An Open Letter from Fatima Ahmed, President of Zenab
Posted on: Wednesday, December 5, 2007
An Open Letter to:
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon
UN General Assembly President, H.E., Dr. Srgjan Kerim
Member States Representatives of the UN General Assembly
Directors of UN Agencies
Dear colleagues and friends from around the world:
As Africans, an African NGO, and a Sudanese NGO, we write to you today, in response to the attempted kidnapping of 103 African children by Zoe's Ark, the French charity. We are outraged and urge broad condemnation of the actions of Zoe's Ark from the United Nations, governments, the media, the concerned public at large.
This scandal has deeply scarred the image of humanitarian organizations. We call upon other NGOs act as standard bearers and to reject abusive and dehumanizing practices. We demand an investigation of Zoe's Ark. A full examination is needed including: how did this organization escaped censure by the French government; who sanctioned the actions, such as the forging of medical documents, of the Zoe's Ark representatives; and for what purpose did this organization attempt to remove these children from their families.
We commend the decision of the government of Chad to review the credentials of aid agencies operating within their borders. All African governments should conduct similar reviews without unduly targeting respected partners. Further, we commend the response of the UN Deputy Commissioner for Refugees, who said the acts perpetrated by the French organization are not acceptable and that an investigation would be an important precedent for establishing accountability regarding other organizations' policies.
Fatima Ahmed, President
Zenab, for Women in Development
Archives"Press Releases" Home November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 June 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 September 2013 August 2013 June 2013 March 2013 February 2013 September 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 November 2010 October 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 September 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 September 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 February 2008 January 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 March 2007 February 2007 December 2006 October 2006 July 2006 June 2006 September 2005 January 2004 August 2001
MADRE & Our Partners Make News
Iraqi government 'likely complicit' in persecution of LGBT community (The Guardian, November 19, 2014)
LGBT Iraqis face 'imminent risk of death' under Islamic State (Washington Blade, November 19, 2014)
Iraq: "When Coming Out is a Death Sentence" (San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, November 19, 2014)
The World's Obsession With Schoolgirls As Victims, And Why It's Putting Them In Danger (Think Progress, November 9, 2014)
Forbidden Talk - Prostitution in the Middle East (Levant TV, October 7, 2014)