Youth Heroes: Moroccan Association to Promote Volunteerism

By Omar AlloucheKsar el Kebir – Do you believe youth can’t be heroes? If you say no, then you don’t know Hero Family, an association of Moroccan youth, created January 9, 2015. It now has more than 35,000 youth members throughout Morocco. The goals of the group are to promote volunteerism among Moroccan youth, help people, raise funds and develop support for society. A little girl’s sick heart started the whole idea of Hero Family. She needed an operation, but it was very expensive and her parents could not afford to pay for it. Hero Family asked for donations to help the little girl on Facebook.The leader of the association, in Ksar el Kebir, said about this first project, “we collected money, but it wasn’t enough for the operation, so we went to Moroccan artist’s houses knocking on their doors and asking them for donations . . . Saad Imajarred volunteered to help the little girl.”Because the project to raise money for the little girl was successful, a Facebook group was created to share future visions of its members (https://www.facebook.com.Hero.family). Already, in Ramadan, they gave breakfast to poor people and for Eid they bought new clothes and sheep for moneyless families. Also in wintertime, they handed out clothes to homeless people.Each city has its own leader responsible for volunteer projects and many projects are planned for the future. If you are interested in following these activities or even helping, please visit the Facebook page.Photo credit: Omar Allouche read more

Security Council panel on Liberia sanctions drops 3 from list prohibiting travel

Last week, the Council committee set up to monitor the implementation of the sanctions removed Ernest Eastman, Lawrence Morgan and Robert B. Woodson from its roster of senior officials and their relatives who are banned from travelling. The move still leaves about 120 people affected by the prohibition. These latest sanctions against Liberia were imposed by the Security Council in March 2001 by resolution 1343 in response to concerns about the reported transit of illicit diamonds – which were being traded to fuel the conflict in Sierra Leone – through Liberia. The Council determined that Liberia’s support for the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Sierra Leone constituted a threat to international peace and security, and called on Monrovia to expel RUF members from its territory and withdraw its support for the rebel group. Under the sanctions, all States must prevent the sale or supply to Liberia of arms and related materiel of all types. Countries are also banned from importing any rough diamonds from Liberia, while members of its government officials and their spouses are under the travel ban, with exemptions only for humanitarian reasons. read more