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SOUTH RIVER, Vanuatu, Dec 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Each time teenager Freddy Sei hears the rumble of thunder, sees rains pound the earth in his small coastal village or watches strong winds whip palm trees, he is gripped with fear.

The 15 year old lives in Vanuatu, a Pacific island nation that two years ago was ravaged by monster cyclone Pam with Freddy watching as huts were blown away and water rushed in to submerge his village of South River on Erromango island.

“I was scared because the winds just took the houses away, there was heavy rain and the river banks was overflowing,” said Freddy, speaking through a translator.

“I’m scared that if it ever floods at night, it will come into my house and the flood will take me away. That’s one of my greatest fears,” said the small framed boy, one of nearly 200 residents of the isolated seaside community of South River vulnerable to flooding, landslides and rising seas.

A barrage of natural disasters across the low lying Pacific islands is inflicting lasting mental trauma on children, with one healthcare expert describing it as a “ticking time bomb”.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) depression, anxiety, and suicide tend to increase after a natural disaster, according to a March report by American Psychological Association (APA).

People who survive multiple disasters, such as those living in disaster prone areas, are likely to experience severe trauma, depression and other mental health problems, the APA said.

“After climate events, children typically demonstrate more severe distress than adults . Similar to physical experiences, traumatic mental experiences can have lifelong effects” and even impair brain development, said the report.

As climate change exacerbates the frequency and severity of natural disasters, mental health problems are going to worsen for children, said counsellor Sisilia Siga from Empower Pacific, a mental health service provider in Fiji.

“It’s going to get worse, if (climate change) continues. Especially with children since it’s hard for them to handle all these things that’s happening,” she said in an interview in Fiji’s capital Suva.

Siga said she treated villagers in coastal areas during the aftermath of Cyclone Winston last year, the worst storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, which crashed into Fiji, killing at least 43 and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

She said she saw many children too traumatised to swim in the sea again, or having flashbacks when there were strong winds or when the ocean was at high tide.

Psychologist Loyda Santolaria, who was deployed in disasters like the 2010 Haiti earthquake, said children are often left to their own devices in the aftermath of a disaster, since many parents are too busy trying to secure food and shelter.

“The parents are unable to cope in a natural disaster, neither are they able to support their children’s vulnerability and needs,” Santolaria, who now works in Vanuatu.

She said many of these children will grow up not knowing how to deal with these traumatic emotions and will become more susceptible to stressful situations.

This may lead to violence, depression, drug use or even suicide, said Alex Pheu, a mental health nurse working in Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila.

“It’s like a ticking time bomb. You have people who are scarred for life,” said Pheu.

“(Children) learn to live with it until someone commits suicide, or someone hangs themselves on a tree, which I’ve heard has happened.”

With few mental health workers in the Pacific region, Pheu said training villagers in psychological “first aid”, such as spotting signs of depression or anxiety before it becomes a full blown issue, could help to boost resilience.

“Prevention and detection that’s the most important thing we should aim for,” he said. “But we always come too late and when we try to undo the knots it’s very, very hard to manage.”

As for children like Freddy, living in a small community accessible only by boat, surviving the next inevitable flood or cyclone preoccupies his young mind.

“Climate change is getting worse,” he said. “I’m scared of it because there could be another flood and I don’t want that to happen.”
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“The Little Mermaid” is one of Disney’s true treasures, and the popular film was turned into a stage musical for Broadway back in 2008. Now, a touring production of the show done by Pittsburgh CLO, is making its way to Wolf Trap June 29 July 2.

Based on the hit animated 1989 movie, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” which itself is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, the story follows headstrong mermaid Ariel, no longer content to live on the ocean floor under the rule of her father, King Triton. Convinced she’ll find happiness only on land, she sets off to find a world where she belongs, battling a cruel sea witch and finding true love along the way.

For the Wolf Trap dates, Diana Huley stars as Ariel, Mevlin Abston plays Sebastian, Jennifer Allen is Ursula, Connor Russell plays Flounder, Steven Blanchard plays King Triton and Eric Kunze is Prince Eric.

Broadway veteran and former Arlington native Allen Fitzpatrick plays Grimsby, Prince Eric’s caretaker and confidant, who takes part in the songs, “Fathoms Below” and “The Contest.”

Fitzpatrick attended St. Agnes and Bishop O’Connell High School and then headed to the University of Virginia for college. After graduating, he came back to the area to work for a few theaters that were in existence in the ’70s, and then headed to New York to try and make a name for himself.

And that he did. Fitzpatrick graced the Great White Way in 10 different productions, including “Les Misrables,” “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “42nd Street,” and “Damn Yankees.” He’s also appeared in five national tours and more than 200 regional plays.

“We journeymen actors take whatever comes our way, and when this show came up on my plate, it seemed attractive and was a full year of employment, plus it’s a very good show,” he said. “The production is something I have been proud of in every city we’ve played. We started in Seattle last November and I really enjoy the role I’m playing and the people I’m travelling with.”

Until now, Fitzpatrick hasn’t done too much theater aimed at kids, noting not too many little ones are checking out “Sweeney Todd.” But he doesn’t think “Disney’s Little Mermaid” should be considered just a kid’s show.

“It may be geared a little towards young people, but we have plenty of adults who come out without any child accompaniment and are really very happy with it,” he said. “These are people who may have seen the movie when they were children themselves and want to re experience it.”

Of course, there are always loads of little girls who dress up like Ariel who come out to the performances and he’s thrilled that they are getting a taste of theater.

Although Fitzpatrick never saw the original Broadway version of the musical, he feels that this touring engagement may have solved some of the problems that kept the show from becoming a juggernaut on Broadway the way “The Lion King” had done previously.

“How you create the world under sea is pretty important to how the show feels and works and that production used roller blading to move the undersea life around, which may not have been a really good choice,” he said. “Our director reinvented the show with his own vision, which involved fish life and the mermaids moving around on wires and the effect is beautiful. Visually, it’s pretty stunning.”

The staged version also has many songs not in the movie, and the story is fleshed out a bit more.

“It moves along nicely and I think the story is a little clearer than it was in the movie,” Fitzpatrick said. “We have a slightly more degree of complexity explaining the back story of Triton and Ursula, and I think those who remember the movie will love this particular version of it.”

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The Huntington Beach Skins, which was formed over the summer and now boasts up to 25 members, is part of a new trend in Orange County gangdom: gangs predominantly made up of white, middle class youths called Skinheads.

“It’s like a gang in a barrio, but this isn’t a barrio,” said Stewart Smith, 17, standing among a dozen of his fellow gang members gathered in front of a 7 Eleven store during their lunch break from nearby Edison High School. “We’re American children. We’re not wetbacks or black or nothing like that,” Cornball said, echoing racist sentiments common among Skinheads, but denying that they are a white supremacist gang.

Known for their shaved heads and their unofficial uniform of flight jackets, shirts buttoned to the neck and black English work boots called Dr. Martens, Skinheads first surfaced in England in the 1970s, the result of social unrest and English working class resentment of immigrant workers.

Influenced by neo Nazism, the Skinhead movement has become an international phenomenon, with some members espousing white supremacy and racial violence. Others are merely embracing the anti establishment Skinhead style but not the white power philosophy behind the racist symbols.

Orange County’s Skinhead gangs are so new and loosely organized that many city police departments do not even know the white gangs exist in their communities.

But Deputy Probation Officer Mike Fleager, the white gang specialist for the county Probation Department’s newly formed Gang Violence Suppression Unit, has identified eight to 10 Skinhead gangs in the county, including the North West Orange County Skins, Los Alamitos Skins, La Habra Skins and Huntington Beach Hard Core. Each gang, he said, claims anywhere from a dozen to 50 members.

“Based on what I see out there, I think what we’re seeing is the Skinhead developing more and more into what we consider a classic gang,” Fleager said. “It’s an absolute trend. I don’t even know if the kids recognize it as a trend, but from an observer’s standpoint, you can’t deny the tendency.”

Jerome Kirk, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at UC Irvine, said, “We may be exaggerating not only the size and scope (of the Skinhead movement), but we may be exaggerating the elaborateness of the ideology.

“I think it’s easy to see the phenomenon it’s certainly visible, and they say some pretty scary things but I don’t think (some young people) know what they’re saying. They’ve found some phrases to get some rises out of straight grown ups. Some of this has the same significance as the swastikas favored by bikers. It’s a symbol, but what’s behind it is much shallower than something like Nazism.”

Still, he added: “I think we should have appropriate fear and respect for the dangerousness of some of the things they have to say. Countywide arrest statistics are unavailable.

Fleager maintains, however, that it doesn’t take long for Skinheads’ racist tendencies to surface at least among those he deals with.

“They may not classify themselves as white supremacists,” he said, “but when you talk to them, their philosophy oozes with it. They’re into the neo Nazi, they’re doing swastikas. They don’t like Jews specifically. It is a life style: They live it, breathe it, and dress it if they’re hard core Skinheads.”In California over the last year, Skinheads’ racist rhetoric has increasingly erupted into violence:

In San Jose, Skinheads terrorized a black woman by making racist threats and denying her access to a park.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Skinheads threw a teen age boy through a plate glass window after he tried to stop them from putting up an anti Semitic poster.

In Chatsworth, police arrested eight members of the Reich Skins, a Skinhead gang that operated in the western part of the San Fernando Valley. Police said the group was involved in racial terrorism known as hate crimes for up to six months before the October arrests.
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When I was eight, I was at school watching a cartoon film [as a treat] on my principal’s birthday. We were enjoying the film when suddenly one of my uncles came and took me away. I was very angry with him. I just didn’t want to leave. I told him that I would complain about him to my father.

When we reached home there was silence in [the house]. My father was lying down. I thought, at first, that he was sleeping. I never thought he was dead. I had never seen a dead person so I guessed he was asleep.

I was too young to realise or understand the loss. But as time passed, I realised he would not come back. Forty years after his death, I realise the importance of October 10, 1964. He passed away early in the morning, around 1 am. But the news came post sunrise after the door was broken down to find his dead body.

A lot of theories have been put forth on why he committed suicide. But I think it was an accident. He had scheduled appointments the next day with [actress] Mala Sinha for Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi and Rajsaab [Raj Kapoor] to discuss making colour films. He made poetry’

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He was to meet them and chalk out some plans. So I don’t think there was any reason for him to commit suicide. My father had sleeping disorders and popped sleeping pills like any other person. That day he was drunk and had taken an overdose of pills, which culminated in his death. It was a lethal combination of excessive liquor and sleeping pills.

Some people say the breakdown of his affair with Waheeda Rehman led him to commit suicide. I don’t believe is so. Their affair was over long before. Yes, he was having problems with my mother [singer Geeta Dutt] but nor do I think that was the reason. We were supposed to meet him the next day after school. Let people say what they want, but my personal view is that it was an accident.

Others say a financial crisis after Kagaz Ke Phool flopped led him to commit suicide. But he had made good money before that. Chaudhvin Ka Chand was one of the biggest revenue grossers in its time. He had made the film for Rs 1,800,000 and had earned Rs 4,800,000 from just the Bombay territory.

He had only two failures in life his first film Baaz, which he made in partnership with Haridarshan Kaur [Geeta Bali’s sister], was a failure and the other was Kagaz Ke Phool. Kagaz Ke Phool was a masterpiece in the way it was executed. Every aspect of the film is out of this world. People did not understand the subject in its time. They understand the importance of it now. It was way ahead of its time.

My father never wanted any of us to join the film industry because he knew about its insecurities. He showed his insecurity after he made Kagaz Ke Phool. He had started getting recognition but he was pessimistic. He was introverted and could not talk about his feelings to others. He was a very sensitive person and spoke very little.

If you see his initial films Mr And Mrs 55 or Aar Paar you will notice he played very enthusiastic [exuberant] roles. By the time he did Pyaasa he had developed maturity. He changed completely with different films. He then carried that forward. Pyaasa was originally called Kashmakash. He wrote the script during the struggle of his early days. The idea was always with him. He wanted to first establish himself before going the artistic way.

I don’t have many memories of him as a child. He was very fond of hunting. I went with him once to Kashmir and then again to Khandwa [Madhya Pradesh] with Johnny Uncle [Johnny Walker]. I fell into the Dal Lake in Srinagar twice and he jumped in to rescue me. He was a very reserved father, not an overly hugging type.

On our visit to the jungles of Khandwa our jeep broke down. We had to walk 15 kilometers to reach civilisation. I had a good time with him then. The biggest irony is he never won any awards. He never canvassed for awards. He never cared about them. Awards had lot of a politics behind them. He never wanted to be in that kind of politics. It is sad and unfortunate that he never got the recognition he deserved. Neither the media nor the industry gave him recognition then. Many reviews of his

films were nasty too.

The new generation has a lot to learn from him his dedication to work, the manner in which he worked on a subject, the way he used the trolley and camera. Though he aspired to make films without music he is still known for the best song picturisations in Indian cinema.

He was a reluctant actor. He never wanted to act but somehow he could not find the right kind of actors for his films and therefore he had to act in them. Shammi Kapoor, for instance, was supposed to do Aar Paar; Dilip Kumar was to play the poet in Pyaasa. He was a shy in front of the camera though he was always comfortable behind the camera.

If you see his films you will realise that they have not become irrelevant. All the problems of society he tackled are still relevant today. That’s why his themes seem fresh though 40 years have passed. People can still identify with his films. They enjoy seeing them again and again.

I miss my father terribly. I wish I could have learnt a lot of things from him. More than the loss of a father I miss a good director under whom I could have learnt things. I think of him every day. I run his company and see his films every day. You always learn something when you see his films each time.

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Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke to Portlanders about her experience losing a son to racial profiling Monday night. April 13, 2015 (KOIN 6 News) Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke to Portlanders about her experience losing a son to racial profiling Monday night. April 13, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

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KOIN 6 News Staff PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke in Portland Monday night about the loss of her son and the message she hopes his legacy will instill inothers.

The free event was sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Portland at Marantha Church on Northeast 12th Avenue.

Fulton, whose teenage son was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in an incident that sparked a nationwide debate about race,talked about transforming the tragedy into social change.

“It’s not a speech, it’s not a lecture,” Fulton said. “It’s a message.”

The mother of two shared the experience oflosing a son to the largecrowd Monday night. After Trayvon was shot, Fulton said she didn’t feel like she was going to make it.

“I didn’t feel like I was going to have a normal life or a regular life after my son had been murdered,” she said. “I just want my life back.”

But after grieving, Fulton said she finally reached a breaking point. She said she realized it was her time to stand up for what she believed in.

“I told myself, you can do better than this, you can do better than just cry,” Fulton said. “I decided at that moment that I had to do more, I had to be the voice for my son.”

Fulton has sincecreated the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which aims to “create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin,”the nonprofit’s website states.

She said her son’s death was a reminder of the ugliness that still lives on in American society.

“I, too, wanted to believe that we had come much further than we did,” she said. “You cannot tell me that it was my son’s hoodie. so if I take the hoodie out of the equation, what do we have left? We have the color of his skin.”

Fulton reminded the audience that issues regardingrace relations in America are nothing new. She said because it’s an ugly, uncomfortable subject, it’s often swept under the rug. But that’s something she hopes to change.

Trayvon’s mother urged Portlanders to get involved in local politics and reach out to nonprofit organizations when they feel passionately about an issue.

“There’s something you can do,” Fulton said. “When you are upset about a story, a case, a tragedy that’s going on, I will challenge you to connect with one of those organizations.”

She said registering to vote, and voting in small, local elections, can make a big impact when it comes to societal issues.

“Make sure that you’re lending your voice, make sure that you’re lending your talent,” she said. “Because if you really want to make a difference and you really want to make a change, that change will start here with you.”

Trayvon Martin was 17 when he was shot in 2012. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self defense, although Martin was unarmed at the time, and was found not guilty after a high profile trial.