Africa

ZAMBIA: Help for child headed homes

by IRIN News December 8, 2006

Some 250 Zimbabwean families facing forced removal from their makeshift homes for the second time in three months have been granted a last-minute reprieve after a High Court ruling nullified their eviction notice....

Herding cattle is the key job for most young Fulani boys

Walking with young Fulani nomads

by BBC News December 6, 2006

While children elsewhere in the world focus on technology, the young Fulani nomads in West Africa still follow the traditional way of life. As part of the BBC's Generation Next series, Idy Baraou has been talking to some of the youngsters about their lives on the move....

United States Justice Dept. brings first charges for torture abroad. Ex-Liberian president’s son, Chuckie Taylor Indicted for torture in Liberia.

by Human Rights Watch December 6, 2006

(New York) - The US Department of Justice today took a major step against impunity for atrocities in bringing its first-ever criminal charges for torture committed outside the United States. The Justice Department indicted Charles "Chuckie" Taylor, Jr., son of the former Liberian president and c...

Burundi government under pressure to curb continued rights violations

by IRIN News November 27, 2006

Security officials in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland arrested a radio editor on Monday over a story on corruption in a local prison, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said....

Sudan’s Darfur ‘close to abyss’

by BBC News November 23, 2006

He said the number of people in "desperate need" of aid in Darfur had risen to 4 million, compared to 1 million two years ago....

BURUNDI: Huge challenges in solving land crisis as refugees return home to find others farming their land

by IRIN News November 23, 2006

In efforts to foster peace, legislators from three Great Lakes countries resolved on Friday to follow up and get involved in the implementation of peace treaties agreed upon by governments in the region....

Americans take up Darfur’s cause

by Richard Allen Greene BBC News November 21, 2006

There was table tennis, arm wrestling, billiards, bands ... and a slideshow about the suffering of people in Darfur. In fact, the party was a fundraiser put together by Nick Anderson, 17, and Ana Slavin, 16, co-founders of a new effort to get their peers to raise money for the cause...

HIV epidemic ‘is getting worse’

by BBC News November 21, 2006

Sub-Saharan Africa is still bearing the brunt of the HIV/Aids epidemic, a UNAids report has revealed. Almost three-quarters of deaths from Aids in 2006 occurred there and two-thirds of those living with HIV are in that area....

Annan presents new plan for Darfur peacekeeping force

by BBC News November 16, 2006

Khartoum has previously refused a UN presence in Darfur. Under the plan, UN troops would reinforce AU peacekeepers, leading to a hybrid force....

Loser of Congo election rejects result

by BBC News November 16, 2006

Democratic Republic of Congo presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba has rejected election results that gave victory to Joseph Kabila. The electoral commission announced President Kabila won 58.05% of the vote in the run-off poll, ahead of ex-rebel leader Mr Bemba who got 41.95%. ...