At Romanian and Moldovan customs, Ukrainian children cry for fathers left at home to defend the country
Tens of thousands of families in Ukraine are simultaneously experiencing the drama of war and partition, after Kiev authorities enacted martial law and banned men who could defend their country from crossing borders. They remained to face the enemy, but they sent their families across the border, with tears in their eyes and broken hearts. In Romania and Moldova, thousands of women have been crossing the border for almost 24 hours, alone or in groups, accompanied by elderly parents or babies and children.
The drama of a Ukrainian who embraces his daughter only a few years old, whom he sends away from the war with only his mother, has been repeated in Ukraine hundreds and thousands of times. Adult men capable of fighting can no longer leave the country after the president introduced martial law.
Nazar is 13 years old. His mother fled Ukraine alone with him and his younger sister. The father remained in the country. Here is a conversation between him and a reporter.
Reporter: What did he tell you before you left?
Nazar, Ukrainian refugee: He told me everything would be fine. And to send him pictures.
Nazar spoke with a knot in his throat about the separation of the family.
Reporter: What is your father doing now?
Nazar: He's a medical technician, but now he's helping the military if they're injured.
Reporter: Was he in the Army before?
Nazar: No, he wasn't in the military before.
He hopes to stay with his mother and sister in Poland, where they will stay with a family of friends, only temporarily.
Reporter: What would you have done instead of your father?
Nazar: I think I would have done the same.
Reporter: Would you have fought?
A young Ukrainian woman took her two-year-old daughter and came on foot to Moldova. She managed to get in on Thursday night. This morning, people with dramatic stories continued to cross the border. A woman left Ukraine with only her one-year-old daughter and mother. They crossed the border on foot. My brother and father stayed in the country. With tears in his eyes, he tells how he lived his last night in his homeland.
Reporter: Are you afraid for them?
Woman from Ukraine: Yes, sure! I was scared, there were bombings near us last night. I was scared.
Hundreds of women alone or accompanied only by children, many brought in arms, in carts or on foot, if they are older than a few years, have crossed the border into Romania and Moldova.
Reporter: Are you alone?
Woman from Ukraine: My father went to fight for the country. My son is in Europe, in Germany. I'm alone now.
Reporter: Was it hard to leave your husband there?
Woman from Ukraine: Yes, very difficult.
Reporter: You have tears in your eyes.
Woman from Ukraine: Yes, I'm crying. I hope everything will be fine. We ask you to help us, to pray for Ukraine.
Hundreds of thousands of people caught fighting in western Myanmar probably know nothing about COVID-19 after Internet access was blocked in the area, according to human rights organizations, quoted by CNN.
In June 2019, the government of Myanmar, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, cut off internet access in nine cities in the area for fear that it would be used to fuel clashes between the military and insurgents in Myanmar.
In May, internet access returned to a municipality, but another eight, with a total population of about 800,000 people, are still deprived of this means of communication.
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say the lack of the Internet threatens people's lives, not only because it prevents them from reporting possible human rights violations, but also because they do not have access to coronavirus pandemic information campaigns.
"With an armed conflict between Myanmar's troops and the Arakan army in Rakhine State amid the pandemic, it is essential that civilians obtain the information they need to stay safe," said Linda Lakhdhir, Asia's legal adviser to Human Rights Watch.
Six deaths and 292 COVID-19 infections were reported in Myanmar from more than 64,532 tests, according to the Myanmar Ministry of Health.
Several cases have been confirmed in the northern cities of Maungdaw and Buthidaung in Rakhine State, where more than 100,000 Rohingya Muslims live in crowded camps. Many fled military-launched operations against Rohingya insurgents in 2018. The UN has demanded that the Myanmar army be tried by an international tribunal for genocide and atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. Rakhine Buddhists left homeless due to the fighting also live in the camps in the area.
You probably already know that Japan is home to anime movies, karate martial arts and sakura blossoms. Of course, all this deserves all the attention. Bemorepanda is impressed!
But the real revelation about this country comes when someone tries to live at least a few days as a Japanese!
How about their futuristic-style toilets? Or have you ever dreamed that the train arrives just in time? But what about automatic devices that sell fresh eggs?
Here are some of the most unusual Japanese inventions and some interesting facts about Japanese culture and way of life, which will make you definitely include this country at the top of your travel list.
1. During strikes, bus drivers continue to travel on their route, but refuse to take payment from passengers.
2. This is how I was fed in a regular hospital in Japan when I gave birth there.
3. Here's how smooth Japanese trains are.
4. There are no housekeepers in most Japanese schools. Their work is done by students as a sign of gratitude for the school and teachers.
5. Art on sewer covers!
6. A very economical Japanese invention: the water you wash your hands with is then used to clean the toilet bowl.
7. Japanese fans stayed in the stands after the end of the match to help the stadium staff clean up.
8. Another reason I love Japan!
9. In trains the seats can be turned in any direction.
10. Another great invention: storage place for padlock umbrellas, so you don't have to always carry it with you.
11. On this sheet it is written: “I accidentally touched your bicycle and damaged its padlock. I'm really sorry."
12. In any toilet there is a support for children.
13. I forgot my shopping bag on a street in Osaka. When I returned, I found her sitting nicely by this tree. Of course all the shopping was in order.
14. This is a box of chewing gum and a set of papers. They are used to squeeze the gum after you finish chewing it.
15. In Japanese toilets you can often find panels with buttons that reproduce the sound of water, so as not to bother when doing your "chores".
16. In this toilet in Japan is an electronic panel that shows the free and occupied cabins.
17. All these people push the train to save a woman who got stuck between the train and the platform.
18. In Japan, even in the drainage channels, fish grow!
19. The names of the drink with Braille symbols for the blind are indicated on the beverage cans.
20. The Toreiyu Tsubasa train is equipped with small foot pools so that the journey is as relaxing as possible.
21. The railway company Tsukuba Express officially apologized for leaving the train 20 seconds earlier.
22. Order seems to be a genetic trait in the Japanese.
23. In this mall there are small free refrigerators where visitors can store easily spoiled products.
24. The Japanese are very kind.
25. In Japan there are over 300 pedestrian crossings located diagonally.
26. This lift has a chair that can be used as an emergency toilet in emergency situations.
27. In addition to the fact that in Japan at the entrance to the house it is mandatory to take off your shoes, when you enter the bathroom you have to wear these special slippers.
28. Japanese restaurants usually showcase artificial replicas of the dishes you can serve them.
29. In Japan, everyone parks with their backs to each other. It's not a law, it's just a habit. That's why it's very easy to spot a stranger.
30. Only in Japan do expectations coincide with reality!
31. A place for children on a Japanese train.
32. At Narita International Airport you can get origami patterns for free.
33. Baggage at the airport is sorted by color.
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Did you know that the Federal Republic of Nigeria (better known in the world as the country of Nigeria) is one of the most developed countries on the African continent today?
Interesting facts about Nigeria
And although perhaps, with its economic potential with GDP, this African country will not be able to capture the imagination of the inhabitants of the Western world, Europeans can undoubtedly be surprised by others - the traditions and way of life in Nigeria, where residents sometimes lead a very unusual way of life from the point of view of Westerners. Peace.
We have selected for our readers 20 examples of facts from Reddit about Nigeria, which people on the Web call authentic and which can be called unique to Nigeria. Some Nigerians even refer to these behaviors as the "Nigerian mentality."
1. “In Nigeria, all meetings and activities begin with prayer. They even pray before meetings of the Federal Council of the country and football matches.”
2. “More than 1 million students annually apply to universities in Nigeria, but since there are only 122 universities in the country for 206 million people, no more than 30% of applications are accepted.”
3. “Mourning at the funeral. In most regions of the country, funerals are celebrated (if the person has been successful in life and has not died at a young age). Sometimes you can't tell if it's a party or a funeral."
4. “The person standing at the door of the minibus is called agbero. People like him can stand like this in the picture all day long. Undoubtedly, they are hardy. But the job is not safe."
5. “Reluctance to have children: A married couple is expected to have a child in the first nine months of marriage. . If a couple declares their desire to remain married without children, they automatically become a source of shame for their family.”
6. “Almost all Nigerians are forbidden by their parents to eat outside the home as children. Their families specifically teach children not to take food from strangers and do it for safety purposes.”
7. “Going to a hospital here is a luxury: millions of Nigerians have never been in a hospital in their lives!”
8. “Shaking hands with parents as a greeting is a big disrespect.”
9. “Announcing your pregnancy to the public, mentioning the sex of the baby, names, and due dates are taboo among Nigerians.”
10. “It’s unacceptable to refuse food cooked by mom! If you say, "I don't want to eat this," get ready for a beating."
11. “Gifts and rewards. From a young age, we are taught that it is wrong to accept gifts or gratuities from people (especially from strangers) for good or other deeds.
12. "Because the temperature in the country is higher than usual, you can see people sleeping in the bathroom or other places where it can be cooler."
13. “Due to living conditions and financial hardship, the average life expectancy for Nigerians is 55 years. Most deaths are caused by diseases such as malaria and drinking water poisoning…”.
14. “Nigeria has the highest number of twins in the world. Don't be surprised if you keep walking around feeling like you're always seeing the same people."
15. “I would advise you not to call your friend's parents or anyone older than you by their first names. In Nigeria (and other African countries), it's disrespectful to address someone older than you by your first name."
16. Another oddity objects / things with the left hand.
17. “Nigerians call people not only by their names, but also by their titles: sir, madam, chef, teacher, doctor… If you call someone without using their title, they won’t even respond to you.
18. “Nigerians don't like having pets. We are especially surprised when foreigners keep dogs at home, while in our country dogs are used only for hunting or guarding.”
19. Ladies can propose to a guy or invite a guy on a date.
20. It is considered socially unacceptable to say: "I'm sick" or "I have no money (ruined)." Nigerians prefer euphemisms like "I'm strong", "I'm very rich".
Meet the country that rejected a $200 million loan from Russia because it threatens the sovereignty and economic security
Republic of Moldova was about to receive a $200 million loan from Russia to help in the fight with the pandemic. And yesterday, the Constitutional Court of Moldova declared the credit agreement unconstitutional.
The reason - Russia would be free to turn any private debt into a state debt.
According to the authors, deputies from the Pro-Moldova Group, PAS and the DA Platform:
"The agreement stipulates that the private debts of Moldovan companies to Russian banks can be turned into state debt. We are the only country in the world to which Russia has imposed such a condition. It is an international treaty and today everyone here recognized that even if they avoided it, the respective loan will make the debt to the Russian Federation increase without the Republic of Moldova benefiting from it ", mentioned Sergiu Litvinenco.
At the same time, in their opinion, the loan agreement contains statements that do not correspond to the national and economic interests of the Republic of Moldova, it threatens the sovereignty and economic security of the state.
More controversial, as it is known, are three provisions of the agreement, namely one that assigns a specific role to Russian companies in loan-financed infrastructure projects, another that would allow the consolidation of the current borrowed amount of subsequent private debt, as well as the prospect of capitalization in time of these debts.
Moreover, the one that would exclude legal proceedings in case of disputes between the parties - they should be settled amicably, through negotiations, as the agreement shows.
What brought the three new appellants before the court, in addition to the criticisms already made even at the time of the adoption of the agreement in parliament, are the explanations how these provisions would contradict several principles defended by the constitution, especially that of sovereignty and of the pursuit of the national interest, which should be respected by any such document.
The former President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova, Alexandru Tanase wrote on his page that:
“The importance of today's decision is not necessarily limited to the invalidation of the so-called "Russian credit". Now I want to refer to the atmosphere that surrounded the trial of this case. The harassment of judges of the Constitutional Court, the attempts to blackmail and intimidate them, have highlighted "older diseases" of our political environment.”
State officials who defended the agreement in court against the charges in the appeals said the opposition would operate with non-existent evidence, and if the court stops it, Moldova risks being shunned by other loans from Russia and other states, now and in the future at a time when he needs money the most.
Andrei Balan, head of department at the Ministry of Finance: “In practice, we believe that this will not happen, that it will not lead to debt consolidation, but not even to the consent of the Republic of Moldova for a debtor from here."