Africa Briefs

Video of police beating black soldier sparks protest by Israel’s Ethiopian Jews

Video of police beating black soldier sparks protest by Israel’s Ethiopian Jews

(GIN)–A video that caught an Israeli police officer and a volunteer shoving and punching a black soldier in uniform outraged members of the Ethiopian Jewish community and set off a clash May 3 between Ethiopian Jews and police in central Tel Aviv. Thousands took part in the Sunday protest over the incident including many non-Ethiopian […]

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Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

| April 28, 2015

(GIN)–Nigeria’s president-elect is already making waves with his pledge to attack corruption, starting with the missing $20 billion allegedly swiped from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during the previous administration. Muhammadu Buhari pledged to pursue the claim of former Central Bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, who was suspended last year by former president Goodluck Jonathan after […]

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Race-based discrimination ‘fostered in South African schools’

Race-based discrimination ‘fostered in South African schools’

| April 28, 2015

(GIN)–A practice of denying admission to South African public schools of children without visas or whose parents are refugees from other African countries is creating a foundation for the current rash of xenophobia, critics of the practice say. Jean-Luc  Ntumba from the DRC, a father of three, said he was unable to enroll his children […]

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Chaos grows in Burundi as president defies advice to step down

Chaos grows in Burundi as president defies advice to step down

| April 28, 2015

(GIN)–Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, overriding objections to an ill-advised third term, now faces a growing popular movement to oust him after his term ends this coming June. On Sunday, thousands of angry Burundians filled the streets in the capital, Bujumbura, to protest a maneuver by the ruling party to put Nkurunziza back in office for […]

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East African environmental activist wins major prize

East African environmental activist wins major prize

| April 21, 2015

(GIN)–On Earth Day, April 22, Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido will take the stage in Washington DC to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to defend her community from lead poisoning and force the closure of a lead smelting plant that was emitting fumes and spewing untreated acid wastewater into streams, poisoning the neighborhood–including […]

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First genocide of 20th century was in Africa, says Nigerian writer, correcting pope

First genocide of 20th century was in Africa, says Nigerian writer, correcting pope

| April 21, 2015

(GIN)–An Anglo-Nigerian writer has respectfully urged Pope Francis to look beyond Armenia for the first genocide of the 20th century. In an essay in the British Guardian, David Olusoga wrote: “When the media analysts at the Vatican scrutinize the social media traffic of the past seven days, their eyes might well be drawn away from Turkey […]

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Backlash follows South Africa’s xenophobia attacks on Africans

Backlash follows South Africa’s xenophobia attacks on Africans

| April 21, 2015

(GIN)–Shocking images of South Africans beating foreign-born residents residing in Durban, Johannesburg and other parts stunned the continent which had taken a message of brotherhood from former president Nelson Mandela. At least six people were killed, more than 5,000 displaced and shops were looted and razed in the attacks which have been building over weeks. […]

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In one terrible weekend, ISIL beheads Christians, hundreds drown in ‘a mass grave’

In one terrible weekend, ISIL beheads Christians, hundreds drown in ‘a mass grave’

| April 21, 2015

(GIN)–As Europeans debated their policies towards the leaky flotillas steaming out of Libya, carrying most to a certain death at sea, members of ISIL were streaming a video of captured Ethiopian Christians on a beach. One group of Christians is on their knees and shot to death. Another group is beheaded. The video bore the […]

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Kenya orders Somali refugee camp sheltering thousands to move

Kenya orders Somali refugee camp sheltering thousands to move

| April 14, 2015

(GIN)–The United Nations, which is sheltering more than 600,000 refugees from war-torn Somalia, has been ordered by Kenyan authorities to relocate the camp in three months. “We have asked the UNHCR (the U.N. Refugee Agency) to relocate the refugees in three months, failure to which we shall relocate them ourselves,” said Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto […]

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First-ever training in emergency medicine begins in Ghana

First-ever training in emergency medicine begins in Ghana

| April 14, 2015

(GIN)–In a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a teaching hospital and other medical groups, Ghana has launched its first-ever training program in emergency medicine and nursing. Some 15 specialist-emergency physicians, trained in the program,already are working in hospitals in the Ashanti, Greater Accra and Northern regions. […]

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