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rifa:

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edgarallanfuck:

highfunctioninghunters:

beautifultwistedsimplicity:

Hey guys. I never thought I’d be doing this but it’s gotten to the point where I’m so desperate for help, and I have seen people raise money on tumblr before. I’m so sorry to subject you to this but it would mean the world to me if you could just read my story.
In the above picture, as you may recognise, is me, with my beautiful sister Skye. This picture was taken last year on a cruise with our grandparents. It was one of the happiest times, just Skye and I with no parents.
When I was 9 my parents divorced. My sister and I lived with my mum and the years that we lived with her we spent fearing for our lives. She had a severe drug addiction and a boyfriend who would abuse us in a number of ways. She was never sober enough to stop it even if it happened before her eyes. She would deny it happened or assure us that he was a nice guy, even after he pushed her down the stairs. She also lives in an area that has been broken into many times and is known for fights, I was once chased down the street by two boys threatening to rape me, and a man who had been stabbed burst through our door in the middle of the night covered in blood and asking for help.  To escape all this, my sister and I moved in with our dad, but things are no better. He is out every night with women and coms home drunk and abusive. He manipulates and humiliates us for our “failures” including not stacking the dishes and not matching the peg colours on the washing. He screams that he hates me because I’m just like my Mum. He has OCD and anger management issues. Furthermore he is stealing money from my sister and I and using it to buy alcohol and cigarettes instead of food. We don’t have enough to eat and when we ask for food he will call us greedy and fat. He is so good at manipulation that nobody we have told, including our grandparents (his parents), believes that this is happening. I am now 18 and can legally move out, however in order to take my sister with me I will need emergency housing that caters for young women and students in need. I have never lived away from home before and do not know of the costs, not to mention the bills and furniture I will need to buy. My sister is 16 and I will need to put her through school while supporting myself at university. I have two options, move out and take my sister to a safe and caring environment, or stay and let her suffer even more abuse. Frankly, I’m terrified. I don’t even know if I’m doing the right thing. All I know is that I want to get away and I have nowhere else to go, and I want to become my sister’s legal guardian and give her a better life. But we need help. Even a few dollars or an old appliance or piece of furniture that you no longer need. Every little thing helps. If you can’t donate, even just knowing there are people out there who support me will help a great deal.
Also reblogging and spreading the word will help greatly, but I ask that you please do not share on facebook as I cannot risk my dad seeing it. This is for the safety of my sister and I.
Here is my GoFundMe link, and once again I’m so sorry.

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rifa:

starscreamsswayinghips:

edgarallanfuck:

highfunctioninghunters:

beautifultwistedsimplicity:

Hey guys. I never thought I’d be doing this but it’s gotten to the point where I’m so desperate for help, and I have seen people raise money on tumblr before. I’m so sorry to subject you to this but it would mean the world to me if you could just read my story.

In the above picture, as you may recognise, is me, with my beautiful sister Skye. This picture was taken last year on a cruise with our grandparents. It was one of the happiest times, just Skye and I with no parents.

When I was 9 my parents divorced. My sister and I lived with my mum and the years that we lived with her we spent fearing for our lives. She had a severe drug addiction and a boyfriend who would abuse us in a number of ways. She was never sober enough to stop it even if it happened before her eyes. She would deny it happened or assure us that he was a nice guy, even after he pushed her down the stairs. She also lives in an area that has been broken into many times and is known for fights, I was once chased down the street by two boys threatening to rape me, and a man who had been stabbed burst through our door in the middle of the night covered in blood and asking for help. 

To escape all this, my sister and I moved in with our dad, but things are no better. He is out every night with women and coms home drunk and abusive. He manipulates and humiliates us for our “failures” including not stacking the dishes and not matching the peg colours on the washing. He screams that he hates me because I’m just like my Mum. He has OCD and anger management issues. Furthermore he is stealing money from my sister and I and using it to buy alcohol and cigarettes instead of food. We don’t have enough to eat and when we ask for food he will call us greedy and fat. He is so good at manipulation that nobody we have told, including our grandparents (his parents), believes that this is happening.

I am now 18 and can legally move out, however in order to take my sister with me I will need emergency housing that caters for young women and students in need. I have never lived away from home before and do not know of the costs, not to mention the bills and furniture I will need to buy. My sister is 16 and I will need to put her through school while supporting myself at university. I have two options, move out and take my sister to a safe and caring environment, or stay and let her suffer even more abuse. Frankly, I’m terrified. I don’t even know if I’m doing the right thing. All I know is that I want to get away and I have nowhere else to go, and I want to become my sister’s legal guardian and give her a better life.
But we need help. Even a few dollars or an old appliance or piece of furniture that you no longer need. Every little thing helps. If you can’t donate, even just knowing there are people out there who support me will help a great deal.

Also reblogging and spreading the word will help greatly, but I ask that you please do not share on facebook as I cannot risk my dad seeing it. This is for the safety of my sister and I.

Here is my GoFundMe link, and once again I’m so sorry.

this girl is top A+ check out her story

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thecheshirefox:

If you were at ECCC and spent any time in Pike Place Market, please read this! If you are feeling sick GO TO A DOCTOR!

Today I am grateful for vaccines. This is a lot worse than the usual “convention crud”. 

It’s important to note that if you were exposed and you think you may have measles. you need to call the doctor or the hospital you are going to BEFORE you go. They need to be prepared for your arrival so that you don’t spread measles to others. 

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nineintheafternudes:

I’m not going to put this under a readmore because it’s incredibly important.

There’s no other way to put this. My family is in need, and I’ve seen Tumblr work some miracles; so this is where I’m going for help. Recently, my mother started a campaign to raise money to keep us fed, hopefully give us a home if we make enough money.

It’s focused on my 8 year old sister. When she was two months old, she was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus (It means water on the brain. The fluid which cushions the brain is incapable of draining. It causes the head to swell.) and Cerebral Palsy (basically paralysis in certain motor functions of the body. In this case, it’s her left arm and leg, I believe.) She has multiple appointments and therapy sessions, and she needs special care but that is something that we cannot afford. 

Olivia- my sister’s name- falls multiple times a week because she thinks she can get around as easily as everyone else. She can’t even pick herself up, bathe herself, clean up her own messes; she needs a constant caretaker who is there at any moment. A house this small just isn’t fit for a disabled child. We can’t continue to live like this.

We’re practically living on food stamps. We pay a monster rent, water bill, electric bill, etc. every month. It’s a miracle that we’re still somehow getting by. We’re a family of six- one disabled- trying to live in a three bedroom one bathroom home that is incapable of fulfilling all of our needs.

I’m begging all of you to donate or pass this along at least. The goal is 100,000 dollars in 170 days. Personally, I don’t think we’ll get to 50,000. It’s all up to you guys though. Any donation helps.

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kiaxet:

Are you a Welcome to Night Vale fan? How about Thrilling Adventure Hour? Nerdist? AfterBuzz TV? Hell, do you listen to podcasts at all?

Then this is your fight.

According to the article, here’s what’s going down:

The short version is that someone is asserting a patent that claims to control the mechanism by which you subscribe to podcasts. And by “asserting,” I mean that they’ve fired a warning shot at the entire podcasting community by suing Adam Carolla. The way that patent suits work is that a) they tend to file in the plaintiff-friendly Eastern District of Texas, where these companies set up “offices”; b) they sue one major player in an industry and try to extract a large settlement from them, because defending these things is very, very expensive; and c) they then use that precedent to go sue others in the business and get similar paydays. It’s a means by which one can make a lot of money without having to actually produce anything (in fact, many of the trolls just buy idle patents for the express purpose of suing big companies). And if they succeed, it can run into millions of dollars, millions that the defendants don’t have.

But it’s one thing — not necessarily a better thing, just one thing — when the suits target big companies. Podcasting is not a big-bucks business, and the pockets are not deep at all. That’s why it’s kind of perplexing that Adam got sued, and that the podcasting industry, such as it is, is being targeted. Nobody’s getting rich on podcasting at this stage; it’s still early, and many if not most podcasts are more hobby than revenue generator. And if these suits succeed, they could choke off the industry before it is an industry. The good thing is that these patents aren’t likely to win in court if the case goes to trial. The bad thing is, to defend against these claims is going to cost a bundle. Like, a million and a half, easy. Which is why they sue, and why many of the cases never get to the trial stage.

If you want to keep your favorite podcasts around, now’s your chance. Click the link. Donate to the cause. If you can’t donate, reblog the post, retweet the link, do whatever you can to spread the word. If we’re going to shoot this down, we need to do it here and now.

We may not all be citizens of Night Vale, or Adventurekateers, or AfterBuzzers, but we’re all podcast fans, and we need to stop this before it picks up momentum.

EDIT: For those whose browsers don’t like Nerdist.com, here’s the direct link to the fundraiser page.

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wander-panzer:

mitchlvcker:

This is Ruthie. Ruthie was born without all the functions of her liver, and she’s having a rough time. When she was a baby, a doctor took part of her small intestine and made a little patch up for the missing parts of her liver. But this is only temporary. 

Ruthie needs an organ donor, and her operation will cost  around $500,000 dollars. Her family can’t pull that money, so all they’re asking for is $40,000 dollars.

With your help, Ruthie can have her surgery. Without her surgery, her body will soon outgrow the patch she has in place.

If you want to donate to Ruthie’s surgery, click here.

If you want to send a check, click here.

If you want to donate and find companies willing to match your donation, click here.

Ruthie and her family need all the help they can get, Ruthie already has hospital bills piling up, as every time she has a fever, she has to go to the hospital and get her blood checked for bacteria, then stay there for a few days.

Ruthie deserves a life outside of the hospital, and even if you can’t make a donation, it’d help so much just to signal boost this and reblog it, only the pictures of her show up on your blog.

Half a million??!?!?! im tired of the health industry screwing people!!!!!! I cannot donate but im signal boosing this

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lifeandsshit:

back-before-dawn:

The US is on a superiority high over Russia and gay rights, and yet.

Look at what Kansas just did.

SIGNAL BOOST THE SHIT OUT OF THIS & SIGN THE DAMN PETITION: http://www.change.org/petitions/gov-sam-brownback-void-your-gay-segregation-law

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bebinn:

rhrealitycheck:

A mother found out that her twin sons—one of whom is blind and has autism, the other of whom is wheelchair-bound from cerebral palsy—were being seriously abused by their father and his girlfriend. When she refused to let her sons go back to that abusive home, a warrant went out for her arrest. Now, she needs your help.

Help Audre’y Eby save her sons.

This is a Sioux woman fighting to save her children from her ex-husband and his girlfriend, both of whom are white. Clearly, CPS favors the horrifically abusive white couple over the boys’ Native mother. Please spread the word and consider donating toward Eby’s court fees to gain custody of her sons.

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hipstermoriarty:

hipstermoriarty:

lostthebattlebutwonthewar:

hipstermoriarty:


Great Barrier Reef authorities have just said YES to coal port companies dumping dredge waste inside this World Heritage Area — all to make way a coal ship superhighway through our Reef. Reblog if this outrageous decision does not represent you. This is a massive disappointment, but we cannot give up hope. Sign up here to make our movement bigger than ever and keep up the fight to ‪#‎SaveTheReef‬: http://www.SaveTheReef.org.au

Nemo’s dead and we killed him

Please Sign the petition guys. So many creatures will be decreased dramatically or even become endangered if we don’t stop it. Also watch the video. It really gave an insight into what would happen if this went ahead. 

like dugongs. they’re mad important and live on the reef

Hey, so GetUp! is deciding to take legal action against this travesty, and you can donate to their kick starter here

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has caved to the pressure of the mining industry and the Federal Government. The agency charged with "the protection, wise use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef in perpetuity" has allowed it to be sold out for short-term profits. Late yesterday, they granted a permit to dump five million tonnes of dredge spoil inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. This destructive project is now allowed to go-ahead - unless we make a last ditch effort to challenge it in court. Click here to learn more, and help fund the legal challenge to save our Reef: http://www.getup.org.au/reef-fighting-fund

another legal action kick starter can be found here:
https://fightforthereef.org.au/reef-fighting-fund/ 

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determamfidd:

hipstermoriarty:

hipstermoriarty:

lostthebattlebutwonthewar:

hipstermoriarty:

Great Barrier Reef authorities have just said YES to coal port companies dumping dredge waste inside this World Heritage Area — all to make way a coal ship superhighway through our Reef. Reblog if this outrageous decision does not represent you. This is a massive disappointment, but we cannot give up hope. Sign up here to make our movement bigger than ever and keep up the fight to ‪#‎SaveTheReef‬http://www.SaveTheReef.org.au

Nemo’s dead and we killed him

Please Sign the petition guys. So many creatures will be decreased dramatically or even become endangered if we don’t stop it. Also watch the video. It really gave an insight into what would happen if this went ahead. 

like dugongs. they’re mad important and live on the reef

Hey, so GetUp! is deciding to take legal action against this travesty, and you can donate to their kick starter here

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has caved to the pressure of the mining industry and the Federal Government. The agency charged with "the protection, wise use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef in perpetuity" has allowed it to be sold out for short-term profits. 

Late yesterday, they granted a permit to dump five million tonnes of dredge spoil inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. 

This destructive project is now allowed to go-ahead - unless we make a last ditch effort to challenge it in court. Click here to learn more, and help fund the legal challenge to save our Reef: 

http://www.getup.org.au/reef-fighting-fund

another legal action kick starter can be found here:

https://fightforthereef.org.au/reef-fighting-fund/ 

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hallease:

freakazine:

KICKSTART YOUR DAY WITH: “Because Of Them, We Can…” by Eunique Jones Gibson

This amazing photo campaign for kids where African-American children pose as the great African Americans of our past and present that helped PoC to become who they are now, started out as a project for Black History Month. The photographer behind the project, Eunique J. Gibson, then realized that doing this for only 28 days out of the month of February couldn’t and wouldn’t do.

Extending it to a full year where everyday, she would post a new photograph up on social networks, Gibson started the Kickstarter to turn her photo series into a book. She hopes to raise $80,000 by mid June, and has so far raised a little over $9,000.

Want to help the cause? Click the title to support!

Boost!

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arijandro:

leronde:

faize:

hi, tumblr. i’ve never made a post like this before, and i didn’t think i’d ever have to, but this is a pretty serious situation and i’m coming to you guys for help. i’ve seen everyone here do some amazing things to help people out, and my family really needs help right now.

my little sister, erin, has a disease called osteomyelitis in her left leg. she’s fifteen years old and she’s had it since she was five years old; it is an extremely debilitating disease that leaves her in chronic pain every day, and she’s had multiple surgeries and PICC lines, physical therapy, every antibiotic on the market, basically every possible treatment option there is and then some, but nothing has been successful in the long term. right now she’s on heavy duty painkillers, but she’s built up an immunity. as of right now she’s missing school almost every single day, and the very last treatment option/resort is leg removal.

we aren’t doing well with money right now - i have a single mom who lost her job almost two months ago, i’m chronically ill as well and i am unemployed, we are hundreds of dollars behind on rent and eviction in the near future is a possibility. right now the only way we’re getting any sort of income is selling on ebay. my father is a firefighter, lives alone, and makes a lot of money, but he refuses to support us beyond what is legally necessary. my mother asked him for gas money to get erin to the ER tomorrow and he said no. we have absolutely no one we can rely on right now and we’re in a really tough spot. her pain is unmanageable and she needs to go to the emergency room asap and we can barely afford gas, let alone rent.

i cannot begin to express how grateful we would be for donations, signal boosts, anything at all. my lovely girlfriend is taking art commissions to help out as well, and you can either choose something specific from this post or request a quick little sketch of whatever character you’d like as a thank you, free of charge.

money should be sent through paypal only at hdaytripper@aim.com, and you can reach me by email at dansuparty@gmail.com. please contact me there if you have any questions, and again, just a signal boost would be a huge, huge help. i’ll make sure to keep everyone updated on how erin’s doing.

thank you so much in advance, everyone. just taking the time to read this means so much to me and my family.

guys i cannot beg you enough to please help my girlfriend out. i will legit do anything for her and all donaters will be rewarded with a sketch of their choosing, or can directly commission me for more complicated pieces, but even just signal boosting would be a huge huge help. thank you so much.

@lerode has been a good friend of mine for nearly seven years now!! her art is rly cute, pls consider donating or commissioning her!!

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dirtydirtychai:

kickass-hetalia:

beautifulsnk:

flomation:

PLEASE READ THIS POST

See this statue? It’s located at the Glendale Central Library. 
Big deal right? Yes. Yes it is. 

She stands here today as a memorial for the victims of the sexual slavery and abuse committed by the Japanese imperial military during WWII. Right now, Japan is running a petition to take her down.

We cannot let this happen.

Every Wednesday, the women of Korea that were used as sexual slaves protest and cry out. However, Japan refuses to acknowledge their suffering. There have been no apologies and no recognition.

Please, please don’t let them get rid of her. Their pain deserves to be recognized and sympathized.

Luckily, There is a petition going on to save the girl and allow her to continue standing in Glendale CL. The link can be found here and you can read more about everything that she stands for here.  

Thank you so much for reading this. Even if you can’t sign this, please signal boost so other people will. 

[[A big thank you to tumblr user did-we-just-marry-thedevil for bringing this to my attention]]

If this statue is taken down, we are erasing the memories and pain of the thousands of Korean (and Chinese) sex slaves during WWII. As a Korean female myself, this is even more disheartening.

Please signal boost.

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"The news that the statue was installed made a big noise in Japan," Nishida said, as it describes the women as sex slaves. "That hurts Japan’s honor."

Glendale erected the roughly $30,000 statue, which was paid for by Korean groups, in July, and a wave of controversy followed. City officials received thousands of letters from Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans opposing the statue.

Fuck every single person opposing this statue, and Mio Sugita, Yuzuru Nishida,and Hiromu Nakamaru  in particular. 

It hurts Japan’s honor???? FUCKING SERIOUSLY??? What about the up to two hundred thousand women across Asia who were forced into sexual slavery, what of their honor??? What of my 이모할머니, stolen away as a young woman, who survived and wrote to tell her family as such but refused to let them know her location or ever see them again from her shame? Who my great-grandparents were never able to locate, whose grave we can never visit? 

I have just had fucking enough of Japan’s- I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO CALL IT. WORDS AREN’T STRONG ENOUGH. 

I mean, here you have Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto saying that women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II were necessary.

""When bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives. If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, a comfort women system is necessary," Hashimoto said. "Anyone can understand that." "

How do you have in the same statement a Japanese official saying “his historical research has revealed that the Japanese Imperial Army was not the only one to use sex slaves.” (MEANING THAT THEY DID INDEED USE SEX SLAVES) and then with the same breath say “there is no proof that the women were abducted and forced into sexual slavery.”

YOUR LOGIC IS FAULTY, JAPAN. 

AND THEN, FUCKING THIS. “[He] added it is “problematic” that Japan is being viewed negatively due to what he called “propaganda” by Korea and other countries.”

(Ahahaha and then there’s this gem: Last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seemed to question whether Japan was the aggressor during the war, saying the definition of “invasion” was relative.)

It’s not like Japanese soldiers haven’t admitted to the atrocities, or that there isn’t documented evidence since Japan kept obsessive records of everything, 

Ugh. I’m so pissed off I’m shaking. 

I’ll just end with this quote from peaceshannon: 

"Finally, I want to say of the estimated 200,000 women who were forced to work as sex slaves in “comfort stations” during WWII, approximately 150,000 were Korean women but only 234 South Korean registered officially as survivors.

Of those 234, only 63 are still living. Japan must resolve this issue, but they are literally hoping that the issue will die away with the Halmonis.”

 

For those unfamiliar with this issue and interested in learning more, here is a list of resources:

Japan’s Comfort Women

Comfort Women

Story of a Prostitute (focuses on a Japanese woman, but takes place in Manchuria and showcases the comfort woman system)

Senso Daughters (focuses on Japanese presence in Papua New Guinea)

"Comfort Woman": One Last Cry

Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women

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greygullmargarita:

MY DEAR FOLLOWERS.
If you only ever read and/or reblog one of my posts, I hope this will be the one. Due to some medical problems I am on two pretty serious medications. One is fairly affordable. The other one? Well…
The local Krogers charges over $200 PER MONTH.
I did some research and found out that COSTCO had it for “considerably cheaper.”  But I wasn’t a member of Costco. Come to find out, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER to fill prescriptions at their pharmacy.
In that bag I’m holding is a 90 DAY supply of BOTH medications for…wait for it….$38. This is friggin awesome. I nearly cried when I found out. So please, share this info (if not necessarily this post). There are plenty Tumblr folks who are struggling with medication costs and this could really help them.
I hope I’ve already helped some of you. :)

greygullmargarita:

MY DEAR FOLLOWERS.

If you only ever read and/or reblog one of my posts, I hope this will be the one. Due to some medical problems I am on two pretty serious medications. One is fairly affordable. The other one? Well…

The local Krogers charges over $200 PER MONTH.

I did some research and found out that COSTCO had it for “considerably cheaper.”  But I wasn’t a member of Costco. Come to find out, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER to fill prescriptions at their pharmacy.

In that bag I’m holding is a 90 DAY supply of BOTH medications for…wait for it….$38. This is friggin awesome. I nearly cried when I found out. So please, share this info (if not necessarily this post). There are plenty Tumblr folks who are struggling with medication costs and this could really help them.

I hope I’ve already helped some of you. :)

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A story about Cambodia

keochan:

Dear everyone,

I’m gonna take a short break from Doctor Who gifs and Harry Potter quotes, and also, I’m gonna ask for your attention, as I have to tell you a little story, it’ll only take a couple of minutes and I’ll try to make it as short as possible. 

This is my home, the Kingdom of Cambodia.

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Also known as the Pearl of Asia, and for me and many others, a small paradise on earth. 

Unfortunately, 39 years ago, one the biggest tragedies of the 20th century took place there when the communist Khmer Rouges took over the country, slaughtering over 2 million people in only four small years. 

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What was left was an unstable, civil war torn country all throughout the 90’s until very recently. 

Now, this is Hun Sen.

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Between 1985 and 1993, this man regularly tried to grab the power to keep it to himself. In 1998 he succeeded and became the one and only Prime Minister of Cambodia. 

He hasn’t left ever since and only owes his status to corruption, violence, threats and murder. It has always been a well known fact in Cambodia that if you are in his way, you are as good as dead. 

Among other things, he likes murdering and imprisoning his opponents, kicking people out of their homes to sell their lands to rich foreign companies and faking the ballot papers on election days to make sure to be re-elected. 

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Oh, did I mention he was a former Khmer Rouge himself ? Well, there’s that. You probably understood it by yourself, he is indeed so mean he probably wears pink on wednesdays like these girls: 

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So, congratulations, you knew about Kadhafi, you knew about Al Assad, Regina George and Voldemort, now you know about our very own dictator, Hun Sen. 

And now we have this guy.

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This is Sam Rainsy, the strongest and biggest opponent to Hun Sen’s CPP. For as long as Hun Sen has been in office, Sam Rainsy was there to fight back for democracy, for the basic human rights that we wish we could all take for granted. 

Needless to say, Hun Sen was never too pleased with Sam Rainsy. Indeed, the latter has been targeted many a times by violent attacks. The most memorable to this day remains the grenade attack of March 30, 1997.

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Sixteen people died that day but Sam Rainsy survived. This merciless and gruesome attack on the opposition remains unpunished to this day. And though never charged guilty, the person to whom we owe that is pretty obvious (hint: it’s not Regina George). 

Having his life permanently threatened by the regime, Sam Rainsy went into self-exile and sought refuge in Paris. 

The story is not done yet. 

2013 was a historical year for Cambodia. Indeed, in july, the elections took place in the country but this time, defying the threats of imprisonment and murder, Sam Rainsy decided to return to face Hun Sen. 

Many of us feared for his life, and saying goodbye to him, knowing what he was throwing himself into was hard. 

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It was almost a miracle when we found out upon his arrival that he had received royal pardon from his highness King Sihamoni. Of course, Sam Rainsy had committed no crime but to dedicate his entire life to Cambodia, but the royal pardon meant one thing, it was lifting any threat of imprisonment off of his and our shoulders. 

And when he returned, men, women and children were there to welcome him home. We were not afraid anymore. Or rather, we were, but silence wasn’t okay, it wasn’t an option anymore. 

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 On July 28th, the people of Cambodia went to their polling stations and voted as if their lives depended on it, because it was the case. 

But Hun Sen was not ready to give up power so easily. All through election day, reports from all around the country arrived en masse. People who had registered to vote were being kept away from polling stations. 

Non-cambodian citizens had been granted the right to vote by the regime, and they did, not only once, but several times, countless times. 

People who hadn’t voted yet would show up to the polling stations only to hear that someone had voted for them.

This sparked a revolt among the people who turned against anything representing Hun Sen’s authority and his taking away their fundamental right to vote. 

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This went on until August 9th. 

The real elections results were later on proven to be a landslide victory for  Sam Rainsy. Which Hun Sen ignored (I hear you wanna say “duh”, go ahead.) 

Sam Rainsy has ever since kept throwing peaceful protests, gathering hundreds of thousands of people every time. 

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And ever since, the people of Cambodia have hoped to receive any kind of help from the United Nations, or from the supporters of human rights in the International Community, or really, from anyone. 

Even more recently, garment factory workers gathered many times to protest against their abominable work conditions. All they were asking for was 120 $ a month. What Hun Sen had to say to this was no, his government only offering a mere 90 $ a month to the people literally dying while making your clothes. 

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It is very naturally that the garment workers and the people protesting for freedom became one, against one enemy, Hun Sen. 

But yesterday, on January the 3rd, Hun Sen once again crossed the line when his army opened fire on the garment workers protesters, with real ammunitions, shooting to kill with AK-47s. 

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So here. You know a bit of our story, and as you can see, our beautiful home and people are in danger and the world doesn’t know

How can you help protecting those people you’re gonna ask ? It is easy, spread the word. Share it on you Facebook wall or whatever, tweet about it, sing about it if you want. 

I’m not going to give a speech about what’s right and what’s wrong. I’m actually being quite selfish here, my nation is not the only suffering, not the only one needing attention. But this is my home and I care and love it so much. 

If you think that spreading the word is not doing much, let me stop you right there. Bringing attention to a dictator can only weaken him and the world needs to know about that one. 

And then there’s us cambodians, we need to know that somewhere, someone cares. 

In advance, thank you, have a beautiful year 2014. 

Keo 

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kenezbian:

Okay so here’s the deal:

My soon-to-be-ex-husband fucked up. He went down to the county and filled out the forms incorrectly so instead of saying he moved out and the people in my household is now 3, he said we all moved to his new address. Then he didn’t check his mail and a bunch of time-sensitive paperwork went unnoticed. He showed up at my house on December 26th with a stack of envelopes addressed to me saying “I don’t know why these got sent to my place but they look important.”

Because of his errors, my insurance and my SNAP benefits (food stamps) got canceled.

I went into the office to correct the problem and filled out a bunch of forms, but they can take up to a month to process.

In the meantime, the kids and I have nothing. My son gets SSI for his disability, but that money is all gone after paying bills and buying other things we need for the month. The good news is I’m all caught up on everything until February and hopefully by then I’ll have everything reinstated.

Until then, I need money for groceries. I’ve tried talking to my ex and he refuses to help, insisting that the secretary at the office gave him the wrong form and it’s not his fault and he won’t have anything to do with it. I’ve done everything I possibly can to rectify things and speed them along, but now I’m at the mercy of the county’s processing services.

I’ve added a donate button to my blog. Any money you send to us will be used for groceries and once my benefits get reinstated I will remove the button.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

Love,
Kenzie, Holden, and Roxie

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