Thankful.

In the last year I have gained four certification which have made me very employable.  Thank you, Jesus.  I now work and I’m able to support myself 100%.  I am glad I took the step to go Job Corp.  I came back wiser and met many people whom I would never have been able to be acquainted with if I was home.   I learned to stand up for myself and to speak up for others.  I met wonderful Africans  who were proud of their heritage.  I experienced winter like never before (NE Pennsylvania is no joke). I made many sacrifices for family.  I pushed my myself and learned that I am stronger than I give myself credit for.  

Get your facts right # Sierra Leone

I was watching  a program hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry and one of her guests stated that the Sierra Leone Civil War erupted because of Tribal conflict. That is simply not true.  

1.  We may have tribalism in Sierra Leone but we do not hate each other.

2. Foday Sankoh was Temne and his adversaries at the start of his mobilzation were Limba (Siaka Stevens and Joseph Saidu Momoh). Every Sierra Leonean knows that the Limbas and Temne get along VERY well. The only two tribes in Sierra Leone that do not generally get along are the Mendes and Temnes.  Moreover for a Limba to gain any kind of Political power they most have the support of a majority tribe and that tribe is Temne.  

Westerners are always quick to say conflict in Africa is because of tribal dispute.  They make it seem as if we’re not civilized to live and work with our fellow countrymen.    

sabisierraleone:

From 1991 through 2002 civil war broke out in the country of Sierra Leone. A large organized group of rebels known as the Revolutionary United Front attempted to take over the country, their main goal being thecontrol of the countries natural resources and primarily the control of diamonds. They were brutal and powerful. They destroyed cities, murdered families, kidnapped and amputated thousands of men, women and children. Many children watched as their parents and siblings were tortured and killed, only to be kidnapped, drugged and forced to become child soldiers. Arms, legs, breasts, tongues, lips, and ears were often amputated in order to strike fear and prevent civilians from voting. Thousands were gang raped and executed in front of their families. The victims of these horrendous acts were often women, children and the elderly. So many were killed that bodies were rotting in the streets of cities and the situation soon became too dangerous for any journalists to remain the country. There is little footage of the horrors that went on in Sierra Leone, all we have now is the evidence of the aftermath of these dreadful happenings.
This may not directly effect you, it probably never will. But all we ask of you is to please help spread the word so that the thousands who have suffered can get the help they deserve. They need prosthetic’s to work and provide for their families, schools to educate their future generations and proper communities.
Please follow Hands for Africa for more information and contact us for ways to help! We are a small non-profit organization with the goal to rebuild the communities effected by blood diamond wars and we hope to spread our wings as far as they will go!
Use the #handsforafrica to spread the word, lets join together to make the world a better place one smile at a time.

sabisierraleone:

From 1991 through 2002 civil war broke out in the country of Sierra Leone. A large organized group of rebels known as the Revolutionary United Front attempted to take over the country, their main goal being thecontrol of the countries natural resources and primarily the control of diamonds. They were brutal and powerful. They destroyed cities, murdered families, kidnapped and amputated thousands of men, women and children. Many children watched as their parents and siblings were tortured and killed, only to be kidnapped, drugged and forced to become child soldiers. Arms, legs, breasts, tongues, lips, and ears were often amputated in order to strike fear and prevent civilians from voting. Thousands were gang raped and executed in front of their families. The victims of these horrendous acts were often women, children and the elderly. So many were killed that bodies were rotting in the streets of cities and the situation soon became too dangerous for any journalists to remain the country. There is little footage of the horrors that went on in Sierra Leone, all we have now is the evidence of the aftermath of these dreadful happenings.

This may not directly effect you, it probably never will. But all we ask of you is to please help spread the word so that the thousands who have suffered can get the help they deserve. They need prosthetic’s to work and provide for their families, schools to educate their future generations and proper communities.

Please follow Hands for Africa for more information and contact us for ways to help! We are a small non-profit organization with the goal to rebuild the communities effected by blood diamond wars and we hope to spread our wings as far as they will go!

Use the #handsforafrica to spread the word, lets join together to make the world a better place one smile at a time.

thefatoublog:

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thefatoublog:

Maryzo Designs, a Sierra Leonean based design house that also caters for the plus size, fleshier, bodacious, curvy women…I thoroughly enjoyed this piece. 

Pray Day Gown with gold embroidery

Fambul dem, this is how we do…

"There are places and spaces and moments and walls that know of a consecrated love. There are houses that have become love holding woman together while she births her child into present existence, wide, open, pink, eyes re-adjusting to the complexity of this holy temple named universe. There are feet that walk to seek that age when lips touched, hands held, movement in the body unexplainable. There are places, rocks, flowers, tender tender leaves, clever clouds, a bright moon deeming sun that act as backdrops to the “when” meeting of two eyes, communicating, flow flawless. There are fears that loom above streets that ache to love still—erasing images of spilled blood, ancestral violence ushering in forgiveness-spirits boundless. There are palms stained with human internal matter, collages everlasting, the guns, machetes, swords, wires configure a current that electrifies memory. There are minds that travel far to retrieve and rescue touch-sensual, vulnerable, a breath that holds, a release that forgives. There are winds that carry the sage secrets of love-in love-out to countries, lands, lovers, mothers, men, walls, buildings, spirits- forgiveness distributed freely, fear discarded simply, faith restored bravely, their lives love.
fambul dem this is how we do…"
- thefatoublog (via thefatoublog)
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My aunt some evenings ago:

"Fatou, embarrass Satan with FAITH"

me: that is deep

my aunt: “No, that is Faith”.

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- #freetownLiving (via thefatoublog)