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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Letter from Africa: Anger, fear and 'Afrophobia' in Zambia


  • 8 hours ago
  • From the section Africa
A foreign national who has fled his home in Zambia - April 2016
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Image caption Many of the 700 foreigners who have fled their homes took refuge at a church in Lusaka
In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo considers the implications for Zambia of recent riots.
Six bodies of murdered citizens have turned up in the Zambian capital Lusaka in the last month.
It was widely reported that the victims had been mutilated and were missing their hearts, ears and private parts.
At the heart of the matter lay the darkness of ritual killings - when people are murdered for their body parts in the malevolent belief that in the hands of powerful sorcerers, these organs can be employed as charms to enhance political ambition and improve the lot of individuals in the pursuit of business and money.
While no African imagination is bereft of these tales, the practice of ritual murder has been shocking because of the frequency of its occurrence.
Albinos have borne the brunt of it in Burundi, Tanzania and now Malawi - where just this week police arrested 10 men for allegedly killing a 21-year-old albino woman.
Other cases of ritual killings have been reported from Nigeria to South Africa.
As a short cut to riches and influence, ritual murders have never been proven to work or they would have long replaced the tried paths of education, ambition and sweat.
What they do instead is polish "Heart of Darkness" labels for constant use on a continent awaking to her full potential and the promise of a 21st Century free of superstition.

Hunger and unemployment

The consequences of these murders were to prove far more serious for President Edgar Lungu's Patriotic Front (PF) government.
The residents of Lusaka's townships of Zingalume, George and Matero - where the bodies were discovered - attacked the police with stones for not doing enough to protect them from the ritual murderers.
A Zambian policeman arresting a rioter in Lusaka - April 2016
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Image caption More than 250 people have been arrested by police sent out to stop the looting
But far more insidious enemies have been stalking Zambia's poor - hunger and unemployment.
The collapse of the Zambian copper trade as well as the kwacha currency and the onset of the southern African drought could easily be detected in the motives of the subsequent riots which saw xenophobic attacks on foreigners in Lusaka's high-density suburbs.
The rioters took what they could to eat and blamed foreign shopkeepers for the ritual murders.
The "foreigners" under attack had spilled over the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo and then into Zambia after the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
They were mainly Hutu refugees who had stayed on in Zambia, despite the UN refugee agency declaring Rwanda a safe destination for their return back in 2013.
There is nothing glamorous about being a refugee - for 22 years some 6,000 Rwandans have wondered stateless in Zambia without passports and legal status.
They then mingled with the locals in townships just like Zingalume, which are by no means upmarket addresses, and set up little shops to trade and survive.
Zambian police patrol near the Chawama Compound where residents attacked and looted foreign-run shops in Lusaka - 19 April 2016
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Image caption Troops have been patrolling the streets of some suburbs
It is in xenophobia's nature to point the finger of blame at those foreigners who own something, who show evidence of money where there is none to be found.
The former Rwandans found themselves seeking shelter in churches and assurances for their safety from the Zambian government with more than 700 displaced after two days of rioting.
In the short and dangerous history of xenophobia in South Africa and now Zambia, the word "foreigner" invariably refers to black Africans, not to the Portuguese escaping Lisbon's meagre prospects for the oil fields of Luanda, or the Chinese who run Zambia's copper mines, supermarkets and chicken farms.
Afrophobia is our xenophobia; it appears to be as African and as regular as ritual murders and deserves to be shunned.

Freedom fighters welcomed

Zambia's history of welcoming Africans without a home is legendary.
South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) was based in former President Kenneth Kaunda's Zambia as they fought apartheid, as were Zimbabweans fighting white-minority rule in what was then Rhodesia.
3 March 199: South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela (L) and Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda (R) wave to the crowd as they arrive at a mass rally in Lusaka
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Image caption A month after his release from jail in 1990, Nelson Mandela visited Zambia to thank the country for its help in the fight against apartheid
At the centre of President Lungu's dilemma is the economic crisis now gripping Zambia as copper mines fold and the rains refuse to fall.
Youth unemployment and a rising cost of living seems more likely to be the roots of future riots, not ritual murders.
A Global Hunger report has grouped Chad, the Central African Republic and Zambia as the "three most hungry countries on the global hunger index".
Mr Lungu became president in January 2015 following a rushed poll necessitated by the death in office of Michael Sata.
Zambia's gloomy economic outlook has him trying to put out fires on many fronts as the country prepares for general elections due in August 2016.
The move to deploy soldiers to the townships is being seen as a calculated government plan towards voter intimidation, not a means to restore security.
It is unlikely that any amount of soldiers on the streets will make this an easy ride for the PF government.
The ritual killings may have left six citizens dead and mutilated, hundreds of refugees displaced and soldiers on the streets; but as long as the economic crisis continues to grip Zambia, further riots may come to Lusaka sooner than the rains.

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Revenge pornography victims as young as 11, investigation finds


  • 5 hours ago
  • From the section England
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Children as young as 11 are among more than 1,000 alleged victims of revenge porn who reported offences in the first year of the new law coming into effect, it has been revealed.
In April 2015, it became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject's consent.
The BBC analysed Freedom of Information requests from 31 forces in England and Wales between April and December.
Online safety charities said victims were left "hugely damaged".
Revenge porn refers to the act of a partner or ex-partner purposefully distributing images or videos of a sexual nature without the other person's consent.
Our analysis shows:
  • There were 1,160 reported incidents of revenge pornography from April 2015 to December 2015
  • Three victims were 11 years old with some 30% of offences involving young people under 19
  • The average age of a revenge porn victim was 25
  • Around 11% of reported offences resulted in the alleged perpetrator being charged, 7% in a caution and 5% in a community resolution
  • Some 61% of reported offences resulted in no action being taken against the alleged perpetrator. Among the main reasons cited by police include a lack of evidence or the victim withdrawing support
  • Facebook was used by perpetrators in 68% of cases where social media was mentioned in reports. Then came Instagram (12%) followed by Snapchat (5%)
Explore the full dataset here.
The new law was introduced after campaigners lobbied MPs to make it a criminal offence.
Previously, convictions for this type of offence were sought under existing copyright or harassment laws.
It covers images shared on and offline without the subject's permission and with the intent to cause harm. Physical distribution of images is also covered.
Laura Higgins, of the Revenge Porn Helpline, said being a victim was a "hugely distressing, damaging and violating experience".
She said: "The effect on victims is often pervasive and long-lasting.
"Whilst they have been the victim of a crime, often individuals internalise feelings of guilt and shame, which can negatively affect an individual's sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
"Victim-blaming attitudes only exacerbate these feelings. Some feel so isolated and overwhelmed they consider suicide."
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Who has been prosecuted?

  • Jason Asagba, 21, of Romford, east London, shared intimate pictures of a woman on Facebook and was handed a six-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months. He first threatened to post the pictures three days after the new laws came into force
  • David Jones, 53, of Wallasey in Merseyside, was jailed for 16 weeks for posting sexually explicit photographs of a woman on social media. The woman said she felt "complete terror" when the photos appeared online
  • Luke King, of Aspley in Nottingham, shared an explicit photo of a woman using the messaging service WhatsApp. He was jailed for 12 weeks for harassment. The woman, from Derbyshire, told police she was "disgusted" and "really upset"
Ms Higgins said the new legislation was flawed because it did not ensure the anonymity of the victim; it did not cover historical cases; and it did not cover images that had been altered via Photoshop.
The English Regions data unit analysed data from police forces in England and Wales. Some 31 responded - Dorset, Hampshire and Lincolnshire denied the request on cost grounds, while responses from Avon and Somerset, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Cleveland, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Dyfed Powys and Gwent Police remain outstanding.
There were wide variations in the charge rate among police forces. Nobody had so far been charged in Lancashire, Devon and Cornwall or Cumbria, for example. In the West Midlands, 25% of reported offences resulted in a charge, while in Staffordshire, the rate dropped to 3%.
Simon Kempton, the lead on cyber crime for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "While some officers have had training in the new legislation across the board, there have been some inconsistencies, and there may be some officers who are yet to be given a full awareness and understanding of the new offence."
Mr Kempton said the federation welcomed the new legislation.
"Any sexual offences, including revenge porn, can have a devastating effect on victims. Until the new offence was enacted, police officers were often unable to show a criminal offence had taken place," he said.
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How social media giants tackle revenge pornography

  • Facebook said the sharing of non-consensual images had absolutely no place on its site. But with more than half the UK population using Facebook, the law of averages meant at times its service would sometimes be abused
  • It said it had built up an extensive infrastructure for people to report offences, which were investigated by a team of experts across the globe, 24/7. The team pays special attention to non-consensual sharing, and removes offending photos as quickly as possible
  • This year it teamed up with Google to host an EU Child Safety Summit, bringing together experts to discuss how the industry could keep young people safe online. It works with safety experts including Women's Aid, The Revenge Porn Helpline and Spunout to improve the way it tackles sharing of non-consensual images
  • Instagram and Snapchat said they encouraged people to follow their community guidelines and if someone was threatening to share something intended to be private it should be reported. They both said reviewers check these reports 24/7 and move to remove any content or shut down accounts, which violate its guidelines
A petition urging a change in the law to give victims the right to anonymity has been launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, and a revenge-porn victim.
Media outlets routinely withhold the names of victims.
The Crown Prosecution Service was contacted for a comment, but has not yet responded.
Additional reporting: Sandro Sorrentino

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Drunk And On Drugs A Mother Mistakes Her Baby For A Thanksgiving Turkey And Tries To COOK It!

A crazed Delaware mother with known drink and drug addictions and a history of mental instability, delusions and poor cookery skills was arrested this week after reportedly mistaking her four month-old baby for a THANKSGIVING TURKEY and trying to COOK it for two hours at 190 degrees. The woman, who is yet to be publicly named by Wilmington Police, is thought to have been on a heady cocktail of valium, ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine and wine spritzers when the incident occurred. Luckily, a freak power cut had hit the neighborhood just minutes before she put her son, whom thankfully she had neither basted nor stuffed, into the oven.
The potentially fatal mix-up was only discovered when the woman’s sister later looked in the baby’s crib to check up on him and found a large uncooked Thanksgiving turkey snugly tucked in next to a teddy bear. She immediately checked the oven and discovered what her sibling had done. Fearing for the child’s safety, she alerted authorities immediately. Child Protective Services arrived shortly afterwards and removed the child. The police followed shortly after and took away the oven.
The woman told police that she was doing a practice run for the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities and thought she’d see how long it would take to cook the turkey, but must have got confused between the bird and her offspring because her infant son ‘usually lies on his back with his legs in the air, real still. Just like a turkey…’ 
By a sheer freak occurrence, a nearby lightning storm had taken out the power, meaning that the oven hadn’t been pre heated at all. A police statement said, ‘it is extremely fortunate that the power cut meant that the oven could not heat up. Otherwise that poor baby would have roasted to death after two hours at a medium heat, having been turned once halfway through and then served with cranberry sauce and gravy.’
Power cut
The mother will have to undergo intensive drink and drug rehabilitation, as well as a four week poultry cooking course, before being considered a fit mother and allowed her baby son and oven to return home.
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DNA Shocker! Body Of Homeless Man Found In Fast Food Restaurant Was BOB MARLEY!

When the body of an elderly homeless man was discovered in a discarded cardboard box behind the back of a fast food joint in downtown Kingston, Jamaica, coroners had a problem: Who was this mysterious old man? No identification had been found on the body; indeed, the only possessions the old man had on him were a faded photograph of the Houses of Parliament in London, a dented tin containing a small quantity of marijuana and a battered old guitar.

The restaurant where the remains were found.
With no leads to go on, the authorities turned to Jamaica’s national DNA database. When the results came back from the lab, the coroners couldn’t believe their eyes.
“I thought it must be a joke,” says Jacob Chambers, the chief coroner. “My colleague came running into my office waving a piece of paper in the air. ‘You’re not going to believe this,’ he shouted. I told him to calm down and explain what all the excitement was about. When he told me, I couldn’t believe it.”
The results of the DNA test reveled that the old man police had discovered behind the fast food restaurant was none other than reggae superstar … BOB MARLEY.
“I stared at the results wide-eyed,” Chambers admits. “My jaw dropped to the floor. This had to be a mistake.”
It had always been presumed Bob Marley had died from cancer in 1981 as he made his way back to Jamaica by plane from Germany. But if that was the case, why was his elderly body lying on a slab in a downtown Jamaican morgue? Chambers could come up with only one explanation:
“Naturally I concluded somebody was playing a joke on us, and told my assistant to label the body as ‘persons unknown’. This would mean it could be cremated by the authorities and the death filed as that of an unknown male in his late sixties to early seventies. But it was then that things got really weird.”
That afternoon, the coroners office was visited by men in sunglasses. They were wearing dark suits and called themselves ‘government officials’. They confirmed that the body was indeed that of the late reggae legend, and that Marley’s death had been faked back in 1981 on the request of the star who had grown tired of all the attention he was getting and just wanted to live the quiet life of a street busker in Jamaica, earning enough for food, reggae tapes for his Walkman and cannabis. The Jamaican government agreed to go along with Marley’s plan, on the understanding that they would receive the royalties from his most successful album, Exodus.
Chambers claims the ‘government officials’ removed the body of Marley, along with the DNA results and the coroner’s report into the death. They then left, warning Chambers and his staff to keep quiet about the matter or they would face – in Chambers’ words – ‘serious consequences’.
“I decided I couldn’t stay silent about this, despite having no evidence because the government took it all away to a secret location somewhere,” says a defiant Chambers. “Bob Marley did not die in 1981, and I’m damned if I’m going to keep that a secret just because some shady officials told me to. The truth must be heard, even if that means the government losing the royalty rights to Exodus, which is a fantastic album by the way.”
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Hells Angels brothel raided by 900 officers, say German police

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Tax and customs investigators join swoop on Artemis, Berlin’s biggest sex club, as authorities allege women were exploited and possibly trafficked
Police vans lined up outside the Artemis brothel in Berlin.
Police vans lined up outside the Artemis brothel in Berlin. Photograph: Paul Zinken/EPA
More than 900 German police, tax and customs investigators have raided Berlin’s biggest brothel, charging it is linked to the Hells Angels biker gang, and making six arrests.
They detained the two managers of the so-called nude sauna club Artemis and four “madames” in the raid, in which they encountered 117 sex workers and more than 100 clients, said police and prosecutors.
Prostitution is legal in Germany but police charge that the four-storey brothel complex constituted a “brutal and illegal” system that severely exploited dependent women.
Those detained in the raid were accused of tax fraud and withholding social security contributions, said police, who added that they were also investigating possible human trafficking by the club.
Most of the women were from eastern Europe, Russia and several countries in the Middle East.
Hells Angels bikers allegedly procured women for the club in return for favours including free admission, said state prosecutor Sjors Kampstra.
Police acted on information from a worker who had spoken out after fleeing her ex-partner, a Hells Angels biker, who she alleged had mistreated her.
Investigators focused on tax evasion charges “like they did with Al Capone”, said Berlin chief prosecutor Andreas Behm, referring to the charges that landed the infamous 1920s US-Italian mafia boss behind bars.
Police charge that while Artemis had officially engaged the women as “self-employed” sex workers, they were in fact regular employees with set work hours, price rates and instructions to perform specific sexual acts.
By withholding social security payments for them, the club had cheated the state out of at least €17.5m (£13.9m/US$17m), on top of its alleged tax evasion, said Michael Kulus from the Berlin customs office.
Police said they had confiscated €6.4m euros in cash, cars and property, also including 12 apartments and other premises in Berlin and nationwide.

Monday, April 4, 2016

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Number of UK human trafficking victims increases by 40 per cent in a year as crime gangs exploit EU free movement rules

  • Some 3,266 people have been trafficked into the UK from 102 countries
  • Victims are being exploited sexually and physically or working as slaves 
  • The number of reported trafficking cases has increased by 40 per cent  
The number of suspected human trafficking victims in the UK has increased by almost 40 per cent in the last year as crime gangs exploit EU free movement rules.
In new official figures, 3,266 immigrants from 102 countries - a third of them children and more than half women – were deemed as victims of human trafficking.
Hundreds and possibly thousands more are believed to remain undetected by authorities and are surviving within the black economy living in substandard accommodation.
The National Crime Agency is investigating reports that organised crime gangs from Romania are involved running begging and petty crime gangs around London and other major British cities 
The National Crime Agency is investigating reports that organised crime gangs from Romania are involved running begging and petty crime gangs around London and other major British cities 
Criminal gangs have been smuggling in people from Vietnam to operate cannabis farms, file photograph
Criminal gangs have been smuggling in people from Vietnam to operate cannabis farms, file photograph
The figures represent a 40 per cent rise on the 2,340 cases recorded in 2014. Many of those smuggled into the country and being sold into prostitution, slave labour and exploiting the benefit system.
The National Crime Agency is investigating five cases of organ harvesting, with three involving children.
Also, 105 children are believed to have been smuggled into the country to be sexually abused, up by some 70 per cent on the previous years.  
Investigators believe that Britain is being targeted by international criminal gangs who are exploiting the free movement of goods and people within much of the EU to target Britain. 
The Albanian mafia is suspected of smuggling 394 adults and 206 youngsters for sex, slave labour and domestic servitude. 
A further 478 victims are believed to be from Vietnam, an increase of 121 per cent on 2014. More than half of the men and boys are understood to have been trafficked to work on illegal cannabis farms.
The National Crime Agency is also investigating organised crime gangs from Romania, including Roma gipsy criminals who have highly organised begging and pick-pocketing rings. 
Other nationalities who have been trafficked and abused include people from Poland, Slovakia and Bulgaria. Many of these people are enticed into the UK on the promise of well paying jobs and good quality accommodation, but end up being exploited. 
The figures show an almost 500 per cent increase in people exploited from the Sudan. 
The figures come from the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), a government safeguarding framework which authorities and charities refer potential trafficking victims to.
The North West saw notable increases in potential victims – from three to 25 on Merseyside and 30 to 89 in Manchester.
According to campaigners, migrants are duped into believing they are travelling to the UK for work and enter the country legally under the EU's Free Movement Directive.
The traffickers then seize control of their bank accounts and travel documents, and force them to work in often unsafe and exploitative conditions. 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

UN officials call for strengthened global partnerships to combat human traffickingUN

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At the Bandeu checkpoint in Nepal, inspectors and a police constable approach a bus to look for potential victims of child trafficking onboard. Photo: OCHA/Tilak Pokharel.
9 February 2016 – While the world clearly has the political will and legal tools to take on human traffickers and their criminal networks, what are needed is more meaningful international cooperation and adequate funding to take effective action, senior United Nations officials said today, warning that the scourge now has victims spread across 152 different citizenships in 124 countries.
“No region is immune,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement delivered alongside the President of the General Assembly and the head of the UN anti-crime agency, at the high-level event, 'In Stronger Partnership and Coordination to Stop Human Trafficking: Eradicating Modern-Day Slavery through Sustainable Development,' held at UN Headquarters in New York.
Mr. Ban stressed the importance of strengthening partnerships and coordination in efforts to end the suffering of all victims of trafficking, including those subjected to slavery, servitude, forced labour or bonded labour. “With solid partnerships and a clear approach, we can ensure the criminals are brought to justice,” he said.
Today, more than 60 million women, children and men are fleeing conflict, escaping wars, or seeking a better life, he said, noting that many are being coerced into exploitation during their journey, and thousands are dying on sea and on land at the hands of callous smugglers. Far too many are women and children, he added.
“The promotion of human rights is central to our strategy,” he said, urging all Member States to ratify and fully implement the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocols, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
He also urged full support for the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children and the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery.
Recalling that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promises “more peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence,” he called on the international community to work together for a world of universal respect for equality and non-discrimination; a world where the rights of all, regardless of national and social origin, can be protected, respected and fulfilled; a world of justice and accountability where human trafficking and smuggling, slavery, servitude, forced labour and bonded labour are no more.
In September, the United Nations will convene a high-level summit on “Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants” to enhance coherence and build alliances to confront these issues head-on.
For his part, Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft noted that the General Assembly agreed to hold a high-level meeting in late 2017 to conduct the second appraisal of the Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, adopted by in 2010.
“The Global Plan of Action emphasizes the need for countries to comprehensively and vigorously address human trafficking and encourages them to assess the success of these activities,” he said, adding that the meeting in 2017 will allow Member States to further strengthen cooperation and coordination on prevention, on the prosecution of traffickers and on offering greater assistance to those who suffer most from this crime.
He went on to stress that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demand that States join together in partnership and cooperation to support people and communities everywhere. Through the Goals, member States had made a solemn promise that must be honoured in comprehensive and effective action. Such work includes the elimination of human trafficking, migrant smuggling and violence against women and children.
“Let us live up to this pledge, and by doing so, let us create the peaceful and inclusive societies that are foundations for lives of human rights, security and prosperity,” he said.
Also adressing the event, Yury Fedotov, the Director General of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the 2030 Agenda recognizes that human trafficking must be targeted in order to realize a number of SDGs, from achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, to promoting peaceful, inclusive societies and economic growth.
He also explained that as the guardian of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols, UNODC remains committed and fully engaged in supporting Member States, including through our global programmes and network of field offices.
“We have also launched a joint EU-UNODC four-year Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants, which will address the needs of thirteen countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America,” he explained.
“With the Convention and Protocol, we have the necessary foundation. We have well established frameworks and tools, and the right experience and expertise. What we need is more meaningful international cooperation and adequate funding to take effective action. Otherwise our efforts to stop this terrible crime, which hinders development and so unscrupulously profits from the despair and vulnerability of people everywhere, can only fall short,” warned Mr. Fedotov.

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