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DO WE WRITE FOR?
By: Sekou Kenneh
September 30, 2009
we continue to observe the way our website is being managed by some of
the members of the so-called FELMAUSA'S web management team, I think the
phrase"LEVEL PLAYING FIELD" is lost. The recent article dated: September
20/2009("MMA PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL BLASTS DELIQUENT STATES", by Nvasikie
Konneh) was a clear indication that the FELMAUSA'S website is managed
with partiality by some members of the team.
Guinean Military Junta; a Time Bomb for West Africa
By: Musa Sekou Fofana from Atlanta,GA.
September 29, 2009
emanating from the Guinean capital Conakry; is very disturbing.
According to BBC 58 persons were killed by the Military in clashes
between the Army and opposition protesters. Among them the renowned
Guinean Economist and the legendary former Prime Minister Sidiya Toure;
who is reported to have sustained a head injury. Other Opposition
leaders are also in custody. Scores of innocent Civilians were injured
and heavily armed military personnel’s are patrolling the quiet streets
Least 58 Killed in Guinea Opposition Protest
September 29, 2009
and medical officials say at least 58 people have been killed in Guinea
in clashes between security forces and opposition activists who defied a
government ban on protests.
The clashes took place Monday in the capital, Conakry.
Witnesses say Guinea's security forces opened fire on demonstrators who
had gathered in a large stadium to protest against the possible
presidential candidacy of Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, the country's
Gambian leader calls on UN to help save Africa from developed world
Courtesy: Gambia News
September 28, 2009
President of the Gambia on Thursday called on the United Nations to step
in and save Africa from the exploitation and discrimination it has
suffered at the hands of the developed world, or the continent will take
its own action.
“The UN must come to the rescue of Africa otherwise we Africans stand
ready to liberate ourselves from this eternal bondage at any cost,” said
President Yahya Jammeh at the second day of the 64th annual United
Nations General Assembly debate.
“We the Africans have been suffering for too long at the hands of the
Westerners and we will put an end to this,” Mr. Jammeh told the
Assembly, which has gathered at UN headquarters in New York for its
“NAME CALLING” A TENDENCY THAT SHALL NOT BE ALLOWED WITHIN FELMAUSA
By: Musa Sekou Fofana
September 26, 2009
has been a hope and a shining star in the Liberian Mandingo Community.
This Federation has created the maximum awareness and the highest level
of Volunteerism in the Liberian Mandingo Society. We have seen a great
deal of unity and enthusiasm from all of us.
The desire for a stronger and a viable community (within which the
interest of the community surpass that of any other) has become the
motivational tool for the growth of FELMAUSA. The first two years of
FELMAUSA was as smooth as anyone could imagine and expect. A collective
atmosphere; wherein everyone in the FELMAUSA circle felt compelled to do
something to take the Federation to a higher level.
REMEMBER PRESIDENT MUSA ABRAHIM KAMARA ADMINISTRATION’s LEGACY
By:VOM staff writer
September 26, 2009
is often said that honor belong to those that deserve it. We the staffs
at VOM want to take this time to acknowledge the hard-work, successes,
wisdom and sacrifices made by honorable Musa Abrahim Kamara led
When Mr. Kamara, took over the top seat in MMA the community was in
disarray and he pledged to the community members that he will unite the
people without taking side with any body within MMA.
Fear after Jammeh's death threat
September 25, 2009
online petition has been launched in protest at the Gambian president's
threat to kill human rights workers.
President Yahya Jammeh told state TV earlier this week he would kill
anybody who wanted to "destabilise" The Gambia.
"If you are affiliated with any human rights group, be rest assure that
your security is not guaranteed... we are ready to kill saboteurs," he
Denies Meeting With Rebel Leader on Eve of Sierra Leone War
September 24, 200
Liberian President Charles Taylor denies testimony by a prosecution
witness that he met with rebel-leader Foday Sankoh on the eve of the
Revolutionary United Front's invasion of Sierra Leone.
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has testified at his war crimes
trial that he did not meet with a rebel leader on the eve of the
invasion of Sierra Leone.
The 61-year-old is facing 11 counts of war crimes allegedly committed
during the civil war in Sierra Leone. His defense case, conducted by the
Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, is now in its ninth week.
Pregnancy in Sierra Leone - a 'Ticket to Death'
September 23, 2009
deaths in Sierra Leone are a human-rights emergency, says a new report
from Amnesty International, which cites that one in eight women risks
dying during pregnancy in the West African country. World leaders are
preparing to meet Wednesday to discuss increased funding for health care
in the developing world.
Speaking with VOA by phone from Sierra Leone, Amnesty International
Secretary General Irene Khan says pregnancy and childbirth are a ticket
to death for many women in the country.
Gambia president threatens death to troublemakers
Courtesy: Gambian News
September 22, 2009
— Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Monday warned that anyone who sought
to "destabilise" the tiny west African nation would be killed.
"If you want to destabilise this country and bring trouble and suffering
to my people, I will make sure that you are dead," Jammeh told state
He added that cooperating with human rights groups was no guarantee of
"Those who want to collaborate and listen to those so-called human
rights campaigners and think that they will be defended by them are
fooling themselves," said the president, who has held power in Gambia
for 15 years.
Compaore Urges Ivorians to Move Toward Presidential Poll
September 21, 2009
Faso President Blaise Compaoré visited Ivory Coast this week. Mr.
Compaoré is leading regional efforts to organize the country's
much-delayed presidential elections.
During his four-day visit, Burkinabe President Blaise Compaoré has urged
Ivorians to continue moving towards the presidential poll, now slated
for November 29. The vote, which has been postponed several times since
2005, is an attempt to find a lasting political solution to nearly a
decade of internal conflict in the once stable West African nation.
Eid traditions across the globe
Courtesy: Daily Times
September 20, 2009
For Muslims all over the Globe, Eid Ul Fitr, or Meethi Eid as it is
known in Pakistan, is one of the favourite celebrations of the Muslim
calendar. Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the
Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning
“festivity”, while Fitr means “charity” and so the holiday symbolises
the breaking of the fasting period. It is celebrated starting on the
first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
Ivory Coast Election Could Be Delayed Again
September 19, 2009
Coast has missed the deadline for publishing provisional voter lists for
the country's long-delayed presidential elections, now scheduled for
Ivory Coast's election commission confirmed that it has missed the
September 15 deadline for publishing voter lists, a setback that could
postpone presidential polls already delayed many times since 2005.The
vote, now slated for November 29, is an attempt to find a lasting
political solution to nearly a decade of internal conflict in the once
stable West African nation that is the world's top cocoa producer.
Junta Leaders React to Pressure Not to Stand in Next Year's Elections
September 18, 2009
U.S.-based international foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has
called on Guinea's military leader Captain Moussa Camara to organize
free and fair elections.
IFES Regional Director for Africa Almami Cyllah said in a statement last
week that this would signal a positive beginning for Guinea to embark on
the road to democracy. Over the weekend reports quoted junta leaders as
rejecting a U.S. Embassy call for the military junta to stay out of next
year's presidential elections.
Senegal's youths dream of Europe
September, 17, 2009
was once the starting point for thousands of Africans trying to reach a
better life, but has the economic downturn led to a reduction in the
numbers seeking a new start? Will Ross reports from the West African
I could not have ignored Mustapha if I had tried. The young fisherman
was wearing a fluorescent yellow football shirt, Barcelona's away strip
to be precise, which must have been designed for games played in thick
fog.Chatting beside his elaborately painted wooden fishing boat in the
sun soaked Senegalese fishing village of Yoff, it was clear that
Mustapha wanted a lot more than a Spanish football top - he wanted a
life in Spain.
Ivorians Unhappy Over Missed Voter Registration Publication Deadline
September 16, 2009
d'Ivoire's citizens are expressing disappointment the electoral
commission will fail to meet Tuesday deadline of publishing The voter
register is expected to be used for the vote scheduled for November 29.
Concerned Ivorians say the electoral body's failure to meet the
publishing deadline could increase tensions ahead of the general
elections.But the government reassured
people saying the presidential election will go on as planned despite
the missed deadline.
Converting Old Rubber Trees to Electricity
September 14, 2009
begins this month on a new, environmentally-friendly power plant in
Liberia that will use old rubber trees to generate electricity. It is
part of a plan to make Liberia the world's first sustainable
Natural rubber has anchored the Liberian economy for more than 75 years.
The huge Firestone plantation east of the capital, Monrovia, remains the
world's largest single natural rubber operation and was one of the first
businesses to reopen after Liberia's long civil war.
OF MINNESOTA END OF RAMADAN CELEBRATION
By: Mohamed Enzah Dorley
September 13, 2009
'Russia's Obama' defies racists
September 12, 2009
might call him brave, others naive, or even reckless, but the one thing
Joachim Crima is not is ordinary. He is black, and he is Russian.
And now this watermelon seller, and former student from Guinea Bissau,
is attempting to become the first black man ever to be elected to public
office in Russia.
Mr Crima has become an overnight media sensation here. On the day I
visited him in his home town Srednyaya Akhtuba in southern Russia, two
other TV crews were with him. The next day two more were due in town.
to Particpate in the Process of Selecting a Single Candidate
By: Nvasekie N. Konneh
September 11, 2009
president of the National Mandingo Caucus of Liberia, Musa Bility, has
officially invited FELMAUSA to participate in the process of uniting
behind a single candidate in the forthcoming se nate by-election
scheduled for October 2009. In a letter dated September 9, 2009 which
was addressed to the president and the board chairman of FELMAUSA, the
president of the National Mandingo Caucus of Liberia, Musa Bilty said,
“As we near the up-coming Senatorial by-election, The National Mandingo
Caucus has embarked upon a drive to unite our People behind a single
candidate come November 4, 2009.
Sanniquellie Mosque Project Pictorial Progress Report:
September 10, 2009
|The Mosque Before:
||The Mosque Now:
Second Thought on Felmausa: Power struggle within the Federation of
Liberian Mandingo in the U.S.A (FELMAUSA)
By: Sekou Kenneh-Opinion Leader MN
issue has been talked about by many in so many ways in our community.
So I deem it necessary to take a second look at the mother Organization,
As curious as I was to get to the button of the "so-called power
I was astonished to learn that there are some elements in the
Organization (FELMAUSA) with a hidden agenda, and they are masquerading
to be die-hard Felmausaians or community activists.
VOM Editorial: Yes! I agreed that Liberia is a country of law not of
man, let Mary Broh and others face justice.
By: VOM Staff Writer, Alh Donzo
September 08, 2009
the weekend, acting Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, and her guards,
stormed the Benson Street Central Mosque in Monrovia where peaceful,
loving Muslims had gathered to end their long day fast. Ms. Broh
allegedly ordered her guards to step on the food that was being
distributed just as the first person’s food was placed in his palm.
Former Ivory Coast Leader Bédié to Run for President
September 7, 2009
Ivorian leader Henri Konan Bédié says he will run in the country's
presidential elections scheduled for November.
Former Ivorian President Henri Konan Bédié is one of two candidates now
officially registered for the country's long-delayed presidential
elections, though others have expressed their intention to run.
The vote, now slated for November 29, is an attempt to find a lasting
political solution to nearly a decade of internal conflict in the once
stable West African nation.
West Africa Hit by Devastating Floods
September 06, 2009
Africa is experiencing particularly severe flooding this year, with some
350,000 people affected in six countries. The United Nations reports
Burkina Faso is the worst affected. The floods also have spread to
Ghana, Niger, Guinea, Senegal and Benin.
UN aid agencies say this year's flooding across West Africa may match
the severity of the floods that occurred in 2007. Those killed some 300
people and displaced 800,000.
Pres. Sirleaf’s Apology to the Muslim Community is only the beginning
and not the end
By: Ishmael Komara
days ago, we were awakened by the news that Muslims brothers in
Monrovia, Liberia had been attacked by the ruthless city Mayor of
Monrovia Mary Broh and her gangster supporters. Twenty four hours later,
we received report that the president has dissolved the so-called task
force headed by Ms. Broh in an attempt to cover her outrageous
behavior. After increased pressure from the Muslim community, the
President along with Ms. Broh made an appearance to the community mosque
to extend an apology. While this is the right step, we believe this is
the beginning and not the end.
love, honour and obey in Mali
September 4, 2009
new family law in Mali is causing a furore, partly because it no longer
stipulates that wives have to obey their husbands.
Such has been the anger in the majority Muslim country that President
Amadou Toumani Toure has sent the law back to parliament for MPs to
Authorities Ban Political Discourse on Radio Broadcasts
September 03, 2009
temporarily suspending SMS text messaging in order to curb political
rallies in the capital Conakry, Guinea's military authorities have now
banned political discussions from radio broadcasts.
In the wake of increasing criticism, authorities in Guinea's ruling
military junta have banned political discourse from all radio call-in
programs. Some people have recently used these radio call-in shows to
criticize the expected presidential candidacy of ruling military junta
leader, Moussa Dadis Camara.
Senegalese Court to Try Teenagers for Homosexuality
September 02, 2009
Two Senegalese teenagers will stand trial this coming week for allegedly
committing homosexual acts. It is the latest in a string of cases
targeting gay men and now young boys in Senegal.
Newspapers here in Dakar are preoccupied with the onset of the Muslim
holiday Ramadan and the final matches of the season for Senegal's most
popular sport, traditional wrestling. They have yet to comment on the
story of two young men from the religious town of Darou Mousty in
northern Senegal. The two seventeen-year-old boys will stand trial this
week for "homosexual acts" in a juvenile court in the region's capital,
Forum for the Advancement of Liberian Mandingoes & their
September 01, 2009
Monrovia, August 30, 2009……..The Forum for the Advancement of Liberian
Mandingoes and their descendants (FALMD) attention has been drawn to the
recent attack and act of vandalism carried out on peaceful Muslims at
the Benson Street mosque who were assembled there for some meals after
observance of their daily fast by the Acting City Mayor of Monrovia in
person of Madam Mary Broh. It can be recalled that on Saturday, August
29, 2009 at the precise hour of 7:00 PM, Madam Broh led a group of
intolerant and disgruntled individuals who wasted the Holy Month of
Ramadan breakfast food, inflicted bodily injuries on peaceful Muslims
and rained condescending insults on the Chief Imam of the Benson Street
are you and who am I?- Mandingoes in Liberia:
By: Ishmael Komara
Seama and others
Over the past few weeks, I have read different opposing emails and
articles about the issues of “Quardu Gboni Mandingo Association”. Having
read the last email written by brother Seama, I felt obliged to join in
the discussion that I now feel is necessary to highlight some of the
outrageous points he and others have outlined. In an email written by
brother Seama dated August 28, 2008, he wrote:
it is one thing for our members to suggest a changed in our association'
s name and quite another for a non member set up as an opinion leader
advocating for whoever tries to suggest our name to be change because
FELMUSA has Mandingo in its name if FELMUSA want to talk to us let them
bring it on.
Konneh & Aminata Konneh of Milwaukee
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