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Going Where Others Dare......

Words of courage, faith and strength for trobled times....introducing World Pulse and the need to raise our voices with millions of women

Project D.I.O (doing it ourselves) was birthed by a most remarkable circumstance which happened to me in June 2012. Being very passionate about people and having a determination to positively make an impact on humanity I was violated, victimized and unlawfully sacked by my former french employers in Nigeria - Bollore Africa Logistics Nigeria Limited for suggesting humanitarian support to poor grass root widows affected by genocide in the Northern part of Nigeria Plateau State. I am a victim of work place violence but have not lost my vision and voice in speaking out to help humanity especially women and children.
A lot is happening in Northern Nigeria but no voices telling the stories and experiences of the women and children. Great fear is presently attached to the region thanks to somewhat exaggerated media reports terming it a no go area. This journal comes a bit late as a result of an ongoing project which involves touring affected communities attacked by the ongoing boko haram crisis in Plateau State North central Nigeria. I and my team have just concluded a needs assessment survey of those still alive who have been displaced and lost family, livelihood and farmlands to the extremist Islamic group. Our aim is bringing relief materials, rehabilitating and empowering the people (especially the youth) through skills acquisition that would enable them to carry on with life and be able to sustain themselves until peace is restored and they are able to return back to their villages. Villages currently affected by the massacre are Riyom, Bisichi, Sopp, Daim Buruk, Korot Tatu Yelwa, Fang-She just to mention a few.
Plateau State has been the most peaceful and beautiful tourist haven region in Nigeria, rich in minerals. Tourist flock the cold region which enjoys an average temperature of between 18-22 degrees centigrade. Plateau is blessed with breath taking highlands and hilly views also varieties of fresh food is grown unlike in other parts of Nigeria. Unfortunately, the people of Plateau State have experienced unrest in the past 10 years due to tension between the indigenes who are the real owners of the land and fulani settlers. Others however are of the view that the crisis is politically instigated. In the early hours or late at night, village communities which comprise of poor defenseless farmers suffer series of gruesome attacks at the merciless hands of Muslim extremist called boko haram. Houses and farmlands are burnt to ground level,women and girls are raped, massacred beyond recognition, babies under the age of six are slaughtered like animals, it is an unending chaos of violence.
We have come to share food material items to the widows of Dogonahawa whose husbands and children were killed during the crisis. The visit is principally aimed at creating awareness and bringing the global message of zero tolerance of rape and all forms of violence of women and girls in the grass root Community of Plateau State.
14th February 2013, marked the largest global action in history to end all forms of violence of girls and women in celebration of V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, a fierce international anti-violence movement created by high powered, prominent New York playwright and activist Eve Ensler. V-Day movement has funded over 12,000 community based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Congo, Haiti, Egypt etc providing women sanctuary from abuse, female genital mutilation and honor killing.
It is very shameful that existing women rights NGO’s or movements in Nigeria do not comply with their so-called mandate to protect marginalized women and children, they have abandoned the passion and lofty ideals of fighting injustices and contribute to practical legal and policy changes that would advance women’s human rights in Nigeria. They are themselves party to these vices and have become politicized and drunk with personal ambition, avarice and greed.
On the contrary, we see a most remarkable high level of commitment and transparency to the cause of women and children by international organizations like World Pulse who are bent on transformation by creating a global platform for women to raise their voices and speak out openly on all issues threatening their freedom where once before there was silence. Which is the reason why I have brought a message of hope by introducing World Pulse to the women of Dogonahawa community and encouraging them to be bold and courageous in using this existing platform created by World Pulse to share their thoughts and experiences with millions of other women advocating for changes in their communities.
Throughout the V-Season and beyond, we commit and join our voices to rise against rape and all forms of violence of women and girls on the Plateau and everywhere on planet earth. We are calling out to the Federal Government of Nigeria to invite local women to the table to discuss the issue of violence as it affects them individually and within the community. We take our appeal via the local media to the Legislatures to translate words to action by repealing laws that allows this violence to flourish, bring offenders to book and speedily implement all obligations under international human right laws to prevent violence of women and children.

Relief food materials for Widows of Dogonahawa Community, Plateau State
Thank you World Pulse for giving our voices Volume
Old and New Members of World Pulse Northern Nigeria

Comments

Merci beaucoup ABBY Kakiyes de nous mettre au courent de toutes ces informations. Tu es vraiment pleine des tallents. Continue toujours à nous faire part de toutes les informations dont tu pouras disposer. Merci encore une fois.

Pascal BYAMUNGU

ABBY KAKIYES's picture

Mercie

Je comprend francais un petit peu mon amie...... :) Mercie beaucoup, beaucoup

Phionah Musumba's picture

What a leap!

That's a very bold step you're taking, there, sister! You so make me wish I were Nigerian, to march with you, but trust me, am gonna do my part here.
All the best!

Phy
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
www.galsissues.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/MalkiaCDG

ABBY KAKIYES's picture

Much thanks

Am grateful Sister, lets continue to pray for the communities and the freedom of women from all forms of violence. It is well.

One Love

Abbyxx

Hannah Ojo's picture

This is courage

This is a great leap, I salute your courage. I am highly motivated

H.O. Verve

ABBY KAKIYES's picture

Much thanks

Many thanks Sister lets all do our best where ever we are to implement changes in the lives of women and children.

It is well

Love

Abby

ola.mahadi's picture

may god ber with you all

This great efforts and making change want consistancy and passion good to see old mambers and new joining hands.
Stay well
Ola

It is never too late to try make your way to your dream and left up your expectation.
Sudanes Women Building Peace
www.suwepmovement.org

Woman of voice's picture

Abby

My sister you have shown such courage and determination. You have your work cut out for you. Its good to learn that there are still people like you who would force to see change even where others have failed.

ABBY KAKIYES's picture

Much thanks

There is absolutely nothing too difficult for our God. We are world changers , global shakers by His grace and must continue to uplift the cause of mankind where ever we find ourselves.

Thank you soo much for your support Sister.

Love

Abby

hayibo safiatou's picture

im very glad

im very glad of they work you people are doing here and i know that definitely we will have a good result
thank you very much

Somaye Dehban's picture

we are with you...

...you are doing what many can't do not because they don't have the knowledge but because they don't have the courage!

thanks for sharing the story and keep in mind that we are here with you, it is virtual but it is real!!

all the best
Somaye

ABBY KAKIYES's picture

Much thanks

Am grateful Somaye, God help us to fulfill our assignment of transforming lives, there's much to be done. It is well.

One Love

Abby

loretta's picture

courageous indeed!

Your post is very disturbing, in that people who are suppossed to be fighting for others are instead enriching themselves. Coincidentally I was talking to my daughter yesterday about this, she was enquiring about my progress in allocating funds. My response was exactly what you have mentioned about the so called Women's Rights NGO's and the rest. How do people sleep at night, knowing very well what they do against others, baffles me. People have to deal with such hardships, rape, hunger, murder and displacement and yet there are those who live in luxury at their expense. How different are they from those who are committing these atrocities?

Be courageous sister, we are behind you and may God help you and give you strength and tenacity to push forward. You will make a notable difference. Much as you are throwing a pebble into a huge pond, the ripples it makes will be felt; both by the perpatrators and the receipience of your assistance.

God bless you.
Loretta.

Loretta.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

Brigitte Mawazo Kyalondawa's picture

mes felicitations

Je vous félicite ma sœur pour ces bonnes idées e le grand travail que vous fournissez a la communauté.
Je voudrais savoir combien d'heures vous travaillez par jour et combien de temps vous êtes disponible sur world Puls
Merci et félicitations

BRIGITTE MAWAZO

Brigitte Mawazo Kyalondawa's picture

mes felicitations

Je vous félicite ma sœur pour ces bonnes idées e le grand travail que vous fournissez a la communauté.
Je voudrais savoir combien d'heures vous travaillez par jour et combien de temps vous êtes disponible sur world Puls
Merci et félicitations

BRIGITTE MAWAZO

It is really disheartening when these type of stories come out. Women and girl children are always at the receiving end. Emotion and physical Rape are always the order of the day and the type of trauma that a lot of them do not ever recover from.

My sister and friend Abby, its such a brave heart and courage to do what you are doing. God in his infinite mercy will continue to guide, guard and protect you and see you through this serious travail in Jesus name amen.

We will all join hands together to make it work

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Initiative
Lets keep the light shining

FatimaDamulak's picture

Well Done

Abby, You have done so much. I share the pain on the Plateau with you. May God crown your efforts.

Cheers

Fatima

Sangita Thapa's picture

respect

Dear sister, you are a hero! thank you so much for what you've stood for and what you've done so far. God be with you!

Anita Muhanguzi's picture

Dear Abby

Thank you so much for the good work that you are doing for those women. We shall wait to hear more of their stories. Do not be discouraged as we are here to support through out your work.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

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