Africa Briefs

Health experts at major AIDS confab cite new infection surge

Health experts at major AIDS confab cite new infection surge

| July 20, 2016

(GIN)—A massive turnout of activists, delegates, doctors and public health experts is settling in for this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, where the good news is better survival rates thanks to life-saving medications. People living with HIV will be among the more than 18,000 attendees and will figure prominently in many of […]

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African nations split with U.N. over gender identity vote

African nations split with U.N. over gender identity vote

| July 15, 2016

(GIN)—The United Nations Human Rights Council, in a defining vote, has voted to appoint an independent monitor to help protect gay and transgender people around the world from violence and discrimination. The resolution faced fierce resistance from African and Muslim countries. The vote was called “a historic victory for the human rights of anyone at […]

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Catholic bishop: Factionalism in way of South Sudanese peace

Catholic bishop: Factionalism in way of South Sudanese peace

| July 14, 2016

(GIN)—“As recent clashes in the north-west town of Wau and Juba have shown, South Sudan still has a long way to go to dispel entrenched mistrust and break the tussle for power between factions that fight on, five years after we gained independence,” writes Catholic Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala in a UK Guardian editorial. “In […]

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On Madiba’s birthday, a call to reflect, volunteer

On Madiba’s birthday, a call to reflect, volunteer

| July 14, 2016

(GIN)—“Nelson Mandela International Day”—formalized by the U.N. General Assembly in November 2009—recalls the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom on his birthday, July 18. It comes as Americans reflect on a wrenching week of race-related violence and the undeniable evidence of the persistence of intolerance that Mandela devoted his […]

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‘Monopoly money’ draws scorn from cash-strapped Zimbabweans

‘Monopoly money’ draws scorn from cash-strapped Zimbabweans

| July 14, 2016

(GIN)—With exports down and scarce dollars hidden away under pillows, banks in Zimbabwe are running out of legal tender. Some ATMs have been shuttered, leaving minimum wage workers, normally paid in cash, with IOUs as employers struggle to withdraw notes. “We’re importing more than we’re exporting and we can’t print money because we use mainly […]

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Somali woman, defying odds, runs for top spot in next month’s polls

Somali woman, defying odds, runs for top spot in next month’s polls

(GIN)—With the news of terror attacks, the departure of peacekeepers and the proposed eviction of thousands of Somali refugees in neighboring Kenya, it is easy to miss the news of the first woman candidate running to be Somalia’s next president in next month’s national poll. Fadumo Dayib has overcome adversity before. She was the first […]

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South African writer on mental illness wins majory literary prize

South African writer on mental illness wins majory literary prize

(GIN)—This year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing for a short story has been awarded to South African writer, photographer and filmmaker Lidudumalingani for his story “Memories We Lost.” Set in the Eastern Cape, the story explores how traditional beliefs are used to tackle schizophrenia. “This is a troubling piece, depicting the great love between […]

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Crisis erupts over police-linked killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer

Crisis erupts over police-linked killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer

(GIN)—Four police officers have been arrested in the torture/murder of a noted Kenyan human rights lawyer and two other men. The Law Society of Kenya called it “a dark day for the rule of law” and a countrywide boycott of the courts has been called. The respected lawyer disappeared with his client and a taxi […]

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New opposition in Zimbabwe launches campaign

New opposition in Zimbabwe launches campaign

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—Zimbabwe‘s former vice president, Joice Mujuru, was the headliner at a rally this week in Matabeleland in one of the first public events of the new Zimbabwe People First opposition party. The newly-launched campaign promptly took on the incumbent—President Robert Mugabe—in advance of elections in 2018. Mujuru accused the government of being disinterested in the […]

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Independent probe sought in Gambian activist’s jail death

Independent probe sought in Gambian activist’s jail death

| June 28, 2016

(GIN)—A leading opposition figure in the Gambia was found dead in a cell shortly after his arrest for taking part in a protest, according to local reports. The cause of death of Solo Sandeng was listed as “shock and respiratory failure,” according to a medical certificate of death. Ebrima Solo Sandeng, the National Organizing Secretary […]

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