No one knows or perhaps will ever know how the world and all that is in it came into existence. It is perhaps a question that will never be answered. However one thing historians seem to agree on is where mankind or what we term “human beings” originated. And that is on the continent of Africa. Whether we like it or not we are more alike than we are different. If we should believe the history of mankind it means we all have one common ancestor who lived in Africa many many years ago. Africa is the motherland. We all have an African connection, unbelievable though it may seem.
We sometimes get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. We worry about paying the bills and trying to make ends meet. We complain about the price of commodities and the fact that wages are low. We are dissatisfied with our jobs and our economic situation and we often do not realize how fortunate we are.
If we should stop for a moment and turn our focus to the plight of people in other regions of the world we would understand that we very fortunate.
Millions are living in areas where there is constant warfare and heavy artillery fire is the order of the day. Innocent civilians, men, women and children go through each day wondering, will I survive to see tomorrow? At night the sound of heavy high powered weapons of destruction keep them awake and they wonder, will I live to see tomorrow?
Whilst some are facing war there are others who are battling diseases. The Ebola outbreak in parts of Africa presents a serious health crisis. There is no cure and over 1700 people are believed to be infected. There are more than 900 deaths so far.
We are fortunate that we are in the regions that we are so let us be grateful and give thanks. While we give thanks let us remember to pray for those in the war and disease stricken regions.
What is Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation is a painful operation during which the female genitals are partial or entirely removed or injured. The whole purpose of this operation is to inhibit the woman’s sexual desires.
There are three main types of female genital mutilation practiced, type 1, 2 and 3.
Type 1 The clitoral hood is removed and most time this is accompanied by the clitoris itself.
Type 2 This involves the removal of the clitoris and the inner labia.
Type 3 Removal of all or part of the inner and outer labia and usually the clitoris and the fusion of the wound leaving a small hole for the passage of
urine and menstrual blood. The fused wound is opened for intercourse and childbirth.
Type one and two are more commonly practiced.