28 June

Congratulations Al Jazeera Digital for winning two One World Media Awards, for their interactive features on women and children in East and West Africa. I have immense respect for the agency and the journalists that work courageously to broadcast the latest news. Congratulations!


“The interactive feature – ‘It takes a village to kill a child’: Uganda’s Hidden Children – won the top prize in the Print category. Journalist and writer Beau Donnelly worked with photographer Christopher Hopkins to tell the important story of children with disabilities in Uganda who, stigmatised and abused, often are hidden indoors and denied adequate care.”

Suffer little children, as always.

It brings to mind the children who were buried in 751 unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan, the Marieval Indian Residential School which was operated by the Roman Catholic Church from 1899 to 1997.

Some weeks ago the remains of 215 children were found at a similar residential school in British Columbia.

During the 19th and 20th century there were more than 130 compulsory boarding schools “funded by the Canadian government and run by religious authorities during the 19th and 20th Centuries with the aim of assimilating indigenous youth.”

“An estimated 6,000 children died while attending these schools, due in large part to the squalid health conditions inside. Students were often housed in poorly built, poorly heated, and unsanitary facilities. Physical and sexual abuse at the hands of school authorities led others to run away.”

How religious are the religious? Amazing what these paragons of virtue will do when no one’s looking.

And another horrific story. Where were their hearts? Why can’t these monsters leave innocent children alone. Defenceless children placed in the care of perverted deviants!


The prayer Laura shared on her facebook on 20 June 2014. Her religion gave her comfort, and she didn’t hurt anyone.


A post which Laura shared on her facebook on 28 June 2014.

28 June 2010 she lived in an apartment close to Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai. Some of her photos.


In South Africa we’re back in Lockdown 4. My gym is closed until 11 July so I’ve started walking 10,000 steps each morning in my kitchen as part of my exercise routine. I was listening to Celine Dion’s ‘Courage’ album, through headphones, and this song struck a chord in me. ‘Say Yes’. It spoke to me. Little steps, one step at a time.

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