Africa Briefs

Violence on rise in former Hutu, Tutsi battleground

Violence on rise in former Hutu, Tutsi battleground

| October 7, 2014

(GIN)—Fears are growing that the Central African nation of Burundi is sliding back into a battlefield as the country heads into an election cycle in 2015. The ceasefire that ended 12 years of brutal conflict in 2005 could be unraveling as the current President Pierre Nkurunziza cracks down on supporters of the opposition. Early this […]

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Kenyan President Kenyatta steps down to face charges

Kenyan President Kenyatta steps down to face charges

| October 7, 2014

(GIN)–After failing to win further delays in a hearing of serious charges against him, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced he would temporarily step down as president of Kenya and face the court. Five charges of crimes against humanity are linked to Kenyatta’s alleged involvement in funding and directing aspects of the violence that killed 1,300 people […]

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Oil barons jump on new finds in Africa, ignoring climate justice calls

Oil barons jump on new finds in Africa, ignoring climate justice calls

| October 3, 2014

(GIN)–U.S. and UK oil explorers are making their moves on the Western Sahara, between Mauritania and Morocco, despite calls by thousands of climate justice activists worldwide to “keep the soil in the oil.” Kosmos Energy, a US oil and gas exploration firm, along with Cairn Energy of the UK, plan to use rights obtained in […]

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Africa leaders strengthen ties with Cuba

Africa leaders strengthen ties with Cuba

| October 2, 2014

(GIN)–While the U.S. tightens an economic embargo on its island neighbor, several African leaders were making a pilgrimage to Havana to strengthen bilateral relations.  Niger’s President Issoufou Mahamadou arrived Sept. 28 on an official visit to Cuba aimed at developing exchanges in the areas of health, sports and education. The arrival by Mahamodou follows the […]

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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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