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Untold Stories Of Everyday People We Ignore On A Daily… By Avela Sidaki

These are the inner secrets of everyday people we ignore on a daily,. I am inspired by people I encounter everyday and when I look at them I wonder if they feared no rejection or prejudice, what would they say…. Just what is going on in their minds??

THABO (Everyday Person)

It’s dark and the air is especially piercing. I have definitely had better days. I must have been out like a lamp all night. I can feel a cough creeping up my throat as I choke on a tear. I can not cry, I’m not allowed to cry. I wince as I try to get up despite the creeking and cracking of bones, ligaments, and cramping of muscles. There are quite a few things you tend to get accustomed to when you live on a box in the city, being beaten up by a gang of 12 year old thugs is not one of them.

 

The pleasant aroma from the bakery violates my sense, so I know dawn is near. I wish my stomach was not more demanding than my lungs. I wish that with one whiff my belly would bulge and I’d be filled. With dawn comes a host of blank ignoring faces. I guess these faces have names and homes and 10 year old kids who look just like me. 10 year old kids who are not me.

 

In the crowd there is just one face that always stands out though. you don’t know me, you’ve probably never noticed me, but I call you my big brother. See you walk and talk like you’ve got it all figured out life and all. See I see you even on Sundays with a bounce in your step and a praise in your heart. You just don’t know me. I’m afraid if I say hi, you’ll tell me you don’t have money for me or simply ignore me, my heart would shatter. If only you knew, money can come later. All I need from you is a hello and a conversation see you don’t know me, but big bro, you’re all I have.

 

Ironically My name is a monosyllabic word that means Happiness.

 

You might not know it you might not see it, but someone looks up to you big bro. You always have something to offer, even when your pockets are cold.

Article by Avela Sidaki

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TAKEN “The Day Boko Haram Kidnapped Liam Neeson’s Daughter”

140714-boko-haram-shekau-5a_7f2bcf50180bbeb700135f7e1e313a3c.From the day I heard about the bring back our girls hashtag (#bringbackourgirls) I was puzzled, who still performs such acts in this day and age, caught up in my own reality I had lost touch with the imperfections that are happening in the real world. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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African When It Suits Me Right? “How Can We Love Others While We do Not Love Each Other”… By Nthabiseng Komane

“You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself”.-Malcolm X

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This is such a hard article for me to write as my thoughts are scattered and I don’t know how to pull them together in order to be rational and clear in what I am about to say.

Where to start? I have foreign friends *always only refer to them as my friends….always only add the foreign part, when I’m talking about their home language, French or Shona* They’re cool, nice, funny and humble people *okay, not all of them* But point I am trying to make is that, they’re just like any other South African I have called friends……….But this is not about me and my friendships, it’s about how hurt, ashamed and sad I am feeling because of current happenings around my country. It’s about the helplessness that has adorned me. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Retreat but never surrender “Lend A Helping Hand”

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Lend A Helping Hand…..

Last summer holidays Starting now SA and Protest Art held a camp that took place in between the mountains of Hartebees at Ha phororo Youth retreat,  that specializes in hosting team building functions and or sanctions for the youth who are in pursuit of becoming self-conscious of the world under God.`

After many planning’s and fundraising the bus finally left the Christian Church Christ Care Centre, situated in Berea,  on route  to the North West filled with jubilant  kids from the ages of 3 to 14, some anxious for the familiar experience and others welcoming the new venture. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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‘CANSA Relay For Life Port Elizabeth 6 March 2015’ #TODAY

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WHAT IS RELAY FOR LIFE?

CANSA Relay For Life is a unique event, supported by e.tv and
Bokomo Weet-Bix, offering everyone in a community the
opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Relay For
Life is a fun-filled, overnight team event that raises awareness of
cancer in the community and raises much needed funds to fight
cancer. The event is community and volunteer driven.
At the heart of Relay is the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, to
remember those who have left us and create awareness about cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Broke But Not Hopeless “Kickin’ Poverty’s Ass” … By Dimo Wa Moraswi Sekele

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Poverty failed its course……

I have grown to read a lot of success stories, been both a fan and critic of sad poverty stories that seek to emotionally blackmail the reader. I have met people who have been through a lot, imagine being in a foreign country with no one to help you, a situation where you only had yourself to count on. I always criticized the celebrities who always found a way to include their tough upbringing into every interview, preoccupied with raising arguments like why every successful person claim to have been poor while growing up? I never got the essence of their survival story. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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