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Talking Tree
Friday, 29 April 2005
Akila Daily
Mood:  happy
Topic: Nice websites
Hello,
I have just created a new blog. This new one will intentionally be less factual and more fictional. In fact, it will mix actual situations with imaginary stories. The hero is Akila a young man, telling us the story of his days.
Here it is:

It carries a more personal and intimate perspective of life.

Posted by kiki at 9:55 AM BST
Wednesday, 13 April 2005
Development projects and involvement
Mood:  bright
Topic: Nice websites
I have always wanted to get involved in volunteering at least since I travelled back home in 2001.
There is some much to be done to develop our countries and so little resources.
And the ongoing unrest, all over Africa, is keeping the focus away from an effective action towards social and economic development.
Everyone's eyes are rather fixed on the political warfare waged from long ago by the same kinds of persons.
This is to say that the population ought to take some development issues personally and start acting and not wait for the aid to drop down from somewhere.
We can start something and build out of nothing, may it be little, if each one does a part, it's going to be big as all efforts unite for the good of the community.
Again, there is so much to be done in so many fields: health and welfare, education, small business, women's condition, children's condition ... I found a couple of website that aggregate volunteers and development projects. At least that's the first impression I had while visiting them yesterday, I am still discovering what they are all about:
  • cyber.icvolunteers.org
  • www.icvolunteers.org
  • TIG
  • YCDO
  • Go and see for yourself ...

    Posted by kiki at 11:02 AM BST
    Monday, 4 April 2005
    Marburg fever in Angola
    Mood:  rushed
    Topic: News & Comments
    As if there was not enough plagues striking the continent, Angola is facing an outbreak of Marburg fever.
    By now, almost 150 peoples died from that virus from the same family as the deadly Ebola.

    This is medical informations about this dreadful plague.

    It is a severe and highly contagious form of haemorrhagic fever.

    The virus was first discovered in 1967, during simultaneous outbreaks at laboratories in the former Yugoslavia and Frankfurt and Marburg, Germany.

    About one in four people infected with the virus die, usually from shock or liver failure. However, in areas where medical support is poor, the death rate can be much higher.

    The disease can then become increasingly damaging, causing jaundice, delirium, liver failure, and extensive haemorrhage, which can give rise to bloody diarrhoea and vomiting of blood (heamatemesis).

    The patients can make a full recovery but it can take a long time, and some suffer from related conditions such as hepatitis, inflammation of the spinal cord and eye problems.

    There is no cure yet, but one important thing is to keep patients from dehydration.

    Experts believe the virus is rare and only found in Africa.

    Cases have occurred in Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Angola.

    Posted by kiki at 12:46 PM BST
    Tuesday, 29 March 2005
    Violence after Togo 2-1 Mali
    Mood:  irritated
    Topic: Odd stuff
    This week-end, short before the end of the football game opposing Togo to Mali, in Bamako, the supporters interrupted the game after the second togolese goal, and rushed on the playground, making the police use tear gas to contain the mob.
    The game has been won 2-1 by Togo.
    The angry supporters damaged a lot of the malian capital's monuments and building.
    They were also reclaiming the heads of some team members and football league officials.
    Around a hundred people were arrested on that day.
    This is a very saddening reaction to a sport game.
    I hope the malian governement will soon clear this issue and set an example so as to keep this from happening anywhere esle in Africa.

    Posted by kiki at 6:38 PM GMT
    Wednesday, 16 March 2005
    Fighting priests
    Mood:  chillin'
    Topic: Odd stuff
    Some catholic priests from the Sainte Famille parish in Atakpame, located 165km north of Lome, have started a violent fight after a mass, at around 6.30PM
    Here is the whole story...
    Priests fight

    Posted by kiki at 5:24 PM GMT
    African blogs directory
    Mood:  a-ok
    Topic: Nice websites
    This is a page that should interest all the african bloggers. A kind of blog directory.
    Check this out now!
    African Blogs
    I will soon enough subscribe there.
    Later for more

    Posted by kiki at 4:54 PM GMT
    Chefchaouen
    Mood:  happy
    Topic: My wanderings
    Wow, there are some nice places on this earth, and Chefchaouen is one of them. J and I went up north last week-end, and got to visit this little town nested between the mountains. It - is - beau-ti-ful!!
    Many things almost convinced us to not go there: the reputation of the place, as a drug-selling center and someone told J that there are cases of meningitis found there.Brrr!
    Good thing we didn't come across any drug dealer nor human-biting disease-spreading insect.
    The place is soooo romantic and sooo cute! The people there are charming and so nice. An ongoing atmosphere of feast was reigning in the place. So happy and warm.
    The colours around are gorgeous, everywhere you can see white-and-blue or white-and-purple houses, hotels and other types of buiilding.
    We visited the Kasbah and the museum inside of it.
    Leaving Chefchaouen almost broke our hearts. And we would seize the next smallest opportunity to make a trip again to this enchanting city.

    Posted by kiki at 4:23 PM GMT
    Updated: Wednesday, 16 March 2005 4:59 PM GMT
    Monday, 31 January 2005
    Interesting website
    I found a website that seemed interesting to me Yovo.info. For those of you who like travelling across Africa, check out the adventures of a real "africa-trotter". Believe me, it is Worth the browsing!

    Posted by kiki at 10:52 AM GMT
    News section
    Topic: Site Announcements
    I recently added a news section News Headlines to the website. Check back at it anytime. It will keep you in tune with the major event in the continent.

    Posted by kiki at 10:22 AM GMT
    Friday, 7 January 2005
    Slight Design Change
    Mood:  celebratory
    Topic: Site Announcements

    After a rather long time of inactivity, I decided to make some improvements on this website's design.
    I thought a little bit of colour will not harm at all. So I added some!
    In a few time from now, I hope to add some content too: new sections and more content to old sections.
    And also a rather personal portion, with pictures and stuff!
    So keep coming!

    Posted by kiki at 5:36 PM GMT

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