Africa Briefs

Ethiopian police comb rubbish dump for landslide survivors

Ethiopian police comb rubbish dump for landslide survivors

| March 14, 2017

(GIN)—A giant landslide that crashed down on a landfill where hundreds of Ethiopians collected recyclables, killed upwards of 65 local area residents, including entire families and their children, officials said on Monday. The landslide on Saturday leveled more than 30 squatter homes at the Koshe dump site on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, according to […]

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Surplus food found for local groups with novel Nigerian computer app

Surplus food found for local groups with novel Nigerian computer app

| March 14, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian-born Oscar Ekponimo was 11 when his family was struck by misfortune.  His father had a partial stroke, causing him to lose his job, and with it, the family income. “For the next three years we had little food in the house,” he recalled. “If we had one small meal at the end of the […]

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President’s months-long hospitalization abroad spurs rumor deluge

President’s months-long hospitalization abroad spurs rumor deluge

| March 7, 2017

(GIN)—There seems to be little agreement in Nigeria as to why President Muhammadu Buhari  extended his stay in a British hospital reportedly for an ear infection—especially when Nigeria has well-trained doctors at specialized hospitals at home. According to a presidential media aide speaking to Naij.com, the president has an infected ear and a loss of […]

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African migrants can be job creators

African migrants can be job creators

| March 7, 2017

(GIN)—Two African migrant workers, escaping race riots in southern Italy, made a way out of no way when they turned adversity into a prospering business in a major Italian city. Today their enterprise, called “Barikama” or “resistance” in the Bambara language, shows what can be done by migrants despite prejudice and low expectations in their […]

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Revised ban on immigration ‘catastrophic,’ critics charge

Revised ban on immigration ‘catastrophic,’ critics charge

| March 7, 2017

(GIN)—A revised travel ban by the Trump administration is already in trouble with a leading aid agency, with the travel industry, and with the Nigerian government which has urged its citizens to postpone making trips to the U.S. without “compelling or essential reasons.” The new travel ban. which still targets majority-Muslim countries, slightly modifies an […]

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Tale of four women strives for African ‘Oscar’ at film festival

Tale of four women strives for African ‘Oscar’ at film festival

| March 2, 2017

(GIN)—The 25th bi-annual Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, opened Saturday, Feb. 25, with the energetic music of Ivorian reggae singer Alpha Blondy. Competition will be fierce among the 163 film entrants, all hoping to win the Etalon de Yennenga (Stallion of Yennanga)—the top prize. Another 50 films will be […]

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No clues yet as to U.S. policy for Africa but theories abound

No clues yet as to U.S. policy for Africa but theories abound

| March 1, 2017

(GIN)—If the U.S. President has an Africa policy in the works, he’s keeping the details close to his chest. So far, there is neither an assistant secretary of state for Africa nor an ambassador. The incumbent secretary, Linda Thomas Greenfield, retires on March 10. Peter Pham, vice-president and Africa director of the Atlantic Council in […]

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Pope plans trip to South Sudan amidst civil war, famine

Pope plans trip to South Sudan amidst civil war, famine

| March 1, 2017

(GIN)—At a question and answer session at Rome’s All Saints Anglican Church, Pope Francis revealed that his staff is “studying the possibility” of a visit to embattled South Sudan. He said the reason was that the Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic bishops of South Sudan had come to ask him: “Please, come to South Sudan, even […]

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U.S. war on ‘fake news’ cheers free press enemies across globe

U.S. war on ‘fake news’ cheers free press enemies across globe

| March 1, 2017

(GIN)—Vitriolic attacks on mainstream media in the U.S. could be giving repressive foreign leaders the go-ahead to stifle their own media critics, thus ending a recent opening for crusading journalists in Africa and the developing world. This week, the NY-based Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) urged the Trump administration to end its war on media, […]

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African refugees look north to Canada as U.S. deportations rise

African refugees look north to Canada as U.S. deportations rise

| February 21, 2017

(GIN)—Refugees including some from Africa have been trekking through subzero weather at the northern U.S. border with Canada in a bid to escape a new wave of deportations from the U.S. Last week, a family of eight reportedly from the Sudan managed to cross the border just as a U.S. immigration official attempted to block […]

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