domingo, 7 de dezembro de 2008

On leadership

In June 2003, General Eric Ken Shinseki in his farewell speech at his retirement ceremony, a departure forced upon him by the current US administration, warned against arrogance in leadership.

The comment he made then was very firm, and should come back to our minds, the day Barack Obama discloses his intention to appoint this four-star general as Secretary of the Veterans Department.

"You must love those you lead before you can be an effective leader," he said. "You can certainly command without that sense of commitment, but you cannot lead without it. And without leadership, command is a hollow experience, a vacuum often filled with mistrust and arrogance."

Gen. Shinseki is a very good choice. Once again President-elect Obama has shown he means business.

segunda-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2008

See you later!

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Children keep smiling and welcoming a better world. They believe in the future, they also ask for so little. Protection, schools, acceptance of their diplomas once back in Darfur, and no forced recruitment into any armed group.

domingo, 30 de novembro de 2008

Window of opportunity

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There is always a way forward. One should open the windows that are available and move on.

sexta-feira, 21 de novembro de 2008

The livestock market at Karmé

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Every Sunday, people from many places, including from Nigeria and Niger, come to Karmé, 165 Kms East of N´Djaména, to sell and buy livestock. It is time for big business. Money flows all over and people enjoy the tranquility of a day with different communities.

A strong woman

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It is not very easy to play a social role, if you are a woman in the Sahel. But the market place is opening new opportunities for women to earn a living and have a voice.

domingo, 9 de novembro de 2008

Going home

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All they need is a good rainy season, water, water, water. And security. Then, they take care of their families and themselves. They are not heavy on world resources.

domingo, 19 de outubro de 2008

Old woman at the market

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The market place, even in the middle of the Sahel, in very harsh living conditions, is a crossroads of hope and freedom. It is wise not to expect much and keep the smile on.