Day: September 21, 2019

The artistic paradox of Ethiopia’s water woes

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Renowned Ethiopian artist Aida Muluneh has taken a series of striking images to depict the harsh life of many women in rural areas – especially their daily efforts to obtain clean water for their families.
Her Water Life series, which was commissioned by the charity WaterAid, will be on display at London's Somerset House from 24 September.
“We cannot refute that it is mainly women who bear responsibility for collecting water, a burden that has great consequences for our future and the development of our nation,” Muluneh said.
Almost 40% of Ethiopians do not have clean water close to their homes, compared to the global average of 10%, according to Water Aid.
Muluneh shot some of the photos in a studio while others were staged in the extreme landscape of one of the hottest and driest places on earth, Ethiopia's northern Afar region.

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This image shows that a woman's work never ends, and demands a ..

Abuja crime: Is Nigeria’s capital city ‘one of the safest in the world’?

A recent spate of kidnappings and violent crimes has shaken Nigeria's capital Abuja, regarded as a relatively safe haven in a country facing major security challenges.
The national police chief, Mohammed Adamu, has sought to allay concerns by saying that Abuja actually has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
Is he right?
Before we start looking at the numbers, it's important to consider the reliability of Nigeria's crime statistics.
Experts don't rate them highly – a recent United Nations report analysing homicide statistics describe existing Nigerian data as “patchy and divergent”.

Security experts say many crimes go unreported in Nigeria because of distrust in the police, a lack of police presence on the ground, and a general feeling that reporting a crime will be unlikely to lead to redress.
The International Police Science Association, a group of security experts and researchers, ranks Nigeria bottom in a global index that measures factors including ..

Man drowns during underwater marriage proposal

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Kenesha Antoine

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Kenesha Antoine filmed Steven Weber's romantic marriage proposal off Pemba Island, Tanzania

An American man has drowned while proposing to his girlfriend underwater during a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip to Tanzania.
Steven Weber and his girlfriend, Kenesha Antoine, were staying in a luxury submerged cabin at the Manta Resort, off Pemba Island.
Ms Antoine filmed the moment Mr Weber, wearing goggles and flippers, dived under water to ask her to marry him.
In the video, Mr Weber presses a hand-written note against the cabin window.
Ms Antoine, confirming Mr Weber's death in a Facebook post, said he “never emerged from those depths”.

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Kenesha Antoine on Facebook

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Kenesha Antoine and Steven Weber were on a “once-in-a-lifetime” trip when the accident happened

The Manta Resort told the BBC Mr Weber “tragically drowned while free diving alone outside the underwater room” on Thursday afternoon.

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