Rohingya Crisis: Mohammed’s Story | UNICEF

“They killed my parents”. Mohammed’s future, along with 300,000 Rohingya children like him, is in peril.

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Mamallan’s Mamallapuram

The Shore Temple  is located in Mamallapuram  (Mahabalipuram) a town on the shore of Bay of Bengal🌊 in Tamil Nadu.

The shore temple

The shore Temple & other monuments in Mamallapuram are built by Pallava dynasty king 👑 Narasimhavarman II. The town is named after the title of Narasimhavarman II, “Mamallan” which translates to great wrestler 💪 (Ma-great, mallan-wrestler)

The temple is buit during 8th century AD. with blocks of granite. It’s one of the earliest stone Temple to be constructed in South india.

These rock cut monuments by pallava dynasty served as models upon which the massive Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur and Gangaikonda Cholapuram and various other architectural works of Chola empire were constructed.
Mamallapuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

Descent of the ganges monument

Travel guide : The entrance fee for Indian National is ₹30, for foreign national it’s rupees ₹500😲.

✈️ The nearest airport from Mahabalipuram is Chennai (Madras), located around 60 km away.

🚄 The nearest railway station, Chengalpattu, is around 29 km away from Mahabalipuram.

🛣️ Mamallapuram is connected by ECR road to Chennai, Kanchipuram and Pondicherry. 

The Armenians of Madras

 The Armenian Church of Virgin Mary, built in 1712  is located in the busy hub of Parrys, Chennai. The Armenians established a thriving settlement in Madras in the 1600s. According to  S. Muthiah’s Madras: The Land, The People and Their Governance book the earliest Armenian tombstone dates back to 1663 and is of Coja David Margar.

The church had its origins in a simple wooden structure built on a plot of land granted to the Armenian community by the British East India Company. The church was built in 1712, but it was destroyed in a French siege in 1772, and was then rebuilt in its present location – the grounds of an Armenian cemetery. IMG_20170717_122339_HDR-01 The Armenian Church of Virgin Mary.

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The Belfry adjacent to the main Church structure houses Six large bells weighing more than 150kg. Uniquely cast, the first bell was hand cast in 1754, while the last two bells were added nearly a century later in 1837. Shipped in from London, the bells still bear the inscriptions “Thomas Mears, founder, London.”

 

There are over 300 Armenians been laid out throughout the Church’s premises. Details of the deceased are carved on their graves mostly in Armenian scripts.

 

Worlds first Armenian newspaper ” Azdarar (intellectual) ” was published & printed in Madras. The Founder and editor of Azdarar, Rev. Haroutiun Shmavonian (1750-1824) is buried in same premises.

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The church opens at 9.30 am every day.  Bells are rung only on Sundays but mass service isn’t conducted. Mr.Jude Johnson maintains the church & the maintenance cost is funded by The Armenian Church Committee in Calcutta.

Pale Blue dot

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Take care of each other

Short movie made by “The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs

Agaram Foundation’s “Maadham 300” initiative.

Agaram foundation founded by Actor Suriya strives to bring about a significant positive change in the socio-economic status of the rural society by offering quality education to the deserving individual.
Their latest initiative ‘maadham 300’ gives us a chance to be a part of their good work by donating rupees 300/month.

Donate now!

A toy’s story | UNICEF

Violence linked to Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger has led to widespread displacement – over 1.3 million children are on the move. Far too many children encounter deadly danger, detention, deprivation and discrimination in their search for safety or a better life. One in every 45 children in the world today is on the move. They may be labelled “refugee,” “displaced” or “migrant.” But first and foremost a child is a child. No matter where they come from, no matter who they are. 

Children of syria

Today the war in Syria reaches six brutal years . Born blind and displaced by violence in Damascus , 10 – year – old Ansam is sharing a message of hope with fellow Syrian children . Children like Ansam are not giving up and neither should we.

Video by UNICEF

LIFE AND JALLIKATTU

What is Jallikattu? Why is Tamil Nadu standing up for it? Is it a matter of Tamil culture? Or is it a national issue deserving every Indian’s attention`? A lot of questions are surfacing today in the Jallikattu issue. And we believe it is our right to know the answers. This short social documentary represents the collective views/perspectives/opinions of people discussing the issue. We believe this knowledge is crucial for a sustained (r)evolution to happen for a better tomorrow. Share the film and spread the awareness.

Made by Big Short Films

Cancer is curable

The Indian National Anthem rendered by children cancer survivors of the Ray of Light Foundation, along with T M Krishna.

Please Visit :Ray of light.