The Christian Science Monitor : 2019-02-11
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meanwhile in ... in Jerez, a turning point, I would say,” says Michel Bustillo Garat, a social worker with the local migrants organization Voluntarios por Otro Mundo (Volunteers for Another World). “There seemed to be a pact of silence among politicians so as not to stir hatred towards migrants, but since May that pact might have been broken when some of them made public anti-immigration statements. And now you can hear regular people complaining that migrants are stealing their jobs and their money,” Mr. Garat says.
The government contracted with companies and foundations to take care of emergency accommodations, but still many immigrants are living in inhumane conditions. “It’s not enough to give migrants shelter and food. We need a real plan to integrate them, one that makes sure migrants are receiving professional training and education, to prepare them to find jobs and lead autonomous lives in Spain,” says Garat.
The former president of Andalusia, Susana Díaz, asked to “distribute the immigration effort” among all regions. Forty-seven percent of the 10,100 unaccompanied child migrants who arrived in Spain in the past two years are in Andalusia. “This is a collective and shared responsibility,” she was quoted as saying in El País.
For now, Abdou is not worried about politics. Spaniards have always been kind toward him, he says. He prefers to focus on something more productive. When he sees unaccompanied minors wandering the streets, he invites them into his home, sharing the lessons he has learned. He wants them to know that, in Europe, “time means money,” and he hopes they learn from his mistakes.
Abdou has made peace with the fact that he probably won’t become the next Ronaldo. Spain has been home for more than a decade, but he misses his family in Cameroon. So his eyes are set on a different goal. “I’m going to be a soccer coach, and I’ll set up a soccer school in Cameroon so that kids can play there. I will tell them they don’t need to be in Europe to dream. I will teach them that in Europe, instead of fighting for their dream, they will waste time making mistakes. In Africa, they can use that time to become better. In Africa, time means freedom,” Abdou says. HIKERS IN ENGLAND MELANIE STETSON FREEMAN/STAFF ENGLAND AND WALES, ramblers are searching for forgotten footpaths. About 140,000 miles of paths crisscross the two countries, and walking them is a national pastime. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act was passed in 2000, which gave the public the right to follow footpaths wherever they led – even onto private land. The CROW Act also allocated almost $20 million to mapping forgotten paths, but the enormous task was abandoned after four years. Now, walking enthusiasts are contributing to the “Don’t Lose Your Way” campaign, which maps forgotten paths in efforts to restore ancient thoroughfares. r JUAN CARLOS TORO COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA, an endangered frog found his match with a dating app. The Sehuencas water frog species was almost entirely wiped out by a fungal disease – for several years, scientists only had one member of the species in captivity. But they didn’t give up: In a bid to bring back the species, they named the frog Romeo and started a fundraiser (with a dating website profile for publicity) to find him a mate. With the money raised, scientists were able to find a Juliet for Romeo in the Bolivian cloud forest. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, a fellowship of metal-detecting specialists is finding lost rings. Aptly named “The Ring Finders,” this global online community will locate missing rings – for a “pay what you can” fee. They report that they’ve found at least 5,080 rings so far, with an estimated total value of $7.5 million. The site was started by Chris Turner, a metal-detecting enthusiast from Vancouver, British Columbia, after he found a ring for a neighbor and was rewarded with apple pie for a year. – Anna Tarnow / Staff Sources: The Guardian, The Province, Glamour FEBRUARY 11, 2019 15 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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