Africa

San Bushwomen. Photo: Mario Micklisch
San Bushwomen. For the past 20 years, the San have been systematically stripped of their homes, land and culture. Now these people live, dispossessed, on the edge of the huge game park, forbidden to hunt in or enter the land they have lived on sustainably for centuries. Photo: ©©  Mario Micklisch  (Click to see larger photo.)

The tribes paying the brutal price of conservation

by John Vidal The Guardian September 9, 2016

Across the world, governments are protecting habitats. But indigenous peoples are being evicted....

20-month-old Ummi Mustafa and her mother, Maiduguri, Nigeria. The latest red flag from FEWS NET draws particular attention to places like Banki Town and Bama in Borno State, where the threat of Boko Haram violence continues to limit movement and prevent humanitarian access. Photo: Credit: Guy Calaf/Action Against Hunger USA
20-month-old Ummi Mustafa and her mother, Maiduguri, Nigeria.  The latest red flag from FEWS NET draws particular attention to places like Banki Town and Bama in Borno State, where the threat of Boko Haram violence continues to limit movement and prevent humanitarian access.  Photo: © Guy Calaf/Action Against Hunger USA (Click to see larger photo.)

Malnutrition rates in Nigeria “horrifying”

by Eromo Egbejule IRIN September 4, 2016

Levels of Global Acute Malnutrition for children in northeastern Nigeria recorded in July and August were well over the 15 percent threshold deemed “critical”, and, in some cases, higher than 50 percent, meaning more than half the children surveyed suffered from moderate or severe acute malnutri...

South Sudanese women and children queue to receive emergency food July 25, 2016, at the U.N. protection of civilians (POC) Site 3, which hosts about 30,000 people displaced during the recent fighting in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Photo: Adriane Ohanesian/Reuters
South Sudanese women and children queue to receive emergency food July 25, 2016, at the U.N. protection of civilians (POC) Site 3, which hosts about 30,000 people displaced during the recent fighting in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Photo: Adriane Ohanesian/Reuters

In South Sudan, mothers are so hungry many can no longer breast-feed

by Kevin Sieff The Washington Post September 2, 2016

Weeks after the outbreak of deadly fighting in South Sudan, aid groups say their movement is being restricted by continued violence and government checkpoints, harming their ability to get food and medicine to severely malnourished children.  “We already have an extremely serious food-insecurity ...

Tanzania garment factory (March 6, 2009). Photo: BBC World Service
Tanzania garment factory (March 6, 2009). Local textile industries have suffered severely from the low-cost competition of  second-hand textiles which are collected in more developed countries and sold abroad.  Photo: BBC World Service (Click to see larger photo.)

Tanzania empowers youth with tailoring skills as East Africa ban on used clothes, shoes nears

by Xinhua Coastweek (Kenya) August 29, 2016

East African countries including Tanzania imported 151 million dollars worth of second-hand clothing last year, most of which were collected by charities and recyclers in Europe and North America....

Egypt's Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi attends the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo, Egypt March 14, 2015. Photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Egypt’s Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi attends the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo, Egypt March 14, 2015.  Photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt’s wheat corruption scandal takes down embattled supply minister

by Eric Knecht and Maha El Dahan Reuters August 26, 2016

Parliamentarians who formed a fact-finding commission to investigate the fraud have said upwards of 2 million tons, or 40 percent of the locally procured crop, may be missing....

South Sudan, 2016: Girls wash foraged wild greens in a river’s unsafe waters. Photo: © UNICEF/UN25843/Everett
Photo: © UNICEF/UN25843/Everet

South Sudan: Girls wash foraged wild greens in a river’s unsafe waters

by UNICEF August 19, 2016

South Sudan, 2016: Girls wash foraged wild greens in a river’s unsafe waters, in the Torit region in Eastern Equatoria State, where late rains and insecurity in the region have led to failed crops and severe food insecurity, especially for the poorest. An estimated 2.8 million people in the countr...

A girl stands beside a laundry line in a poor neighborhood overlooking Cabinda, a heavily guarded territory that accounts for half of Angola’s oil output. Photo: Nichole Sobecki/The Washington Post
A girl stands beside a laundry line in a poor neighborhood overlooking Cabinda, a heavily guarded territory that accounts for half of Angola’s oil output.  A yellow fever epidemic in Angola could turn into a global crisis. Photo: © Nichole Sobecki/The Washington Post

An oil boom made Luanda, Angola the most expensive city in the world. Now it’s in crisis.

by Kevin Sieff Washington Post August 9, 2016

A bag of rice can now cost five times what it did a year ago.  The country has not purchased a single dose of malaria medication since last year. In the first three months of 2016, Angola had roughly 1.3 million cases of the disease. At least 3,000 people have died, according to the World Health O...

Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished. ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA
Child being weighed by health care worker to see if the child may be malnourished.  “In the Northern Region of Ghana, 30 percent of children under five are stunted or chronically malnourished,” the report said. “This not only affects their growth but also their educational development and economic potential, and consequently the future of the country.” Photo: ©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPA

Malnutrition costs Ghana economy $2.6 billion annually

by Dasmani Laary The Africa Report August 9, 2016

Ghana loses $2.6 billion annually, or 6.4 percent of its gross national product, due to problems associated with poor nutrition in children, a United Nations report has revealed....

Nearly half the children in drought-stricken South Madagascar are malnourished. Photo: ©Miriam Gathigah/IPS
Nearly half the children in drought-stricken South Madagascar are malnourished. Photo: ©Miriam Gathigah/IPS

Malagasy children bear brunt of severe drought

by Miriam Gathigah Inter Press Service July 21, 2016

Voahevetse Fotetse can easily pass for a three-year-old even though he is six and a pupil at Ankilimafaitsy Primary School in Ambovombe district, Androy region, one of the most severely affected by the ongoing drought in the South of Madagascar. “Fotetse is just like many of the pupils here who, d...

African Water Bank technicians put the final touches on a water storage tank at a homestead in the Duka Moja area of Narok County, Kenya. Photo: Justus Wanzala/IPS
African Water Bank technicians put the final touches on a water storage tank at a homestead in the Duka Moja area of Narok County, Kenya. Photo: ©Justus Wanzala/IPS

Large scale rainwater harvesting eases scarcity in Kenya

by Justus Wanzala Inter Press Service July 21, 2016

Rainwater harvesting in Kenya and other places is hardly new. But in this water-stressed country, where two-thirds of the land is arid or semiarid, the quest for a lasting solution to water scarcity has driven useful innovations in this age-old practice....

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