Africa Briefs

Water rationing new reality in southern Africa

Water rationing new reality in southern Africa

| December 22, 2015

(GIN)—The science of climate change is not an open question in Africa. The only question is how quickly safe drinking water can be rushed to the countries now experiencing their worst droughts in decades. Water shortages are the frightening new future for African cities and towns. The southern African nation of Botswana is one of […]

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Consensus builds to oust despotic Burundi president

Consensus builds to oust despotic Burundi president

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—A chorus of opposition to Pierre Nkurunziza is mounting in the international community, making the likelihood of an orchestrated removal of the embattled Burundi seem a distinct possibility. This past Friday, Kenya Airways cancelled all service to Bujumburu International Airport citing a “security incident.”  The U.S. ordered all non-emergency personnel to leave violence-torn Burundi as […]

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Climate changes poses imminent threat to Africa

Climate changes poses imminent threat to Africa

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—While government leaders, media and climate justice activists converged in Paris to advance the fight against global warming and, as President Barack Obama said, “save the one planet we have,” extreme weather patterns were already creating havoc across the African continent. A rare weather pattern that brought 60 degree days to the East Coast of […]

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Gas, oil draw hungry frackers to Southern Africa

Gas, oil draw hungry frackers to Southern Africa

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Peace Park is a rich ecosystem where one finds the gemsbok desert antelope, black-maned Kalahari lions and pygmy falcons. It’s known far and wide for its breathtaking wilderness, wildlife and rest camps. Welcome to the new home of gas exploration and fracking. Last year, natural gas frackers from the UK—Karoo Energy formerly […]

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U.N. days against gender violence—’pointless noise?’

U.N. days against gender violence—’pointless noise?’

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—“Happy abuser’s day.” That was Tumie Modise, a columnist at the Botswana news magazine Mmegi, railing against the unfulfilled promise of “16 days of activism for No Violence Against Women and Children” as she saw it. The U.N. Women’s event of 16 days winds up this week on Dec. 10—International Human Rights Day. “Personally I […]

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China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—At the recently concluded Forum on Africa and China Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to be everywhere—shaking hands, holding one on ones, watching cultural shows and last but not least, approving generous grants. As the conference in Johannesburg drew to a close, 48 African countries had received pledges, promises and development deals from Asia’s […]

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Rwandan president rebuffs ‘outside interference’ seeking to end third term try

Rwandan president rebuffs ‘outside interference’ seeking to end third term try

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—Rwandan President Paul Kagame showed a flash of indignation this week at negative reactions coming from foreign allies to his plans for a third term in office which would give him almost a quarter of a century at the nation’s helm. “They tell us we should have the right to make our own choices, but […]

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World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)—“Africans had the least responsibility for putting carbon in the air and yet they’re feeling the brunt of climate change.” That was the view expressed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at the launch of the 21st climate change conference—known as COP21—opening this week. He added: “We want to make sure Africa is not forgotten […]

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In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)–The head of the Catholic Church, making a historic trip to three countries in Africa, stopped in Nairobi’s Kangemi “informal settlement”, one of the city’s 12 enormous slums where approximately 60 percent of the population resides. With no sewage system and limited electricity, about 200,000 people live in Kangemi under tin roofs, on steep slopes […]

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World AIDS Day sees ‘huge setback’ as deaths skyrocket among teens with HIV

World AIDS Day sees ‘huge setback’ as deaths skyrocket among teens with HIV

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)—In an alarming new report by the children’s rights agency UNICEF, AIDS was called the number one killer of adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among teens globally. The new data state that most adolescents who die of AIDS-related illnesses acquired HIV when they were babies, 10 to 15 years ago, […]

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