Africa Briefs

Girl Summit to take up Ethiopian ‘maid trade,’ child brides

Girl Summit to take up Ethiopian ‘maid trade,’ child brides

| July 24, 2014

(GIN)—At an upcoming “Girl Summit” this week in London, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) will speak out against a growing trend of young girls pushed to marry at 14 and then swiftly divorced, trapped in a cycle of child labor in order to send money to their parents in Ethiopia. The UK-based ODI will warn […]

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Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

Malala, a Taliban victim, finds sisterhood with Nigeria’s missing girls

| July 23, 2014

(GIN)–A Pakistani teen who survived certain death from a terrorist’s gunshot to her face has met with the mothers of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by elements of the group Boko Haram. On the first leg of a three day visit, Malala Yousafzai, now 17, and her father, Ziauddin, spoke with some of the mothers, telling them […]

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Moment of silence for air crash victims at AIDS confab

Moment of silence for air crash victims at AIDS confab

| July 23, 2014

(GIN)—The AIDS activist community shared a moment of silence this week in remembrance of the six leaders in AIDS research who perished recently in an aircraft explosion. Among the dead was Joep Lange, a leading expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy and once called “the father of AIDS research” in developing countries. Former […]

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Mandela’s last days recalled in ‘assisted dying’ debate

Mandela’s last days recalled in ‘assisted dying’ debate

| July 22, 2014

(GIN)–A contentious debate will take place recently in England’s House of Lords on a subject close to the heart of Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, now an outspoken advocate for a dignified death at life’s end – something he fears was denied to his best friend and collaborator for human rights–Nelson Mandela. Tutu, […]

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Survivors of ‘Biafra War’ in new push for reparations

Survivors of ‘Biafra War’ in new push for reparations

| July 15, 2014

(GIN)–Survivors of the Nigerian civil war that raged for three years and whose horror was captured in unforgettable photographic images that shocked the world have renewed their demand for compensation for the suffering of those years. Ndigbos, a socio-cultural Igbo group, were cut down in a brutal war that followed years of political wrangling among […]

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Wife of vice president meets with Congo’s sexual violence survivors

Wife of vice president meets with Congo’s sexual violence survivors

| July 13, 2014

Courtesy of GIN BUKAVU, Congo (AP)—In a three-nation tour of the continent, Jill Biden, the wife of the U.S. vice president, met this week with survivors of sexual violence in the eastern Congo. It was her third tour to Africa since her husband Joe Biden became vice president in 2009. A teacher of English at […]

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South African strike at U.S. car factory gains international support

South African strike at U.S. car factory gains international support

| July 12, 2014

(GIN)—General Motors South Africa has shut down its plant in Port Elizabeth where some 200,000 members of the NUMSA trade union are demanding a 12 percent pay hike. Support for the union walkout has poured in from the UK, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Namibia, Swaziland and the machinist workers union in Upper Marlboro, Md in […]

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Liberians really in response to Philly fire that took children’s lives

Liberians really in response to Philly fire that took children’s lives

| July 11, 2014

(GIN)—A Philadelphia church is calling the outpouring of support for the Liberian community “overwhelming” in light of the deaths of three four-year-olds and an infant during a fast-moving fire Saturday. The fatalities included twin sisters Maria and Marialla Bowah, and Patrick Sanyeah and Taj Jacque, who was not quite seven weeks old. Eight row houses […]

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Zambian president goes awol, leaving nation leaderless

Zambian president goes awol, leaving nation leaderless

| July 11, 2014

(GIN)—Three weeks ago, Zambian President Michael Sata was airlifted on a plane to Israel. Some reports had him in a coma and said he was receiving treatment for kidney disease at the Sheba Medical Center there. The flurry of rumors began to build, neither confirmed nor denied by Sata’s ruling party. “One minute we are […]

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Black South Africans get new chance to seek redress for stolen land

Black South Africans get new chance to seek redress for stolen land

(GIN)—South Africa will restart the claims process that provides compensation to black families who were illegally removed from their land during white rule. The window for those claims had been shut 16 years ago. In a published statement, President Jacob Zuma assented to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, which among other things reopens […]

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