amy_sall Always with grace. | Suri woman carrying flowers. Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Piper Mackay 8h

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amy_sall Mutilated bodies of children have turned up recently in Ivory Coast, as a "wave" of child ritual killings has been occurring. About 20 have been abducted and killed, and some like Souleymane pictured, narrowly escaped with their lives. Ten year old Souleymane was attacked with a machete while trying to fetch water in a suburb of Abijan. His attacker said: "God told me to do this. God told me to cut off children's heads and bring them to him and then I would be made king." I remember watching a documentary on this issue and the reason for these unspeakable acts was explained as stemming from the idea that children are the reason/sources of bad luck or they have bad spirits. Sometimes if parents are going through hard times, they believe it is because of the children. Unfortunately, the belief in black magic/evil spirits in African society has lead to inhumane acts against the innocent. The murders/amputating of albinos in Tanzania is a prime example. Even though African states have signed onto to every human rights treaty imaginable, that does little to educate those on the ground about the ills of black magic and these beliefs. I often wonder how far Africa can progress when such practices are taking place at the expense of innocent lives. A grassroots effort to educate communities should be mobilized in the village, the bush, and remote areas where these beliefs are alive and well. There is often NO trickle down effect that reaches the most marginalized people when government signs a human rights treaty. Though the government should address these issues forcefully and be held accountable, local and grassroots communities are the agents to try and reverse such backwards thinking. #humanrights #childrensrights #ivorycoast #cotedivoire | PHOTO: AFP 17h

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amy_sall My grandfather, who was a leader in his community, discussing agriculture #Senegal #TBT RIP 1d

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amy_sall Mood. 😴 | Guinea, 1960 Marc Riboud 1d

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amy_sall Claude Montana | Posted this image years ago on my (now defunct) fashion+culture blog. Still one of my favorites. 2d

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amy_sall Pre WWI/ early 20th c German post-card of a Meru woman of Kenya. 2d

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amy_sall Marketplace in Central Yaoundé, Cameroon. Unknown year; 1940-1960 2d

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amy_sall Foumban, Cameroon. Bamiléké architecture. 2d

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amy_sall "Pipers play in front of the 1917 Sultan's Palace in Foumban." #Cameroon David Wall 2d

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amy_sall It was announced that 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan will be demobilized and provided with psycho-social counseling, in the effort to re-integrate them into society and reunited with family. This deal was facilitated by @UNICEF, and with the help of partner organizations, children who fought in the South Sudan Democratic Faction Army will be given a chance at a fresh start. This is great news and hopefully demobilization programs across the continent will follow suit. I have written on child soldiers, as my area of concentration within human rights studies is children & youth in Africa. My feelings are that effective conflict prevention mechanisms is the only way to stop the recruitment of child soldiers. No conflict, no child soldiers. However, that is the ideal and not the reality. Until conflict-prevention strategies are fully developed and implemented, a strong agenda on child soldiers should be integrated in the mandates of peacekeeping operations. The UN's annual budget for peacekeeping surpasses $7 billion. Some of that should be allocated to a child soldier agenda, where not only recruitment + exploitation of children in armed conflict can be prevented, but strong disarmament + demobilizing programs can be developed, as well as effective psycho-social programs. While there is work being done at the UN to spread global awareness of child soldiers, children are still being recruited and still fighting on the ground. If a child soldier agenda was integrated into peacekeeping operations, perhaps more children can have an actual childhood. #childrensrights #childsoldiers #humanrights | PHOTO: Child Soldier, Nuer 'White Army', South Sudan. 2009 Giles Duley 3d

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amy_sall #Juno 3d

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amy_sall Issey Miyake SS15 @nykhor 3d

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amy_sall Souleymane Cissé's "Finye" (The Wind), 1982. 3d

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amy_sall When I was not snowed in. 4d

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amy_sall Women hoeing a communal plot in a "Village of Solidarity" (kijiji cha ujamaa), Tanzania, 1974. 4d

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amy_sall #aboutlastnight Talking politics, motherhood, goals, aspirations, international organizations, NGOs, fashion, Africa, and doing our part with my inspiring big sisters @sarankjones and @sophiezinga ️ and @thedanjuma made a special guest appearance 4d

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amy_sall Rick Owens cashmere caftan vibes 5d

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