THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH PDF
Will the truth harm them -- or save them? When Nigeria's corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their lives are over. Out of fear for their safety, their father, an outspoken journalist, decides to smuggle the children out of. Will the truth harm them — or save them?When Nigeria's corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their. The Other Side of Truth is the story of two children, Sade and Femi, forced to leave their home in range of other narrative and non-narrative texts, including.
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Which words in the italicised passage at the beginning of the novel convey a sense of violence? 2. Who witnessed the murder? 3. How is Sade's father affected. The Other Side of Truth is about the immigration of two young Nigerian children whose mother has Download as DOC, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd. Femi and Sade's father is a journalist, a truth-teller, and someone who gets on the wrong side of the Nigerian authorities. When their mother is shot dead in front .
Social issues: Despite its vast government revenue from petroleum mining, Nigeria faces many social issues, primarily due to a history of inefficiency in its governance. Human rights: Although Nigeria is now a democracy, which has played a large part in the release of political prisoners and the revocation of military decrees that allowed for unfair trials and arbitrary detention, its human rights record has remained poor, and government officials at all levels continue to commit serious abuses.
The most significant human rights problems include: abuses by security forces such as summary executions, arbitrary arrests, prolonged pre-trial detention, or torture of prisoners and suspects; judicial corruption; human trafficking; child labour; female genital mutilation FGM ; restrictions on freedom of assembly, press, speech and religion; and infringement of privacy rights.
Some of these human rights abuses are described in The Other Side of Truth: restrictions on freedom of press and movement, for instance, in the case of Folarin Solaja and his children; or the killing of his wife as a retribution for the articles he wrote.
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Health issues Since the Bamako Initiative of , medical accessibility has greatly improved, as well as health care efficiency and cost. The Nigerian health care system is continuously faced with a shortage of doctors known as 'brain drain' due to the fact that many highly skilled Nigerian doctors emigrate to North America and Europe.
In , It was estimated that 21, Nigerian doctors were practicing in the United States alone, which about the same as the number of doctors working in the Nigerian public service. Retaining these expensively trained professionals has been identified as one of the goals of the government. This continuous shortage is one of the main obstacles in the way towards achieving the standards of Western countries.
Nigeria provides free, government-supported education, but attendance is not compulsory at any level, and certain groups, such as nomads and the handicapped, are under-served. The education system is dysfunctional, because of decaying institutions and ill-prepared graduates, but it remains better than in most African countries. This led to her being imprisoned in solitary confinement for 8 weeks at the age of In , she went into exile and came to England, where she studied at the University of York to become a teacher.
She went on to teach primary and secondary school in London. She also became involved with an anti-apartheid group and began looking for ways to educate young people about the dangers of racism in general and of the South African apartheid system in particular.
Analysis on The Other Side of Truth, by Beverley Naidoo
She married another South African exile, with whom she has two children. She wrote her first book during the early s, for the Education Group of the British Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa, an activist organization that aided victims of apartheid and worked to raise the world's awareness of human rights abuses in South Africa.
He was a member of the Ogoni tribe, an ethnic Nigerian minority whose homeland has been targeted for crude oil extraction since the s and which has suffered extreme environmental damage from decades of indiscriminate oil waste dumping.
In , he began devoting most of his time to human rights and environmental causes. He was also an outspoken critic of the Nigerian government, which he viewed as reluctant to enforce proper environmental regulations on the foreign oil companies operating in the area.
In , Saro-Wiwa was imprisonned withou trial by the Nigerian government for several months. At that time, MOSOP organized several peaceful marches of more than half of the Ogoni population around , men and women , drawing international attention attention to the Ogoni people, and Ken Saro-Wiwa in particular.
The same year, the Nigerian government occupied the region militarily. Saro-Wiwa was arrested again and detained by Nigerian authorities in June , but was released after a month.
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Saro-Wiwa had been denied entry to Ogoniland on the day of the murders, but he was arrested and accused of incitement to them.
He denied the charges, but was imprisoned for over a year before being found guilty in after a hasty trial, and sentenced to death by hanging by a specially convened military tribunal, on charges widely viewed as entirely politically motivated and completely unfounded.
The trial was widely criticised by human rights organizations, and half a year later, Ken Saro-Wiwa received the Right Livelihood Award for his courage as well as the Goldman Environmental Prize. A memorial to Saro-Wiwa was unveiled in London on 10 November It consists of a sculpture in the form of a bus, and was created by Sokari Camp, a Nigerian artist. Of course not!
So what will hold them back with an unknown writer called Solaja? Although the situation in Nigeria itself has greatly improved, there remains a lot to be done in countries such as North Korea, for instance. He began to attend his local school, where he was doing very well, until, at the end of the week, he returned home to tell his mother he was being bullied, and had been beaten up.
The family reported it to the teacher on the next Monday, but he was unable to do anything as he did not know who was telling the truth. On the same day, 27 November ,Damilola was cut on his left thigh as he was heading home.
Running to a stairwell, he collapsed and bled to death in the space of 30 minutes. It is uncertain how he got his fatal wounds; the theory accepted by the Metropolitan Police is that Damilola was attacked and stabbed with a broken bottle. The alternative theory is that Damilola fell on broken glass in an accident.
In , new DNA techniques led to the arrests of 3 boys, two of them underage. Their trial began in January ; in April , the jury returned a not guilty verdict on the charges of murder and assault with intent to rob, but with the possibility of a re-trial for manslaughter.
On 9 August , the two brothers, after a one-month re-trial, were convicted of the manslaughter of Damilola Taylor, and sentenced to eight years in youth custody. He took part in three coup d'etats, the first two of which brought and removed General Muhammadu Buhari from power in He was then appointed Minister of Defence, in In , he took over power from Ernest Shonekan, who had himself been put into place by Babangida.
Abacha was married to Maryam Abacha and had seven sons and three daughters. Abacha's government was accused of human rights abuses, especially after the hangings over which Abacha himself presided of the environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and several other Ogoni activists.
His regime suffered severe opposition both internally and externally, by pro-democracy activists who made the regime unpopular. Abacha responded by banning political activity in general, and by strongly controlling the press. Paradoxally, he sent Nigerian troops to Liberia and Sierra Leone to restore democracy to those countries, while denying it in his own.
At that time, he was listed as the world's fourth most corrupt leader in recent history. Death: General Abacha died in June , while at the presidential villa in Abuja in the company of General Jeremiah Useni Chief of Staff from to and Musa Abdullahi, who was claimed to be the unofficial strategist and mastermind of Abacha's plan to transform himself into a democratically elected dictator.
He was 54, and allegedly died of a heart attack. He was buried on the same day, according to Muslim religion, without an autopsy, which led to speculations that he may have been poisoned by political rivals. After his death, Major General Abdusalami Abubakar, Nigeria's defence chief of staff, was sworn in as the country's head of state.
A transition to democratic civilian rule was announced soon after, which led to the election of President Olesegun Obasanjo. President Barre: 8 My opinion: I thought this book was well written and very realistic.
It is accessible to all public, and really makes us think about how much worse our own lives could be, and how well off we are in Switzerland.
Naidoo never falls into the trap of making this a narrative of white saviours, or painting England as a rescuing paradise: Femi and Sade are traumatised, and they want to go home. Their struggle is theirs, their bravery comes from their identity and although they find friends in England, their longing for Nigeria, the past and home is unquenchable and the author never shies away from exploring their complex emotions. Beverley Naidoo joined the resistance to apartheid as a student in South Africa, leading to detention without trial and exile.
She began writing while working as a teacher in Britain. In Cinderella of the Nile , she retells a year-old version from ancient Egypt.
Beverley lives in Dorset.
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Read more about Too Much Trouble. Search the site Search term is required. The Other Side of Truth. Beverley Naidoo Publisher: Beverley Naidoo Beverley Naidoo joined the resistance to apartheid as a student in South Africa, leading to detention without trial and exile.
Politics, freedom of choice, and the big issues These books are a great way to get secondary school aged children engaged with issues of politics and human rights.
Books about refugees and asylum seekers teens Since asylum can be a confusing issue for teenagers and even adults , here are some books that explore what it really means to flee your home and have to start your life over.The truth, however, is a dangerous game, and many simply refuse to take part in similar endeavors.
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In , new DNA techniques led to the arrests of 3 boys, two of them underage. Sade had to lie to officials about their name so as to no get her father into trouble, and the kindness displayed by the adults makes her feel guilty about her lies. He manages to get temporary admission in England for them. Human rights: Nathan, who try their best to help them by getting the children temporarily admitted in England, and by finding a new foster family for them: Gracie and Roy King.
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