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“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness.
Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose
without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”
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December 29, 2008


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From the Inside Out...
I Saw ... MYSELF



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Yes You Can!...

Change the World ...
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As the old saying goes,
If you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the problem. We all recognize how cold and unkind the world 'out there' can be ... it's often truly appalling! So, rather than simply pointing a righteous finger, we could choose to change things by committing to do at least one kind deed each and every day.

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From the Inside Out
I SAW ... MYSELF

"I'm sorry. Please forgive me! I don't mean to hold you up," he said as he struggled to get off the escalator.

I'll admit to it. There have been times when walking or driving behind an older person I've gotten impatient and upset.

I've huffed and zoomed around them because I was in a hurry to get nowhere.

Perhaps I'm more aware of it now because I see myself there one day soon.

Today I SAW MYSELF in this old man's shoes and it caused me to slow down, stop and ask for his forgiveness.

He was about five or six people ahead of me. I was in a hurry and saw him as an obstacle. I've seen people get off the end of an escalator and stop dead in their tracks, gather their things and suddenly there's a pile up of angry people behind them. You can't stop an escalator full of people behind you. Like the Energizer bunny, they keep on goin'.

This man was well aware of the challenge. He tried desperately to step aside. Fumbling with his small packages, struggling to gain his footing, you could see how troubling this was for him.

"I'm sorry. Please forgive me! I don't mean to hold you up," he said as he struggled to get off the escalator.

I suddenly saw this in a whole new light. It was like I was watching myself in the future.

I felt sorry for him. I felt sick to my stomach because this man was apologizing to everyone, when we should have been helping him and calming his fears.

One by one, people zipped around him. I heard a few angry comments whispered as one lady passed by him.

I saw ME.

By the time I got to him he was just about steady on his feet.

"Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know there was more," he said.

"No, sir. No more with me," I said. This really hit me hard. I realized right then how sad it was that the world was in such a hurry.

That, of course, included me. But ... no more with me. Count me out!

This wonderful man paid his dues. For whatever time he had spent on this earth, he most likely walked many rough roads and too many important miles. Now he should be apologizing for moving slower?

My heart ached as I looked into his eyes. I wished that I could see what he had seen all those years. His face weathered from life itself, was creased and wrinkled. The small soft pockets under his eyes and the gentle lines that curved up and around them told me he had many happy moments, too. Those were traces left behind from laughter and a smiling, happy man.

"My friend, can I help you with those things?" I asked.

Hesitant at first, he finally said, "Well, yes, thank you!"

I placed my hand under his left arm and walked with him a safe distance away from the rush of people.

"So what are you shopping for, sir?"

"Oh, just a little something for my neighbor. She's a young mother raising kids on her own. She's always so nice to me. I thought a box of candy for Mother's Day..." he said, stopping suddenly as he searched his inside pocket of his sport coat.

"Do you need something?" I asked.

"Oh, no. Here. I think I have it right here. I always carry them with me," he said. Then pulling out a hand full of papers he shuffled through them and handed me a business card that read:

"John A. Pomicter
Friend to all... enemy to no one! I said a prayer today and YOU were the answer. Thank you!"

"That's for you," he said. "Thanks for stopping to help an old man."

"Dear Sir, YOU helped me. I discovered that I was unhappy with the world and I was part of the problem. Now I'll be part of the solution. No more with me!"

"Then this was meant to be," he said smiling.

"You know Heaven sends me gifts every day and always at least one special person. You were my gift for today! Let's go get some chocolates, my friend."

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CHANGE THE WORLD—5 FORMER SLAVES HAVE!

We’ve all learned about the courageous acts of former slaves in American history like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman — but while the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 officially put an end to slavery in the United States, human trafficking is still at critical mass and rising in many parts of the world, with more than 27 million people enslaved today. The modern-day human trafficking trade needs new heroes to speak up for themselves to put an end to the abuse and exploitation. Here are five inspiring former slaves who’ve stepped up to the challenge.

IQBAL MASIHIqbal Masih was sold into bonded labor at a carpet factory in his native Pakistan at the age of four. For six years, he was forced to work 12-hour days in a dark room, tied in place to the carpet loom he worked on. He was never permitted to go outside, and was fed so little that he looked like a boy half his age.

At ten, he ran away from the carpet factory to hear a speech by the Bonded Labor Liberation Front (BLLF), and realized that he was entitled to the same rights as any other citizen. He refused to return to the factory, and began to travel the world, visiting rallies, meetings, and even elementary school classrooms, to tell the story of the abuses he had suffered as a child slave, imploring others to help fight for an end to human trafficking.

Iqbal was honored with many awards for his bravery, but tragically, he was assassinated at the age of 12. His murderer was never found, but many believe that it was a member of the “Carpet Mafia,” attempting to silence his criticism of the industry. Iqbal’s short life served as an inspiration to many — including a young boy named Craig Kielberger, who was inspired to start a nonprofit organization called Free the Children to help free child laborers in honor of the brave young boy who’d lost his life.

HADIJATOU MANI Hadijatou Mani’s story is typical of her tribe: she was sold into slavery at the age of 12 for $500, and spent over a decade working without pay in her master’s fields. She was raped and beaten daily. Though slavery has been officially outlawed throughout Africa, the practice still persists in certain regions, including Niger, where over 43,000 tribal members are estimated to be enslaved.

After Mani was finally set free at the age of 24, she decided to take action — not just against her captor, but against the government that had allowed the abusive practice. Mani brought a lawsuit against the Niger government, claiming that they hadn’t enforced their anti-slavery laws to protect her.

In October 2008, after a long trial that featured Mani’s heartbreaking testimonials, Mani won the case — a landmark ruling in the human trafficking world. A regional tribunal forced the government to pay Mani $19,000 in damages, and the decision has put major pressure on Niger’s government to finally put an end to human trafficking within its borders.

For Mani, the case was about more than her own enslavement — it was for all who faced the same abuses. “Nobody deserves to be enslaved,” she said in a statement. “We are all equal and deserve to be treated the same. I hope that everybody in slavery today can find their freedom. No woman should suffer the way I did."

SIMON DENGSimon Deng, born in a small town in southern Sudan, was abducted at the age of nine, torn from his family and forced to work for a family in northern Sudan’s Arab militia. Deng was never permitted to attend school, and instead spent his days journeying across the desert with heavy pails of water for the family he worked for — a job normally delegated to donkeys. When he was too exhausted to work, he was beaten into submission.

Deng was much luckier than many of his fellow slaves: after three and a half years in captivity, he managed to escape with one of his fellow tribe members. Deng, now 47, is a United States citizen who works as a lifeguard on Coney Island. But his primary mission is raising awareness of human trafficking in Sudan, both through speeches and as the leader of the Sudan Freedom Walk, a 300-mile trek from the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City to Capitol Hill. The 2006 Freedom Walk served as Deng’s personal protest of the human rights abuses in Sudan, and drew support from members of Congress and the NBA alike.

“Back in Sudan, my people are walking for months to get to a place for safety; they are walking months to go and get to a place where there is shelter; they are walking for days and days to get to places and find there is no food,” he explained. “If they are [walking], then why should I not do it here too?”

SOMALY MAMSomaly Mam, a Cambodian orphan, never knew her parents. She doesn’t even know how old she is. She endured a miserable childhood of abuse at an orphanage, and was forced into marriage with an older man. Around the age of 16, she was sold to a brothel in Phnom Penh, where she was beaten, raped, and abused by pimps and clients more times than she could count. When she finally escaped the brothel at age 21 after a friend’s murder, Mam vowed to devote the rest of her life to helping other sex slaves go free.

Since that day, Mam has aided the escape and recovery of sex trafficking victims in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam through her nonprofit organizations, the European-based AFESIP (translated as “Acting for Women in Distressing Circumstances”) and the Somaly Mam Foundation, based in the US As a speaker and activist, she shares her own story to publicize the important cause of sex trafficking, and works with government officials to lobby for the passage of anti-trafficking laws. She also solicits other former slaves and celebrity spokespeople to talk about sexual slavery. Since escaping the brothel, Mam has helped more than 4,000 former sex slaves to go free in search of a better life.

GIVEN KACHEPAGiven Kachepa, an orphan from Zambia, was a member of a children’s choir in his homeland. When a charity organization asked the child singers to move to Texas and perform there, Kachepa thought his life had turned around. The organization claimed that he would receive an education and a salary, that he would be able to send money to his siblings at home, and even help pay to build a school in Zambia.

But everything he’d been told was a lie: when Kachepa arrived in the United States, he and his fellow singers had no access to money or education. They were forced to perform up to seven concerts a day, and were forced to go without food when they misbehaved. The couple that ran the charity made plenty of money off of the boys’ performances, but instead of using it to help them, they kept every penny for themselves. In America, supposed land of the free, the children were being kept as slaves.

After Kachepa had been forced to sing in the choir for a year, the INS caught on and convicted the couple running the operation, letting the boys remain in the United States. Kachepa found a loving foster family to live with, and is now attending college. Today, Kachepa is committed to speaking out against slavery, and frequently shares his own story at lectures, rallies, and in the media, in hopes that he might make others aware of the cause. “In my heart, I resolved to help rid the world of human trafficking,” he told BlackNews.com. “I do not want anyone else to suffer the mental brutality and psychological trauma victims endure.”

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Far Horizons

A PEACEFUL ANGOLA BECKONS


Kalandula Waterfalls in Angola
Angola's Kalandula Waterfalls thunder impressively into the roaring River Lucala near the provincial capital of Malange. Seen here just before a storm, the towering Kalandula cascades are an awesome sight and are said to be Africa's third largest waterfalls. Travelers can buy beautiful handicrafts from the tribal villages nearby. See Video HERE
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Angola is situated on the west coast of Africa, bordered on the north by the Congo and Dem. Rep. of Congo (formerly Zaire), on the Southeast by Zambia, on the south by Namibia and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Angola is an amazing eye-opener – in more ways than one. Scarred painfully by years of debilitating warfare and untouched by foreign visitors since the early 1970s, the country remains remote and undiscovered, with few observers privy to the geographic highlights and vast cultural riches. Now at peace, opportunities to explore Angola, Southern Africa's final frontier, are quietly opening up. Here, amid the prickly cacti and gnarly baobab trees is a stunning mosaic of mountains and rare wildlife that has been repeatedly ignored by guidebook writers and travel scribes for more than a generation. A spectacular land of stunning natural wonders and a people of broad smiles and big hearts, Angola holds a lure that few other countries can match.

Pedras Negras de Pungo Andongo in Angola
Pedras Negras de Pungo Andongo (Black Rocks at Pungo Andongo) are about an hour's drive from Malange, Angola. These mysterious rock formations look astoundingly like animals, including a giant 'frog'. Pedras Negras, which stand high above of the flat southern African savannah, have been a strategic military point since the 17th century. See Video HERE

Here in the heady heat of equatorial Africa you’ll encounter some of the continent’s most gracious people and discover many of its most closely guarded secrets. Chill out on expansive beaches, sample the solitude in virgin wildlife parks or sift through the ruins of Portuguese colonialism. The nuances are startling, from the vibrant capital of Luanda with classic pastel architecture to remote waterfalls, stunning landscapes scattered with coffee plantations, Kissama Game Park with big black antelope, zebra, large herds of elephants, white rhinoceros, and in the rivers and lagoons hippopotamus, squacco herons, crocodiles and African manatees.

Despite advancements in infrastructure and a dramatically improved security situation, travel in Angola remains the preserve of adventurers. But with the transport network gradually recovering and wildlife being shipped in to re-populate decimated national parks, the signs of recovery are more than just a mirage. Angola is halfway along the road to political and economic atonement and it would be a shame to miss out on its dramatic rebirth.

Miradouro da Lua in Angola
Miradouro da Lua (Watchpoint or Valley of the Moon) allows a breathtaking vista of the Sea of Angola on the picturesque coast between Luanda and the beach of Cabo Ledo. The ethereal landscape features a vast array of red and silver-coloured rock formations. See Video HERE

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