Monthly roundup August 2017

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August was a month of tension as North Korea missile tests lead to stand-off with US, fuelled by some particularly bellicose threats by Trump.

 Neo-Nazi and other far right marches in Charlottesville, Va, ends in attack with motor vehicle in which a left wing woman protester is killed. Trump tried to blame ‘violence on both sides.’

 Extreme weather all over the world. Closer to home a massive landslide killed hundreds in and around Freetown, raising questions about deforestation and erosion on the hills. surrounding the city. The month ended with Tropical Storm Harvey causing death and destruction in Houston, Texas. Over 1,200 people have been killed as a result of flooding in in in Nepal and Bangladesh.

 Here in UK a shadow cabinet minister resigned over an article she wrote in the Sun newspaper regarding the sexual abuse of ‘white girls’ by ‘Pakistani Muslim’ men. Towards the end of the month another story fanned the fires of community and religious tension. It was reported in the press that a white Christian child had been fostered against her will with a Muslim family who did not speak English, removed her crucifix and did not allow her to eat pork. Despite this story being run by many major newspapers, subsequent reporting of the court case indicated that many of the allegations were either exaggerated or false.

The self-styled Holy man, Indian guru Gurmeet Ram Singh was sentenced to 20 years in jail for raping two of his female followers. He was found guilty of sexually assaulting two women and jailed 10 years consecutively for each. Prosecutors filed for a life sentence. A lawyer for the victims said 50 women had come forward with allegations of rape and Will be seeking further investigation sexual abuse. It is believed that there are at least 48 more women were either abused or killed. Many are still scared to testify against him. He denies murder charges of two victims and the cases will be heard next month. About 38 people were killed in demonstrations by his supporters following his conviction.

Author: Khadijatu Mansaray

Entrepreneur, Publisher, Activist.Born and raised in Sierra Leone.Formerly an accountant is passionate about Africa, Literature and social justice.

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