VIDEO: Lion attacks small girl in cage as children play

The moment the young lion lunges at the small girl as other children flee (YouTube screengrab)
Updated 08 March 2018
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VIDEO: Lion attacks small girl in cage as children play

DUBAI: This video captures the moment a little girl was suddenly leapt on by a young lion in the animal’s enclosure during what was supposed to be a children’s activity at the Jeddah Spring festival in the Saudi city.
In the video, that was captured by an onlooker, small children can be seen playfully running around inside an enclosure while the lion’s handler seems to hold the creature on a lead.
The children can be heard playfully screaming and laughing. But suddenly the fun turns to fear as the cat falls back on its hind legs and strikes out at the small girl.
“The children were delightfully playing and the lion seemed to have been attracted by the butterfly ribbon on the head of the girl,” the lion’s handler, Faisal Aseeri was quoted as saying.
The man can be seen quickly rushing to the girl’s rescue and restraining the cat as the other children can be seen running away – their screams now filled with fear.
Aseeri said the lion’s claws had been removed, so the girl was not seriously hurt. He added that he believed the children’s screams and shouts before the incident might have caused ‘tension and fear.’
According to the UAE daily Gulf News, the big cat’s handler is now being questioned over the incident. The girl is thought to have made a full recovery, having not been seriously injured.

Now see the horrifying moment the lion pounced on the little girl


South Sudan surgeon wins UN prize for treating war-hit refugees

Updated 25 September 2018
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South Sudan surgeon wins UN prize for treating war-hit refugees

  • South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has been ravaged by civil war since 2013 after clashes erupted between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar
  • At least 50,000 people have been killed and one in three South Sudanese have been uprooted from their homes

NAIROBI: A South Sudanese surgeon, who has spent two decades helping the sick and injured in the war-torn east African nation, was on Tuesday announced the winner of a UN prize for treating tens of thousands of people forced to flee violence and persecution.
Evan Atar Adaha — a 52-year-old doctor who runs the only hospital in northeastern Maban county — was given the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award for his “humanity and selflessness” where he often risked his safety to serve others, the UN said.
“I feel very humbled. I hope this award can help draw attention to the plight of refugees especially here in Africa where they are often forgotten about,” Adaha told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview.
“You may hear and read about them, but it’s only when you are face-to-face with people who have left everything and are sick with malaria, or are malnourished, or have a bullet wound that you realize how desperate the need for help is.” Nansen Refugee Awardees are recognized by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for dedicating their time to help people forced from their homes. Former awardees include Eleanor Roosevelt and Luciano Pavarotti.
South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has been ravaged by civil war since 2013 after clashes erupted between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.
The government recently signed a peace agreement with rebels, but the five-year-long war has had a devastating impact.
At least 50,000 people have been killed and one in three South Sudanese have been uprooted from their homes. The country also hosts around 300,000 refugees fleeing violence in neighboring Sudan, according to the UN.
Adaha, known locally as Dr. Atar, has been running Maban hospital — which was once an abandoned health clinic — in the northeastern town of Bunj since 2011.
When he first arrived, he said there was no operating theater and he had to stack tables to create a work area.
Over the years, he has transformed the hospital and created a maternity ward and nutrition center, as well as training young people as nurses and midwives.
The 120-bed hospital now serves around 200,000 people living in Maban county — 70 percent of whom are refugees from Sudan — and conducts about 60 operations weekly but under very difficult circumstances.
Adaha said the only x-ray machine is broken, the operating theater has only one light, and electricity is provided by generators that often break down.
Although the hospital receives support from UNHCR, Adaha said a lack of funds remains his biggest challenge to treating everyone who needs help. “In the hospital, we will treat anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a rebel, government soldier, refugee or a local person. We have pregnant women, malnourished children and even people who are wounded by bullets,” Adaha said.
“The one rule we have is that no weapons are allowed in the hospital. If you bring a weapon, then we will not treat you. Sometimes it is difficult, but most people now agree.”
The Nansen Refugee Award ceremony takes place on Oct. 1 in Geneva, and the winner will receive $150,000 to fund a project complementing their work.