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“youths should try to think from within and not without”- Mr. njenga
Story By Debra Dollar
Gatari Jean Paul, a 25 years old year old Rwandese and a survivor of the Rwanda genocide. He was 10 years old by the time this disgrace happened to their country. Still innocent and never knew what being a Hutu or a Tutsi meant except that Hutus were tall and Tutsis had long noses.
The whole genocide started by threats from their neighbors promising to kill them just after the president’s plane crash that was believed to have been a plot against one of the tribes. The whole genocide was and is believed to be a problem with the governance and political setting. Men and women started slaughtering people mercilessly like animals once they came across an individual.
Paul’s family had to run for their safety as their lives were at the edge. Him and the still alive family members seek refuge in houses. While some of them burnt in houses, others were bitten to death, and the pit latrines were the compost areas. Paul’s family house was burnt down and they sought refuge in a neighbor’s house which was also burnt down and on the run, they decided to hide in the bushes where the killers found them but were rescued by the Rwanda Patriotic Front who gave them a safer refuge
Due to these killings, he felt hatred in his heart for everyone and could not consider anyone a friend. “My father is a survivor but lame and 60 members of my extended family perished in the genocide.” John said.
The whole of his nuclear family members survived but were left with the duty of looking for bodies of their family members. Some were found in pit latrines, others burnt beyond recognition, while others were found with dents lying on the ground. Read the rest of this entry »
Every time a report on the figures on HIV& AIDS is done, the number of women infected is always higher than that of men. Have you ever wondered why? Statistics showing that men display more risky sexual behaviors than their female counterparts, for example if men are said to have more sexual partners, how comes more women are infected?
In trying to explain this observation, Dr.Mamy, a doctor from Madagascar speaking at a youth and sexuality workshop at the Kenya youth summit at Lenana School gave various reasons. He divided the reasons into two categories; physiological and socio-economic reasons. Among the latter category the reasons listed were,
- The viral load in semen is higher than in vaginal mucus.
- The vaginal membrane is thinner than penile tissue
- Semen remains longer in the vagina.
- Young women are more prone to micro lesions.
From the socio-economic perspective, these are the reasons given;
- Women accept pain and discomfort.
- Social pressure to bear children.
- Vulnerability of younger women/adolescents.
- Women lack knowledge in sexual issues and are unable to express their opinions on such.
- Inability to negotiate for safe sex.
The only way to deal with this grave situation is to empower women to be able to take up more active roles in sexual relations and issues that surround them.