12 Oct

Poor People’s Doctor to Pay MAD 20,000 Fine to Tiznit Hospital…

Rabat- The “poor people’s doctor” must pay an MAD 20,000 fine to the Tiznit Provincial Hospital’s chief for libel and defamation.The Court of First Instance in Tiznit, a town 97 kilometers south of Agadir, sentenced a Moroccan pediatric surgeon, Mehdi Echafai, nicknamed the “poor people’s doctor,” on Monday to pay a compensation fine to the chief of the hospital.The 34-year-old practitioner will also pay MAD 10,000 to the court. Initially, the hospital’s chief medical officer sued Echafai for libel and defamation, demanding that Echafai pay him MAD 80,000 as a compensation for his “insults.”Echafai had posted a video online in February in which he denounced his superiors’ moral harassment, the failing health system, poor management, and corruption within the hospital.The doctor earned his nickname for helping hundreds of families treat their children.Since 2017, Echafai carried out more than 560 free operations for the poorest patients in 8 months in the same hospital, before he decided to resign on July 23 in the midst of defamation hearings.Echafai submitted a complaint to the health minister to protest “corruption” on July 25, deploring the “many dysfunctions of the health sector in general” and the “corruption that is commonplace within the hospital center.” Following his resignation, the doctor’s supporters launched a campaign on social media, called “I’m Doctor Mehdi Echafai” to show their support for him and bemoan his resignation which “deprived the people of Tiznit of a serious doctor, dedicated and honest.” read more

6 Oct

UN releases major study on vital role of disarmament education in promoting

“There has never been a greater need for education in the areas of disarmament and non-proliferation, especially with regard to weapons of mass destruction, but also in the field of small arms and international terrorism,” states the report, which was prepared by a Group of Governmental Experts appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “The disarmament and non-proliferation education challenge is substantial and requires both immediate and sustained practical efforts by national governments, international organizations and civil society.”The report contains 34 recommendations for action by all of these groups, ranging from the creation of education modules, resource guides and online programmes, to the establishment of peace museums and peace parks.The Chairman of the Expert Group, Mexico’s Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Miguel Marín Bosch, told reporters today that the study would serve to heighten the UN’s coordinating role in promoting disarmament education, and would prompt governments to designate focal points to galvanize the input of all players.Illustrating the importance of bringing this type of education to the grass-roots, he said, “Just think of what a seven- or eight-year old knows about the environment, or a 15- or 20-year old – it’s miles and miles away from what he knows or she knows on disarmament and nuclear weapons and small arms.” The study’s recommendations aim to reverse this trend, he added. read more

25 Sep

Murdered teenager Amaan Shakoor was wonderful son who never came home

first_imgThe father of a teenager who has become the 48th person killed in London this year has described him as “wonderful son” who had simply gone out to see friends and never came backAmaan Shakoor, 16, was standing with friends outside Walthamstow Leisure Centre when he was approached by two hooded men and shot in the face.He died of his injuries in hospital at 5.45pm yesterday, becoming the 48th person to be murdered in the capital so far this year.The shooting of Amaan came less than half an hour after Tanesha Melbourne, 17, was shot dead in a drive-by attack three miles away in Tottenham, fuelling fears of a surge in youth violence and spiralling tit-for-tat disputes between gangs.Speaking at the family’s east London home Amaan’s father, Mohammed Shakoor, said: “He was a wonderful son. We need time to come to terms with this, we are obviously devastated.”Another family member added: “We are so sad, he was a lovely boy and he has gone. He went out to see friends and never came back. it’s so shocking.” The scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot on Monday evening and left in a critical condition in Markhouse Road in Walthamstow, east London. Acting Chief Superintendent Tania Coulson said police had launched extra patrols in Walthamstow and ordered tough stop and search powers to detain young men suspected of carrying weapons.Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, wrote on Twitter: “Much here @DavidLammy says will echo in Walthamstow – we also need an urgent investigation into how young teenagers getting hold of guns in this country too. Will be following up with mayor, home office and colleagues to push for this and resources we need.”In another separate murder investigation, a reward of £20,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the killers of Abraham Badru, 26.Badru, the son of a Nigerian MP, who had previously received a bravery award for saving a teenage girl from a sex attack, was shot in Hackney, east London, on March 25 after opening the boot of his car to look for a drink. Friends claimed he had been “chilling in the wrong place” and was the victim of a “postcode war”. The scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot on Monday evening and left in a critical condition in Markhouse Road in Walthamstow, east London.Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PAcenter_img Another friend said the Amaan had been targeted in a case of mistaken identity.“It was mistaken identity and he got caught up in something. He was hanging with his friends and was shot. He was in wrong place at the wrong time.”Qurban Hussain, 72, who has known Amaan’s family since the 1960s said the teenager was “friendly” and was often seen at the local mosque.He said: “It is so sad, Amaan was very friendly, a very nice and polite teenager, his family are very nice as well so it is terrible for them. I have known his grandparents since 1962.”Another boy aged 15 was stabbed in the same attack. His injuries were described by police as life changing but he has since been released from hospital.Police investigating Amaan’s death said they were called to the leisure centre on Markhouse Road at 10pm on Monday after residents reported hearing two gunshots.Damian Slay, 17, from east London who knew Amaan, said: “They must have run up to them, stabbed one in the arm and faced the other one and just shot him in the face and run off.”Amaan was the 19th young person under the age of 25 to have died as a result of knife or gun crime in London so far this year. They said that Amaan had attended Kelmscott School in Walthamstow.One said: “This was nothing to do with drugs or anything. I can say he definitely did not sell drugs. He was just chilling in the wrong place. It was a postcode thing. He was with the wrong people in the wrong place. There is a postcode war out there.”Another added: “He was a nice boy. We used to see him helping his mum doing the shopping. He was a good footballer at school it’s such a shame – he wasn’t a bad person.”Speaking outside the scene of the shooting a man who gave his name only as Osman, 32, said of Amaan: “He was just a good lad. He wasn’t involved in gangs or drugs or anything like that.”It was a case of mistaken identity. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”Osman said the youngster was just a normal kid who was into football and loved hanging out with friends, adding: “There are gang wars going on and this young lad has just unfortunately got caught up in it.”He was in his last year at school studying for his GCSEs. He had his whole future ahead of him.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more