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...

Only Peace Can End Food Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Food Programme Official Says

by IRIN March 13, 2004

(Nairobi, March 13, 2004) Severe food shortages and malnutrition will continue to plague hundreds of thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) unless insecurity comes to an end, the deputy executive director of the UN World Food Program (WFP), Sheila Sisulu, said on Friday. ...

Central African Republic: Impact of War on the Northeast

by IRIN March 3, 2004

(BANGUI, March 3, 2004) Cotton farmer Faustin Bagaza, 55, wears the cloak of poverty around him even tighter these days. Despite harvesting his crop for two successive years, he has made no sales. The reason? A rebellion in northwestern Central African Republic (CAR) that has devastated the country'...

Some 40 percent of Swazis are HIV positive.

National Disaster in Swaziland

by BBC February 18, 2004

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