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Focus: Children in the DR Congo

July 20, 2008

BY ROBYN CLARE SCOTT – robyn@ragazine.co.uk

In 1898 Joseph Conrad wrote The Heart of Darkness about the atrocities committed under King Leopold’s rule in the Eastern Congo. Over a century on, the region, now a fully independent country, continues to be plagued by violence and suffering

The cause of this may no longer be the corrupt colonial regime of an eccentric Belgian despot, but the end results are the same and, as is usual in these situations, women and children have been worst affected

The Red Cross has estimated that 40,000 people have died every month since 1998, putting the total of number of dead in the millions. Starvation and disease ensures the death toll still increases daily

The Congo has lacked real stability since dictator Mobutu, who himself committed atrocities in the country he personally named Zaire, was deposed in 1997 by Laurent Kabila, with the support of Rwanda and Uganda

A new Democratic Republic of the Congo was formed but fighting between different rebel factions, aided and abetted by other African nations, has continued to varying degrees ever since.

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Five things…you learn working in a shop

July 3, 2008

1. You no longer have a proper name, you are called excuse me.

2. The customer is always right, even when they are very, very, VERY wrong. Don’t argue with them, trust me they’ll leave faster if you just nod and agree with a mindless smile on your face. Save your rage for home like most people.

3. Forget about being articulate and having a good vocabulary, you only need to know a handful of phrases to get by. These are mainly: “Hello”, “Would you like a bag?”, “Thank you” and “Sorry.” “Sorry” is by far the most important.

4. Money is disgustingly filthy, if you handle it all your fingers will get covered in dirt. Bring lots of soap to work.

5.£5.50 an hour is nowhere near enough.

Walk on by culture selfish or justified?

June 22, 2008


A TERRIFIED young woman cries out as she is violently assaulted and has her clothes ripped off along a busy road, a split second decision must be made as to whether to intervene or not.

According to a new Downing Street report you would probably walk on by.

The report carried out by Government advisor Louise Casey is based on the views of 13,000 people about our justice system and concludes that most people wouldn’t intervene due to fears for their own safety or of being arrested.

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Iris Robinson’s remedy leaves bad taste in mouth

June 8, 2008

ONE STEP forward for man and a giant leap back for womankind.

In the same week her husband got his foot in the door as Northern Ireland’s First Minister,  MP Iris Robinson’s foot was firmly lodged in her mouth as she claimed gay people need psychiatric help.

Mrs Robinson, Chair of the Stormont Health Commitee made the comments on Stephen Nolan’s BBC Radio Ulster show on Friday.

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Robinson New NI First Minister

June 5, 2008

PETER Robinson officially took office today as Northern Ireland’s First Minister.

The recently elected DUP leader, took his pledge of office followed by re-nominated Sinn Fein deputy Martin McGuiness.

Earlier in the week Stormont sources hinted that Sinn Fein could refuse to put forward their deputy First Minister candidate, a move which would have stalled the devolved government.

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Mamma Mia, it’s Meryl!

May 18, 2008

OSCAR winning actress Meryl Streep wrote a fan letter eight years ago, unbeknownst to her it would bag her a lead role in her favourite musical.

With countless films under her belt, timeless good looks and arguably more talent than most of today’s young Hollywood as a collective, Meryl is usually on the recieving end of fan letters.

However, after watching the musical Mamma Mia! on Broadway eight years ago, Meryl decided to pen one herself.

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