LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) — Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo has warned the Nigerian government that kidnappings across the country could affect the credibility of the 2011 elections. Bishop Badejo, who for years served as the Nigerian bishops’ social communications secretary, spoke July 16, less than a week after four journalists and their driver were kidnapped in southeastern Nigeria’s Abia state. Continue reading Nigerian bishop: Kidnappings could affect credibility of 2011 elections→
AFP – Barefoot with water up to his knees, seven-year-old Isaac sifts through sand to extract copper like hundreds of boys in southeast DR Congo, forced by poverty to quit school and work in the mines.
Q: During a bilateral meeting in Manaus on June 16, Presidents Alan García of Peru and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil praised the signing of a new electricity supply and export agreement, which they called “an instrument of great strategic interest for both countries.” What are the details of the agreement, and what is its significance? Will electricity exports to Brazil create the same kind of domestic controversy in Peru as has the LNG export project? Continue reading Will a Brazil-Peru Energy Deal Generate Local Controversy?→
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Against all odds, this year’s publishing sensation is a trio of thrillers by a dead Swede relating tangentially to human trafficking and sexual abuse.
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series tops the best-seller lists. More than 150 years ago, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” helped lay the groundwork for the end of slavery. Let’s hope that these novels help build pressure on trafficking as a modern echo of slavery. Continue reading Seduction, Slavery and Sex→
Human trafficking in the IMBISA Region is complex and is fueled by a wide range of factors and these include poverty, dysfunctional economies, conflicts and demands for cheap labour. The exact number of people who are lured into trafficking in the IMBISA Region remains unknown because of the non-availability of official statistics on this scourge. The governments are aware of this problem but they seem to give it low priority. Most of the countries of our region do not have enough resources both human and financial to deal with the problem of human trafficking. Weak legislation as well as very porous borders makes it difficult to deal with the problem. This weakness makes our countries sources, destinations and transit routes for human trafficking. Religious groups can play a significant role in raising awareness and acting on this issue with the support of their governments to curb this problem. With the coming of the FIFA World Cup to South Africa, it has been noted that this occasion has become a way of sending people to traffickers. All those people who would like to make some money during the world cup have become vulnerable to trafficking, especially girls who are told that they will be waitresses or tour guides for the visitors. Continue reading IMBISA Workshop on Human Trafficking→