#83 sexual violence

I heard this shocking story over the BBC international radio station, a followup of last year’s reporting — a Congolese woman was raped by 19 men and she saw her entire family members killed before her eyes. They even made her killed her baby by ‘pulling the string’ to strangle the baby to death.

Today she is survived with her 5-year old daughter. I believe she must be living for her daughter — otherwise she would have taken her own life.

How depraved these 19 men were to rape the same woman?! These men must be psychologically sick and are worse than animals.

I wonder if you could read and hear this through the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2008/04/080411_congo_wt_sl.shtml 

Apparently sexual violence is common in many parts of Africa — women and girls are raped daily!

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#82 six words

This ‘six words’ thing is in vogue.

Write a memoir using six words…I heard this on BBC International radio program.

Now, there is 6-word motto…haven’t seen or read one yet.

However I know of one:

  1. Enter to learn. Leave to serve. — school motto for Kohimarama School in Auckland, New Zealand. This is one of the best I’ve seen.

It was Ernest Hemmingway who wrote a 6-word story I was told but…source? Can anyone help?

Here goes my 6-word short story:

  1. When told, she cried, “Why me?”
  2. Dead fish swims with the flow.
  3. Ernest Hemmingway wrote 6-word story. Huh?!
  4. I came. I saw. I conquered. — a classic quote?

Please add on…

#81 elderly statesman

What a sad state for the people of a country when an elderly statesman does not know how to relinquish power and graciously make way for younger leaders to take the baton to rule!

One example today is the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, 84 years old, is clinging tight to his power. Though the economy is ailing fast and the people have to queue to buy food, yet he is oblivious. Such is the accursed state of an elderly man.

The leaders of a country are either a blessing or bane. In Zimbabwe, the leaders are paralysed because none is willing to make way for the sake of the people. If there is a change in government, many of the leaders will have to go.

So it is the few in the governing authorities that create the sufferings of the masses.

The queue to buy food lengthens and inflation rocket high…will the people revolt one day?