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CBN NewsWatch: October 9, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Oct. 9: Pentagon deal restores death benefits to vets' families, Obama names Janet Yellen for new Fed chief, Sex Politics: CA schools not ‘interested in education,’ and more. Read Transcript


Mark: TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH," PRESSURE IS

BUILDING ON LAWMAKERS TO END

THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.

WHY MILITARY FAMILIES ARE

SPEAKING OUT, CALLING FOR

WASHINGTON TO FIND A

SOLUTION.

PLUS, ENDING AID IN EGYPT.

COULD A CUT OF U.S. FUNDING

CAUSE MORE UNREST IN THE

REGION?

AND THE AMAZING JOURNEY OF

ONE MAN WHO RISKED HIS LIFE

TO MIGRATE OUT OF AFRICA.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

IT'S DAY NINE OF THE PARTIAL

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.

THE PRESIDENT WILL MEET WITH

SOME HOUSE REPUBLICANS

TOMORROW.

BUT TODAY MUCH OF WASHINGTON

WAS FOCUSED ON HOW THE

SHUTDOWN IS HURTING THE

AMERICAN MILITARY.

GARY LANE EXPLAINS IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

Reporter: THE BUDGET

SHOWDOWN ON CAPITOL HILL ON

WEDNESDAY FOCUSED ON THE

NEEDS OF VETERANS AND THE

FAMILIES OF FALLEN

SOLDIERS.

IN WASHINGTON, ERIC SINSECKI

WARNED THE GOVERNMENT SHUT

DIDN'T IS AFFECTING 1400

VETERANS A DAY.

IF THE SHUTDOWN DOES NOT

END IN THE COMING WEEKS, THE

V.A. WILL NOT BE ABLE TO

ENSURE DELIVERY OF

NOVEMBER 1 CHECKS TO

5.1 MILLION MEMBERS.

I'M ASHAMED.

I'M EMBARRASSED.

ALL OF US SHOULD BE.

WASHINGTON MAY BE SHUT

DOWN, BUT IT IS STILL ASKING

PEOPLE O G TO GO TO WAR.

Reporter: SINCE THE

FEDERAL SHUTDOWN, 15

SERVICEMEN HAVE DIED IN

AFGHANISTAN.

THEIR FAMILIES HAVE YET TO

RECEIVE THE MONEY TO TRAVEL

TO RECEIVE THE BODIES OF

THEIR LOVED ONES.

AND THE BONDS ARE USED TO

COVER FUNERAL COSTS AND

OTHER EXPENSES.

THE PRESIDENT WAS VERY

CONCERNED ABOUT THIS

PROBLEM, AND HE DIRECTED

THEM TO WORK WITH THE OFFICE

OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET AND

HIS LAWYERS TO DEVELOP A

POSSIBLE SOLUTION.

Reporter: THE

REPUBLICAN-LED HOUSE PASSED

LEGISLATION RESTORING THE

VETERANS' BENEFITS, EVEN

THOUGH DEMOCRATS OPPOSED THE

BILL, SAYING THEY WANTED A

FULL BUDGET BILL PASSED.

AND PRESIDENT OBAMA NOW SAYS

HE IS WILLING TO NEGOTIATE

WITH REPUBLICANS, BUT ONLY

AFTER THEY ALLOW CONGRESS TO

REOPEN THE GOVERNMENT AND

RAISE THE DEBT LIMIT TO END

THE THREAT OF A DAY FAULT.

President Obama: WE

UNDERSTAND THERE IS GOING TO

HAVE TO BE SOME GIVE AND

TAKE.

WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS DON'T

HURT MORE PEOPLE WHILE WE'RE

TRYING TO RESOLVE THESE

DIFFERENCES.

LET'S JUST AT LEAST MAKE

SURE THAT WE KEEP THE LIGHTS

ON WHILE WE'RE HAVING THESE

CONVERSATIONS.

IF THERE IS UNCONDITIONAL

SURRENDER BY REPUBLICANS,

HE'LL SIT DOWN AND TALK TO

US.

THAT'S NOT THE WAY OUR

GOVERNMENT WORKS.

Reporter: AND CONCERN

IS BEING EXPRESSED AROUND

THE WORLD OF A POSSIBLE U.S.

GOVERNMENT DEFAULT ON ITS

FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS, AND

THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY

FUND ITS TRIMMED ITS GLOBAL

AND U.S. GROWTH FORECAST

THROUGH 2014.

WARNING THAT A U.S. DEFAULT

WOULD RAISE INTEREST RATES

AND POTENTIALLY DRIVE THE

AMERICAN ECONOMY BACK INTO A

RECESSION.

President Obama: WARREN

BUFFETT LIKENED THE FAULT TO

A NUCLEAR BOMB, A WEAPON TOO

HORRIBLE TO USE.

Reporter: MEANWHILE NEW

CHARGES FROM CONSERVATIVES

THAT DEMOCRATS AND THE

REPUBLICANS ARE PLAYING

POLITICS WITH THE SHUTDOWN.

62% OF AMERICANS SAY

REPUBLICANS ARE MOSTLY

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE

SHUTDOWN.

GARY LANE, CBN NEWS.

Mark: THIS AFTERNOON,

THE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

REOPENED FOR WHAT IS BEING

CALLED FIRST AMENDMENT

ACTIVITIES, THAT AFTER THE

AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND

JUSTICE THREATENED A

LAWSUIT.

PRESIDENT OBAMA NOMINATED A

NEW FED CHIEF, JANET YELLEN

IS NOW THE NEW CHAIRMAN.

YELLEN HELPED BERNANKE CRACK

THE POLICIES MANY ANALYSTS

SAY HELPED SAVE THE BANKING

SEMIBANKING SYSTEM AFTER

THE 2008 FINANCIAL

COLLAPSE.

SHE IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE

THEM IF CONFIRMED BY THE

SENATE.

BUT SHE MAY FACE A TOUGH

CONFIRMATION BATTLE.

SOME CRITICS BELIEVE THOSE

POLICIES HAVE RAISED THE

RISK OF INFLATION.

IF CONFIRMED, SHE WILL BE

THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD A

CENTRAL BANK ANYWHERE IN THE

WORLD.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS

SET TO SLASH HUNDREDS OF

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN

MILITARY AND ECONOMIC AID TO

EGYPT.

WHEN THE RADICAL MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD CAME TO POWER,

THE WHITE HOUSE KEPT THE

MONEY FLOWING.

BUT NOW U.S. OFFICIALS SAY

THE ADMINISTRATION WILL CUT

AID TO EGYPT'S CURRENT

MILITARY GOVERNMENT.

THE MILITARY OUSTED MO OUST

MOHAMMED MORSI'S GOVERNMENT

IN JUNE.

THE CUT AID TO EGYPT WILL

LIKELY HAVE PROFOUND

IMPLICATIONS FOR THE

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE

U.S. AND EGYPT.

THAT RELATIONSHIP HAS HELPED

PROVIDE SECURITY AND

STABILITY IN THE MIDDLE

EAST. FOR MORE ON THIS, WE

TURN TO ERICK STAKELBECK.

HE JOINS US FROM OUR D.C.

BUREAU.

ERICK, DO YOU THINK THE U.S.

SHOULD CUT AID TO EGYPT?

NO, MARK, I THINK THIS

WOULD BE A MAJOR, MAJOR

MISTAKE.

THE TIME WE SHOULD HAVE CUT

AID WAS WHEN MOHAMMED MORSI

AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

WERE IN POWER.

THIS SENDS EXACTLY THE WRONG

MESSAGE, MARK, TO

PARTICULARLY EGYPTIANS.

LOOK, I RECENTLY MET WITH

SOME HIGH-RANKING EGYPT

OFFICIALS HERE IN THE

STATES, DURING THE U.N.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND THEY

TOLD ME THE EGYPTIAN PUBLIC

RIGHT NOW HAS A HORRIBLE

VIEW OF THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION.

THE MESSAGE THE EGYPTIAN

PUBLIC IS GETTING, THE

EGYPTIAN PEOPLE, WHO WERE

OUT IN THE STREETS IN

DROVES, MARK, MILLIONS OF

THEM AGAINST THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD BACK IN JULY AND

AUGUST, AND THE MESSAGE THEY

GET FROM THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION IS, HEY, WE

SUPPORT THE BROTHERHOOD AND

WE WANT MORSI BACK.

THAT'S THE MESSAGE THE

EGYPTIAN PEOPLE WILL TAKE IF

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

CUTS AID TO THIS NEW

EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT.

Mark: IF TAKING AWAY

AID MEANS TAKING AWAY

SECURITY, DOES THAT OPEN THE

DOOR FOR TERRORISTS IN THE

REGION?

MARK, ABSOLUTELY.

LOOK, THE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD, WE'RE SEEING IT

RIGHT NOW PLAY OUT BEFORE

OUR EYES.

THEY ARE NOT GOING QUIETLY.

THIS IS A TERRORIST GROUP TO

ITS CORE.

THEY AREN'T ACCEPTING

MORSI'S OUSTER LYING DOWN.

I HAVE FEARS, MARK, AND WE

TALKED ABOUT IT HERE ON

"NEWSWATCH," ABOUT THE

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND THE

RADICAL ISLAMISTS ALLIES,

TARGETING TH THE SUEZ

CANAL, AND LAUNCHING

ATTACKS, AND SO THERE IS A

LOT OF POTENTIAL HERE FOR

THINGS TO GET REALLY OUT OF

HAND IN EGYPT, AND THEY'RE

ALREADY OUT OF HAND.

Mark: YOU'RE BOOK, THE

BROTHERHOOD, TALKS ABOUT THE

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, AND

LATELY THE GROUP HAS SEEN

SOME SETBACKS IN EGYPT -- DO

YOU THINK THE CRACKDOWN IS

SOMEWHAT WORKING?

I SPOKE TO AN EGYPTIAN

OFFICIAL JUST A WEEK AGO WHO

TOLD ME, LOOK, WE HAVE A

PRETTY GOOD HANDLE ON THE

BROTHERHOOD, BUT THEY ARE

STILL CONCERNED ABOUT THE

SINAI PENINSULA, IN

PARTICULAR THE NORTHERN HALF

OF EGYPT'S

BOKO HARAM HAS KILLED MORE

THAN 2,000 NIGERIA

CHRISTIANS IN RECENT YEARS.

ABILA ABDAMA WAS AMONG THOSE

TARGETED.

MILITANT ISLAMISTS SHOT HIM

IN THE FACE LAST YEAR, BUT

HE SURVIVED THE ATTEMPTED

MURDER.

GARY LANE SPOKE WITH HIM

ABOUT HIS ORDEAL.

ONE OF THEM NOW ORDERED

ME TO DENY MY FAITH IN ORDER

TO SURVIVE.

AND I TOLD THEM THAT I WILL

NOT DENY MY FAITH.

I'M READY TO DIE AS A

CHRISTIAN.

BEFORE I CLOSED MY MOUTH,

ONE OF THEM FIRED ME WITH

AK-47s.

Mark: TO SEE THE REST

OF THAT INTERVIEW, VISIT

thegloballaneblog THE

SUPREME COURT IN THE UNITED

KING DOKINGDOM THAT CBN

NEWS HAS BEEN FOLLOWING FROM

THE BEGINNING.

THEY OWN A BED AND

BREAKFAST.

BRITISH COURTS HAVE FINED

THEM ALMOST $6,000 BECAUSE

THEY WOULD NOT RENT A ROOM

TO A GAY COUPLE.

NOW THEY'RE FIGHTING ONE

LAST TIME FOR THEIR RIGHTS,

AND PETER WOODING HAS THEIR

STORY.

Reporter: THE OWNERS OF

A GUEST HOUSE IN CORNWALL ON

THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF

ENGLAND ARE FACING LEGAL

ACTION FOR REFUSING A DOUBLE

ROOM FOR A GAY COUPLE.

YOU CAN GET A GOOD

HOME-COOKED ENGLISH

BREAKFAST HERE AND ENJOY THE

VIEWS.

BUT IF YOU'RE UNMARRIED, MR.

AND MRS. BOLL INSIST YOU

SLEEP IN SEPARATE ROOMS.

THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE

DEVOUT CHRISTIANS WHO

BELIEVE IN TAKING A FIRM

STAND FOR THEIR BELIEFS.

BUT THEY TOLD CBN NEWS THEY

WOULD HAVE HAPPILY HAVE

OFFERED SINGLE-BED

ACCOMODATIONS FOR THE

HOMOSEXUAL COUPLE.

BEING CHRISTIANS, WE

BELIEVE THAT IT'S A MORAL

DUTY TO OUR LORD TO CARRY

OUT HIS WISHES, TO CARRY OUT

WHAT HE WANTS.

WE TRY TO BE FAIR IN

EVERYTHING WE DO.

IT IS JUST OUR RESPECT FOR

MARRIED RIGHTS.

Reporter: THE BOLLIES

SAID THEY CAN'T BELIEVE IN A

CHRISTIAN COUNTRY THEY'RE

FACING LEGAL ACTION SIMPLY

FOR STANDING UP FOR THEIR

BELIEFS.

WE IMAGINED IN A

SO-CALLED CHRISTIAN COUNTRY

THAT WE WOULD HAVE THE

FREEDOM TO PRACTICE OUR

BELIEFS.

THE SAME AS MANY OTHER

RELIGIONS ARE PROTECTED.

Reporter: BUT THE

LAWYER FOR THE BOLLS SAYS

THIS ISN'T EVEN AN ISOLATED

CASE, AS A ANOTHER CHRISTIAN

COUPLE IS FACING SIMILAR

CONSEQUENCES FOR TAKING A

MORAL STAND AT THEIR GUEST

HOUSE.

ELLIS SAYS HE IS HELPING THE

BOLLS ALSO FIGHT FOR THEIR

HUMAN RIGHTS.

THE HUMAN RIGHTS

GUARANTEES EVERYONE THE

FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

AND IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO

MANIFEST THAT BELIEF IN

ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR

PRESENT CONVICTIONS, AND

THEREFORE THEY HAVE THE

RIGHT NOT TO CHOOSE TO

ENDORSE OR ENCOURAGE MATTERS

WHICH THEY CONSIDER TO BE

WRONG ACCORDING TO BIBLICAL

PRINCIPLES.

Reporter: MORE MAY BE

AT STAKE THAN THE RIGHTS OF

THESE BED AND BREAKFAST

OWNERS.

THIS BATTLE, HOMOSEXUAL

RIGHTS, VERSES THE

TRADITIONAL RIGHTS TO

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ARE

NOTHING NEW.

BUT THE COURT RULINGS COULD

BE PRECEDENT SETTING.

WILL THE U.K. ALLOW

CHRISTIANS TO FREELY EXPRESS

THEIR BELIEFS, OR WILL THEY

FORCE THEM TO EMBRACE

STATE-IMPOSED SECULARISM.

PETER WOODING, CORNWALL,

ENGLAND.

Mark: SINCE THEY WERE

SUED, THE BOLLS HAVE FACED

DEATH THREATS AND HAVE EVEN

HAD THEIR WEBSITE HACKED AND

REPLACED WITH PORNOGRAPHY.

ALL OF THIS HAS TAKEN A TOLL

AND THEY PUT THEIR BUSINESS

UP FOR SALE.

COMING UP, WHILE SOME

CALIFORNIA CONSERVATIVES ARE

TRYING TO REVERSE A LAW ON

TRANSGENDERS IN PUBLIC

SCHOOLS.

Mark: CONSERVATIVE

GROUPS IN CALIFORNIA ARE

TRYING TO PREVENT A NEW LAW

FROM GOING INTO EFFECT.

THE MEASURE ALLOWS

TRANSGENDER STUDENTS TO USE

BOYS AND GIRLS' BATHROOMS.

SUPPORTERS SAY IT PROTECTS

KIDS, BUT OPPONENTS ARGUE IT

IS A CASE OF THE STATE

INDOCTRINATING STUDENTS.

DAVID BRODY BRINGS US THE

STORY FROM SACRAMENTO.

David: CALIFORNIA

ISN'T EXACTLY KNOWN AS THE

CONSERVATIVE STRONGHOLD, AND

NOW LIBERAL LAWMAKERS ARE

PUSHING EVEN FURTHER.

DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR JERRY

BROWN JUST SIGNED A LAW

STATING THAT TRANSGENDER

STUDENTS CAN CHOOSE WHICH

RESTROOM THEY WANT TO USE,

AND WHETHER THEY WANT TO

PLAYBOYS OR GIRLS' SPORTS.

L.A. AND SAN FRANCISCO

ALREADY TOOK THIS ACTION,

BUT IT IS THE FIRST TIME A

TRANSGENDER LAW LIKE THIS

MADE IT TO THE STATE LEVEL.

IT IS ALL CLOAKED UNDER THE

GUISE OF FAIRNESSMENT.

NO STUDENT CAN LEARN IF

THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO

HIDE WHO THEY ARE AT

SCHOOL.

Reporter: SUPPORTERS

SAY IT IS IMPORTANT THAT

TRANSGENDER STUDENTS FEEL

COMFORTABLE AND NOT

ISOLATED.

IT IS GOING TO TAKE AWAY

THAT EXTRA PRESSURE OF NOT

KNOWING WHERE TO GO AND NOT

KNOWING WHAT CLASSES YOU'RE

GOING TO BE IN, AND NOT

BEING TREATED AS THE SAME AS

ALL OF THE OTHER BOYS OR

GIRLS IN YOUR SCHOOL.

Reporter: THE DEMOCRATS

CONTROL THE STATE CAPITAL

AGENDA HERE IN SACRAMENTO,

BUT THERE IS ONE GUY INSIDE,

ASSEMBLYMAN TIM DONNELLY, A

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN, WHO

HAS SAID HE HAS ENOUGH.

HE IS PULLING HIS KID OUT OF

SCHOOL.

THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NO

LONGER INTERESTED IN

EDUCATION.

THEY HAVE BECOME GOVERNMENT

INDOCTRINATION CENTERS.

Reporter: SO THE

ASSEMBLYMAN FROM SOUTHERN

CALIFORNIA MADE A STRONG

CHOICE.

I PULLED MY 13-YEAR-OLD

SON OUT OF SCHOOL.

HE IS NOT GOING BACK TO THE

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL FOR MORE

OF THIS SOCIAL

INDOCTRINATION.

TO ME, THEY OUGHT TO BE

TALKING ABOUT READING,

WRITING, AND ARITHMETIC, NOT

SEXUAL IDENTITY POLITICS.

Reporter: AND HE IS NOT

THE ONLY ONE WHO FEELS THAT

WAY.

SOCIAL CONSERVATIVE GROUPS

WANT THE LAW STOPPED.

AND IT WILL TAKE HALF A

MILLION SIGNATURES TO LET

CALIFORNIA VOTERS DECIDE THE

LAW'S FATE NEXT NOVEMBER.

IT IS GOING TO REQUIRE

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF

SIGNATURES TO BE GATHERED,

BUT WE CERTAINLY BELIEVE IT

IS SOMETHING THAT THE PEOPLE

OF CALIFORNIA ACROSS THE

IDEOLOGICAL SPECTRUM WANT TO

BE.

I HAVE NEVER SEEN

ANYTHING UNITED PARENTS.

THERE IS A MOVEMENT, AND I'M

CALLING IT PYPARENTS

UNITED."

Reporter: WISCONSIN

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NOW HAS

SOMETHING CALLED "SWITCH IT

UP DAY" WHERE KIDS WEAR

CLOTHING OF THE OPPOSITE

SEX.

IN COLORADO, A FIRST GRADER,

WHO WAS BORN AS A BOY, WON A

COURT CASE AFTER BEING

BANNED FROM THE GIRLS'

RESTROOM AT SCHOOL.

DONNELLY BELIEVES THIS IS

GOING TOO FAR WHEN

STATISTICS SHOW JUST 0.3% OF

PEOPLE ARE TRANSGENDER IN

AMERICA.

YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT

TO VIOLATE THE CIVIL RIGHTS

OF 99% OF THE POPULATION

BECAUSE 1% OF THE POPULATION

IS SUFFERING FROM A

DISORDER.

Reporter: BUT

TRANSGENDER GROUPS WON'T

STOP PUSHING FOR EQUAL

ACCESS, EVEN IF MANY THINK

THEY HAVE GONE TOO FAR.

THIS BILL IS THREE

BRIDGES TOO FAR.

IT IS NOT ONE BRIDGE TOO

FAR.

AND THEY'RE BURNING THE

BRIDGES.

Reporter: DAVID BRODY,

CBN NEWS, IN SACRAMENTO,

CALIFORNIA.

Mark: FOR MORE FROM

DAVID, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK

OUT HIS BLOG AND WEEKLY

SHOW, "THE BRODY FILE."

BOTH ARE AT OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Mark: THE EUROPEAN

COMMISSION WILL BE PROVIDING

ITALY WITH MONEY TO ASSIST

AFRICAN REFUGEES.

IT WILL RECEIVE $30 MILLION

EUROS TO HELP SETTLE AND

RECEIVE SURVIVORS OF THE

MIGRANT BOAT THAT SUNK OFF

THE COAST OF LAMPEDUSA, AND

THE HEAD OF THE COMMISSION

PLEDGED TO IMPLEMENT A

POLICY AND TO STRENGTHEN

BORDER PAROLE TO PREVENT

SIMILAR TRAGEDIES.

ABOUT 500 PEOPLE WERE ON THE

BOAT, AND ONLY 155

SURVIVED.

EVERY DAY THOUSANDS OF

AFRICANS CROWD INTO TINY

BOATS AND SET SAIL FOR

EUROPE IN SEARCH OF A BETTER

LIFE.

BUT LIKE IN THIS MOST RECENT

CASE, MANY NEVER MAKE IT.

AND THOSE WHO DO FACE AN

UNCERTAIN FUTURE.

IN TONIGHT'S FOCUS REPORT,

GEORGE THOMAS BRINGS US THE

STORY OF ONE MAN'S JOURNEY

FROM THE OPEN SEAS TO THE

STREETS OF ROME.

George: ONE HOT SUMMER

IN 2003, JARA ABDUL KAREEM,

ALONG WITH 28 OTHER

AFRICANS, CRAMMED INTO A

30-FOOT BOAT.

THEY KNEW IT WAS GOING TO

BE A VERY HARD JOURNEY.

George: THEY TOOK OFF

FROM THE LIBYAN COASTAL CITY

OF TRIPOLI, HEADING TO

LAMPEDUSA, SOUTH OF ITALY.

WE DIDN'T HAVE FOOD OR

WATER.

PEOPLE DIED ON THE BOAT.

BUT I KNEW THIS WAS MY ONLY

CHANCE TO ESCAPE THE HELL

BACK HOME.

George: THAT HOME WAS

LIFE IN THE WAR-TORN DARFUR

REGION OF SUDAN.

I LEFT DARFUR BECAUSE I

KNEW IF I STAYED THERE, I

WOULD BE KILLED IN THE WAR.

SO I WANTED TO MAKE A NEW

LIFE.

George: THREE DAYS

LATER, HE LANDED HERE, ON

THE SHORES OF LAMPEDUSA, AND

IN A COUPLE OF MONTHS, HE

MADE IT TO THE STREETS OF

ROME.

I JUST WANT TO LIVE A

NORMAL LIFE.

I WANT TO BE HAPPY.

George: GETTING TO

LAMPEDUSA WASN'T EASY.

THE ROUTE IS ONE OF THE MOST

DANGEROUS JOURNEYS IN THE

WORLD.

I WALKED FOR A MONTH,

FROM DARFUR TO A TOWN IN

LIBYA.

I HAD NO PAPERS, NO

DOCUMENTS, AND NO PASSPORT.

I SPENT TWO YEARS IN LIBYA,

WORKING AND SAVING MONEY TO

PAY SOMEONE TO TAKE ME

ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN.

THE JOURNEY TO LAMPEDUSA

IS ONLY THE FINAL PARTS OF

WHAT IS A HORROWING

EXPERIENCE.

George: ANTONIO WORKS

FOR A HUMANITARIAN GROUP

BASED IN ROME, THAT IS

HELPING TO CARE FOR THESE

AFRICAN MIGRANTS.

IT STARTS WITH THEIR TREK

ACROSS THE AFRICAN DESERT,

WHICH CAN TAKE MONTHS.

THEY PAY SMUGGLERS ANYWHERE

FROM $1500 TO $3,000 FOR THE

TRIP, WITH NO GUARANTEES OF

REACHING THEIR DESTINATION.

PEOPLE DIE JUST TRYING TO

CROSS THE DESERT.

George: THE JOURNEY

FROM NORTH AFRICA TO HERE ON

THE SHORES OF ITALY TAKES

ANYWHERE FROM THREE HOURS TO

FIVE DAYS.

AND JUST IN CASE YOU THOUGHT

THERE IS AN EXPERIENCED

CAPTAIN TO NAVIGATE THE HIGH

SEAS, THINK AGAIN.

FIRST OF ALL, THE BOAT

AND SMALL DINGHIES ARE

TOTALLY UNSEA WORTHY.

AND PEOPLE ARE NOT GIVEN

ENOUGH FOOD OR WATER.

AND SOME WHO STEER THE BOATS

HAVE NOR EXPERIENCE.

George: ON A A RESCUE,

THAT PLUCKED 45 STRANDED

PEOPLE ON THE SEA.

THIS PASSENGER ASKED THAT

HER IDENTITY BE PROTECTED.

ON THE THIRD DAY OF OUR

JOURNEY, TWO WOMEN DIED, AND

THIS GOT PEOPLE VERY

SCARED.

THERE WAS A SMALL BOY ON THE

BOAT, AND AS SOON AS THE

WOMEN DIED, HE STARTED TO

CRY.

George: THOSE FORTUNATE

ENOUGH TO SURVIVE THE TRIP

FACE THE HARSH REALITIES OF

A NEW LIFE IN A FOREIGN

LAND.

I JUST GOT HERE A COUPLE

OF DAYS AGO.

I DON'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE.

I DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO

STAY.

AND I NEED TO FIND A JOB.

George: ITALY AND

SEVERAL COUNTRIES CONDUCT

REGULAR SEA PATROLS TO TRY

TO CURB THE NUMBER OF

AFRICAN MIGRANTS COMING TO

EUROPEAN.

MORE SHOULD BE DONE TO

THOSE WHO COMMIT THE CRIME

OF PEOPLE SMUGGLING.

George: BUT MANY

AFRICAN NATIONS AREN'T KEEN

ON STOPPING THE FLOW OF

PEOPLE LEAVING THE

CONTINENT.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS

AFRICAN NATIONS HAVE VERY

LITTLE INCENTIVE TO STOP THE

FLOW OF MIGRANTS COMING TO

EUROPE.

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST

STATISTICS FROM THE UNITED

NATIONS, CLOSE TO

$38 BILLION SENT TO EUROPE

TO AFRICA, FROM AFRICANS

WORKING ABECAUSE.

I SEND MONEY HOME TO MY

MONEY.

THEY ARE POOR AND NEED ALL

OF THE MONEY THEY CAN GET.

George: KAREEM IS NOW

WORKING WITH A GROUP THAT IS

HELPING OTHERS LIKE HIM, TO

ADJUST TO LIFE IN THIS

COUNTRY.

MY DREAM IS TO GET

MARRIED, HAVE A FAMILYMENT

AND IF I GET MORE THAN I

NEED, I WOULD LIKE TO HELP

PEOPLE BACK IN DARFUR.

George: KAREEM IS

GRATEFUL TO BE ALIVE.

NEVER A WEEK GOES BY WITHOUT

NEWS OF ANOTHER ATTACK IN

DARFUR.

DESPITE THE DANGERS OF THE

FLOW OF AFRICAN MIGRANTS, IT

CONTINUES AS EVER.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

ROME.

Mark: UP NEXT, HOW ONE

7-YEAR-OLD USED HIS OWN

BIRTHDAY TO HELP OTHERS IN

NEED.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

ONE 7-YEAR-OLD FROM IDAHO IS

CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY IN

A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT WAY

THIS YEAR.

NATE DRESSED UP LIKE HIS

FAVORITE "DUCK DYNASTY"

HERO, UNCLE SI, AND THEN

MADE A VIDEO ASKING FOR NEW

SHOES FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.

BUT THE SHOES HE WANTS

AREN'T FOR HIMSELF.

THEY ARE FOR FOSTER

KIDS.

I MOSTLY NEED TODDLER

SHOES.

HE THOUGHT OF SOMETHING

HE WOULD LIKE, AND KNEW

OTHER KIDS WOULD LIKE THAT.

AND HE THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT

THOSE KIDS WOULD WANT.

Mark: WHAT A GREAT

KID.

THE POSITIVE RESPONSE TO

NATE'S VIDEO HAS BEEN

OVERWHELMING.

SO FAR HE HAS RECEIVED MORE

THAN 150 PAIRS OF SHOES FOR

CHILDREN IN NEED.

THAT YOUNG TO ALREADY HAVE

THE HEART OF A GIVER, THAT'S

GREAT.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

OF "NEWSWATCH," REMEMBER YOU

CAN E-MAIL YOUR COMMENTS AND

QUESTIONS AT

NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT

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