Africa Briefs

Soccer star weeps over racist jeers in Serbian stadium

Soccer star weeps over racist jeers in Serbian stadium

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—A Brazilian midfielder was subjected to monkey chants and jeers from the stands of the Stadion Karlj etar Prvi in Serbia—just months after an anti-racism taskforce was disbanded by order of the soccer federation FIFA. Everton Luiz left the field in tears on Sunday after he was racially abused by sections of a rival team’s […]

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Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

Civil war blamed for starvation, faming looming in South Sudan

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—The government of South Sudan and the United Nations are reporting that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine. The announcement comes as international aid agencies are overwhelmed by catastrophes unfolding in four countries. There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but […]

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Deposed head of ‘Shelter Afrique’ leaves all-African housing dream in disarray

Deposed head of ‘Shelter Afrique’ leaves all-African housing dream in disarray

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—The cry for affordable housing can be heard from coast to coast in U.S. cities but it’s hardly a match for the impending crisis in Africa where the movement of people from rural areas to urban cities has experts warning that hundreds of millions of people will be seeking affordable shelter in a decade or […]

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New Somali president boosts hopes for long-awaited stability

New Somali president boosts hopes for long-awaited stability

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—The election of Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia’s next president has inspired optimism for the future of Somalia. The stage seemed set for a ceremonial rubber-stamping of the status quo. Some of the new parliamentarians, many of who came through a corrupt process supported by domestic and foreign elements, arrived late and, at times, act […]

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Media under gun for reporting actual facts

Media under gun for reporting actual facts

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—A “tweet storm” coming from the nation’s White House is pummeling reporters, editors and publishers who have been standing up for “real facts” not “alternative facts” in their coverage of the current administration. Similarly, media workers in the Ivory Coast are facing harsh punishment for what the government calls “spreading false information” about a mutiny […]

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Radio still dynamic medium in 21st century says U.N. on World Radio Day

Radio still dynamic medium in 21st century says U.N. on World Radio Day

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—Since its invention in 1895, the radio just won’t sit still. From a big box with lights, bulbs and dials, to a portable unit small enough for one’s pocket, to an app, to a unit you can set up at home, the radio has changed its look but continues to have a singular role as […]

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Tension mounts as Kenyan doctors jailed in labor dispute

Tension mounts as Kenyan doctors jailed in labor dispute

| February 14, 2017

(GIN)—Seven doctors leading a strike of public sector medical professionals were hauled off to jail as talks collapsed to end a four year running labor dispute. More than 5,000 workers are honoring the strike which began Dec. 5. The Kenyan Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union has been calling on government to honor a wage […]

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New U.S. administration considers ending ‘conflict minerals’ ban

New U.S. administration considers ending ‘conflict minerals’ ban

| February 7, 2017

(GIN)—A rule requiring public companies to report their use of so-called “conflict minerals”  from Congo may soon be eliminated. The change under review by the Securities and Exchange Commission could benefit the armed groups that control many of the small mines and provide cover to multinational corporations who buy the resources often at cut rate […]

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Opposition loses key figure in passing of Etienne Tshisekedi

Opposition loses key figure in passing of Etienne Tshisekedi

| February 7, 2017

(GIN)—Etienne Tshisekedi, a popular leader of the Congolese opposition, was a crusading voice for political pluralism and democracy in the Congo. He passed last week in a hospital in Brussels where reportedly he had been treated for a pulmonary embolism. After a previous hospital stay in Belgium for two years, Tshisekedi returned to the DRC […]

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Amidst chaos at U.S. airports, Congolese family brought to safety

Amidst chaos at U.S. airports, Congolese family brought to safety

| February 7, 2017

(GIN)—After years in a refugee camp under assault by rebel gunmen, a Congolese family this week found themselves passing through U.S. customs and on to safety and a better life, thanks to the work of a church-based organization that would bring them to upstate New York. The hopes and dreams of the family of six […]

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