Kidnapping: “the truth’s beyond us”

Posted May 12, 2008 by Alexander
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Colombian Ministry of Defence kidnapping statistics

Kidnapping is something we tend to accept as being out there but never to the extent of it becoming a major issue. However, of those who make their living in the southern America’s it’s a totally different story. Kidnapping has been jested as Latin America’s fastest growing, spurred on by rebel guerrillas and drug lords.  Yet it is uncertain of the exact number of kidnappings that occur in these Latin American countries. Colombia, Mexico and Brazil are among the highest hit countries on record but their statistics differ from different sources. Colombia’s Ministry of Defence has released statistics showing a curtailing of kidnappings as new counter kidnapping teams are being trained. Statistics reveal that by 2005 around 750 kidnappings have been reported. However, other sources place the figures around 3,000, the same figure for Colombia’s Ministry of defence in 2000. A good explanation is that many of the kidnappings do not actually get reported to authorities for fear of the increased brutality or even death to the hostages.

What makes it worse is that as high ranking business men and wealthy individuals flee the country or safer compound areas, the middle class is now being targeted, and no longer do you have to be rich to be kidnapped. However, numbers in kidnapping hopefully will drop as governments put up a harder fight to get control. Special tactical teams are being developed and rebels are being pushed further and further into  rural areas, thus alleviating some of the stress. Yet as more people are becoming targets there needs to be a greater push and public awareness of what can be done to prevent the likeliness of being kidnapped.

See Articles: Inside Colombia’s War on Kidnapping, Kidnapping in Colombia, Kidnapping epidemic hits Latin America, COLOMBIA: THE WORLD LEADER IN KIDNAPPINGS,
 

 

Research Strategy

Posted May 6, 2008 by Alexander
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A research strategy is to be devised for the development of my own community project or oranisation. The aim is to identify a problem or issue in the comunity and then develop a research strategy as to how i would inform myself and my target audience of the concern and put forth a viable solutuion. The next series of posts will monitor my progress on the development of my organisation and a research strategy to be able to undertake the issue at hand.

Avatar Artefact

Posted May 6, 2008 by Alexander
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Sea Shepherd avatar explanation can be downloaded here: Artefact

Artefact development

Posted May 6, 2008 by Alexander
Categories: Billy Blue research assignment, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

For my avatar artifact I have chosen to create a character that represents the likeness of Neptune (Roman god of the sea) and a pirate. Neptune creates a feeling of authority and commands attention. He is also able to take the law into his own hands much the same way Sea Shepherd does. His trident is seen as a deliverer of justice, which Sea shepherd attempts to do at sea.

The pirate like figure and clothing calls to attention of the “Jolly Roger” flag that Sea Shepherd flies on every voyage. They believe that sometimes good pirates have to do all the dirty work as governments squabble in diplomacy. With this pirate I decided to not use boots as part of his clothing as boots are seen as a destructive force which leave a bad imprint on the environment. Bare footed characters are more connected to their natural world.

A photo of characters that i used in the development of my avatar can be downloaded here: avatar character study

Avatar Narrative

Posted May 6, 2008 by Alexander
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An avatar narrative that aims to describe the type of people the organisation represents. It seeks to tell the story of each individual as part of one conglomerate group. A pdf version can be downloaded here:

Avatar Narrative

Hi, I’m Chuck. Chuck Davies… I’m an engineer in my mid twenties, I live my life to the full. I enjoy my life and the people that fill it. I love riding my bike, playing chess and meeting new acquaintances. We have one shot at life so why not make good use of it. I love animals and wildlife, I have my own dog, Spike, he’s a character that one. I found him on one of my trips, abandoned almost left to dead. Yeah, I took him in took care of him and now we’re best buddies. It’s hard to understand how some people have no regard for life.

I also enjoy my adventures out on sea. Just love starting early, before the sun heads out. Making my way through the thick smog, with a numb noes and snap frozen hands. Breakfast in one hand equipment in other, nothing more to worry bout. Quite times those, gives me an opportunity to ponder. To think about all the things important to me, our environment, global warming, those cruel things that happen to animals. It gives me that inner drive for the day, gives me that conviction and determination… a reassurance of the rightfulness of what I do.

I believe in more than just political negotiation, I think we need to take action. I cannot remain a passive spectator as generations of seals are slaughtered, whales murdered all in the name of scientific research. It’s outrageous! That’s why I do these little trips from year to year. To try make a difference. It does take courage to risk your life for animals, risk arrest. But it’s the only hope they (animals) have. Nothing is going to change my determination to protect these helpless animals from those ruthless murderers.

The stakes are higher but so are the rewards. Knowing you saved a hundred whales., knowing your actions can make a difference is the best experience anyone can enjoy. I’m out there to make a difference… it is my home… where I belong…

Avatars

Posted May 6, 2008 by Alexander
Categories: Billy Blue research assignment, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sea Shepherd branding

Posted May 6, 2008 by Alexander
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Sea Shepherd conservation Society does not engage in advertising with its investments. Rather Sea Shepherd utilises word of mouth and the general public to spread the word and generate publicity. The organisation also has volunteers who set up little workshops that ask for donations and have printed material to educate people about Sea Shepherd, their work and the world around us.

Sea Shepherd also has an artist Geert Von Jans that supplies the creative needs for the organisation. Geert Has helped in the development of the “Jolly Roger” flag and numerous other projects. Of honorable mention is the work he does in behalf of Sea Shepherd to raise money for the organisation. Geert Develops shirts, caps, stickers and even posters. Geert also develops the emblems or patches for each of Sea Shepherd’s campaigns. These emblems carry a heavy message and are striking and to the point, which develops a sense of authority and power for the organisation. The shirts are usually highly satirical a draw attention.

 Geert Von Jans operates through his own buiness called “Whale Weirdo” which is operated aboard the MS Ode vessel. He lives his life on the edge and has accompanied the Shpherd crew on many of their voyages inthe world’s oceans. His website Whale weirdo carries the work done in behalf of Sea Shepherd.