AJF:Newsletter[quarterly]"Africa NOW" No.78

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Africa NOW No.78

Issued on October 20, 2007 by Africa Japan Forum (AJF)

Special Topic: Disabled people's challenges in Africa

In commemoration of African Decade of Persons with Disabilities which started in 1999, a training for African disabled persons called "Mainstreaming and Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities, has been offered in Japan by JICA since 2002. CAPEDS, Committee for Assisting and Promoting Education for the Disabled in Sudan, was formed by visually disabled Sudanese in Japan last March, which represents a start of addressing issues on African disabled persons in Japan. This issue, in response to these trends, presents discussion among four disabled persons (their opinions at the round-table talk) and efforts by African organizations of disabled persons.

p.3-8 Round table: Visually-disabled persons talk about their study at higher education institutions in Sudan and Japan.
Participants: Mohamed Omer Abdin , AOKI Shintaro , FUKUCHI Kentaro , HOSHIKA Ryouji
Thee round-table talk among four visually-disabled persons where one Sudanese and three Japanese studying at Japanese higher education institutions considered the significance of disabled persons' studying at a higher education institution and its challenges through talking about their own experiences.

p.9 Information-access technology for visually disabled persons written by SAITO Ryouichiro

p.9 The present state of disabled persons in Rwanda after the conflict written by SODA Natsuki

p.10-11 African Decade of Persons with Disabilities written by NAKANISHI Yukiko
NAKANISHI Yukiko concerned with matters of disabled persons in Asia through activities at DPI make a comment on the process of forming African Decade of Persons with Disabilities and its further development.

p.12-14 Support of African decade of persons with disabilities from Japan written by MIYAMOTO Taisuke
MIYAMOTO Taisuke at Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples' International entrusted with JICA training comments on DPI's involvement in the training and its outcome.

p.15 What is Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples' International Excerpt from a leaflet of Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples' International.

p.16-17 On the spot in Africa: Rwanda written by KATO Etsuko
KATO Etsuko who works in a shelter for street children in Rwanda as a member of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers reports on her experiences in Rwanda and feelings of Rwandan people who saw genocide thirteen years' ago.

p.18-23 Contribution: The series of "Seeing, Making, Learning Osharena Africa" completed written by SHIRATORI Kurumi
"Seeing, Making, Learning Osharena Africa", the series visually carrying people's life and culture in Africa, ends with publishing four books of "African dress", "African kitchen", "African living" and "African art & craft". SHIRATORI Kurumi, an original proposer involved in editing the series presents different interesting stories associated with publication of the series. The contents of the four books are shown here.

p.24-25 Book Review: "Witness to AIDS" written by MERA Akiko
MERA Akiko reviews a book written by Edwin Cameron, a HIV-positive judge at the South African Supreme Court, about AIDS issues and his proposal, based on his experiences.

p.26-27 Meet Africa in Japan: African shop ‘BOGOLAN Market'
Series of articles full of places where we can experience and enjoy Africa in Japan. This issue introduces an African shop 'BOGOLAN Market'.

4th cover To readers ("Hitotsu no musubime toshite" in Japanese) and daily report
Information from the secretariat of AJF to readers.


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