Africa Briefs

Medical center to be named for Sierra Leonean MD who treated victims of Ebola

Medical center to be named for Sierra Leonean MD who treated victims of Ebola

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—The family of Sheik Humarr Khan has set up a foundation in his name to help pay for the education of future medical workers and provide support to the families of doctors and nurses who lose their lives in the field, The Lancet, a medical magazine reported in a recent issue. “He was very aware […]

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Liberia contends with Ebola as diasporans urge ‘regime change’

Liberia contends with Ebola as diasporans urge ‘regime change’

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Photos of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf looking tired or grim suggest the toll the current Ebola epidemic has taken on the 75-year-old leader. The crisis, for which the region was ill-prepared, has taken more than a thousand lives–some 700 in Liberia—and many of the improvised control strategies appear to have backfired including the quarantining […]

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Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Environmental activists at Greenpeace Africa have launched a global campaign to block efforts by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to release more polluting coal dust in the air. The dust has been linked to an uptick in premature deaths now estimated at 2,700 every year. Greenpeace is pushing its campaign in the wake of […]

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Fight over spoils turns deadly in leaderless Lesotho

Fight over spoils turns deadly in leaderless Lesotho

| September 9, 2014

(GIN)—In the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, encircled by South Africa, there’s trouble in paradise. Prime Minister Tom Thabane, fearing a military coup, slipped out of the country recently to reappear in Johannesburg calling for intervention by that country’s security forces. Thabane believed he was a target by his coalition partner seeking his ouster so he […]

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Islamists gain ground in Nigeria’s embattled northeast

Islamists gain ground in Nigeria’s embattled northeast

| September 4, 2014

(GIN)—Following fierce fighting with government forces, the insurgent Boko Haram captured new ground in Borno state—sending thousands of civilians into exile, along with soldiers, residents said. “Just when you imagine that it cannot get worse for the Nigerian military and its pride as a fighting force, it takes a further dive,” observed Mannir Dan Ali, […]

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Hundreds head towards social media confab in South Africa

Hundreds head towards social media confab in South Africa

| August 29, 2014

(GIN)–Some 400 delegates from 36 African countries are expected to fill the halls at the 18th annual Highway Africa conference for media activism which takes place Sept. 7 through Sept. 8 at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. The two-day event will explore how social media has impacted all aspects of our lives in the last ten years. Dan […]

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Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

| August 28, 2014

(GIN)–An airlift of emergency supplies needed for those treating Liberians with the virus Ebola was launched this past weekend by the U.N. children’s fund–known as Unicef. “The largest component of the supplies was chlorine,” for disinfection, said Unicef’s representative in Liberia, Sheldon Yetts. Other supplies in the airlift were oral rehydration salts and sodium lactate […]

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Cameroon soccer star felled by stones hurled in stadium—was it race?

Cameroon soccer star felled by stones hurled in stadium—was it race?

| August 27, 2014

(GIN)–Soccer star Albert Ebosse Bodjongo of Cameroon was killed almost instantly by a stone lobbed from the bleachers in the Tizi Ouzou stadium of north-central Algeria this weekend. He had been playing for the home team and made its only goal before the stone-throwing incident occurred. The Algerian Football/Soccer Federation lamented the death of the […]

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Former death row inmate gets law school degree

Former death row inmate gets law school degree

| August 22, 2014

(GIN)–A maximum security prison was the scene of an out-of-the-ordinary graduation ceremony in Kenya. Lifer Peter Ouko, surrounded by friends and family, received his diploma in common law from the University of London. Ouko took the course online and now plans to advance to a further law degree. An inmate at Kamiti prison in Nairobi, Ouko […]

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Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

| August 21, 2014

(GIN)–A commission hearing testimony on last year’s deadly miners’ strike, heard that white employees at the Lonmin mine got preferential treatment at the expense of their black counterparts, provoking anger and resentment. “There is still segregation in the mines based on race,” rockdrill operator Shadrack Zandisile Mtshamba told the commission in Pretoria. “All white people […]

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