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Angelina Jolie Tells Heartbreaking Tale Of Young Girls R@ped & Sold For $40 (N8000)

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The Hollywood star and UN special envoy who is a long-standing campaigner gave a heartbreaking account of young girls she has met in conflict zones who have been repeatedly r@ped and sold off for as little as $40 each. The actress appeared alongside former Foreign Secretary William Hague before the House of Lords Committee to speak about their campaign against sexu@l violence in conflict.

“For over 10 years I had been visiting the field and meeting with families and survivors of sexu@l violence who felt for so long that their voices simply didn’t matter – they weren’t heard and they carried a great shame. I remember distinctly meeting this little girl, who was very young – probably about 7 or 8 – and she was rocking backwards and forwards and staring at the wall and tears streaming down her face because she had been brutally r@ped multiple times.” She said.

According to The Independent, Jolie described how she had felt “absolutely helpless” after meeting one young girl who refused to speak to anyone after being “brutally r@ped multiple times”. She said what was even worse than the physical violence was the feeling of worthlessness they felt when men bartered over their monetary value when selling them off as s#x slaves.

“More recently I met a 13-year-old girl in Iraq who had been kept in a room with many other girls. They were taken out in twos, brought to this very dirty room with this dirty couch and r@ped repeatedly. They told me what was even worse than this physical violence was they had to stand in rooms and watch their friends be sold. To hear men arguing over what they were worth. Were they worth $40, $50? What was the price, their value? And how humiliating that was.”

Updating the committee on progress since then, Angelina said:

“The most important thing is to understand what it’s not: it’s not sexu@l, it’s a violent, brutal, terrorizing weapon, and it is used unfortunately everywhere. The most aggressive terrorist group in the world today knows what we know; knows that it is a very effective weapon and [is] using it as a center point of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families and attacking, destroying and dehumanizing.” She added: “I know what would happen to my family if I were raped or my daughters were r@ped. All of you sitting in this room. What would that do to their lives, to your family structure? You would want to know it was wrong and that the world thought it was wrong and the person who did this to you didn’t just walk away.”

 

Source: Linda Ikeji Blog

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‘Igbos enjoyed brief sunshine in Nigeria after independence’ – Orji Uzor Kalu

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'Igbos enjoyed brief sunshine in Nigeria after independence' – Orji Uzor Kalu

Former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has revealed that Igbos in Nigeria only enjoyed little sunshine after Nigeria’s amalgamation and independence.

In excerpts from his newly released autobiography ‘My Life, traced the “plight of the Igbos” to the early 19th century when the British first explored the Lower Niger, Kalu added that Igbos did not have a say in the 1914 amalgamation.

Orji Uzor who stated that the Igbos did not have a say as to whether they desired to be a part of such contraption or not, affirmed that they enjoyed brief sunshine in Nigeria in the decade before and a few years after independence.

He said in the book;

“In January 1914, Lord Fredrick Lugard completed the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates into Colonial Nigeria and became its first Governor-General.

“The Igbos did not have a say as to whether they desired to be a part of such a contraption or not. However, the clouds lifted so briefly and the Igbo enjoyed brief sunshine in Nigeria in the decade before and a few years after independence.

“Having embraced Christianity and western education with enthusiasm, they quickly rose to hold sway in the federal civil service, military, academia, commerce and industry.

“The ‘Jews’ of West Africa were on the march, toiling, sweating and swinging upwards, to the envy and hatred of their compatriots.”

The Senate Chief Whip also alleged that he chose to honor the Igbos over money during the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo, who according to him placed “a great strain” on the country’s unity with an alleged lack of democratic character.

Orji Uzor added;

“I am not in politics because I want to make money from it. If that was the case, I would have remained with President (Olusegun) Obasanjo throughout our time in office because he controlled all the money.

“But I needed honour for my people. He refused to honour and respect my people; he failed to give them a sense of belonging. He carried on as if he was still at war with the Igbo nation, hence we disagreed.”

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Cyprus-bound student with 13.55kg of Cannabis nabbed by NDLEA

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An intending student attempting to smuggle 13.55 kilogrammes of cannabis to Cyprus has been nabbed by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The suspect, Sunday Odi, 23,  was nabbed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by the Special Area Command.

The suspected drug trafficker was intercepted at the departure hall of the airport, while attempting to board a Turkish airline to Northern Cyprus en-route Istanbul, Turkey.

During a search of his luggage, some dried weeds which tested positive for Cannabis sativa weighing 13.55 kilograms were found concealed in dried hibiscus flower and stuffed in empty bottle water. The drugs were wrapped in little quantities in the bottles which were cut apart for the wraps to enter and sealed back with a brand label Wonder Bitter Root. The bottles were submerged in the bags with food condiments and provisions

It was further learnt that the indigene of Ezza South Local Government Area, Ebonyi State was offered admission to read Tourism and Hotel Management at the Near East University, Cyprus.

NDLEA’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr Jonah Achema who confirmed the arrest of the suspect said;

“During a search of his luggage, some dried weeds which tested positive for Cannabis Sativa weighing 13.55 kg were found concealed in dried hibiscus flowers and stuffed in empty water bottles.

“The drugs were wrapped in little quantities in the bottles which were cut apart for the wraps to enter and sealed back with a brand label ‘Wonder Bitter Root’.

“The bottles were submerged in the bags with food condiments and provisions.”

 

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Hoodlums steal Obafemi Awolowo’s glasses from his statue in Lagos (Photos)

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Hoodlums steal Obafemi Awolowo’s glasses from his statue in Lagos (photos)

As looting of government and private properties continue in Lagos, some hoodlums on rampage have taken the looting to the next level.

In a report that has gone viral, hoodlums defaced the statue of late Obafemi Awolowo by removing his iconic glasses.

 

 

 

Information Nigeria recalls that the monument of Nnamdi Azikwe had also been attacked by hoodlums in Anambra state.

The Awolowo statue was erected during the administration of former Lagos governor Akinwumi Ambode, in recognition of the late former lawyer, nationalist’s contribution to the country’s democracy.

Here are photos of the defaced Awolowo statue;

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