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African Youth News: 23 October 2014
Bring back our girls… just over six months has passed since more than 300 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. Did you give up hope of their return? I was beginning to wonder. Then suddenly, almost a week ago, came the news of a possible brokering, between the militant group and the authorities, of their return. And then the speculation… Will they really be returned? We pray for their release. We pray for their families. We pray for their minds and spirits as they struggle in captivity. Should they be released, they will surely need a lot of help to overcome their trauma. When freedom is taken away from a person, their whole model of the world is distorted. Often for the rest of their lives. The post-trauma care and counselling needed is vital as we have experienced in many of our YMCAs involved in this work. This type of support will positively affect the direction of what would otherwise have been a broken life. And so, while we pray and hope for their release, we pray also that their lives, if released, can be gently moulded so they may reach their full potential.
My International Young Leaders Assembly
Taimanda Shalhona, the General Secretary of YMCA Jos was invited to deliver a speech at the 4th International Young leader’s assembly being held from August 11-20, 2014, in the USA.
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“We all catch the cold”
When I first joined the African YMCA movement some years back, I was introduced to a phrase: “when one movement sneezes, we all catch a cold”.
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After much consideration we have decided to postpone our Africa YMCA 10th Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) due to the Ebola crisis that is ravaging West Africa.
From 13-16 November 2014, the Madagascar YMCA will host their annual General National Assembly.
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