🇬🇧 Prince William Tipped For Straight Ally Gong At British LGBT Awards

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“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana

prince william & chuckiePrince William looks set to be honored at this year’s British LGBT Awards.

Following his history-making appearance on the front cover of Attitude magazine last year, in which he spoke out against homophobic bullying among young people, the Duke Of Cambridge now looks set to bag the Celebrity Straight Ally award when the ceremony is held later this month, with a source even suggesting he could be putting in an appearance.

An insider said: “Wills has become a bit of a surprise ally of the LGBT community after passionately speaking out against homophobic bullying. It has won him legions of gay fans.

“His support could see him picking up a British LGBT Award next month and I know awards organisers are working with Kensington Palace to secure him for the ceremony.”


Alongside his cover shoot with the gay men’s lifestyle magazine, Prince William also gave an interview, in which he said: “The young gay, lesbian and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now.

P William & Smilie“Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.

“What I would say to any young person reading this who’s being bullied for their sexuality: don’t put up with it – speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award or some other service and get the help you need. You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”

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If I were not scraping for food myself, this would be my choice because the smallest gift would be a treasure to a refugee, to those whom have very little, your Gratitude would be a gift of love and light to a kid in a displaced world……Terry.K


Welcome to UNHCR’s gift shop—where giving gifts can save lives. When you choose an item from our catalogue, you’re ensuring that refugees have access to vital resources—including shelter, medical care, education, nutrition and clean water.

Your gift delivers the essentials of life, as well as hope for the future.

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Making a gift through our online gift shop is easy. In less than 15 minutes you can complete the three steps listed below. You’re on your way to helping deliver the essentials of life to families who need your help.

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  1. Browse our catalogue: Choose from any of our six giving categories, each with their own life-saving resources.
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Those whose lives have been uprooted and torn apart by conflict or natural disaster, UNHCR exists to help them. This is our story.

schoolUNHCR helps refugees and other displaced people around the world survive, recover and rebuild better futures. Last year, UNHCR delivered more than 15,000 tons of essential relief and survival items to displaced families.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, provides life-saving aid to those who have been forced to flee their homes as a result of violence, conflict or persecution. We provide refugees with the essentials they need to survive—including clean water, food, shelter and medicine—as well as access to vital resources like education and counselling.

With 9,700 employees working in more than 126 countries, we assist more than 65 million 6581111d1ad676dd8aa128c26a2d1578people forced to flee their homes worldwide.

UNHCR has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives since its foundation in 1950. For our work with some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, we have twice been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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What would be your one question about South Sudan?


Do you have a question? I thought I would share this email, What would you like to ask Forest Whitaker about South Sudan?

images (2)We wanted to give you a heads up about an important upcoming trip and to give you a unique chance to get involved.

This weekend, UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos and Oscar Winning Actor and UN ambassador Forest Whitaker are visiting South Sudan.

This is a rare opportunity to speak directly to two influential and committed global figures. Please email hello@messengersofhumanity.org

Why are they visiting?

South Sudan has been in the grip of one of the world’s worst conflicts and humanitarian crises for more than a year now. Almost every single person in the country has been affected in some way. Thousands have been killed or injured, often in the most gruesome ways imaginable. Millions have been forced to flee their homes. Even children haven’t been spared the grim horrors. In fact, Forest has a charity in South Sudan that works on restoring peace and stability in fragile communities.

This is also Valerie’s last visit to the country before she finishes as UN Humanitarian Chief.

So how can you get involved?

smiley_face_cameraWe’re sending a documentary crew to cover the mission. One of our team is travelling with them, and has agreed to ask them questions on your behalf. So… Send us your questions and we’ll do all we can to get as many of them answered by Valerie and Forest on film.

We’re looking for questions related to South Sudan and the humanitarian situation there. Maybe you want to ask Forest why he cares so much about the country? Or perhaps you want to ask Valerie her opinion on how long the crisis will continue?

We’re looking forward to your questions.

Keep an eye out for a lot more on this mission and on the situation in South Sudan.

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messengerMessengers of Humanity are people who want to save lives and alleviate human suffering. They understand the power of social media and know awareness is a first step to mobilizing action. Through this program, Messengers of Humanity will share stunning imagery depicting the human face of conflict and natural disaster, unbelievable but true important facts and figures surrounding the humanitarian state of the world, messages of hope and action and extremely important information that when shared, could really help change the world. More people than ever need your help, want to lend your voice to Humanitarian Aid? Want to make a difference? then sign up take action and make a difference, be a Messenger of Humanity? and be a voice.


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West Africa: Ebola virus claims humanitarian hero’s life


30 August, 2014

drAlmost 2,000 people have been infected and more than 1,000 killed in an Ebola outbreak that his terrorized communities across four West African countries. The deadly illness has also taken a very heavy toll on health workers and humanitarian staff responding to the growing crisis.

The virus has infected 170 health workers across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, and killed 81, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Among them was Sierra Leone’s top virologist, Dr Sheikh Umar Khan who died on 29 July having spent two months at the front line of the government’s response in the eastern town of Kenema.

“He died because he loved his people”

Dr Khan had built a reputation for himself as an expert in viral haemorrhagic fevers, in a country where few doctors had experience in this field. Since 2005 he had been the Physician in charge of Kenema Government Hospital’s Lassa Fever program, for some of that time doubling as a United Nations consultant on Lassa Fever.

Michael Vandi, a public health officer at the hospital, knew Khan well. “He was dedicated worker” said Vandi. “He loved his job because he loved his people. He died because he loved his people”.

Vandi described the 39 year old doctor as social man. “He was approachable by all. Always respectful.”

“A hero for all of Africa”

Khan, who hailed from the northern Port Loko district of Sierra Leone, tested positive for Ebola on 22 July and was immediately sent to an Ebola treatment centre run by the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the far eastern district of Kailahun.

Initial reports suggested his condition was improving and there were plans to evacuate him for further treatment in Europe. But his health later deteriorated rapidly.

It is unclear how he contracted the disease. According to MSF staff and health workers at the hospital he took meticulous care to avoid infection. But still, the threat of infection was high.

Many in Kenema describe Khan as a hero. “That man is not just a hero for Sierra Leone” said one motorbike taxi driver sipping sweet tea in a Kenema teashop. “He is a hero for all of Africa.” At the hospital he is revered. Since his death banners depicting his portrait and “RIP doctor Khan” have been strung up throughout the compound.

Ebola is real

Khan’s death may prove to have some positive effect. For many, seeing the country’s leading virus doctor succumb to Ebola has forced them to accept the virus was real. During the early stages of the outbreak the denial of Ebola’s existence made it harder to contain the outbreak.

But Khan’s death was the turning point for many, including the man in the Kenema teashop. “Before, we did not believe Ebola was there.” he said. “But after Dr. Khan died now everybody knows it is real.”

World Humanitarian Day

Last week, the world marked World Humanitarian Day – a day when aid organizations celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.

This year, the day paid tribute to those who are committed to making a difference by selflessly dedicating their lives to saving others. The 2014 campaign focused on the stories of individual aid workers, like Dr Khan, celebrated as ‘Humanitarian Heroes’.

At a time when more people than ever need urgent humanitarian help worldwide, record numbers of aid workers have been kidnapped, wounded or killed as they carry out their life- saving work.

“Despite the risks they face to their safety and their health, aid workers from around the world remain undeterred,” said Louis Belanger, World Humanitarian Day Spokesperson. “This year, we want to celebrate and honour them.”


A Lesson from Nelson Mandela on Forgiveness (P-2)


So back to forgiveness. If those who have harmed us are not sorry for the damage they have done, is there any point to forgiving them when they have no remorse? Perhaps mandellarevenge is sufficient reason, for as Oscar Wilde once said, “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” Another reason might be that if we forgive in our hearts those who are not sorry, we open our own hearts to compassion, and the ability to forgive ourselves.Forgiveness requires compassion, which is to say, remembering the humanity in each person—whether we respect or like them or not is irrelevant. Recognizing that those who harm us have made poor choices—choices that may have cost them nothing, may even have advantaged them, but for which we alone must suffer—does not mean that they are exempt from moral responsibility for their actions. It means only that we understand they were not acting as “monsters,” but as humans. And humans can indeed behave monstrously at times. Finally, when forgiveness is too hard, there is another way.

When anger and pain overpower a person’s ability to forgive, perhaps it is not forgiving one must focus on, but on forgetting. Clearly, there are historical events such as Apartheid 15241417_1262531507123016_1677386702677847004_nor the Holocaust that one must never forget. And any act of cruelty we suffer comes with it lessons we best not forget lest it happen again. But to release the anger and heal the pain of wounds caused by another, we must first learn not to think on how much we are hurting. We must learn not to relive the event again and again in our words and our minds. When thoughts of another’s injustice intrude, we become empowered by pushing them out.

When the swelling anger of a wrong once done begins to mount, we learn to shift to another thought or vision. We move our bodies and move our minds, from our pain to our presence—and fill that presence with laughter, peace or a concentrated focus on anything but our pain. And we do it again and again, until those thoughts diminish. And in time, we begin to forget. And in forgetting, we make room to forgive. To forgive someone does not mean what they have done is excused; it means we recognize that they made a poor choice mandella2in how they acted and for that lapse in judgment, they are forgiven.

That is not the same thing as forgiving someone for the damage they have caused. The damage is done. It is up to the other person to accept or reject responsibility for that damage (and chances are, they’ll reject it). But it is up to each of us to accept or reject responsibility for our futures, whatever limits there may now be upon it. In honor of the life Nelson Mandela has lived, let us each find one small place in our hearts to extend forgiveness to another. And if we cannot forgive, let us work to forget. Once we have forgotten, and moved forward in our lives, we may discover we’ve forgiven, if no one other than ourselves. Which is where all healing begins.

Published on June 10, 2013 by Janice Harper, Ph.D. in Beyond Bullying.

A Lesson from Nelson Mandela on Forgiveness (P-1)


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A Lesson from Nelson Mandela on Forgiveness (P-1)


In recent weeks I have received a couple of different queries about how and why one should forgive. One reader wrote asking if he should forgive those who had so seriously nelson-m4hurt him in his workplace, costing him his job and reputation. Another wrote that she knew that healing required forgiving those who’d harmed her, but she was not yet ready to do so. In both cases, those the readers sought to forgive probably weren’t even sorry for the very real damage and wounding they had caused. Particularly in cases where damage is inflicted by a group, the individuals within that group rarely take responsibility for their own actions. Like members of a firing squad who simultaneously pull the trigger, they sleep soundly at night knowing they couldn’t have fired the deadly bullet. Besides, such logic follows, if “everyone” is hurting someone, the blame falls on the target for having done something to deserve it.

There can be no more timely moment to contemplate the concept of forgiveness of those who are not sorry than now, as Nelson Mandela reaches the end of a life that became an exemplar of forgiveness. Imprisoned for 27 years for his objection to Apartheid, tortured many of those years, when he was finally released from prison in 1990, he called not for revenge, but for forgiveness and reconciliation.


Many felt betrayed that he would turn away from righteous anger, particularly when the terrors of Apartheid were ongoing, yet the world took note of such a powerful heart and mind, and thus it came to be that the dark years of Apartheid reached their end. If a man nelson-m6tortured and imprisoned for nearly three decades could find in himself forgiveness, what lessons might we take from him on how to respond to acts of aggression and cruelty in our ordinary lives? Ought we forgive those who are not sorry for their cruelty and the pain and suffering it produced?

Perhaps we must first give thought to why those who harmed us may not be sorry. If we bump into someone in the street, we will say we’re sorry. But if we bump into them with our car and break their bones, we are less likely to apologize. Why is that? (Aside from the fact that we don’t want to be sued once we’ve admitted our culpability.) Assuming we are normal healthy people and not sadists or psychopaths, the reason we are less likely to be sorry for our actions the greater the damage they have caused is because we are humane. And because we are humane, we find it very troubling to face those aspects of ourselves that are fallible and cruel.

Think of it this way: if we bump into someone in the street, we aren’t likely to stay awake nelson-m5at night reliving the event and wondering if we did the right thing by walking in their path. It was an inconsequential act that won’t even cross our minds again. But if we have really hurt someone with our actions, we are more likely to toss and turn and relive the event—until we settle on the best possible explanation for our own actions. And that explanation usually comes down to: I did the only thing I could do. I had no other choice. They were the ones who weren’t watching where they were going. It was their fault, not mine. They got me into this ordeal. We will focus more on forgiving ourselves for our actions by excusing them, than on asking for forgiveness, because we do not want to believe we are the kind of people who would so something to hurt another so badly. This is the process of cognitive dissonance, which enables us to psychologically adapt to facts which make us uncomfortable. We tend to find the loopholes.

Published on June 10, 2013 by Janice Harper, Ph.D. in Beyond Bullying.

A Lesson from Nelson Mandela on Forgiveness (P-2)