Just finished playing my latest round of Tribes Ascend

Holy man did I ever get tooled…

It seems that I got bumped to the next skill/level bracket so the matches are much closer, people don’t make the silly mistakes that I seemed to exploit before and I don’t have it nearly as easy. Didn’t come in last any time (Was about mid way down every match), but still…Oh well, hella fun game at least!

The lazy racism which describes tribal people as ‘primitive’ and 'backwards’ is now being challenged wherever it occurs.

Like all human societies, theirs are constantly changing and developing. Accusations of savagery are as wide of the mark as doomed attempts to 'preserve’ living cultures.

In fact, tribal people are the original scientists. They developed many of the planet’s staple foods - crops which feed billions of people today. And without their botanical knowledge, many vital medicines might never have been developed.

Isolated Brazilian Tribes May Be Threatened?
Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples


Indigenous tribes in general are quite an interesting topic to me, especially uncontacted tribes who don’t have any idea of what the “outside world” is like where it’s obviously completely different from their own way of life. Just think, these peoples remained “untouched” by the rest of civilization since the dawn of humankind. Looking at the many photos of tribes attempting to shoot arrows at what they think are big shiny birds, but are in fact aircraft such as helicopters is just a strikingly amazing picture to look and think about. These peoples represent who our earliest ancestors were and what they were like.

Brazil’s indigenous affairs department is stating that isolated tribes in the Amazon rainforest are being threatened by drug traffickers looking to smuggle and produce drugs such as crack and cocaine. The department also stated that some of these tribes may have already been murdered by drug dealers in a desperate attempt to smuggle drugs throughout Latin America and into the United States. The head of the department, Carlos Libosa Travasso said he is making an emergency visit to the isolated living habitats of the tribes to do some sort of well-being check up on them. Officials said that these drug dealers are from Peru and are using the land to grow coca which of course is the main ingredient for cocaine.    

News of these events first broke out in July where officials said that an isolated tribe was chased out of their community b/c of armed drug traffickers. Officials who guard the areas surrounding tribal communities say they were attacked by armed traffickers. The armed guards who help protect tribal communities found arrows stuck in a backpack left behind by one of the traffickers. 

The indigenous affairs department is fearful of the fate of an indigenous tribe known as the, “Panoan Indians.” The head of the department worries that the Panoan Indians are being “massacred” by drug traffickers. 

There is no doubt that indigenous peoples both touched and untouched need to be protected and preserved. These untouched peoples are a representation of what humanity used to be like before the birth of modern civilization. These peoples are literally living and breathing history in a world that is obviously much much different from the untouched “tribal world." 

Some activist groups seem to play the blame game and point the finger at the evil white man. Personally, I believe we should be helping people instead of blaming people. No good will come out of pointing a finger at the white man and complaining how evil the white man is. We need to help, not blame. 

Governments and various organizations need to work hard to preserve, protect, and understand untouched indigenous peoples. They should also give these people the "choice” to make contact with the “outside world” and whether they would like to receive modern stuff such as clothes and medicine.  

There are two arguments, one argument says, “leave them alone, they’re happy as they are.” The other argument says, “we need to educate these people and give them modern conveniences such as medicine, clothes, tools, etc." 
In my personal opinion, that choice should be left up to indigenous peoples themselves. They should be given the choice of gradually integrating into "modern society” or living as they always have but maintaing contact with the outside world and perhaps choosing which tools to integrate into their lives given to them by the outside world. All these many choices must be given to these people but we can’t decide for them, they must ultimately decide for themselves. Bear in mind that many indigenous peoples all across the world including Brazil have fully integrated themselves into modern society. There are still others however who feels it’s their duty to preserve their unique way of life that is slowly dying away. They’re just as human as us, they can make the choice. Fair enough? 

To read more into this topic, I suggest reading the following articles; 

“What I love about my job is seeing the overall picture of UNICEF’s work.”

Adam Christopher Tibe, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at UNICEF Philippines – Tacloban Field Office

If you had to describe your job to a 5 year old, how would you explain it?  

I ensure that UNICEF is on track in keeping our promise to as many children as possible. Do you go to a safe school? Do your parents and neighbours know where to go or what to do when a strong typhoon or earthquake happens? Have you been been fully immunized? Do you have access to toilets? Do you know how to wash your hands properly? If you answer ‘No’ to me, I go tell my friends at work that we need to do something immediately so that next time I ask you, you will be able to answer ‘Yes’ to all my questions.  

Describe how you became a UNICEF employee.

I was settling back in Tacloban City after being away for almost two years (attending a non-profit leadership fellowship program in the US) when Typhoon Haiyan hit the city. A few humanitarian agencies including UNICEF contacted me days after the disaster for job opportunities. Having worked for several children’s organizations in the past, it was an obvious choice to join UNICEF. I started as a consultant for the Humanitarian Performance Monitoring team and eventually became a staff member as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.  

What was the most challenging moment?

More than the mental and emotional stress, it is the physical exhaustion accompanying the job that is sometimes most challenging. Early in the Typhoon Haiyan response, I was sleep- and food-deprived (as most, if not all, staff were) but I kept going to ensure that we responded timely and appropriately to the emergency.  

What have been the biggest frustrations in your career and how have you dealt with them?

After working for several years in a particular organization, I realized that its direction and values were not aligned with my professional goals and personal values. It was a hard decision but I just had to move on. I learned a lot of wonderful things but better opportunities came afterwards!

What are the most satisfying parts of your job?  

What I love about my job is seeing the overall picture of UNICEF’s work. I can easily discuss with program colleagues and partners all the thematic areas of UNICEF’s work such as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Education, Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Cash Transfer programs.  

Can you describe a moment you have seen the impact of your work directly on a child?

I was on a field monitoring trip to a hard-to-reach village in Tacloban City when I saw a young boy carrying a UNICEF bag waving enthusiastically to us and shouting “Thank you!” UNICEF provided support in rehabilitating a number of schools in Tacloban damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.


What is it about your job that wakes you up in the morning and motivates you for another day of work?

I am given a unique opportunity and role to be part of restoring the lives of families devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in my home city. This is enough motivation for me to wake up energized every day and get the work done!

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges facing children?

From poverty stems a number of serious issues children face. Hundreds of thousands to millions of children suffer and die because of hunger, lack of access to water and sanitary facilities, or because they have not been immunized. Child prostitution (including child pornography) is another reality that many young people experience. It’s a shame that these issues aren’t really new, but the battle to eradicate these problems are ongoing.

What’s the most fun you've ever had in your office?  

Every time someone on our floor is celebrating their birthday, we’d cook lunch and have a simple get-together!

If you had an extra day off, how would you spend it?

Go to the beach! I always want to be near crystal-clear beaches whenever I get a chance!

If you could give one piece of advice to everyone reading this, what would it be?

Hard skills can always be easily learned. What we should always consciously work on are the soft skills like flexibility, sensitivity to other cultures, etc. Our EQ is much more challenging to improve but is central to personal and professional success.  

My colleagues don’t know that I’m…  

…willing to switch lives with Angelina Jolie.