I know being informed helps me keep safe

Ola magenge!! It's that time of the year again, the festive season. Some call it the season to be jolly. This means a lot of different things to us, young people. It's a pack and go back home time for university students, family gatherings and reconnecting with old friends. The common vibe is shop till you drop and parties left right and centre! It's the time to celebrate school achievements and passing to the next grade, or how (what) to do better the next time.

Okay now hold up, the festive season is not all glossy and rosy; it can be very harsh too!! There's human trafficking and teens go missing, young girls and boys get raped, it's easy to get into fights when alcohol is involved, unplanned pregnancy, HIV and STIs etc...

I know being informed helps me keep safe. Here are some ways, how I choose to keep safe:
  • Dual protection, my friends use both condoms and contraceptives (pills or injection, etc.) at the same time. Better safe than sorry.
  • I drink responsibly, know my limit. Lol :) rather keep it tipsy than sloshed.
  • I never leave my drink open and out of sight; someone can spike drugs in it. Chuck it away or risk chucking your life away, you choose.
  • Stick to what you know. I always keep good trusted friends around me rather than acquaintances. My mama likes to say 'better the devil you know'.

Let's keep safe, as we are the future. Habashwe!!

Linda, 24 years

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EdwinLeballo 8 July 2016 21:21

INFORMATION IS THE MOST RELEVANT, POWERFUL, USEFUL AND EFFECTIVE TOOL THAT ONE CAN USE, IN UNDERSTANDING HEALTH MATTERS, IT MIGHT BE ZIKA, AIDS, PTB, MALARIA, YOU NAME THEM ALL. INFORMATION TIPS YOU ON PREVENTION, INFECTION, MANAGEMENT, DANGERS, AND HOW TO TREAT THOSE WHO ARE INFECTED AND AFFECTED. IT'S INFORMATION THAT MAKES PEOPLE LIVE LONGER, HAPPIER AND HEALTHY. IF ONE HAS INFORMATION, HE CAN PASS IT TO OTHERS AND TEACH OTHERS....

shakes 19 March 2016 12:09

To add up I will say do not drink and drive it is not safe not for you only but others to.