19 February 2015

New stamp on UNICEF



Date of Issue  : 5 February 2015

Here is a beautiful stamp issued on UNICEF. The design of the stamp is excellent.  Magyar Posta has issued a special stamp to welcome UNICEF operating in Hungary for forty years. On the stamp design a graphic work entitled “Children’s Tree” can be seen, while on the first day cover the main aims of UNICEF are displayed. The stamp was released on 5 February 2015.



In the history of mankind World War II was the greatest armed conflict, in which 70 nations took part and more than 62 million civilians and soldiers died. Among the survivors there were millions of orphaned and severely traumatised children. In that world the victorious and the defeated both were in need of support.

Maurice Pate – who later became the first Executive Director of UNICEF – wrote the following to the US Secretary of State in his letter: “I need 100 million dollars to give 6 million children a glass of milk and a piece of bread.” UNICEF was launched with this sentence. Its aim was to help freezing, starving and sick children, including Hungarian children, in post-war Europe.

However, following foundation they had to face the fact that it is not only wars that cause pain to children. All children in the world must receive the fundamental rights they are entitled to: the right to protection, health, education and equality. In 1965 UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “the promotion of brotherhood among the nations”. UNICEF fights for these rights in Hungary as well.

According to global surveys there are between 500 million and 1.5 billion children who have suffered from some sort of violence. According to some estimates every tenth child is affected by violence in Hungary. UNICEF believes that child abuse could be prevented completely, and all children exposed to danger have the right to protection and must be given appropriate assistance. UNICEF launches campaigns in Hungary to help both adults and children understand children’s rights.

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New stationeries (envelopes) from Germany


On March 8th 2015  two different stationeries (envelopes) will be issued in Neuwied by the Philatelic Collector Group of Neuwied. One of the envelopes is featuring on left side, a Seriema (Dicholophus cristatus), extinct in Brazil and the second one features two Pataxo-Indians from the state of Bahia (Brazil).


Interested philatelists may please contact: Wolfgang Beyer,member of the German Philatelic Collector

Group ARGE BRAZIL. The envelopes are available unused and with pictorial postmark.

Mail: Wolfgang.beyer1@aol.de .

Courtesy: Mr. Jürgen Glahe´, Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group Neuwied.


Threatened Pataxo Indian Tribe of Brazil Celebrates Supreme Court Decision


The Pataxo Ha-Ha-Hae Indian tribe, residing in Brazil, has been allowed by a Supreme Court verdict to live undisturbed in their area. The court has asked the ranchers illegally occupying the area and their indigenous territory to leave the region.

The decision by Brazil's Supreme Court came after a long judicial battle, the Survival International organisation informed. For decades, the Pataxo of Bahia state has been subjected to violent conflict by the ranchers and other poachers illegally occupying the area.

They have been pushing to be able to live undisturbed on their ancestral land, a right guaranteed to them by Brazil's constitution and by international law. According to Survival International, State Deputy Padre Ton emphasised that this land is for the Indians, "chased away and evicted by the violence they suffered".

The history of the colonisation of Bahia's southern region is a tragic tale of tremendous violence exerted against the Indian inhabitants.Time and again the indigenous groups residing in the region have been subjected to threats, affronts, challenges and aggressions of hired thugs.

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