Feted Zimbabwe female rangers denied glory – BBC News
Feted Zimbabwe female rangers denied glory By Soraya Auer & Charlotte Pamment BBC News 14 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Zimbabwe women’s anti-poaching group protecting elephants The UK’s decision to deny visas for two pioneering female anti-poaching rangers to attend an awards ceremony has been criticised by organisers.
Zimbabwean Nyaradzo Hoto risks her life every day to protect elephants from ivory poachers in an all-female anti-poaching unit.
She and a colleague were due to accept an award for the team on 3 November.
But Ms Hoto’s trip, her first outside Zimbabwe, was called off after visitor visa applications were rejected.
“I haven’t told my daughter yet. I don’t want to disappoint her, she was so proud of me,” the 26-year-old whispers down the phone.
“It would have been my first time on a plane. She said ‘I wish you good luck Mummy!'” Image caption Nyaradzo Hoto comes “from a tough background”
Zimbabwe International Women Awards (Ziwa) created the Founder’s Award specifically to honour the unit known as Akashinga, which means the brave ones in Shona.
In a rejection letter, the Home Office cited Ms Hoto’s and Petronella Chigumbura’s lack of financial assets and property, suggesting they were not genuine visitors and could try to remain in the UK.
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Ms Hoto’s six-year-old daughter would not have joined her on the trip and the ranger says emphatically: “I wouldn’t flee Zimbabwe, I have to look after her.”
Like many Akashinga women, Ms Hoto is a domestic abuse survivor.
She says her daughter Tariro tells her how proud she is now that her mum protects wildlife.
“I’m someone from a tough background, so I’m working hard to fill in the potholes of my life,” the star ranger, who featured in a BBC short documentary, explains.
“I couldn’t understand the rejection, it’s not fair.” Women’s war on poaching
Akashinga women are trained to be armed soldiers, patrolling and protecting an area in the Lower Zambezi Valley, an ecosystem which is home to some 11,000 elephants.
Since October 2017, Ms Hoto and her colleagues have made or contributed to 72 arrests without firing a single shot.
“We’re seeing increasing evidence that empowering women is one of the greatest forces of change in the world today,” says Damien Mander, the founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.
The Australian, a former soldier who hand-picked the Akashinga women, believes placing wildlife conservation in their hands not only empowers the rangers but improves their communities.
“Women in rural Africa are often the most oppressed demographic. They’re given the least amount of opportunity, it’s very hard for them to rise up and acquire property and status.” ‘Gutted’
The group of British women who founded Ziwa say they were gutted when Ms Hoto and Ms Chigumbura were denied their visas.
“The awards are there to change the narrative of African women,” Rhoda Molife, one of the founders of Ziwa and a former doctor in the UK’s National Health Service, told the BBC.
“Other Zimbabwean and South African nominees got their visas,” she added.
The organisation, which wrote letters supporting the rangers’ visa applications, believes their socio-economic background negatively affected the outcome. Image caption Nyaradzo Hoto (L) and Petronella Chigumbura prepare for work
“It’s only because of their circumstances that they are where they are, not because of what’s in them – their potential,” Dr Molife says.
The awards ceremony went ahead without Ms Hoto and Ms Chigumbura in Birmingham.
“I was looking forward to interacting with different women from different countries, to learn leadership skills,” Ms Hoto laments from her unit’s camp, more than six hours north of the capital, Harare.
“It would’ve been a beautiful event, and a great thing for our project.” ‘Positive mind’
A Home Office spokesperson told the BBC that the women’s personal and financial circumstances were “considered on their individual merits”.
“The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate that they satisfy the immigration rules,” the spokesperson added.
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Man crashes pickup truck into Mississippi courthouse to tell authorities his drug paraphernalia was stolen
U.S. news Man crashes pickup truck into Mississippi courthouse to tell authorities his drug paraphernalia was stolen Keith Cavalier, 28, has been charged with driving under the influence and malicious mischief because of damage to the building. Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 13, 2018 / 1:40 PM GMT By Associated Press GULFPORT, Miss. — A man has been arrested after he drove his pickup truck into a courthouse in Mississippi. News outlets reported that the Gulfport Police Department said in a news release that 28-year-old Keith Cavalier told officers he intentionally crashed into the Harrison County Courthouse early Saturday because it was the best way to let them know his drug paraphernalia had been stolen. No one was hurt. Cavalier has been charged with driving under the influence and malicious mischief because of damage to the building. The Gulfport man is being held in the county jail. It was not known if he has an attorney yet. County offices were closed Monday for Veterans Day. Associated Press
ABC News: Michelle Obama ‘stopped even trying to smile’ at Trump inauguration – CNNPolitics
Washington (CNN) Former first lady Michelle Obama wrote that she was unable to put on a happy face and smile during President Donald Trump’s inauguration in her new book, according to ABC News .
“Someone from Barack’s administration might have said that the optics there were bad, that what the public saw didn’t reflect the President’s reality or ideals, but in this case, maybe it did,” Obama said in audio of the book. “Realizing it, I made my own optic adjustment. I stopped even trying to smile.” In its interview with Obama, ABC News further Quote: : d from her book, where the former first lady described her reaction to Trump’s defeat of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in stark terms. “I will always wonder about what led so many, women in particular, to reject an exceptionally qualified female candidate and instead choose a misogynist as their president,” Obama wrote. “I stopped even trying to smile,” @MichelleObama shares what she was feeling during President Trump’s 2017 Presidential Inauguration. #MichelleObama #Michelle https://t.co/GG1GiLxNVX pic.twitter.com/iBq38HR5hv
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Israel bombs TV station in Gaza amid massive border flare-up (PHOTO, VIDEO) — RT World News
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The station was targeted as part of a series of airstrikes on Gaza by Israel on Monday. Those strikes were in response to a barrage of rockets launched from Gaza, and follow several days of tense cross-border flare-ups.
Al-Aqsa is the official Hamas-run television channel. Its programming includes news promoting Hamas, as well as children’s programming and religiously inspired entertainment.
The bombing happened after the Israeli military launched at least five non-exploding missiles nearby, warning Palestinians to evacuate, according to sources cited by Reuters.
More than 300 rockets were fired towards Israel by Gaza on Monday, 60 of which were intercepted, according to the IDF. A bus which had been used to carry Israeli soldiers was struck by an anti-tank missile from Gaza, critically injuring one.
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) says it responded by striking over 70 targets in the Gaza Strip. At least two Palestinian civilians were killed, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. One person was injured.
The Monday tensions come after days of flare-ups between the two sides. On Sunday, an Israeli special forces raid in the Gaza Strip saw at least two Hamas commanders and four other Palestinians killed. One Israeli soldier was also killed and another wounded.
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National Action trial: Three guilty of neo-Nazi group membership – BBC News
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Barnaby Jameson QC, prosecuting, said a deleted Skype log was recovered from Thomas’s laptop.
He said the messages sent between two parties spoke of National Action being “destroyed”, with its leaders agreeing to disband with “no attempt at revival”. National Action The group was founded in 2013 by Ben Raymond, now 29, and Alex Davies, now 24 It was intended to be an explicitly neo-Nazi party Raymond was a politics graduate from the University of Essex, and Davies was a Welsh former member of the British National Party National Action shunned democratic politics, regarding itself instead as a youth-based street movement It is believed it never had more than 100 members Its activities involved leafleting university campuses, aggressive publicity stunts and city-centre demonstrations In 2015, 25-year-old member Zack Davies used a hammer and machete to attack a Sikh dentist and was jailed for attempted murder After the murder of Jo Cox in 2016, an official National Action Twitter account posted: “Only 649 MPs to go #WhiteJihad” The group was banned later that year after the government concluded it was “concerned in terrorism” It became the first far-right group to be proscribed in this country since World War Two
Reading from the log, Mr Jameson said: “But the Midlands branch of NA, which is just 17-20 of us, have decided to ignore this and we’ve renamed ourselves the Thule Combat League.
“Traitors. Midlands will continue the fight alone.”
Jurors reached unanimous verdicts after 12 hours of deliberating. The three defendants will be sentenced on 14 December.
Patatas was given bail, while Thomas and Bogunovic were remanded in custody.
Earlier this year Darren Fletcher, 28, from Wolverhampton; Nathan Pryke, 27, from March, Cambridgeshire; and Joel Wilmore, 24, from Stockport; also pleaded guilty to being in National Action. Image copyright West Mids Police/PA Image caption Jurors were shown a picture showing Adam Thomas in the robes of the Ku Klux Klan Image copyright West Mids Police/PA Image caption A swastika-shaped pastry cutter was found in the home of Patatas and Thomas
Det Ch Supt Matt Ward, from West Midlands Police, said the defendants “were not simply racist fantasists; we now know they were a dangerous, well-structured organisation”.
He added: “Their aim was to spread neo-Nazi ideology by provoking a race war in the UK, and they had spent years acquiring the skills to carry this out.
“Unchecked, they would have inspired violence and spread hatred and fear across the West Midlands.”
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the convictions were a “significant success” for the police.
He said: “We are determined to tackle the threat presented by extreme right-wing terrorism, as we are all forms of terrorism, which is why this government banned National Action in 2016.” Related Topics