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Months of brutal attacks on
Syria’s city of Aleppo have
caused a record number of
Syrian refugees to flee to
Jordan and Turkey. There is
now a question of whether
the US should step in and
Spain has lifted its longtime
ban against the television
broadcasting of bullfighting.The
tradition of bullfighting, though
violent, is a major cultural
component in Spain, and the
push to increase viewership has
Approximately 3,000 South African
protest of low wages. Police in the
measures to contain the strike and
workers initiated a march in
country have resorted to violent
have fatally shot at least 34 people.
Kenyan disabled man
raises money, awareness
BY ELIAS BLONDEAU
Most people equate being strong with
being able-bodied. But every day, men
and women with physical disabilities
are testing the limits of the human body,
sometimes to raise awareness for causes
that affect millions. One man following
this path is 43-year-old, Kenya native
Zack^ Kimotho, who recently completed
a journey by wheelchair. He embarked
with hopes of raising money for a spinal
rehabilitation center in Nairobi.
Kimotho lost his ability to walk after
being shot in the spine by thugs during a
carjacking in 2004.
"I still do not understand why they shot
me," he recalls on his personal website.
'There was no struggle and I didn't defy
their orders." Since that day, the former
veterinarian has never lost hope when
it comes to regaining his ability to walk,
even while knowing the nearest spinal
rehabilitation center was located in
South Africa, over 2,500 miles away from
This year, he decided to set out on a
grueling journey to get the help he needed.
This was not only to seek treatment, but to
also inaease awareness about the lack of a
center in his hometown of Nairobi. Along
the way, he worked to raise money that
could go towards building this center.
The success of this endeavor, however,
was greater than anything Kimotho had
ever envisioned. He had traveled just over
50 miles when rolling into Tanzania and,
already, his efforts had raised almost 73
million shillings ($900,000). That amount
of money was enough to begin the
construction of a spin^ rehab center in
Nairobi this month.
Spinal injuries are commonplace in
Kenya as a result of gang violence and
more support centers have been needed
for years. According to Kenya Paraplegic
Organization Board of Trustee Chairman,
Peter Arina, Kimotho's efforts have
helped bring that need to an international
"Zack is the personality that we used to
embody the trauma of spinal cord injury in
Kenya," he told The Star newspaper. 'This
campaign has managed to create awareness
both locally and internationally."
According to Katerina Marks, a young
Georgia woman who has spent a majority
of her life in a wheelchair, this story is one
that resonates with many who suffer a
'This mindset, for a while, pushed me
to take greater risks to prove myself to
others," Marks said to The Guilfordian
about her experience. "I'm realizing as I
get older that I take risks more for myself
than others. In doing things with this
mindset. I've found it not only impacts my
life, it inspires those around me, friends
and even strangers, to do and be more."
Both this brave young woman and
Kimotho have proven that just because life
has forced them to take a seat, nothing has
to stop them from standing for something.
Britain finally compensates Afghan
family for nnprovoked stabbing
BY ANTHONY HARRISON
The British Ministry of Defense is compensating
an Afghan family over two years after a hungover
English grenadier stabbed one of their sons.
The soldier, Daniel Crook, was on a routine
patrol after a long night of drinking. He was
stripped of his rifle and armed with only two
grenades and a bayonet. When ten-year-old
Ghulam Nabi rode up to Crook on a bicycle and
asked him for chocolate. Crook grabbed the boy
and bayoneted him in the lower back.
When asked why he had stabbed the boy.
Crook could not provide an explanation.
Campus Ministry Coordinator Max Carter
theorized, "What we're seeing in Afghanistan are
bored soldiers committing violent acts out of sheer
Crook was court-martialed, leading to an
18-month prison sentence and ejection from the
Nabi's family was initially paid the equivalent
of $800, a figure Nabi's father found insufficient.
The boy frequently ran errands for his father's
shop and was on the way to get a bottle of yogurt
at the time of the attack. Due to the severity of his
injuries, he was unable to contribute to his father's
business, and his family's livelihood suffered for
several months. v
The Ministry of TJefense has since accepted
liability and ag^ed; to pay more to the family.
The sum is ,yet to te^.determin^ following an
assessment of thedi^ records and costs.
According to George Guo, associate professor
of political science, these' improvoked attacks are
'There are presently 99 incidents being
investigated in which the British forces had been
accused of killing or wounding Afghan dviliahs,"
Guo added that victims and their families are
generally not compensated.
On this issue. Carter added, "Occasionally, the
family will get an apology from a superior officer,
but rarely, if ever, is there compensation.
"Acceptance of liability would be admission
to error, and that leads to other consequences, so
armies are very hesitant to open that door."
The stabbing may represent an impasse in
relations between the Western troops and Afghan
The boy's father, Haji Shah Zada, complained
to The Guardian that the occupying forces
should be there "to build the country and remove
insurgents, not to stab a child."
Carter claimed that the trial and its outcome are
"an attempt to stave off what is absolutely clear —
that we have outlasted our welcome, if we were
ever welcome in Afghanistan."
He went on to say, "When these kinds of
attacks start occurring, the situation between the
occupiers and the civilians in the occupied nation
quickly spirals downhill, and we have to move
quickly to win back the hearts and minds of the
Guo believes that the incident represents a
paradigm shift in British foreign policy; 'The new
Conservative-led administration is trying to cut
links with the Blair era administration."
He concluded, 'This incident and tri^ ,$ends
out a signal that Britain is trying to get opt of
this mess, and will be more careful engaging ln
military initiatives abroad in the future."L ^ L