Africa Briefs

Culinary tastes in China threaten vital donkey population

Culinary tastes in China threaten vital donkey population

| September 7, 2016

(GIN)—A three-fold increase in the export of African donkeys is threatening a way of life in Africa where they’re used for hauling goods and produce for market sale, plowing, tilling, weeding and harvesting. Niger has banned the export of donkeys, warning that the increased trade, mainly to Asian countries, is threatening its donkey population. “If […]

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UK Black Lives Matter tie up London airport over Africa’s climate crisis

UK Black Lives Matter tie up London airport over Africa’s climate crisis

| September 7, 2016

(GIN)—The UK-based Black Lives Matter group, which has shut down major traffic arteries over police brutality, took their cause to the London City airport this week over worsening climate conditions in Africa. Flights were cancelled after nine protesters from Black Lives Matter UK got on to the runway and chained themselves together. “Today’s BLM protest […]

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Time to ‘topple the tyrant’ says opposition leader after flawed polls

Time to ‘topple the tyrant’ says opposition leader after flawed polls

| September 7, 2016

(GIN)—Gabon’s disputed election challenged by the leader of the opposition has prompted a call to “topple the tyrant” as hundreds are disappeared in federal jails. The crackdown on citizen protests has even moved France, the former colonial power, to condemn the disappearance of some of its citizens holding dual citizenship. Post-election chaos has claimed at […]

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Nigerian World Scrabble champions beat roadblaock to games in France

Nigerian World Scrabble champions beat roadblaock to games in France

| August 30, 2016

(GIN)—Shock, dismay, and disfavor are some of the high value words that could have earned Scrabble points or described the reaction by Nigeria’s top board game players upon learning that their visas for the World Scrabble games this week in France were being denied. Despite being a world-renowned player, Wellington Jighere of Delta State found […]

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South African school ban on ‘untidy’ afros sparks student protests

South African school ban on ‘untidy’ afros sparks student protests

| August 30, 2016

(GIN)—A government-run school has been accused of racism for regulating the look and length of black students’ hair. Protests erupted at the Pretoria High School for Girls, once an all-white institution, when 13-year-old Zulaika Patel, who wrote an essay on black women “suffering at the hands of white privilege” was reprimanded by her teacher because […]

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Mass protests against Mugabe called ‘biggest in a decade’

Mass protests against Mugabe called ‘biggest in a decade’

| August 30, 2016

(GIN)—It all started with a flag. Zimbabwe Pastor Evan Mawarire, posting on Twitter in a feed he called “ThisFlag,” was letting off steam about his children’s rising school fees. But, that “steam” ignited a wildfire now raging among Zimbabweans long hungry for leadership change. Exhausted by shortages, unpaid salaries, limits on democratic freedoms, sky-high unemployment […]

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‘Caught in an evil wave,’ Malian admits he destroyed Muslim shrines

‘Caught in an evil wave,’ Malian admits he destroyed Muslim shrines

| August 23, 2016

(GIN)—In its first such case, the International Criminal Court heard an Islamist rebel confess to the destruction of ancient Muslim shrines and mausoleums in an outbreak of devastation that horrified both the religious and secular worlds. Ahmad al-Fahdi al-Mahdi said he was caught in an “evil wave” during Mali’s 2012 civil war when he led […]

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Gabonese set to vote as groundbreaking begins for U.S. school

Gabonese set to vote as groundbreaking begins for U.S. school

| August 23, 2016

(GIN)—Citizens of Gabon will go to the polls this week to choose between the long-running dynasty of Bongo Ondimba or a member of the opposition comprised of 14 candidates, each jostling to take part in this Saturdays’ polls. But, what looked like an easy win for the incumbent president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, grew speed bumps […]

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Track star who snared silver medal fears death at home

Track star who snared silver medal fears death at home

| August 23, 2016

(GIN)—Using every fiber of his being, track star Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia made a dash across the finish line at the just-ended Olympic Games in Rio but it wasn’t to be the end of his run. Lilesa used his high profile silver medal victory to make a sign of solidarity with the Oromo people who […]

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Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

Complacency in Nigeria blamed for polio’s return

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—A year after Nigeria was removed from the polio-endemic list, two cases have been reported in Borno state, where the insurgent Boko Haram still controls territory. The eradication of polio, reported in 2015 by the World Health Organization, was called an “historic achievement” by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership leading the effort […]

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