28Up South Africa – Part Three

The South Africa ‘Up’ series follows the personal journeys of a diverse range of young South Africans who were born into the apartheid era, filming them every seven years as they grow up through the country’s dramatic political changes. 

In 28Up we revisit the characters in 2013, at age 28. The final film in the series reveals some of the tragedies that many of these young people have had to live with, including violence and death, that has touched most of their lives.

Although many of the original 20 seven-year-olds have, as adults, made good lives for themselves and their families, the series ends with sadness and a grim sense of the challenges still facing the country and its people in the post-Nelson Mandela years.

Tsepho, whose name means ‘hope’ has a vibrant, optimistic spirit but has wrestled with his own demons. He works as a security guard, a job he takes very seriously. But he barely earns enough to buy a new pair of shoes.

He has a loving relationship and a baby, but has had to overcome a dark period in his life when he nearly lost everything due to his abusive behaviour.

Luyanda shows us around his township shack with pride. The one-time playboy who loves life – even in the hugely dangerous area where he lives – tells us how he finally found the love of his life and settled down.

But his story ends in tragedy and he speaks movingly of this heart-breaking loss.

Andiswa, Luyanda’s best friend throughout the series who always appeared at his side, has become yet another victim of the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa.

Luyanda tells us how she became ill and had to return with her daughter to live with her grandmother in their rural home. She passed away at the age of 25.

Patrick is the lawyer he always thought his father wanted him to be. He has moved back home to do his master’s degree and feels a bit strange living at home at 28.

The cockiness he had when he was a young and privileged seven-year-old has given way to a compassionate young man, concerned for his country and those who did not have his easier start in life. His experience as a white South African carries its own complexity as he deals with violent crime from the other side of Table mountain in Cape Town.

Claudia is now a junior doctor at a huge Johannesburg hospital, her education having given her opportunities for great social and economic mobility. But she struggles with relationships and is concerned for the damaged society she sees around her in the wards every day.

She reflects poignantly on what that means for her and the idea of bringing children into the world. She closes the series with a deeply affecting reflection on the journey that South Africa has been on and the very long way still to go.

The film is dedicated the memory of Andiswa, 1985 – 2010

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of eight films that follows the characters at age 7, 14, 21 and 28. 

This film was first broadcast on Al Jazeera English in November 2013

Source: Al Jazeera

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Isis-leacks: dagli Usa alla Cina, ecco gli arruolati nelle file jihadiste

Ecco Isis-leacks. Ecco i file trafugati. Ed ecco i nomi dei jihadisti. Ci sono il rapper cresciuto in provincia di Brescia convertitosi all’Islam radicale e deciso a diventare kamikaze, il fruttivendolo olandese originario del Marocco, il tedesco ex soldato dell’esercito di Berlino. E’ molto varia la lista dei jihadisti arruolati nelle file dello Stato islamico diffusa da un disertore nella vicenda nota appunto come Isis-leaks, e ora al vaglio dei servizi d’intelligence europei. I Paesi di provenienza sono una cinquantina, dagli Usa alla Cina. E anche se Isis-leacks sembra una lista vecchia di circa due anni, e quindi molti di coloro che vi compaiono potrebbero già essere morti, forse immolatisi sulla via del Jihad. Il disertore, indicato con il nome di comodo di Abu Hamed, è riparato nella città turca di Gaziantep, proveniente da Raqqa. E’ stato lui stesso a raccontare la propria storia davanti alle telecamere di Sky News araba, con la testa e il volto interamente coperti, tranne gli occhi. Dopo avere combattuto il regime di Damasco nelle file dell’Esercito libero siriano (Els), si era arruolato nello Stato islamico. Ma poi ha deciso di fuggire perché, afferma, “l’Isis non è l’Islam, è una menzogna”. Così, evidentemente, non la pensavano – almeno al momento in cui hanno fatto la loro scelta – i jihadisti che figurano nella lista che Abu Hamed ha portato con sé nella fuga: 22.000 secondo quanto affermato dalla stessa Sky News e dalla Sueddeutsche Zeitung, ‘solo’ 1.736, invece, secondo il sito di attivisti siriani Zaman al Asl, che sottolinea come molti dei documenti siano dei duplicati o contengano informazioni incomplete che non permettono di identificare gli arruolati nello Stato islamico. La lista dei 1.736 ‘certificata’ da Zaman al Asl comprende jihadisti arruolati nella sola Siria, e non in Iraq, l’altro Paese dove il ‘Califfato’ controlla vaste regioni. Ma solo l’1,7 per cento sono siriani. Gli altri sono per il 72 per cento provenienti da altri Paesi arabi, con in testa l’Arabia Saudita, dall’Europa (in maggioranza i francesi, 35 volontari), e da vari Paesi asiatici. Anche gli Stati Uniti sono rappresentati, con quattro jihadisti. Difficile dire quanti di quelli presenti nei documenti di Isis-leacks siano ancora vivi, o non abbiano fatto defezione, perché le schede che certificano l’arruolamento risalgono a prima del luglio 2014. Lo prova il fatto che l’intestazione riporta la dizione ‘Stato islamico dell’Iraq e del Levante’ usata fino ad allora, e non semplicemente quella di ‘Stato islamico’ introdotta quando è stato proclamato il ‘Califfato’. Tra le schede c’è anche quella di Anas al Abboubi, il ventiquattrenne di origine marocchina cresciuto a Vobarno, in provincia di Brescia, dove fino al 2012 faceva il rapper con il nome di McKhalif. Poi la conversione e l’arresto da parte della Digos nel giugno del 2013 con l’accusa di attività legate al terrorismo internazionale. Dopo due settimane Anas al Abboubi viene scarcerato e raggiunge via Turchia la Siria. Qui il 12 settembre dello stesso anno si arruola ad Aleppo nell’Isis con il nome di Abu Rawaha al Italy, ‘Abu Rahawa l’italiano’. Nella domanda contenuta nella scheda relativa a quale ruolo vuole svolgere, indica quello di attentatore suicida. Tra i reclutati c’è un altro jihadista, Abu Ishak al Tunisi (‘il tunisino’), un operaio di 39 anni che ha vissuto in cinque Paesi della Ue, tra cui l’Italia. Tra le figure più curiose di questa sterminato carteggio Isis-leacks vi è un uomo indicato come ex soldato dell’esercito tedesco, arruolato con il nome di Abu Jumah al Almani (‘il tedesco’), introdotto all’Isis da un ceceno, Abu Soheil al Shishani. Tra coloro che hanno un passaporto europeo figura anche l’olandese di origine marocchina Abu Hilal, già proprietario di un negozio di frutta ad Amsterdam. E non è detto che i file di Isis-leacks non nascondano tanto altro ancora.

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Bangladesh go top, Ireland crash out of World T20 after rain plays spoilsport

The Tigers will take on Oman in their last Group A match to decide who go through to the Super 10s.

The overcast Dharmasala skies relented to allow the match to start after a delay of an hour and 45 minutes that had curtailed the tie to a 12-over affair in Dharamsala on Friday.

Tamim Iqbal then entertained the enthusiastic crowd with a dazzling knock that had the Irish bowlers at his mercy. He led an onslaught with some powerful shots on either side of the wicket.

But after his departure, it started pouring again and the match was officially called off at 10:50pm Bangladesh Stadndard Time.

Asked to bat first, Bangladesh blasted their way to 94 for 2 in 8 overs.

The openers gave the Tigers a rollicking start with a flurry of boundaries and sixes, blazing away to 52 in the first four overs.

Tamim (47 off 26 balls) picked up where he had left off in the last match, hammering two sixes and as many boundaries in successive overs.

Soumya Sarkar (20), who was dropped twice, then .joined the party smashing three boundaries off Kevin O’Brien.

But he perished in the next over when he danced down the track to try another expansive stroke off Andy McBrine. He was deceived by the turn, allowing wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien to whip off the bails.

But the dismissal had no impact on the run rate as Sabbir Rahman (13 not out) joined Tamim and bludgeoned a six over deep midwicket.

Tamim hit another six off Geroge Dockrell beore being given a reprieve when the wicketkeeper could not get the bails off in time. But Dockrell ended his scintillating knock as Tamim flicked one straight to midwicket before the rain swept in.

Earlier, the first match of the day between Oman and the Netherlands was abandoned. In the process, the Dutchmen were eliminated from the showcase event.

Both Bangladesh and Oman have 3 points in two matches but Bangladesh are ahead on net run rate.


Group A Points Table:

 

Team

Match

Win

Loss

NR

Points

RR

Bangladesh

2

1

0

1

3

+0.400

Oman

2

1

0

1

3

+0.283

Ireland

2

0

1

1

1

-0.283

Netherlands

2

0

1

1

1

-0.400

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Joint Statement on Syria

Syrian refugees at Zaatari camp, Jordan. Copyright: WFP Dina El Kassaby

After five years of a brutal and senseless conflict over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over half the population forced from their homes out of fear and want. Some 4.6 million people are barely existing in places that few can leave and aid cannot reach. A further 4.8 million people have fled the country. Syria today is a very different place – almost unrecognizable in parts – that will take generations to rebuild.

In the past few weeks however, we are seeing signs of momentum, fragile glimmers of hope. Fewer bombs are falling; humanitarian access has opened up in some places; negotiators from all sides are preparing to come together and talk. As humanitarians we welcome progress where it means real change.

The United Nations, NGOs and partners have seized new opportunities to reach people who have had nothing for a very long time. Despite danger and uncertainty we are trying new delivery methods, constantly trying to negotiate ways to reach people. Through regular aid and the recent deliveries to besieged towns we have managed to reach over six million people since the beginning of 2016.

However, until all parties to this conflict stop attacking civilians, schools, markets and hospitals, we will continue to press them on their obligations and hold them to account. Medical supplies and equipment are still being removed at checkpoints: this is unacceptable.

Until parties to the conflict fully open up safe, unimpeded access to everyone we will keep trying to reach civilians by all and any means possible, however challenging. We are able to reach more people now in besieged areas: but we are yet to reach one in every five besieged Syrians who urgently need help and protection.

While we are starting to get basic supplies to communities who have been cut off for months or more, it is just not enough. For example, we are extremely concerned about the situation in northern rural Homs and in Aleppo, where around 500,000 people are caught behind active frontlines. Two million people are in areas controlled by ISIL.

We and our partners remain ready to deliver assistance. The United Nations continues to work to negotiate access with all parties and to deliver aid to people across the hard-to-reach areas, including the besieged locations we have not yet been able to reach.

No one wants to see a sixth year of conflict start on 15 March. Young people across Syria need to hope and believe that their future lies in their homeland. That they will have education, healthcare, homes and jobs. That life holds more than fear, violence and hunger.

We use our collective voice to call on all parties, local and international, for this anniversary to be the last one and for the political talks to bring real peace and an end to the suffering in Syria.

New York/Geneva/Rome/Amman, 11 March 2016

Signees:
Stephen O’Brien, Emergency Relief Coordinator, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme
Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UN Children’s Fund
Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration
Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General, UN Relief & Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme
Samuel Worthington, Chief Executive Officer, InterAction
Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

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Bangladesh off to a blazing start against Ireland in rain-curtailed match

Bangladesh have lost the wicket of Soumya Sarkar after the openers got off to a flier in the rain-curtailed World Twenty20 match against Ireland.

Soumya (20) danced down the track to Andy McBrine but was deceived by the turn, allowing wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien to whip off the bails.

Bangladesh raced away to 84 for 1 in 7 overs.

The Bangladesh openers made their intentions clear from the outset. They blazed away to 52 in the first four over.

Tamim Iqbal picked up where he had left off in the last match. He hammered two sixes and as many boundaries in successive overs.

The Irishmen must win the match to stay alive in the competition in Dharamsala.

Bangladesh can go top of Group A if they win the match on Friday.

Bangladesh (2), who won their opener against the Netherlands, can go top of Group A if they win the match on Friday.

Intermittent had rain delayed the start of the match by over an hour and a half.

The first match of the day between Oman and the Netherlands was abandoned following relentless shower. 

The washout meant the Dutchmen were out of contention for a spot in the Super 10s while Oman went top of the group with 3 points in two matches.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (cpt), Abu Hider, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain.

Ireland: William Porterfield (cpt), Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Niall O’Brien (wk), Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Andry McBrine, Max Sorensen, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, George Dockrell.

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New Gulftainer CEO sees opportunity in Asia, Africa, USA

Gulftainer_NEW

Gulftainer’s newly appointed chief executive believes there is opportunity in Asia, Africa and the United States for the Sharjah-headquartered port operator and says the company is in talks to add two more terminals to its portfolio.

Flemming Dalgaard, a former executive at Dubai state-owned DP World, was appointed chief executive of the privately-owned Gulftainer on March 1 after joining the company in August of last year.

Dalgaard, an industry veteran for 30 years, is now tasked with developing the company’s ports in the UAE, Iraq, Brazil, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the US, and bringing new terminals into the portfolio.

“We’re looking at two specific ports at the moment,” he told Gulf News in a phone interview on Wednesday, declining to reveal details about the locations.
“We’re in negotiations. Whether they are going to be completed in the first quarter, I probably doubt it, but I’ll be optimistic and think something would happen this year,” he said.

Dalgaard will meet with the board next month when he says he will outline his strategy for Gulftainer.
“Certainly my plans will include expansion in both new projects and new territories,” he said.

US east coast

The Middle East, Africa and South East Asia represent good opportunities, Dalgaard said, while adding that Gulftainer is interested in ports on the US east coast.

Gulftainer entered the US market last year when it took over operations at Florida’s Port Canaveral. Its entrance into the market was met with some political opposition over concerns of a Middle East-based company operating US ports. The opposition soon fizzled out though in 2006 when DP World was forced to sell US port assets due to similar concerns and opposition.

On Wednesday, Gulftainer announced a 4 per cent year-on-year increase in container volume handled across its terminals in 2015. The company did not provide the number of containers handled. It said volumes in its Khorfakken terminal in Sharjah grew by 9 per cent.

Speaking to Gulf News, Dalgaard said its terminal in Recife, Brazil, “is not performing as we would like it to.” The Brazilian economy is expected to stay in recession this year after contracting by 3.8 per cent in 2015.

No decision on Brazil

“The indication is [there will be] no improvement on the horizon over the next 12 to 15 months,” he said.

Dalgaard said the company has made no decision over whether it would divest its Brazilian asset if it continues to underperform.

Sharjah conglomerate Crescent Enterprise owns a 50 per cent stake and holds management control of Gulftainer. The holders of the remaining stake has not been divulged.
Source: Gulf News

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Toss for Bangladesh-Ireland match delayed after rain resumes in Dharamsala

The first match of the day between Oman and the Netherlands was abandoned following relentless shower. The washout meant the Dutchmen were out of contention for a spot in the Super 10s.

Intermittent rain is quite regular in Himachal Pradesh. It had rained in several spells since Friday morning in Dharamsala.

Steady rain resumed after the toss of the first match, which was scheduled to start at 3:30pm Bangladesh Standard Time.

The downpour stopped at around 6:15pm BdST. Six super soppers started working after that but it started pouring again at around 7:30pm BdSt.

The drainage system of the Dharamsala ground is quite good but chances of the match between Bangladesh and Ireland taking place looked bleak.

If the second match is abandoned as well, Ireland will follow the Netherlands to be out of the tournament while the match between Bangladesh and Oman will decide who go through. 

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ASI suspended for shooting cable operator at Khilgaon

Khilgaon police ASI Shamim Reza was earlier taken into custody for shooting Al Amin, an 18-years-old man, who worked for a cable service operator at Khilgaon’s Nandiparha on Friday morning.

DMP Lalbagh division’s Deputy Commissioner Mofiz Uddin Ahmed confirmed the news of Reza’s suspension to bdnews24.com.

Bangshal Police OC Nure Alam Siddiq toldbdnews24.com ASI Reza was on duty and said he would collect the ‘beat form’.

The incident occurred after Reza went home without informing anyone, the OC added.

According to OC Siddiq, ‘on duty’ ASIs are not allowed to leave their periphery without the approval of a relevant official by regulation.

“He left his periphery while carrying his firearm without notifying anyone. Police will take steps against him for this offence,” the OC added.

Shamim lives with his family on the fourth floor of an apartment building on Road No. 5 at Khilgaon’s Nandiparha.

The building caretaker, Gias Uddin, told bdnews24.com he came out of his home in the morning on hearing a ruckus. He saw two men were quarrelling over bill payment.

Quoting Al Amin, Gias Uddin said Reza was a defaulter for three months and wanted to pay Tk 50 less than the actual monthly bill. Al Amin threatened to cut the connection.

At one point, Shamim slapped Amin, the caretaker recounted. “Then, Shamim opened fire.”

Al Amin was rushed to Rajarbagh Police Lines Hospital with a bullet wound in his back on Friday morning. He was later sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for better treatment.

As his wounds were not critical, he was later released from DMCH. Al Amin said, he got shot while his colleague from the cable operator dodged a bullet.

Bangshal police later detained Shamim and handed him over to Khilgaon police, said Khilgaon police OC Mainul Hossain.

Bangshal police OC Nure Alam Siddiq said Shamim’s service pistol had been seized after his detention.

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Netherlands World T20 campaign ends after match against Oman washed out

It had been raining intermittently since Friday morning in Dharamsala.

After Oman won the toss and elected to bowl, rain once again swept in. As the showers continued, the umpires officially called off the match at 5:20pm Bangladesh Standard Time.

Oman now top Group A of the Super 10s qualifiers with 3 points from two matches, followed by Bangladesh, who won their group opener against the Dutch,with 2 points.

Ireland, who are scheduled to play against Bangladesh in the day’s other match, lost their first match against Oman in a last-over thriller.

Chances of the match between Bangladesh and Ireland taking place looked bleak as the high-altitude venue was completely drenched with the rain still pouring in at 6pm BdST.

If the second match too is abandoned, Ireland will bow out from the first round while Bangladesh will regain the top spot.

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