Art and Life

  • Saudi Arabia Today: A 19-Year-Old Rape Victim Convicted and Lashed

    Saudi Arabia is country that is well known for its strict rules which specifically refer to women. To be more precise, woman must not go out by themselves and they should always be accompanied by a male person, mostly relative.

    There is one example when young 19-year old girl despite the fact that was raped by a whole gang, still was sentenced to 200 lashes and 6 months prison as she violated this law and went out without a male companion.

    Another similar event occurred in 2006, where a girl went out to meet her high school male friend and while they were in a car seven male persons attacked them and raped her in a secluded area.

    It is quite shocking that the girl was sentenced to 90 lashes as she was convicted of violating Saudi Arabia’s rigid Islamic Sharia law on segregation of the sexes. After that, The Saudi General Court doubled the prison sentences to both, the raped victim and the seven rapists. Namely, her verdict was increased as she had spoken out to the press which also is not acceptable in Saudi Arabia.

    There are many countries that opposed to this prison sentences, and some of them are Canada, which described this case as “barbaric” and New York, which considers that with this verdict, the victims of sexual violence will not have the right to speak up or press charges against their rapists.

    Spokesman of the U.S State Department, Sean Mc Cormach, stated: “I think when you look at the crime and the fact that now the victim is punished, I think that causes a fair degree of surprise and astonishment. It is within the power of the Saudi government to take a look at the verdict and change it.”

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  • 8 Signs That Prove You Mean A Lot To Him!

    Relationships are tough but if they are right, they would only make your life seem easier and filled with love. So what is it that would let you know that you could see your comfortable future with your man? For that, you should know if he is into you and willing to spend his life with you because many times you just can’t figure it out and asking seems like being “desperate”, right? So here are points that you could bring to notice:

    1. He asks you before he makes plans.

    And, it isn’t because you are so dominating, but because he wants to know if you are free or if you are planning to spend time on the same time, because, you are his first priority.

    1. He doesn’t assign you tasks.

    He isn’t so evil that he asks you to do his work or finish tasks around home. He know that you have your own life and own work to do rather finishing his.

    1. He keeps a check on you.

    And not in a negative way, but because he is concerned that you are doing okay even when he is not around. Also, when he is with you, he will make sure that you are not feeling weak or your health is okay.

    1. He doesn’t remind you what favors he does.

    A relationship doesn’t mean you keep count on things you do for them. If your guy does that, it means he is being a bit fake as he keeps reminding you what all he does for you.

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     Name:Beteal Mahari

    Country representing:Eritrea

    My name is Beteal Mahari and I will be representing the strikingly beautiful country of Eritrea which means the Red Sea.

    Platform: to supporting and empowering orphan children in Africa and all over the world, as I believe children are our future empowering them is to empower our world of a better future for our next generation.

    Hobbies: is to dance, poetry, Muay Thai boxing, singing,volunteer work, traveling,adventure and acting

    I Was born In Kenya, Nairobi form my Eritrean parents and currently residing in Oakland, CA.
    I reflect a varied personality including ambition, and the qualities of generosity and thoughtfulness. I am also a well determined and vigorous individual, yet pleasantly calm. I encourage fighting for what you desire and believe in, and doing it through God because nothing great comes easy and with God everything and anything is possible, I was fortunate enough to work with one of the prestigious Airlines in the world, Emirates airlines in Dubai UAE as a flight attendant for almost 4yrs Globe trotting and learning about new cultures, has opened my mind and my eyes in the beauty of this world and how our differences and uniqueness can bring us together for one common goal.

    I am currently working as a procedural scheduler at Summit hospital and studying Nursing at Merritt College, motivated by my love for learning and succeeding as I strive to become an outstanding and successful woman in today’s society. With the definitive goal of becoming a professional nurse practitioner, and one day open an orphanage for little kids back home , I am also currently doing my Acting classes in Improvisational techniques for the love of art. During my spare time I volunteer with the Red Cross, Locally, I am involved in keeping our culture alive and as a role model; creating avenues for young individuals like me, which fosters the establishment and development of their talents that can ultimately benefit our society.

    Apart from the above, I have kept a keen interest in theater and enjoy reading, writing short stories and poetry, and most importantly spending time with my loved ones.
    The Bible is the book I spend most time reading, but science fictional stories are more appealing to my imagination. I don’t have a favourite writer; however, I have had the pleasure to bask in the creativity of Authors such as Dan Brown; who is known for his famous Da Vinci Code, and Jules Verne; Author of Journey to the Centre of
    the earth.
    A five year forecast of my life includes me having completed my Bachelors degree as a Nurse Practitioner In addition, I envisage myself as a Miss Africa Bay Area 2017 Pageant contestant at one of the most prestigious pageants; and wish to continue my contributions as a local cultural activist and role model, through the medium of arts and culture as well as my medical skill sets.

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  • Thirsty Somalis trek 60 km for water as drought and conflict bite

     A second poor rainy season in Somalia has pushed livestock herders in the drought-hit Puntland region to trek an average of 60 km (40 miles) to fetch drinking water, aid agencies said on Monday, calling for rapid action to prevent renewed famine.

    Five million Somalis, or more than four out of ten people, do not have enough to eat because of poor rains and fighting between the Islamist militant group al Shabaab and Somalia's African Union-backed government.

    "Somalia went through a very similar situation in 2011 where two failed rain seasons, overlapping shocks, restricted action and a late response resulted in large-scale human catastrophe," 38 aid groups, including Oxfam, Action Aid and the Norwegian Refugee Council, said in a statement.

    "We have been repeatedly promising to not let this happen again... What are we waiting for?"

    It called on humanitarians and donors to revise existing projects to focus on life-saving support for women, children and other communities hard-hit by the drought.

    "It is our responsibility as donors, as implementers, as national and local authorities, as Somali business community... to see that this drought does not lead to a famine," it said.

    Somalia's 2011 famine, which killed 260,000 people, was caused by drought, conflict and a ban on food aid in territory held by al Shabaab.

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  • 8 Things to Tell Yourself When You Feel Like a Failure

     1. "Things didn’t work out the way I wanted, but I’m still OK."

    Turning failure into a catastrophe isn’t helpful. Keep failure in proper perspective and choose to be grateful for what you have. Whether it's your health or having a roof over your head, there are always things to be thankful for.

    2. "Failure is proof I’m pushing myself to my limits."

    You could live a safe and boring life that is relatively free of failure if you wanted. But if you want to become a better version of yourself, you need to do things that might cause you to fail. Falling down is evidence that you’re trying hard to accomplish something.

    3. "I will focus on the things I can control."

    Failure isn’t always personal. Just because you didn’t get that promotion doesn’t mean you’re not good enough. It might just mean you were competing against someone more qualified. Focus on the things you can control—like doing your best—and less on the outcomes that you can’t control—like whether you’ll get hired.

    4. "Failing feels uncomfortable, but I can handle it."

    Doubting your ability to handle embarrassment, shame, or regret makes the pain of failure last longer.  Remind yourself that you can handle failure, and you’ll be more likely to deal with the discomfort it may cause in a productive manner.

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