China’s Concentration Camps | #SaveUyghur

*Trigger warning – mention of sexual assault and torture.*

Today, I want to bring to light the things that are going on in China’s concentration camps. Uyghur and Kazakh Muslim people have been getting detained in the Xin-Jian region of China and are being forced into government-mandated concentration camps as an excuse to re-educate them. 

Official documents had been released as well by BBC Panorama but China’s UK ambassador dismissed the documents as fake news where it was shown how the inmates were locked up, indoctrinated, and punished.

Uyghur Muslims Concentration camps
Source: The Diplomat

A number of prisoners reported being forced to eat pork, drink alcohol, and denounce themselves as Muslims. BBC reported that the camps were high-security prisons where strict discipline and punishments are executed with no room for escape. 

In fact, to even be permitted to eat, the prisoners must sing songs that promote the communist party. Syragul Sauytbay, a 41-year-old Kazakh Chinese who escaped from the camp stated that the camps were in horrible condition with a lack of health care, crowding, and almost nonexistent hygiene. 

It’s estimated that were around 2,500 prisoners at the camp from the ages of 13 to 84 and were punished for everything. 

Uyghur Muslim women crying
Source: The Logical Indian

“Anyone who didn’t follow the rules was punished,” Sauytbay said, adding those who didn’t learn Chinese properly or who didn’t sing the songs were also punished. Punishments included being deprived of food or getting their fingernails ripped out, or much worse than that.

Sautbay was even forced to witness a gang sexual assault while at the camp in front of 200 prisoners and the guards would often look back to see the reaction of the prisoners whereupon those who turned their heads, closed their eyes, looked angry or shocked were taken away and were never seen again.

Business Insider reported that according to Haaretz, prisoners were forced to take pills and were given shots as medical experiments but were kept in the dark as to what the procedure did. The Washington Post also reported forced abortions and contraceptives. Muslim women aren’t even allowed to wear hijab unless they’re 45 and above. 

Muslim women protesting for uyghur muslims
Source: The Conversation

Prisoners are forced to abstain from daily religion and are told that they can’t survive without the communist party. The camps have first been on-going since 2017 and currently, over 11 million people have been placed in the camps.  It was also reported that the students were only allowed to see family members once every two weeks and that they were forbidden from speaking the Uyghur language. 

It’s really sad and devastating to realize that some countries are supporting such cruelty towards the Uyghur Muslims in the name of re-education. No one deserves to be persecuted for religious beliefs and it’s morally and ethically wrong and disgusting. No one deserves to suffer just because they’re Muslims or any other religion, gender, or race. They have destroyed mosques, religious symbols, and violated human rights. 

This is unacceptable and we all must strive to stop such acts no matter how many other people support it. Even though the Chinese government has completely cut off contact with the outside world, depriving us of donating/aiding to those who are suffering, here are some more things that you can do to help them.

Woman demanding justice for Uyghur Muslims
Source: Al Jazeera
  1. Sign petitions such as change.org [#SaveUyghur] and this one.
  2. Donate in the Launchgood campaigns and at Uyghur Human Rights Project.
  3. Spread the word on social media. No matter how many followers you have, share it and let even that one follower of yours know about what’s going on.
  4. Write to your local officials to raise awareness about the happenings in Uyghur. 
  5. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Islam and hope that Allah puts an end to their troubles and sufferings.

To read more, you can check this link and this link

Sources from: Business Insider, BBC, Washington Post, and Guardian.

Please share so that more people can know about this situation. It’s our duty to educate people if they aren’t aware of what’s going on around the world. So please, like, share your views and spread peace!

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#BlackLivesMatter

I seriously don’t know what’s going on. Why did this had to happen…Why is racism poisoning our hearts? Why are we diving deep down into the roots of race and gender? why are we being so mean to human beings? Aren’t Blacks human? Don’t they have a soul? Don’t they have the right to live?

Can’t we stand up and just say one word together; Enough. Enough. Enough.

Please, it’s enough. How much blood are you going to shed? How many people are you going to bury or hang alive? How many names will you write on the tombstones? how many poetry and songs will you sing?

Aren’t you tired? Aren’t you tired of holding those banners that have the words, Black Lives Matter all over? Aren’t you tired of yelling, screaming, running around under the heat and aren’t you exhausted to see no change?

Source: The Source Magazine

Blacks are humans too. Just like us, they are kind, merciful, generous, loving and caring then why do you distinguish them? why do you categorize them and label them as ‘others?’ why do you do this? Please, tell me, I need to know.

Even though I’m not a Black, I feel their pain. I feel their grief. I feel their tragic history crawling up to my heart and throat and choking me with sadness. Is this the world we’re living in? Is this what it means to be human? Then isn’t it better to die if all we get is abuse, discrimination, rascim, and comments that break and tear us apart.

When you look at Whites, what do you feel? Nothing.

But when you look at Blacks? Everything?

Isn’t this injustice? Isn’t this called biasness?

Black Lives Matter as much as every lives. You matter, you matter, you matter, George Floyd matters, Breonna Taylor matters, Ahmaud Arbery matters and those lives that are lost in the protests and before matter.

Let’s all become anti-racist so that we can make the world a better place. Is that too much to ask for? Can’t our hearts soften and become kind? Can’t we embrace each other’s ethnicity and background and forget about what our skin color is and just…just shake hands, kiss each other’s cheeks, bump our foreheads and smile?

Please, don’t make this a ‘dream’ but make it a ‘reality.’ Don’t say it’s impossible, say it’s possible and take action! Remember, to start a revolution you don’t need a large group, but one man/woman with a strong voice is enough.

Donate. Sign petitions and support the protests as much as you can.

Click here to know where you can donate your dollars.

#BlackLivesMatter
#GeorgeFloyd
#JusticeforGeorgeFloyd

 

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5 Tips On How You Can Change Your Life!

1. Wake up early:

Waking up early gives you a chance to be productive while everyone else is asleep. It gives your mind the boost of creativity it needs, it gives you more time to plan out things and waking up early means that you’re serious about your work/business/job/career. It’s not an easy task to wake up early but those who do, they always climb the ladder of success.

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Related: My 7 Favorite Ways to Recharge My Energy Levels

2. Look Good:

Yes, this may sound strange but taking your time to look good will help raise your self-confidence, motivate you, and will trigger your mind into thinking that today is an important day; a day you shouldn’t miss out on.

Dreams don't work unless you do - John C. Maxwell
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3. Make time for yourself:

I believe this is the most important aspect of our lives as we get so busy with our daily life/work that we forget to make time for ourselves. Selfcare is truly important if we want to reach our goals and fulfill our dreams. We must take at least 10 minutes every day to journal, to smile, to do something that makes us happy and you will soon see a change in your life because you’re not just working your butt off but you’re rewarding yourself for it as well.

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Related: 7 Activities To Do With Kids Amidst Lockdown

4. Make time for workouts:

I am a fitness freak and if I don’t work out even for a day, my body literally breaks down and I feel stressed, bloated, and unhealthy. As a result, I am unable to work properly and I tend to get a lot of writer’s block (apparently, I always have to resort to caffeine for that which is very unhealthy) So, get your body moving; be it for a walk, jog, or just going for grocery shopping. Do not be lazy because a moving body gives you a productive mind. Working out is beneficial for your body and not only will it make you look better but feel better too.

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5. Identify Your Goals:

This is another crucial step you must take every single day. Knowing your goals and dreams is significant if you want to see successful results. You need to plan your day, week, month, and year accordingly, you need to adjust your lives and you also need to tend to your daily needs without making others frown. How are you going to do that? by planning and by having a strong and positive mindset. You can’t just break down because you chose this path and you must reach your destination. How long will you stay in a hotel or Airbnb? Not long right? Think of your life that way and pursue your goals. Recall why you’re doing what you’re doing and trust me, you will be in charge of your mind, not the opposite.

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I hope you will use these 5 tips daily in your life and won’t give up because giving up means you’re losing the opportunity to make a name for yourself, to stand out from the crowd, and to make people realize that they can’t just look down upon you. So what’s it gonna be? wake up early and work? or sleep and watch your dreams fade away?

It’s your choice.

Next: Why? | A Thought | Personal Article

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Why? | A Thought | Personal Article

I can’t believe how people can change so much…The people you think they are, aren’t actually showing their true selves to you. They talk behind your backs, they say abominable things, they just rip your apart from the face of the Earth but when they come face to face, they are all smiles and rainbows…

Why? why the two-face? why not say whatever it is to our faces? Why not just say that you don’t like us and that we should just go away. Why do you backbite about us? say the things that aren’t true or mix falsehood with the truth?

What did we do wrong? did we hurt you? did we tell you something that wasn’t appropriate? no…all we did was stay with you so that you could feel safe. so that you wouldn’t be alone and isolated in this sudden outbreak that’s keeping us locked up in our homes.

Why do you do this to us? we trusted you so much. we thought you were good, we thought you were the nicest person and we thought that you loved us…but in the end, you turned your backs on us. All of you.

All you care about is yourselves and money. you used to respect us but when we lost everything, you decided to just throw us off the cliff and look at us as dead animals; or even worse…

thought so many good things about you. I trusted you, loved you with all my heart, and now…I just feel like I can’t trust anyone right now. Why do I have to go through this? Why is God testing me like this? Why did you change? or were you like this from before but now, your true colors are showing?

All of you…Why? Just because we’re another religion? just because we have different beliefs? different God? Why…?

It hurts.

It hurts so much…

I know I shouldn’t and don’t want to be too personal in this blog but I can’t help it…I must write this so that I can feel better. So that people will know that there are no more good and Merciful people here. That all we have is ourselves, God, and the closest people such as your parents and siblings.

you can’t trust anyone blindly these days. they will talk to you nicely at first but you will never know what goes around behind the scenes…it’s dirty, it’s disdainful and it’s not right. it’s unfair.

after all that we’ve gone through together…this is how they pay us back. with harsh words…words that they don’t know that we know what they said.

I might feel better after publishing this…I might not. But at least I will know that some (if not many) will read this. I don’t know, maybe I’m just looking for some comfort, for some love…maybe I’m just looking for some help but in the end, I hope this article will reach you so that you can know my thoughts and feelings right now.

Thank you for reading.

Don’t worry, I am okay.

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7 Activities To Do With Kids Amidst Lockdown

If you’re a parent and you’re tired of playing hide and seek, board games or tea parties with your child, then fret not, because you’ve come at the right place. Today, I’m going to share with you some activities which you can do with your kids and all the more enjoy the time together.

It’s going to be fun, crafty and your kids will love you for it! I know, parenting is hard and it takes a lot to make a child happy but trust me on this, these activities will keep them busy and in a way, it’s a good way to develop their brains and the friendship and love between you, the parent and the child.

Cardboard House

You and your kid can team up and make a cardboard house with delivery boxes! You can paint it, decorate it and shape it however you want. You can even leave the imagination to your child and see how his/her dream house would be like.

Cardboard castle
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Glow Stick Balloons!

For this amazing and fun activity that will bring giggles and smiles to your child’s face, all you need are mini glow sticks and a pack of balloons. Just put the glow sticks inside the balloon and blow them as big as you can. Then switch off the lights and enjoy a disco night!

Glowstick balloons
Source: Listotic.

Straw Necklaces

Just grab a bunch of straws, some string and, scissors (make sure not to give the scissors to your little ones) and create a straw necklace that will make your kid look fashionable (maybe?) but joyful as ever! It will also keep them busy so this is the right time to head to the kitchen to prepare your meals or do the laundry.

straw necklaces
Source: Fun Family Crafts

Messy Art Project

Who doesn’t love paints, right? For this activity, just grab a bunch of white papers and several boxes of paints to create a fun but absolutely messy art project that mostly involves bare hands and maybe even legs!

*Spoiler Alert!* It will make your floor messy so make sure to put a large newspaper or an unused/old sheet on the floor before beginning the activity.

Messy Art Project
Source: Cool Mom Picks

Living Room Fort

You and your kids can gather colorful blanket and make a fort of your own! You can decorate it however you want, play board games and even read them storybooks.

Source: Primrose Schools

Popsicle Stick Crafts

I used to do this activity so much when I was a kid. It’s fun, playful and your kids would love it, trust me! All you need is a bag of popsicle sticks, paper, and glue. You can create so many shapes and scenes with it. The ideas are limitless!

Source: The Spruce Crafts

Vegetable Stamping

This activity here is another of my favorite since all you need is some paints, paper, and vegetables that are cut in various shapes and sizes! Just dip the veggies in the paint and stamp it on the paper. However, make sure that your kid doesn’t take the veggie in his mouth!

Source: Think.Make.Share

I hope you liked this article and will try some of these activities with your kids as well! In a way, this lockdown has given us a chance to spend some quality time with our family so let’s utilize every second of it and make it memorable.

Peace neighbors,

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10 Inspirational Quotes By Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus has been an inspiration to all since the time of her Disney debut, Hannah Montana. She has inspired people of all ages and still continues to do so with her Instagram Live Show called Bright Minded where she talks about anxiety, depression, disorders, etc with other celebrities and encourages them to open up.

Therefore, I have gathered some of Cyrus’ famous quotes for you today so that you can start or end your day with a little bit of inspiration that can make a huge difference in your life.

Related: 10 Quotes that will raise your Confidence

  • “When life puts you in tough situations, don’t say ‘Why me’, say ‘Try me’.”
  • I guess if I learned anything this year it’s that you can pretend to be anyone you want. But when it comes to love, I mean real love, the best thing is just to be yourself.”
  • There are multiple sides to all of us. Who we are- and who we might be if we follow our dreams. 
  • And I hope you find it, what you’re looking for, and I hope it’s everything you dreamed your life could be and so much more.

Related: 25 Things That Inspire Me

  • If you believe in yourself, anything is possible.
  • God gave you this life with all the challenges because He knows that you’re strong enough to live it.
  • I don’t want to be perfect, but I do want to be a role model. My mom always tells me that imperfections equal beauty. All of us are imperfect. 
Miley Cyrus with her puppy
Source: StyleCaster
  • Faint is having the strength to trust in something you can’t see with your eyes or prove it scientifically.
  • It’s only hard if you’re trying to be something you’re not. Being who you are is really easy.
  • The only people that you really have, that I learned, are your family, because they love no matter what.

Related: Things that give me Hope

I hope Miley’s quotes have inspired you and be sure to come back again and again and read this whenever you’re feeling down.

Also, make sure to read my post: https://www.thethings.com/miley-cyrus-shares-her-struggles-with-body-dysmorphia/

Until then,

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

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World Health Day – Let’s All Become Healthier!

This year’s World Health Day’s tagline is to support nurses and midwives. It’s celebrated to remind the world leaders and people like us of the important role the nurses and midwives play in keeping the world healthy. Moreover, WHO will launch the State of World’s Nursing Report 2020 for the first time ever.

Because of COVID-19, the nurses and midwives have been giving their all to keep us all in a healthy and safe environment. They are risking their lives just being out there and therefore, we must do everything in our power to acknowledge their hard work and appreciate their services to the wellbeing of the society.

How Do We Observe It?

  • Thank the nurses and midwives.
  • Invest in nursing and midwifery education and employment.
  • Listen and engage nurses and midwives in decision making and explore their ideas.
  • Spread awareness about the importance of healthcare workers.
  • Educate others, sign up for a charity run and check out WHO website for campaign materials.
World Health Organization: Midwives and Nurses
Source: World Health Organization

How To Make Healthy Choices?

  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet.
  • Workout and drink more water.
  • Take some time to de-stress yourself; read a book, watch a movie, drink hot chocolate or just put on an eye mask and go to sleep.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking.
  • Consume less salt and sugar.
  • Get your vaccinations.
  • talk to someone if you’re feeling blue. This is the best time to call your friends and family!
  • Always wash and sanitize your hands before eating.

Although we are all self-quarantined, let’s not forget to stay healthy, avoid eating junk-food and be as active as possible. We are all in this together and if we follow the rules and stay safe–without unnecessarily going out–then we can end this pandemic quicker and people can get back to their repetitive lives.

Once again, a big round of applaud for all the nurses and the midwives!

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STOP! WE ARE NOT FOR SALE

India; especially West Bengal and followed by Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat are known for Human Trafficking. Apparently, it’s a reproductive justice issue because the victims are not just selected on random; rather they are either already exposed to gender discrimination, oppression or economic injustice. 

People of all ages are trafficked through India for commercial sexual exploitation, forced marriage and forced/bonded labor such as domestic workers, servants, and beggars, while others are sold as armed combatants by terrorists and agitators. 

The traffickers lure the parents in the name of poverty, education and a better life for their kids or sometimes use force, threats, lies and other psychology intimidation to recruit, transport and exploit their victims to work or prostitute just to attain a profit. In fact, 80% of people who are trafficked in India are female and 50% are children. They suffer from mental issues such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, lack of control and physical issues like TB, HIV and other STDs. 

Human Trafficking isn’t a natural occurrence, rather it’s a choice that can be immobilized by taking measures such as raising awareness, strengthening the law enforcement system and observing the borders in order to ensure effectual stoppage to the trafficking. 

“You may choose to look away but you can never say again that you did not know.” – William Wilberforce. 

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Hate it but don’t Vape It

Did you know that there are currently 1 billion smokers worldwide? And as the rise of vaping among teenagers continues, it’s no doubt that the number will gradually increase. The teens have begun to vape either because they are pressured by its trend or believe it to make them look cool. 

E-cigarettes are a battery-operated device that emits doses of vaporized nicotine and non-nicotine mixtures. They resemble conventional cigarettes but without burning tobacco. 

The majority of the teenagers these days are vaping due to the fact that 1) it’s flavorful and is 95% less harmful than smoking and 2) It’s aimed to provide a similar sensation to inhaling tobacco smoke. 

However, in September 2019, Federal and Health Authorities investigated an outbreak of a severe lung disease that was linked with e-cigarettes and other vaping products. 

Although many believe that they are the better alternative to quit smoking, there is a manifest risk and a negative impact on the users such as lung and bladder cancer and heart diseases. 

Furthermore, e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is highly addictive and can trigger changes in the adolescent brain. The e-cigarettes also produce an aerosol that contains solvents, toxicants, and flavorings which are more likely harmful. 

India has already banned E-cigarettes and the authorities are tightening the regulations to discourage young people from using them, but is that enough to stop those who are addicted? Can you guarantee that they won’t use Tobacco in the form of cigarettes which is a far worse substitute and is easily at one’s disposal? 

However, here are some ways we can help people quit Vaping. 

  1. Talk to them and change their perspective about vaping. 
  2. Join them in counseling sessions.
  3. Help them look into Nicotine replacement therapy.
  4. Lastly, surround them with positive people. 

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World Mental Health Day

“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”

Juliette Lewis.

Every year, on October 10th, the theme changes for the World Mental Health Day and this year the focus is on Suicide Prevention. It’s supported by WHO and organized by the World Federation for Mental Health, International Association for Suicide Prevention and United Global Mental Health. 

First observed in 1992, World Mental Health Day is celebrated to raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage the sufferers to open up about their insecurities and anxieties. On this day, people voice out their thoughts, open up their feelings and support the distressed. It’s a global phenomenon that not many individuals regard as important and are prejudiced about. 

Although suicide is preventable and avoidable, it is the most common type of death between the ages of 15-29 and is well-known in Asia and Eastern Europe. Factors such as depression, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, abuse, violence, loss, and anxiety are some of the main branches that lead a person to suicide either by hanging, poisoning or firearms.  

We all live in a world full of hate, fear, and shame, but the one who overcomes these obstacles is the real survivor. 

What we can do to prevent suicide.

  • Talk to those who are having a hard time.
  • Make sure to limit their access to any methods that may lead to suicide. 
  • Improve the atmosphere and economic conditions.
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