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Amanda Liberty is a 33-year-old British woman who has developed a bizarre attraction to objects has fallen in love with her chandelier and has even proposed to the thing.
According to report, Amanda Liberty, A ‘Objectum Sexual’ from Leeds, claims she fell in love at first sight after seeing the chandelier listed on eBay last year.
She bought the light fitting – now affectionately called Lumiere – from the seller in Germany for £400, and it arrived six days later. Now, she regularly showers Lumiere with cuddles and kisses, even proposing on Valentine’s Day and presenting the light with an engagement ring.
‘Last Valentine’s Day I proposed to her, to signify our long-lasting love,’ Amanda said. ‘I hope at some point we will have a commitment ceremony. I haven’t been engaged before, so it’s very new and exciting!’
However, rather scandalously, Amanda goes to bed with a completely different chandelier – a smaller and thinner one called Jewel.
But she insists that she is in an open relationship with all 25 (!) of her chandeliers, and that they’re all genuinely happy with the arrangement.
‘None of my chandeliers are jealous of each other,’ Amanda said. ‘They understand that I love them all for their different personalities. ‘For example, I love kissing and cuddling Lumiere, but I sleep with Jewel every night as she is portable and very nice to cuddle.’
Amanda first realised she was sexually attracted to objects when she fell in love with a drum kit at the age of 14.
Then, on a trip to the US years later, she fell in love with the Statue of Liberty – whom she affectionately calls ‘Libby’.
After this whirlwind romance, she changed her own last name to ‘Liberty’ in 2010 by Deed Poll. ‘I’ve always loved the look of chandeliers and when I saw my first chandelier, Luna, it was love at first sight,’ she said. ‘You can’t control who you fall in love with and things just went from there.’
Amanda claims her feelings are totally natural, and that she can ‘sense the energy’ coming from the chandeliers and other inanimate objects.
She said: ‘I want others to see how happy the chandeliers make me, and how much they’ve enriched my life. ‘I’m not hurting anyone by entering into a relationship with them. I am simply just following my heart.’
More than 70 million displaced worldwide, says UNHCR
The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year – the highest number in the UN refugee agency’s almost 70 years.
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The almost 70.8 million people forcibly displaced is up 2.3 million on the previous year, according to the agency’s annual Global Trends report.
This is also double the level recorded 20 years ago.
The number averaged out to 37,000 new displacements every day.
“What we are seeing in these figures is further confirmation of a longer-term rising trend in the number of people needing safety from war, conflict and persecution,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.
“While language around refugees and migrants is often divisive, we are also witnessing an outpouring of generosity and solidarity, especially by communities who are themselves hosting large numbers of refugees.
The actual figure is likely to be higher as the Venezuela crisis is only partly reflected, the report states.
Around four million Venezuelans have fled their country, according to some figures from countries taking them in, making it one of the world’s biggest recent displacement crises.
The report identifies three main groups.
Firstly, there are refugees, or people forced to leave their country because of conflict, war or persecution. In 2018, the number of refugees reached 25.9 million worldwide, 500,000 more than in 2017. Included in this total are 5.5 million Palestine refugees.
The second group is 3.5 million asylum seekers. These are people outside their country of birth who are under international protection, but are yet to be granted refugee status.
Thirdly, there are internally displaced persons, or IDPs. These people are displaced within their country and amount to 41.3 million globally.
More than two thirds of all refugees worldwide came from Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.
Syria had a considerably higher number than any other country with 6.7 million, followed by Afghanistan with 2.7 million.
Only 92,400 refugees were resettled in 2018, fewer than 7% of those awaiting resettlement.
The global population of forcibly displaced people has grown substantially from 43.3 million in 2009. Most of this increase was between 2012 and 2015 as a result of the Syrian conflict.
However, other conflicts have cropped up and continued across the globe, for example, in Iraq and Yemen in the Middle East, as well as parts of sub-Saharan Africa such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan.
The massive flow of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh at the end of 2017 after they were driven out of Myanmar’s Rakhine state during military crackdowns was another major crisis.
At more than 1.5 million, Ethiopians were the largest newly displaced population in 2018, 98% of them internally, more than doubling the previous number.
These were mainly attributed to inter-communal violence throughout 2018, with communities living along disputed boundaries most affected.
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