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Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

| March 24, 2015 | 1 Reply

(GIN)–Since a coup d’etat and an extremely bloody aftermath, not much has improved in the Central African Republic and that suits the black market diamond merchants just fine. With news cameras turned away, their trade in “conflict diamonds” is proceeding at a gallop, despite a global ban. The diamond-trading ban was imposed by the Kimberley […]

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South Sudan frees hundreds of child fighters, including 9-year-old girl

South Sudan frees hundreds of child fighters, including 9-year-old girl

| March 24, 2015 | Reply

(GIN)–South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact with the government signed last May. Over the weekend, 654 children registered with the U.N. Children’s Fund (Unicef) were released—bringing the total freed by the militia group since January to 1,314. The children exchanged their weapons and […]

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Winners announce for free expression prize

Winners announce for free expression prize

| March 24, 2015 | Reply

(GIN)—At home she was subjected to death threats for defending women in northeastern Kenya who are vulnerable to rape, female circumcision and murder. This month, Amran Abdundi Amram was cheered as a hero as she collected the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Campaigning. The 15th annual freedom prize was presented this […]

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French police on trial for death of teens after 10-year wait

French police on trial for death of teens after 10-year wait

| March 18, 2015

(GIN)—Two teenagers of North African descent, running from police, fell to their deaths and were electrocuted in a power substation 10 years ago. The officers will finally stand trial this week It has been called the most important police trial in a decade, one that could expose the inequalities that plague France’s mostly segregated apartment […]

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Pro-democracy activists at U.S. event jailed in Congo

Pro-democracy activists at U.S. event jailed in Congo

| March 18, 2015

(GIN)—Journalists, activists, hip hop artists and a U.S. diplomat were rounded up by police at a pro-democracy event Sunday in the Congo, sponsored in part by the U.S. government. Security forces charged them with threatening stability, according to a government spokesman. The diplomat, Kevin Sturr, “was among a group of people believed to be in […]

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Sparks fly as Sierra Leone’s VP is expelled from party

Sparks fly as Sierra Leone’s VP is expelled from party

| March 18, 2015

(GIN)—An internal war is roiling the administration of President Ernest Bai Koroma with the Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana, at dead center. The VP, expelled last week from the ruling All People’s Congress (APC), is said to be forming a rival political movement from his home district in Kono, the country’s raw diamond capital, and an […]

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Desolate Sierra Leonean living rough in UK spurs fund drive

Desolate Sierra Leonean living rough in UK spurs fund drive

| March 10, 2015

(GIN)–The somber face of a young man from Sierra Leone has become the emblem of Ebola’s living survivors, suffering in silence without families, papers, or homes. A photo of Jimmy Thoronka appeared this week in local British papers. An undeclared refugee he went missing after competing in last summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 20 […]

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Burundi watchers see erosion of human rights, civic freedoms

Burundi watchers see erosion of human rights, civic freedoms

| March 4, 2015

(GIN)–The bad old days of the 1980s and 1990s when Burundi was widely considered a police state may be making a comeback. Some 300,000 people lost their lives in the country’s civil war from the 1990s to 2003, which broke out following the death of the country’s first democratically elected president. Human rights defenders and […]

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Prominent lawyer defending poor gunned down in Mozambique

Prominent lawyer defending poor gunned down in Mozambique

| March 4, 2015

(GIN)–As billions pour into Mozambique from foreign investors scooping up fields of coal and natural gas, the signs of new-found wealth are impossible to miss. Expensive European-style bars and restaurants line the streets of central Maputo. The latest Toyota Pradas, Range Rovers and Jaguars drive down streets named Julius Nyerere, Ho Chi Minh and Kim […]

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American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria as neighbor countries seethe

American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria as neighbor countries seethe

| March 4, 2015

(GIN)–With kidnappings and violent attacks almost a daily occurrence in Nigeria, the disappearance of an American missionary appears to have stirred a new wave of outrage among the international community at the worsening conditions in the West African country, once considered a rising star and the largest economy on the continent. Phyllis Sortor, a reverend […]

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