Africa Briefs

World Bank link to ‘cultural genocide’ of Kenya’s Sengwer people

World Bank link to ‘cultural genocide’ of Kenya’s Sengwer people

| October 2, 2014

(GIN)–Leaked documents seen by the Guardian newspaper of London reveal that the World Bank ignored an inspection report that detailed violations of the Bank’s own policies, permitting the burning of homes and forcible eviction of approximately 1,000 Sengwer people from their ancestral lands in Kenya’s Embobut forest. The forced evictions were described as “cultural genocide” […]

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If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

| October 1, 2014

(GIN)–An observer to a recent U.N. emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak counted the seemingly sincere promises of help by government after government yet a pledge to airlift stricken African doctors and health workers to restorative health facilities was nowhere in the discussion. “Despite all of the rhetoric seemingly laced with care and concern for […]

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Fellowship Missionary Church to host art exhibition, silent auction in conjunction with Fort-4-Fitness

| September 26, 2014

Proceeds to benefit Congo through FMC’s partnership with World Relief FORT WAYNE—Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 East Tillman Road, is scheduled to host a Pieces-4-Peace art exhibition, entitled Making Peace Personal, in conjunction with the Fort-4-Fitness marathon event, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 27. All items in the show will be available for purchase […]

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Report finds gender-based violence ‘too costly to ignore’

Report finds gender-based violence ‘too costly to ignore’

| September 25, 2014

(GIN)–On the heels of the Ray Rice scandal in the U.S., a new report by the accounting firm KPMG says that violence against women in South Africa costs the country between $2 and $4 billion yearly. The lost funds could pay wage subsidies for all unemployed youths, build half a million houses, or give healthcare […]

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Strip mines, pollution, de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread

Strip mines, pollution, de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread

| September 24, 2014

(GIN)–Pits in the ground from mining, forests stripped of trees, and water poisoned by toxic materials are among the lesser known culprits in the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease. In less than a year’s time, the virus has migrated from its “reservoir” in fruit bats to humans who may have supplemented their diets […]

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Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

| September 24, 2014

(GIN)–New York streets were overflowing on Sunday with hand-made posters, buttons, baby carriages, bicycles, musical bands and nearly 400,000 marchers demanding an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas that are creating havoc for the environment in the U.S., Africa and most of the world. Marchers came by […]

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U.S. millions committed for Ebola, but ‘paltry’ 25 beds yet to arrive

U.S. millions committed for Ebola, but ‘paltry’ 25 beds yet to arrive

| September 18, 2014

(GIN)–Between $100- and $180 million have been committed to the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa–an amount considered way too little and reaching the needy way too slowly. A 25 bed unit pledged by the Pentagon for Liberia, noted the international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), would treat only health care workers, not […]

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More bodies pulled from sea after migrant boat rammed

More bodies pulled from sea after migrant boat rammed

| September 17, 2014

(GIN)–About 500 refugees are feared dead after their vessel was rammed by traffickers in icy Mediterranean waters, according to two Palestinians who survived the ordeal. The boat had been carrying Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese, including women and children, according to reports, and had departed from Egypt early this month. It was the second sinking […]

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Disappointment runs deep as ‘Blade Runner’ walks free

Disappointment runs deep as ‘Blade Runner’ walks free

| September 16, 2014

(GIN)–The upset decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa that found Olympian Oscar Pistorius not guilty for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp stunned South Africans who had been glued to the trial since the gavel first pounded the court to order last March. Saying that Pistorius’s defense could “reasonably possibly be true,” Judge Masipa lifted […]

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Oil buyers flee Nigeria, leaving toxic spill cleanup

Oil buyers flee Nigeria, leaving toxic spill cleanup

| September 11, 2014

(GIN)—Angola’s crude oil is proving sweet to U.S. buyers who are snapping it up as fast as they are dropping purchases from Nigeria, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Breaking a 40-year record, crude oil exports from Angola to the U.S. are averaging around 116,000 barrels per day (bpd) since […]

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