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Pakistan Kidney Sellers Association Chairman, 25-year-old Pakistani Iqbal Zafar and three other villagers, show their scars after they each sold a kidney to pay off debts in Sultan Pur, Pakistan. As the illegal kidney trade gets rampant in Pakistan, the country’s legal experts are giving final touches to a draft law that will curb the dirty business. The money earned by the poor donors is used for a variety of purposes including marriages, house building, loan repayments, drug abuse or simply to have a good time. Many Pakistani hospitals, which provide transplant facilities, have hundreds of donors listed with them, offering a transplant to anyone who can pay 5,000 to 6,000 dollars.
This remarkable photograph shows the then oldest living ex-slave, Mrs. Sally Fickland, viewing the Emancipation Proclamation in the Freedom Train at Philadelphia, on September 17, 1947. This moving image reminds us of the importance of exhibition lighting policies to control both the intensity and duration of light exposure. The National Archives carefully limits the light exposure of this landmark document to ensure that it survives for future generations to see. Emancipation Proclamation, RG 11, ARC # 299998.
Meet Motala, a 50 year old elephant from Thailand who lost her front left leg in 1999 after stepping on a land mine left over from ongoing conflicts along the Thai-Myanmar border. When the accident occurred Motala was a working elephant who moved trees for a living. She was simply foraging for food in the forest when she stepped on the mine. Although her owners tried to save poor Motala’s leg, the limb was so badly damaged that it eventually had to be amputated below the knee. It wasn’t until 2006 that she was able to receive her first artificial leg. It was only a temporary solution, but she successfully learned to walk on it. In 2009 Motala received her first permanent prosthesis, made for her at the Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) elephant hospital in the Mae Yao National Reserve in Thailand. Because prosthetic legs must be changed according to weight, Motala has been given other legs accordingly and received a new one last year, her third. A documentary entitled The Eyes of Thailand shows the amazing moment when Motala took her first few steps on her first prosthetic leg. Check out incredibly moving video of that awesome moment here. - - (CLICK continue to See Motala with her new Leg)
This Act of Kindness leads me to believe that our World still has some LOVE left in it! Continue reading
Veterans Day 2012
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.) Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving. To the one’s that are still here and the one’ at Rest (R.I.P.) …We ALL Celebrate and Honor You Today for your Courage and Dedication to Protecting Us All…Much Blessings.
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Looks like we’re not the only ones getting older!