Africa Briefs

Boko Haram in daring kidnap as Obama meets with African youth

Boko Haram in daring kidnap as Obama meets with African youth

| July 29, 2014

(GIN)—Militants appear to be gaining the upper hand in West Africa’s spreading ethnic/religious fighting. This week, insurgents with Nigeria’s Boko Haram launched a cross-border attack on Kolofata, a town in neighboring Cameroon, kidnapping the wife of Amadou Ali, the vice-prime minister, and killing at least three people. It was their third incursion into Cameroon just […]

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Acclaimed young Kenyan writer takes top literary prize

Acclaimed young Kenyan writer takes top literary prize

| July 25, 2014

(GIN)—Nairobi-based author Okwiri Oduor was the highly-acclaimed winner of this year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African writing. The much-awaited selection was announced last week in Oxford, England. The award carries a prize of 10,000 British pounds (about $17,000) for the 25-year-old Kenyan who was among the top five writers shortlisted for the prize. Oduor’s story—“My […]

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Niger jails protesters asking to see French mining contract details

Niger jails protesters asking to see French mining contract details

| July 25, 2014

(GIN)—Niger activists planning peaceful demonstrations during a recent visit of French President Francois Hollande found themselves in custody after police raided homes including that of Ali Idrissa, national coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition. The protestors were demanding to see the terms of a new uranium extraction contract between Niger and the French […]

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Girl Summit to take up Ethiopian ‘maid trade,’ child brides

Girl Summit to take up Ethiopian ‘maid trade,’ child brides

| July 24, 2014

(GIN)—At an upcoming “Girl Summit” this week in London, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will speak out against a growing trend of young girls pushed to marry at 14 and then swiftly divorced, trapped in a cycle of child labor in order to send money to their parents in Ethiopia. The UK-based ODI will warn […]

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Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

| July 23, 2014

(GIN)–A Pakistani teen who survived certain death from a terrorist’s gunshot to her face has met with the mothers of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by elements of the group Boko Haram. On the first leg of a three day visit, Malala Yousafzai, now 17, and her father, Ziauddin, spoke with some of the mothers, telling them […]

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Moment of silence for air crash victims at AIDS confab

Moment of silence for air crash victims at AIDS confab

| July 23, 2014

(GIN)—The AIDS activist community shared a moment of silence this week in remembrance of the six leaders in AIDS research who perished recently in an aircraft explosion. Among the dead was Joep Lange, a leading expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy and once called “the father of AIDS research” in developing countries. Former […]

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Mandela’s last days recalled in ‘assisted dying’ debate

Mandela’s last days recalled in ‘assisted dying’ debate

| July 22, 2014

(GIN)–A contentious debate will take place recently in England’s House of Lords on a subject close to the heart of Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, now an outspoken advocate for a dignified death at life’s end – something he fears was denied to his best friend and collaborator for human rights–Nelson Mandela. Tutu, […]

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Survivors of ‘Biafra War’ in new push for reparations

Survivors of ‘Biafra War’ in new push for reparations

| July 15, 2014

(GIN)–Survivors of the Nigerian civil war that raged for three years and whose horror was captured in unforgettable photographic images that shocked the world have renewed their demand for compensation for the suffering of those years. Ndigbos, a socio-cultural Igbo group, were cut down in a brutal war that followed years of political wrangling among […]

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Wife of vice president meets with Congo’s sexual violence survivors

Wife of vice president meets with Congo’s sexual violence survivors

| July 13, 2014

Courtesy of GIN BUKAVU, Congo (AP)—In a three-nation tour of the continent, Jill Biden, the wife of the U.S. vice president, met this week with survivors of sexual violence in the eastern Congo. It was her third tour to Africa since her husband Joe Biden became vice president in 2009. A teacher of English at […]

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South African strike at U.S. car factory gains international support

South African strike at U.S. car factory gains international support

| July 12, 2014

(GIN)—General Motors South Africa has shut down its plant in Port Elizabeth where some 200,000 members of the NUMSA trade union are demanding a 12 percent pay hike. Support for the union walkout has poured in from the UK, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Namibia, Swaziland and the machinist workers union in Upper Marlboro, Md in […]

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