| My name is Mohamed Kees Bangura, I am a 26 year old student at the University of the Gambia. I belong to an organization which aims to empower poor communities to be self reliant, for youth development and the reduction of early and forced marriages for girls as young as 13 years of age.
I am writing to you because I am very worried about the increasing poverty rates and of the fact that youths and professional Africans are constantly migrating to seek a better life in developed nations. I am against these issues and I need your support to address them because they are not helping to develop Africa.
Recently, we attended a youth empowerment conference and did research on African youths' and professionals' migration to developed nations. The conference was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The statistics of our results show that seven out of every ten university students who graduated last year from their various institutions have left the county. Mr. Sesay, an engineering graduate who has gone into the teaching sector, said that he has not received a single salary from the government since he joined the field to support his family three months ago.
The poverty rate in the world today is at its highest levels in Africa. This has bred violence and horrible practices in Africa, e.g. using innocent albinos' body parts to get rich or taking girls from schools and forcing them to marry as young as 13 years of age. Mariama Sillah is a victim of this practice. Her father, a very poor old man, decided she should get married when she was 13. The innocent girl accepted and obeyed her father’s decision, but she was not happy about it. She had two kids with her husband and he has passed away. She has since returned to her family with her kids. I met her and got to know her story on the day that she was going home to meet her family.
These are terrible situations that we should not allow to happen in any communities. May I respectfully suggest two possible steps that might help with theses problems? Firstly, we could help to build schools and skill centers for communities who have no access to formal or informal education. Secondly, a loan or donation of fishing vessels is supportive and creates more employment opportunities for the jobless population.
I would be very grateful if you would let me know your thoughts and proposals on these issues.
Mohamed Kees Bangura,
International relations secretary
Youth-OAU, the Gambia
Youth Organization for African Unity
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My name is Mohamed Kees Bangura, I am a medical student at the University of the Gambia. My daily worries are how to combat poverty, spread education and ensure more employment for youth. The African leaders have failed the African continent and its people.We can make difference if you join me today,here are my contacts [email protected] or call 00220 7292304
| May 9th, 2010
This is a good piece. It's great that you are actively thinking about how to make a difference!
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| Jun 21st, 2010
I think education is the answer to Africa, because i do not think we African we are born stupid.exaple look at Europe do you think those people they are born clever, the answer is no, they have good education. what we see in europe is the result of Education. we can make Africa like Europe if we want to, becouse where there is a will there is a way.
I believe in Africa we must stand up for our continent and make history for our children children, we need men and women of integrity to make things heppen in our own land.we must believe in our self as the people of quality.let us meet people of Africa and talk about this.Africa is our home lets make Africa a better place for everyone i am strongly believe we can do this.
forget about black American and Europian they will not change Africa the people who well change Africa is me and you because we are born in Africa and we know the heat of Africa from birth.if you are realy an African men and women stand up for Africa and Educate our people to know what they must do, they need a leader like you because they cannot lead themself they are not Locust.do you believe in yourself? if you do lets do this because if you will wait for the quantity you will not do anything, we are quality people not quantity.
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