Africa Briefs

Gentrication roils Cape Town, resistance grows

Gentrication roils Cape Town, resistance grows

(GIN)—Banners are going up in South Africa’s second city with the message “Reclaim the City” as residents demand an end to gentrification. With a shortage of affordable housing, a group of Cape Town residents have occupied a large, empty building which once housed hospital workers. “We’re into our second month now,” says Sheila Madikane, a […]

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Black feminist festival stirs outrage over black-only program

Black feminist festival stirs outrage over black-only program

(GIN)—An “Afro-feminist” event has come under fierce fire from racist and anti-racist organizations who say that its upcoming affair, planned for Paris this summer, is anti-white, discriminatory or at best a mistake. Even some of their traditional allies such as SOS Racisme have piled on against the Nyansapo Festival. Socialist Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo […]

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Unpleasant suprise unveiled for west Africans in U.S.—you’re deported

Unpleasant suprise unveiled for west Africans in U.S.—you’re deported

(GIN)—Ghanaians who have overstayed their U.S. visas are facing a new Trump administration push to deport hundreds or thousands of Africans including those from countries stricken by the Ebola epidemic in 2014. That was the message from the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Robert Jackson, in an interview with Ghana’s Starr FM Online earlier this year. […]

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Nigeria’s abducted girls reunited with parents at last

Nigeria’s abducted girls reunited with parents at last

(GIN)—Weeping, sobbing, embracing, singing – the abducted girls from Chibok, Nigeria, were finally reunited with their mothers, fathers, and other relatives after three years in Boko Haram captivity. The girls were freed from captivity on May 7 after negotiations between the Nigerian government and the extremist group and a swap of 82 girls for five […]

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Nigeria’s five wealthiest men could end poverty in that country—OXFAM

Nigeria’s five wealthiest men could end poverty in that country—OXFAM

(GIN)—A new report by the anti-poverty group Oxfam International paints a devastating picture of economic inequality, finding that the combined wealth of five of the richest Nigerians—put at $29.9 billion—could end extreme poverty in their country yet millions face starvation in the country’s north east with no relief in sight. The report, “Inequality in Nigeria” […]

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Malian ‘cardinal of peace’ is elevated by pope

Malian ‘cardinal of peace’ is elevated by pope

(GIN)—Bishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, is one of five men from four continents elevated by Pope Francis to the College of Cardinals. The move continues the pope’s practice of adding men from the peripheries of the Catholic word to the body that will elect his successor. In choosing the five clerics, the Argentine pope […]

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Orders to release white farmers accused in murder of black boy sparks riot

Orders to release white farmers accused in murder of black boy sparks riot

(GIN)—Two South African white farmers accused of causing the death of a 16 year old black teen accused of stealing sunflowers were granted bail and released, sparking a wave of protests that were met with police violence. Anger erupted in the maize producing town of Coligny, North West, after residents learned of the decision on […]

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In Nigeria, dozens of kidnapped girls freed in Boko Haram swap

In Nigeria, dozens of kidnapped girls freed in Boko Haram swap

p(GIN)—Boko Haram militants who used kidnappings, bombings and the torching of whole villages during an eight-year insurgency in northern Nigeria, this week released 82 of nearly 300 schoolgirls taken in a brazen late-night raid at a government secondary school in April 2014. The girls were released in exchange for six Boko Haram fighters held by […]

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Feud erupts over Ethiopian in race for top post at world health body

Feud erupts over Ethiopian in race for top post at world health body

(GIN)—As member states are preparing to vote for one of three final candidates seeking the top position at the World Health Organization, Ethiopians on social media are battling it out with government over the nomination of a well-funded candidate for the top spot. In the official bio of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, he is a visionary […]

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Gambian to head new peace, justice goup

Gambian to head new peace, justice goup

(GIN)—The former head of Greenpeace Africa took the opportunity of the climate march in Washington last weekend to announce that “Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity”—a new Africa-wide social movement focused on climate change—will be officially launched on African Liberation Day—May 25. “It’s a terrible injustice that even though we the people of Africa […]

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