ISSN 1710-6931 August 8, 2008 Issue 131

Cameroon Celebrates World Refugee Day

Cameroon celebrated the World Refugee Day 2008 (WRD), along with the rest of the world, on June 20. As an African country hosting a large number of refugees, this event resonated not only in the capital city Yaounde but also in the provinces.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the refugees played an important part in the activities that took place during this event. In Yaounde, a group of refugees supervised by the UNHCR worked for about three months organizing the event. World Refugee Day

2008 Day Of The African Child

On June 16, various governmental and non-governmental organizations found various ways to celebrate the Day of the African Child. In Yaounde, RESPECT International team members chose to celebrate the event with underprivileged children, whom they have often helped.

These children (refugees, orphans, children of unknown origin, etc.) are from various countries. A Yaounde organization called A bras ouverts (With Open Arms) agreed to support and follow the event.

On this special day, 60 children were taken on a field trip to the Yaounde Mvog Betsi zoo. The goals of this trip were to:

  • convey and share the message of the theme chosen for the day, namely constructive participation of the children, African Child

Group picture of children at the zoo

Children pause for a group picture during their guided tour of the Yaounde Mvog Betsi Zoo, Yaounde, Cameroon.


Early Starter as Global Citizens in Amnesty Club

The phrase global citizen has become a buzzword, earning its reputation quickly in the press during its short lifespan. To most, the phrase means no more than a trend. Yet, to some, it means a lifetime commitment.

To borrow Thomas Friedman's term, the world is getting flatter everyday. Yet some people have less opportunity while others have it easier than ever. Fortunately, it's easier now to be more knowledgeable and help the less fortunate. One major organization we all know that has done its job in the field is Amnesty International.

Part of the credit goes to its cells, including Algonquin Regional High School's Amnesty Club.

Tucked in Northborough, Massachusetts, Algonquin High School Amnesty Club develops young global citizens who would shake the world; young global citizens who would grow up being aware of world issues.

Indeed, creating global citizens aware of world issues who are committed to solve them for other global citizens in need is not a job done overnight. It takes a lifetime to built a commitment.

From an interview with the co-presidents of Algonquin High School Amnesty Club, I dedicate this article to all Amnesty Club members as well as its advisor and mentors.

The Amnesty Club is headed by two remarkable young ladies, Carolyn Maiorana and Sadhna Gupta, both rising seniors at Algonquin Regional High School. Amnesty Club

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