Africa

Climate change could devastate Africa. It’s already hurting this Kenyan town.

by Abigail Higgins Washington Post January 30, 2016

Women mourn at the funeral for Dinka Chala, a schoolteacher who family members said was shot to death by military forces during a protest in Holonkomi, in the Oromo region of Ethiopia. Photo: © Tiksa Negeri/Reuters...

Mphathe, kneeling bottom row on right, with women of Dzomo la Mupo. Photo courtesy of Mphathe Makauleles

African women organize to reclaim agriculture against corporate takeover (from an interview with Mphatheleini Makaulele)

by Simon Adler and Beverly Bell Other Worlds January 6, 2016

The real role of women is in the seed. It is the women who harvest, select, store, and plant seeds. Our seeds come from our mothers and our grandmothers. To us, the seed is the symbol of the continuity of life. Seed is not just about the crops. Seed is about the soil, about the water, and about the ...

Inside Eritrea: Conscription and poverty drive exodus from secretive African state

by David Smith The Guardian December 23, 2015

Russom, whose name has been changed here for his own protection, was giving a rare account of a military bootcamp in Eritrea, one of Africa’s most secretive totalitarian states. It forms part of a compulsory “national service” for young men and women, an indefinite purgatory that robs them of ...

Around 80 percent of South Sudan’s working-age youth are unemployed or underemployed, and many have joined the conflict. Loyola-Marymount University’s professor of African Studies, Jok Madut Jok.explains: “Why do all these unemployed youths flock to the conflict? They join because they have nothing to lose because corruption has not allowed resources to trickle down” to create jobs for them and give them a future, he told IRIN. Photo: Jason Patinkin/IRIN

Fueled by corruption, South Sudan war enters its third year

by Karin Zeitvogel IRIN News December 17, 2015

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Weak agricultural finance, drought feed malnutrition in Zimbabwe

by Ignatius Banda Inter Press Service December 15, 2015

Around 80 percent of South Sudan’s working-age youth are unemployed or underemployed, and many have joined the conflict. Loyola-Marymount University’s professor of African Studies, Jok Madut Jok.explains: “Why do all these unemployed youths flock to the conflict? They join because they have no...

Farmers will have limited access to climate smart agricultural knowledge and skills as cash strapped Zimbabwe cuts technical assistance from agricultural extension officers. Photo: © Busani Bafana/IPS

Farmers, civil society organizations rally behind environmentalist jailed for exposing land grabbing in Cameroon

by Mborn Sixtus Inter Press Service December 15, 2015

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In Nigeria, Chinese investment comes with a downside

by Keith Bradsher and Adam Nossiter New York Times December 5, 2015

Emeka Ezelugha was excited to open a computer training center. He could teach his countrymen some skills and earn a living.But soon after the center opened in a rough, two-story concrete building in Lagos, a blaze broke out in the main classroom. The flames incinerated 30 desktop computers, as well ...

Workitu Tegenu and her children at their home near Welenchi. Photo: Colin Cosier/IRIN

Ready or not―drought tests Ethiopia

by Colin Cosier IRIN News November 27, 2015

Herding weary sheep up a dusty path, Hussein Boru knows he won’t find green pastures. He’s just looking for the minimum to keep his flock fed in drought-hit eastern Ethiopia....

South Sudan food team finds risk of ‘widespread catastrophe’

by Tom Miles Reuters November 26, 2015

South Sudan was plunged into a civil war in December 2013 when a political crisis triggered fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels allied with his former deputy Riek Machar. The conflict has reopened ethnic faultlines that pit Kiir's Dinka people against Machar's ethnic Nue...

Pope, in Kenya, calls for compassion for poor and nurturing of youth

by Jeffrey Gettleman New York Times November 26, 2015

That was Pope Francis’ message on Thursday to hundreds of thousands of Kenyans who gathered for a rain-soaked Mass, their open umbrellas spread tip to tip, their feet sinking into the mud....

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