I didn’t get the chance to call you like I would have loved to do. I didn’t get to share with you like most kids do because of the unchanging will of Heaven, which is beyond man’s control. I know you miss me like I do miss you. Even though the moment was too brief it has lots of memories. You gave me much to hang onto in rainy days of life. Dear Dad, you do need to hear this from me. You are the best gift nature has given to me and I am proud of you. I have come close to the monster’s mouth of death; I have stood between sinking mountains and valleys of death; but your words of encouragement have kept me up. I may not be as bright as sunshine, nor as sparkling as the shooting stars, but I sure do know that your love is real and your rebuke has never been for hate but for the greater love you shared. I love you dad, you are the greatest. Daddy, in your heart of hearts lies the solace I seek.
[Aswat Masriya]Egypt's security forces have not received any orders to initiate an armed operation to free the security personnel kidnapped in Sinai, a senior security source told the state-run news agency.
[IPS]Niamey -A decade ago, less than a third of school-aged girls in Niger were in class. Today, though significant cultural and religious opposition remains, nearly two-thirds of girls are enrolled in school.
[IPS]Johannesburg -In this column, Mandeep Tiwana, policy and advocacy manager of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, writes that civil society organisations around the globe face grave threats to their efficacy and existence.
[IPS]Nairobi -Victoria J. married in 2009 at age 14, and became pregnant shortly after. "I started labour in the morning on a Friday ... The nurse kept checking and saying I would deliver safely. On Monday she said I was weak.