In this edition: cartoonists’ campaign for the release of a jailed Tunisian; NGOS alarmed by the humanitarian situation in South Sudan; and a video of a French man's seven month trip around the world.
CARTOONISTS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF JAILED TUNISIAN
Artists from a number of countries have come together to launch the « 100 drawings for Jabeur » online campaign in support of Jabeur Mejri, a Tunisian man sentenced to seven and half years in prison in 2012 for sharing cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed on Facebook.
Dozens of artists have drawn pictures depicting the issues behind his imprisonment and calling for his immediate release. Web users are encouraged to share the pictures on social networks; the president Moncef Marzouki features rather prominently, as the artists feel he should have pardoned Jabeur Mejri.
The campaign comes ahead of the promulgation of the new constitution on February 7, which will be attended by a number of foreign officials. But as the instigators of the online campaign say, this founding text is supposed to guarantee freedom of expression, so keeping Jabeur Mejri in jail, as a prisoner of conscience, is quite simply unacceptable.
This is not the only online initiative in support of Jabeur Mejri. Several NGOS, including Amnesty International, are regularly campaigning for his freedom. Strong mobilization but the Tunisian authorities have yet to revoke the ruling.
SOUTH SUDAN'S DETERIORATING HUMANITARIAN SITUATION
The Red Cross has reported that the humanitarian situation in South Sudan has deteriorated further and is trying to draw attention to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of residents affected by the crisis which began around two months ago. The UN estimates some 860,000 people have been displaced by fighting between government troops and rebels and are many are sorely lacking drinking water.
Humanitarian organizations are doing what they can to help. A statement on the Oxfam website says it has helped 110,000 people in South Sudan by giving them access to clean water. The NGO has set up a water treatment system in the Awerial settlement for example which provides refugees there with close to 230 000 liters of clean drinking water per day.
Many organizations have launched online fundraising appeals to help finance their work on the ground. As the United Nations Refugee Agency, the UNHCR, points out: 20 dollars will provide two families with jerry cans to transport clean water, or 70 dollars pays for separate kitchen sets for four families to enable them to cook for themselves.
NGOs in South Sudan say the lack of medical supplies and access to treatment is also a major problem. Some organizations have been trying to tackle the outbreak of measles and polio. UNICEF for example sent over two planes carrying 70 tons of supplies in order to vaccinate some of the estimated 300,000 children displaced by the conflict.
STATS OF THE DAY
Facebook was launched in the US on February 4th, 2004 and in honor of the social network`s 10th birthday the site Clubic has produced this infographic looking at its phenomenal success. We learn that Facebook now has over 1.2 billion users across the globe compared to just one million in 2004. We`re also told that the average revenue generated by one Facebook employee is 1.2 million dollars, a massive sum which means Facebook`s overall global turnover stands at close to 8 billion dollars.
NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
Web users from Burundi have been posting under the #MyBurundianDream hashtag, sharing their hopes and expectations for the future as the country celebrates the 23rd anniversary of the Charter of National Unity. The web movement was started by the team at the “This Burundian Life” blog and soon caught the attention of countless citizens, who want their country to be prosperous for example, or to have a successful education system, or to never hear the words “where is Burundi? ” ever again…
THE IMAGINARY FACES OF VICTOR NUNES
Everyday objects, a few pen strokes and an abundance of imagination. … this is all Brazilian artist Victor Nunes needs to bring all manner of characters and animals to life. His project is called “Faces” and shows how very basic items like matches of lettuce leaves can feed one’s creativity you can check out the entire collection on the artist`s Facebook page.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
A seven month trip around the world summed up in four minutes… this video was posted online by French globe trotter Thibaut Schweppes, and you can watch it in its entirety on YouTube.