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UNESCO and the Akha
UNESCO SILENT on the Ethnocide of the Akha by US Missions
But hey, if you aren't Akha, maybe if you are Russian, then hey, what we have been trying to do for years is then very normal, except with a different people in mind. Now that fact that David Feingold and Mr. Smeets are too busy for us isn't because they don't know what is going on. The link below is what we THOUGHT Non Tangible Heritage Status was suppose to be about. So why weren't we helped when we tried to do the same for the Akha? As in BROWN Akha? Racism? Your guess is as good as ours. Take a look.
After months of trying to get UNESCO to provide information on Intangible Heritage status for the Akha, and after discovering that they in fact weren't helping the Akha but were working with US missionaries who were the very people destroying Akha culture we figured it was time to put them here.
With this wealth of good ideas already on their site, we are amazed that they are shocked at our concept of fast tracking the implementation of these ideas and actually taking action to protect Akha culture. It is well known in Thailand that the US based christian missionaries intend to compeltely eliminate Akha Culture. David Feingold knows this. Mr. Smeets should know this. Just when were they planning to take action?
David Feingold says he doesn't get paid by UNESCO, has his name on the UNESCO website, but can't tell us who is in charge in Bangkok or what HIS job is.
A lot of cat and mouse for such high and mighty positions at the UN.
But isn't it lovely that UNESCO couldn't have the imagination to fund education projects and build capacity among the traditional Akha of Thailand.
Instead they had to work with the very people destroying the culture of the Akha like New Life Foundation, started and funded by Paul and Elaine Lewis. More rabid exterminators of Akha culture have not been born. Paul and Elaine Lewis trained Yot and Ajay who carry on the destructive work.
UNESCO has been in Bangkok for a very long time. They do cultural preservation work in places like Luang Prabang, Laos. They also give Intangible Heritage status to tribal groups like the Huaorani of Ecuador. But they would like us to believe that they have done this already for the Akha of Thailand too, yet without substantial proof.
One need not be a rocket scientist to see what dire straights Akha culture, literature and language is in when seeing the huge funds spent to destroy it.
The New Life Foundation states that they use their "church network" to run the UNESCO HIV program, when that entire effort could have been done by traditional Akha.
The following site makes use of Akha photos in TRADITIONAL dress.
Note that the above website makes trafficking a female only issue by their use of the "female" gender symbol at the top right of the page. In fact, many Akha boys and other hill tribe boys are trafficked to places like Chiangmai and Bangkok for sexually exploitive practices by western and other men.
Here is the Cultural Protection page of UNESCO:
ARTICLE 4: Human rights as guarantees of cultural diversity
ARTICLE 5: Cultural rights as an enabling environment for cultural diversity
Mission Organizations. Not one Akha Traditional Culture organization is included, though they exist and could certainly use to be included in such a project.
New Life Center Foundation, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The destruction of culture, the core elements of one's language are intrinsic to destroying identity. New Life Foundation is part of the Missionions of Destruction network. If missionaries destroy Akha traditional culture, it is a crime on a global scale comparable with what missionaries did to the American Indians, but UNESCO apparently can't figure that out.
Write them, they need to hear from you.
This is what the New Life Thailand website says:
"Major funding is provided by American Baptist Churches (USA - Paul W. Lewis was from the American Baptists)
Funding, is this a mission or what?
Dr. Paul and Mrs. Elaine Lewis set up NLF
Who REALLY took the land
We think that people should answer their email and do their job! A position of any kind at UNESCO is not a job without prestige.
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