in setting up a library project. You can download her thesis, which is written in German below. Well done Alina! For more information on the Anidan orphanage in Kenya see the YouTube video below.
Walfame is a Kenya group of 15 youngsters gaining fame as hip hop stars in Kenya. The group has won the MTV heart Journalism Award in Copenhagen 2010 with this music video, filmed and edited by Cultural Video Foundation. With Kibera being the largest urban slum in Nairobi the group's message for recycling as a way to lower pollution and “make a town a green town, is likely based in part on personal experience. And it is a message and song that will never go out of style. My congratulations to the artists.
© Ann Thompson
Baboon's have well developed cheek pouches which serve as "snack food reservoir." The cheeks are usually stuffed with seeds and other foods to be eaten whenever hunger strikes.
White rhinos are the second largest mammal on earth (the elephant is the largest) White rhinos are grazers (grass eaters) while black rhinos are browsers (bush eater i.e. wood twigs, shrubs, leaves.)
The name white rhino is said to have generated by mistakes. Early settlers coming from Europe called the animal "weitmaul" meaning wide mouth. This was later translated into white.
Large Matabele ants are the main predators of termites. The ants will form raiding parties in order to organize multi-pronged attacks on huge termite mounts.
Zebra stallions have a harem. Among the males is a strict hierarchy, but young males will abduct fillies from other herds to form their own harem.
Hyenas live in a matriarchal society (female rule) Young spotted hyenas attain their spots after a few months. In twin females, on usually kills the other twin. Contrary to popular believes hyenas are excellent pack hunters and not just scavengers.
A medley of clips from Ann's travels in Africa: Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi. Unfortunately most clips got lost, but the memories will remain forever.
The Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) is the world’s largest database of elephant product seizures. Based on ETIS information the Public Library on Science (PLOS - a nonprofit publisher with the mission to accelerate progress in science by leading a transformation in research communication) made available a statistical research paper which outlines several key findings.
1.) China and Thailand are currently believed to be the principal end-use markets for ivory.
2.) Viet Nam and the Philippines, are markets, but are assessed to be transit points for onward trade to China and Thailand.
3.) In Central Africa, Cameroon plays a major role in ivory trade as an important entry/trading post and exit port (Douala).
4.) The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and Congo all function as major sources of elephant ivory and face massive pressure from poaching and consequently play a major role in large raw ivory shipments.
5.) In East Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya contribute over three-quarters of East Africa’s transactions of large raw ivory.
6.) Tanzania and Kenya now function as the key exit points for ivory leaving Africa ,and Uganda is a regional trading post for ivory originating in Central Africa.
Before they pass away is a photography project by Jimmy Nelson. Nelson traveled around the world to photograph tribes at the brink of vanishing. The photo results are absolutely stunning, while the trailer is a bit overbearing.
Annually Transparency International publishes a by country Corruption Index.
The 2013 Index highlights again that many of the 54 African nations evince high corruption rates. Yet by 2015, the high growth, stable, African economies are said to reach Middle Income levels and provide excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs. Africa is one of the youngest region of the world. This youth bulge will impact the future. Thus, Africa has great potential, a potential hindered by corruption and a young population ready to conquer either via business or via upheaval, if forces beyond their perceived control hamper positive development. Thus, corruption is also likely to play a role in the Africa of the coming decades.
Excellent Quote of the Day: Africa: Make Corruption a Crime Against Humanity - U.S. Lawyer
Namibia has been suffering from the worst drought in thirty years and the forecast is not looking hopeful. Slowly the international media is covering the problem which may worsen in time. Namibia's president took the step of declaring "emergency law" and has requested international aid. Al Jazeera news stated in a recent article that some fifty percent of Namibians face food insecurity. Most hart hit are of course the rural tribes in a country where malnutrition is frequent even when the rains fall.
This is an award winning photo by Tom Warren showing the "gentle" and inquisitive side of a mountain gorilla. I absolutely adore this photograph and wanted to share it with you.
For more award winning images check out this source article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2001152/Wildlife-photography-award-winners-Gorilla-makes-friends-duckling.html