Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sierra Leone: Is there enough to celebrate?

BBC Africa Have Your Say.

AfricaHYS Team | 12:12 UK time, Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Sierra Leone is today celebrating 50 years of Independence. The state is reported to have spend $25 million on festivities to mark the day.

Critics have condemned the government spending  terming it 'unnecessary extravagance'

In East Africa, the government of Southern Sudan has approved a budget of $32 million for the celebrations to mark its independence on July 9. The money will be used to spruce up the stadium, and to pay for catering and entertainment.

Last year, there was uproar in Ghana after the government ended up spending $60 million to mark its own 50th anniversary.

Can poor countries justify spending such huge amounts to celebrate national events? Who benefits from these celebrations? How would you like your government to celebrate national events?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 27 April at 1600 GMT please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Working abroad: Is it worth the risk?

BBC Africa HYS Team | 13:49 UK time, Thursday, 21 April 2011
Thousands of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa are stranded in Libya in the midst of fierce fighting. The International Organization for Migration, estimates there are at least 4,000 in the port area of Misrata and has already evacuated two boat-loads of them.

It also estimates that tens of thousands of migrant workers are still trapped in Abidjan after the violence of the past three months in Ivory Coast.
Every year more Africans leave their home countries in search of greener pastures. But sadly many of them end up working and living under horrendous circumstances in foreign countries.
Currently five Ugandan women are suing their government and a recruitment firm. They claim they were tricked into working as sex slaves in Iraq. 
Is the benefit of working abroad worth the risk?  What price are you willing to pay for a bigger salary? How do you assess the risk of working in another country?  And who is responsible for the welfare of migrant workers when things go wrong?  We would like to hear your experiences of working abroad - be they good or bad.
If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 21 April at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published. 

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