Africa

Children of Sudan’s cattle camps

by Emily Wax Washington Post July 31, 2005

RUMBEK, Sudan -- Bakic Magol, a boy of 10, wakes each day on a straw mat in a field of muscular, speckled cattle. Powerful horns tower above him; mounds of steaming dung surround his bare feet. ...

Years of drought, border dispute with Ethiopia, sinking water table bring hunger to one million Ethiopians

by IRIN News July 27, 2005

(Asmara, July 27, 2005) Of all the natural disasters that strike communities and environments, a drought can be the most devastating. If it develops into a full-blown famine or forces people to leave their homes or become dependent on external food aid, drought becomes a humanitarian crisis. Unli...

Six years after a return to civilian rule, Nigeria’s police still routinely torture detainees, a new report says

by Anna Borzello BBC News July 27, 2005

Six years after a return to civilian rule, Nigeria's police still routinely torture detainees, a new report says. The study, carried out by the Human Rights Watch group, is entitled "Rest in Pieces - Police Torture and Deaths in Custody in Nigeria". ...

Despite food crisis in Swaziland, corn, the staple food, is not profitable for farmers to produce

by IRIN News July 27, 2005

United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) (Mbabane July 28, 2005) Swaziland is in the grip of another food crisis but farmers say they cannot plant more maize, the country's staple food, as it is not profitable. "I am in good health and we had good rains...

UN condemns Zimbabwe slum blitz

by BBC News July 20, 2005

A major UN report has called for an immediate end to Zimbabwe's slum clearance programme, declaring it to be in violation of international law....

Thousands starve in Niger while world doesn’t watch

by BBC News July 20, 2005

Niger's President Mamadou Tanja has visited the country's south, where severe food shortages are affecting at least 2.5 million people....

Botswana’s gains against AIDS put U.S. claims to test

by Craig Timberg Washington Post July 1, 2005

GABORONE, Botswana -- As global leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum in January, officials from President Bush's $15 billion anti-AIDS program issued a news release citing their accomplishments. Nowhere were the numbers more impressive than in Botswana, where 32,839 A...

Bush pledges (multi-year) $1.2 billion plan to fight malaria; vows to double aid to Africa by 2010 (though he will be out of office by then)

by Peter Baker Washington Post July 1, 2005

President Bush announced a $1.7 billion aid package for Africa devoted primarily to combating malaria, unveiling the initiatives yesterday in advance of an international summit next week dedicated to breaking the continent's perpetual cycle of poverty, disease and famine. ...

Among Ordinary Africans, G-8 Seems Out of Touch

by Emily Wax Washington Post July 1, 2005

KOMOTHI KIRATINA, Kenya, July 2 -- Peter Kanans, a coffee farmer whose house has no running water and a leaking roof, said he had a message for the leaders of the world's richest countries who will meet at the G-8 summit next week: Unfair trade practices are enriching African officials and internati...

Photo: AP.¬† Child sits in the rubble of his destroyed home. The Zimbabwean government bulldozed thousands of ‘illegal’ homes and small businesses affecting approximately¬† 700,000, according to the UN, which in its report on the situation says “he scale of suffering is immense, particularly among widows, single mothers, children, orphans, the elderly and disabled persons.”

A place where women rule: all-female village in Kenya is a sign of burgeoning feminism across Africa

by Emily Wax Washington Post July 1, 2005

UMOJA, Kenya -- Seated cross-legged on tan sisal mats in the shade, Rebecca Lolosoli, matriarch of a village for women only, took the hand of a frightened 13-year-old girl. The child was expected to wed a man nearly three times her age, and Lolosoli told her she didn't have to....

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