Hi, my name is David Benjamin Jr.
I’m 18 years old, I’ve just graduated from high school this past June, and I will be attending Pitt Community College January of 2014 for Construction and Heavy Machine Operator. I’ve been a Christian all my life; I am the only child of David and Florence Benjamin. Our family attends Philipp Church of Christ in our hometown of Greenville, NC. My pastor, Dr. Randy B. Royal and the entire congregation is praying along with me and my family that I would be healed from my kidney disease, or eventually, I would soon get a new kidney. In 2002, I was diagnosing with kidney disease, and ADHD when I was just 7 years old. Later in 2013 I was diagnose with AL port’s Syndrome, which affects my eyesight and my hearing. I am death in my left ear and I’m going death in my right ear, this is the side effect of my disease.
2013 has been a bittersweet year for me, besides attending college, getting my driver license for the first time, and graduating from high school; on top of that, I have to worry about my health. This is something no teenager my age should have to worry rather they’re going to live or die. With my faith in God, and with the help of family, friends, and COTA, I’m sure the funds will be raised, and soon I will have a donor. I have so many hopes and dreams for my life and for my future. There is so many things in life I’ve yet to experience, and achieve. I want a fair chance at life, just like any other normal healthy teenager, and I’m asking you, the public to help me receive that fair chance in life by donating $1.00 or more to COTA for me at: http://cota.donorpages.com/PatientOnlineDonation/COTAforDavidB/
Help Save my life from this deadly disease.
David Benjamin Jr.
It amazes me how the United States and 188 other nations now have international norms that must be respected. Following World War II and the Holocaust, the United Nations adopted a resolution on December 9, 1948, which stated “The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.”
Clearly, the massacres in Rwanda constituted genocide, so why didn’t the world step in to stop it?” replied Jennifer Rosenberg.
It amazes me how the world just stood by and watch 800,000 men, woman, and children being slowly tortured, raped, killed, and slaughtered like animals by Hutu extremists, and the Clinton administration along with the rest of the world didn’t do nothing to stop it, Why? Because Rwanda did not have not valuable resources that America could use. The Hutus used machetes, clubs, and knives to slaughter human lives because the bullets were too expensive to buy. The rest of the world just didn’t care that Africans were being slaughter daily by the thousands like animals. I often wonder; if this same bloodshed happened in Europe, or Australia, like it did in Rwanda Africa, what would be the significance of the United States and the other 188 nations aid to these two countries. Where was the norm when the genocide took place in Rwanda back in 1994? America goes to the aid of any other country in the world except Africa, and when they finally decided to intervene, it was too late.
Where do we draw the line between what is immoral, and what is the norm?
US chose to ignore Rwandan genocide
Classified papers show Clinton was aware of ‘final solution’ to eliminate Tutsis
by Rory Carroll in Johannesburg
The Guardian, Wednesday 31 March 2004 10.59 EST
President Bill Clinton’s administration knew Rwanda was being engulfed by genocide in April 1994 but buried the information to justify its inaction, according to classified documents made available for the first time.
Senior officials privately used the word genocide within 16 days of the start of the killings, but chose not to do so publicly because the president had already decided not to intervene.
Intelligence reports obtained using the US Freedom of Information Act show the cabinet and almost certainly the president had been told of a planned “final solution to eliminate all Tutsis” before the slaughter reached its peak.
It took Hutu death squads three months from April 6 to murder an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus and at each stage accurate, detailed reports were reaching Washington’s top policymakers.
The documents undermine claims by Mr Clinton and his senior officials that they did not fully appreciate the scale and speed of the killings.
“It’s powerful proof that they knew,” said Alison des Forges, a Human Rights Watch researcher and authority on the genocide.
The National Security Archive, an independent non-governmental research institute based in Washington DC, went to court to obtain the material.
It discovered that the CIA’s national intelligence daily, a secret briefing circulated to Mr Clinton, the then vice-president, Al Gore, and hundreds of senior officials, included almost daily reports on Rwanda. One, dated April 23, said rebels would continue fighting to “stop the genocide, which … is spreading south”.
Three days later the state department’s intelligence briefing for former secretary of state Warren Christopher and other officials noted “genocide and partition” and reported declarations of a “final solution to eliminate all Tutsis”.
However, the administration did not publicly use the word genocide until May 25 and even then diluted its impact by saying “acts of genocide”.
Ms Des Forges said: “They feared this word would generate public opinion which would demand some sort of action and they didn’t want to act. It was a very pragmatic determination.”
The administration did not want to repeat the fiasco of US intervention in Somalia, where US troops became sucked into fighting. It also felt the US had no interests in Rwanda, a small central African country with no minerals or strategic value.
William Ferroggiaro, of the National Security Archive, said the system had worked. “Diplomats, intelligence agencies, defence and military officials – even aid workers – provided timely information up the chain,” he said.
“That the Clinton administration decided against intervention at any level was not for lack of knowledge of what was happening in Rwanda.”
Many analysts and historians fault Washington and other western capitals not just for failing to support the token force of overwhelmed UN peacekeepers but for failing to speak out more forcefully during the slaughter.
Some of the Hutu extremists orchestrating events might have heeded such warnings, they have suggested.
Mr Clinton has apologised for those failures but the declassified documents undermine his defence of ignorance. “The level of US intelligence is really amazing,” said Mr Ferroggiaro. “A vast array of information was available.”
On a visit to the Rwandan capital, Kigali, in 1998 Mr Clinton apologised for not acting quickly enough or immediately calling the crimes genocide.
In what was widely seen as an attempt to diminish his responsibility, he said: “It may seem strange to you here, especially the many of you who lost members of your family, but all over the world there were people like me sitting in offices, day after day after day, who did not fully appreciate the depth and speed with which you were being engulfed by this unimaginable terror.”
A spokesperson for the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation in New York said the allegations would be relayed to the former president.
The Warrior’s Prayer
Your warrior prepares for battle.
Today I claim victory over Satan by putting on
The whole armor of God!
I put on the Girdle of Truth!
May I stand firm in the truth of Your Word
So I will not be a victim of Satan’s Lies.
I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness!
May it guard my heart from evil
So I will remain pure and holy,
Protected under the blood of Jesus Christ.
I put on the Shoes of Peace!
May I stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel
So Your peace will shine through me and be a light to all I encounter.
I take the Shield of Faith!
May I be ready for Satan’s fiery darts of
Doubt, denial, and deceit
So I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.
I put on the Helmet of Salvation!
May I keep my mind focused on You
So Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.
I take the Sword of the Spirit!
May the two-edged sword of Your Word
Be ready in my hands
So I can expose the tempting word of Satan.
By faith your warrior has put on
The whole armor of God!
I am prepared to live this day in spiritual victory!