Africa

Togo’s President–the Former President’s Son Who Used the Military to Take Over After His Father’s Death– Steps Down Afte...

by BBC News February 27, 2005

Togo's interim leader Faure Gnassingbe has said he is stepping down as president, after strong international pressure to leave office.In a statement broadcast on state media, Mr Faure said he would stand as a candidate in a presidential election due to be held in two months' time.Mr Faure said the m...

A Crushing Choice for Ethiopian Mothers With HIV: Facing Death, Women Leave Children at Orphanages

by Emily Wax Washington Post February 19, 2005

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The young mother sat in the orphanage waiting room, a baby playing in her lap. At 22, Adelaw Astake had become so gaunt from illness that her dirty skirt was wrapped twice around her narrow frame and held up at the waist with rags....

Born to be a Slave in Niger!

by Hillary Andersson BBC News February 11, 2005

Slavery continues to blight the lives of many millions around the world. Although officially abolished in some countries two centuries ago, people trafficking, bonded labour and child labour still exist.Niger nomads Slaves come from the poorest communities in Niger.There are some places on earth th...

In Togo’s Dynastic Transition, An Echo of Yesterday’s Africa

by Craig Timberg Washington Post February 8, 2005

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 7 -- When Gnassingbe Eyadema seized power in Togo in 1967, it was the era of the Big Man in Africa. Like many leaders of his generation, Eyadema ruthlessly crushed opposition forces, nurtured a cult of personality, then clung to power decade after decade, growing rich as his tiny ...

Stigma of AIDS Strong in South Africa

by Alastair Leithead BBC News January 6, 2005

Nelson Mandela's decision to announce that his son died of Aids will send out a strong message in a country where stigma and denial still surround the virus.More than 600 people are thought to die every day in South Africa of Aids-related illnesses and millions are HIV-positive.But still people woul...

Desert Locusts to Threaten Crops in the Sahel Region–International Assistance Badly Needed

by FAO Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS) June 2, 2004

FAO, Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS), June 2, 2004) Bulletin: Swarms Expected to Form in NW Africa and Move to Sahel ...

Are Women the Key to African Growth?

by Orla Ryan BBC May 27, 2004

With brightly coloured mats on their head, rural women arrive in Kampala looking to sell their goods.A woman pumping water from a well Women make a big contribution to Africa's economy These mats and pots are often made at home. For many rural women, their main activity is growing enough food to eat...

Letter from Northern Uganda

by Jennifer Mayer April 8, 2004

(Kampala, April 8, 2004) I arrived in Uganda on September 15, 2003 to begin my first year as a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow, placed with the United States Agency for International Development's Uganda mission. A few months before I arrived I was told that I would be acting as the Human...

South African schools in poor areas lack basics.

South African Poor’s Education Struggle

by Justin Pearce BBC April 7, 2004

Lucia Sikhakhane, 17, regards her school - Bophasenatla Secondary - as one of the best schools in Soweto. students peeping from broken windows Schools in poor suburbs lack proper facilities "The education is offered is good, even though we lack materials. The teachers teach well."...

Zimbabwe in March 2004: Four Years Since the Beginning of the Plunge

by Mary Ndlovu March 13, 2004

(March 13, 2004) Time is out of joint in Zimbabwe. We have gone through the looking glass and live in a state of schizophrenia. We read one thing in the state media, and experience something quite different on the ground. The new farmers are said to be creating a revolution, but there is no farm pro...

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