Africa Briefs

Rights group demands ends to U.S. support for Kenyan anti-terror group

Rights group demands ends to U.S. support for Kenyan anti-terror group

| August 20, 2014

(GIN)–A U.S. and U.K.-funded anti-terrorism unit has carried out a series of killings and “enforced disappearances” during its fight against militant Islamists in Kenya, says the NY-based Human Rights Watch. HRW said it also found evidence of arbitrary arrests and mistreatment of terrorism suspects in detention. “Kenyan counterterrorism forces appear to be killing and disappearing people […]

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Liberians  rebel as government puts Ebola clinic in crowded slum

Liberians  rebel as government puts Ebola clinic in crowded slum

| August 20, 2014

(GIN)–An Ebola isolation center was overrun by Liberians in the capital city Monrovia over the weekend, as fear and confusion lead some to accuse western countries of inventing a killer disease and then placing a clinic for infected people in the midst of a slum. The holding facility in the densely-populated West Point slum was […]

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Ugandan gays rejoice at pride rally after court rejects oppressive law

Ugandan gays rejoice at pride rally after court rejects oppressive law

| August 14, 2014

(GIN)—At a gay pride rally on the shores of Lake Victoria, over 100 members of Uganda’s oppressed sexual minority led a party of music, dancing and laughter. The event marked the “unbanning” of the gay community by an act of the Supreme Court which found a draconian anti-homosexual ordinance to be unconstitutional. Festival-goers wore Pride-themed […]

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Spread of Ebola traced to two-year-old

Spread of Ebola traced to two-year-old

| August 13, 2014

(GIN)—If researchers are correct, a two year old in southeastern Guinea, who died last year with Ebola symptoms, was the unsuspecting carrier of the disease soon to wreak havoc in at least three countries with common borders. The child, called “Patient Zero,” died Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill, according to a […]

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Military wives demand end to deployments against Boko Haram

Military wives demand end to deployments against Boko Haram

| August 12, 2014

(GIN)—Wives of military soldiers say they are fed up with government’s top brass sending under-equipped foot soldiers to fight the better-armed Boko Haram rebels. Skirmishes with the rebel fighters left hundreds dead last week in the north-eastern city of Gwoza in Borno state. Press reports estimated that about 100 women were protesting at the Giwa […]

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African writers rip U.S. summit, asking ‘for whose benefit?’

African writers rip U.S. summit, asking ‘for whose benefit?’

| August 12, 2014

(GIN)—Charles Onyango-Obbo of The East African, a Kenyan daily, joined a growing number of writers and scholars questioning the aims of the U.S.-Africa Summit. Where, he asked, were the wives? “Africa’s Big Men but none of its Big Women made it to the meeting,” he observed in a wrap up of the ballyhooed three day […]

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U.S. proposed wind farm riles ownwers of ‘ancsestral lands’

U.S. proposed wind farm riles ownwers of ‘ancsestral lands’

| August 10, 2014

(GIN)–A proposed U.S. wind farm in Kenya must first overcome objections by farmer David Kinyanjui who says the farm would desecrate ancestral land where his father and mother are both buried. Kinyanjui has joined other farmers in Kenya’s Rift Valley who intend to fight the Kinangop wind farm–part of President Obama’s signature “Power Africa” plan […]

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Ghana’s once golden economy plunges to ‘ground zero’

Ghana’s once golden economy plunges to ‘ground zero’

| August 9, 2014

(GIN)–Expectations of a windfall from the discovery of oil have been dashed by a weakening cedi, with ordinary citizens feeling the pinch. “Prices of ingredients in the market have been changing almost every month,” Anastancia Bokpe, who runs a restaurant in the east Legon suburb of the capital, complained to Reuters. “We are already in […]

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White American fights to save ‘African Heritage’ house from demolition

White American fights to save ‘African Heritage’ house from demolition

| August 9, 2014

(GIN)–A petition drive, organized by a white American settler in Kenya, is underway to preserve a grand multi-leveled red mud building of mixed African influences overlooking Nairobi National Park. The “African Heritage House,” home to Colorado-native Alan Donovan, lies in the path of a future railway. Donovan, who lives in and runs a bed and […]

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Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

| August 7, 2014

(GIN)–The Belgian researcher who first identified the Ebola virus is playing down fears of a global pandemic. “I would sit next to an infected person on the train,” said Professor Peter Piot, whose credentials include the title of former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, former head of UNAIDS, and now director of the London […]

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