The Street children of Pakistan.

You walk down the street alone at night. You are left with little choice but to find a job and earn an income of your own to support your family. Your sisters remain at home and are protected from the danger which lies within the dark streets. You are approached by a man who offers you a small sum of money in return for spending time with him. You are desperate for the money so you agree.  You are given a small, white tablet and after that you black out and do not remember anything apart from the pain.

This is an often occurrence for the street children of Pakistan. According to studies, over 90 percent of the 1.5 million homeless children have been raped. With rape being a taboo subject in the conservative nation, this issue is rarely addressed. In addition, the police are usually occupied with larger issues such as Taliban attacks and as a result many children suffer daily.

Every year approximately 1000 Pakistani girls are murdered by their very own family members for a range of reasons varying from becoming westernized to conceiving a child out of wedlock. In order to prevent such activities, parents have been forcing their daughters to stay in the confinements of their own house and as a result the streets are dominated by males. With young girls being forced into remaining at home in order to preserve their innocence and chastity, the boys are left to roam the streets. As a result of this segregation of the sexes, grown up men start to prey on vulnerable, young boys.

The shame attached to being a male rape victim has prevented many boys voicing their story and due to this many rapists walk the streets freely, unaware that they have even committed a crime. The results from one survey illustrated that 95% of Pakistani truck drivers had raped at least one boy for a ‘source of entertainment’. Is it really justified that fathers are ashamed by the fact that their daughters are raped but think it is acceptable to rape street boys?  Furthermore, the strict class system means that many street boys do not even have a voice in society and are merely dismissed by their richer elders and left to suffer alone.

Moreover, some boys start to believe that this is the norm and simply accept that this is their future. Imran Khan a current politician and former cricket star, states that this “is one of the most sad and shameful aspects of our society. I have to say I’m totally embarrassed by this.” This life led by young boys can be inescapable with some becoming addicted to drugs and unable to restrain themselves from truck drivers who offer them drugs in return for sex. Imagine being in this position, would you not feel trapped, neglected and violated?

In a country where reputation and social image mater so much, some rapists have killed street boys that they have raped in order to keep them quiet. These defenseless children should be in school, not in the beds of strangers. As citizens of this world, we must act to protect these children.


If this issue is left unresolved, we will see many more young lives ruined and taken. Let us make this the last generation of children to become victims of such cruel abuse.

 

Offensive Halloween Costumes.

So yesterday was Halloween. A night of ghosts, ghouls and nightmares. The conventional pumpkin, ghost or vampire outfit was seen donned by many trick-or-treaters. Not by all though.

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However, there are some highly offensive costumes available on the market for this yearly occasion at popular chain stores such as ‘Walmart’, which are available for purchase by the general public.

An example is the “Pashtun Papa” costume which consisted of the dress affiliated with the Pashtun tribe who tend to reside in north-west Pakistan and across Afghanistan. In fact, it was the labeling for this product which was the most shocking part. The labeling said “Nothing is sacred this Halloween, Shock your friends with this Islamic costume.”

The most shocking part is that suppliers for such huge stores such as ‘Walmart’ have to go through a process of many stages in which the item is tested and evaluated. How did such a costume pass these stages? How was it not deemed unsuitable for public sale? I guess we will never know.

This has ignited outrage all over the world.

Another example is the “Women’s Phd Darling Sexy Costume”. When has this become part of Halloween; a novelty night of ‘the souls of the dead’? Are people implying that a woman with an education is frightening or intimidating? Is that why people believe there is a gap in the market for such costumes? It just doesn’t make sense to me. I doubt we would ever see a “Male PhD Darling Sexy Costume” on the market.

It would interesting to find out the sale rates of these items. I hope they are as low as I think them to be. Otherwise, yet again we all may lose a little faith in humanity.

In order to help make a change. Please raise awareness of this issue. Voice your disgust of these offensive Halloween costumes. Because then maybe we can convince the suppliers and producers of these products to stop selling them. Because maybe then they will realise, that it just adds fuel to the racist and sexist individuals in this world.

Thank you.

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The Ebola Virus.

You may have heard about the Ebola Virus recently. In fact, its most likely you have as it’s been circulating round the media lately. A lot. This isn’t some kind of issue that’s going to just suddenly disappear after a month or so without any action. The Ebola Virus is real. It’s taking it’s toll around the world right at this moment.

The World Health Organization has reported that the Ebola epidemic has killed 4,951 people out of 13,567 infected in eight countries.

Why is is that those of us in Westernized countries only started caring when it became a threat to us and our country? Why is it that the media only tend to commentate in detail when a Western civilian is affected? We constitute the world community, right?

This needs to change.

We need to start providing those currently being affected by the deadly Ebola Virus with basic resources and essentials such as food and drink. The things we take for granted. We need to rise above those who don’t care by carrying out actions in order to help and aid those affected. If we show people we care then they will only naturally follow. Do your bit. Make a change. 

We need to demand the distribution of these resources in the countries affected as the majority of these countries are struggling to cope with this epidemic – and rightly so; it’s a huge strain on their country. These countries are struggling financially. We can not only help by digging a little deeper into our pockets but by further promoting the organizations  and charities that encourage us and urge us to donate.

” The fight against Ebola is a fight against inequality” – Jim Yong Kim (President of World Bank group)

The Disasters Emergency Committee in the United Kingdom have launched an appeal for donations. Any sums of money are welcome. However, this is not the only way you can do your part. As I have said previously, promotion and awareness are key.

If you wish to donate to the DEC Ebola Virus appeal then please click the link here.

http://www.dec.org.uk/appeals/ebola-crisis-appeal

Thank you.

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Let’s take action.

So, I have always wanted to start some kind of blog; I just didn’t know what about. I thought to myself ‘what is my passion?’. Well, debating, reading etc was my answer. But what would I gain from a blog about debating? I tried again – ‘what would I change about the world if given the chance?’. Suddenly, it came to me. Equality. What I want, and I know so many others do is Equality for all.

I want to show and document to people of this world that no matter what gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation we are and more. We are all the same and all should have the same rights. Nobody should be able to stop us.

Without further ado, let’s get started and make a change.

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