Africa

Bushmen in Botswana say they were forcibly evicted from village

by Craig Timberg Washington Post October 16, 2005

NEW XADE, Botswana -- In the end, the Bushmen of Molapo village could neither hunt nor gather, they said. Nor could they tend crops, collect firewood or lead their goats to pasture. After tens of thousands of years, the dry but life-giving vastness of the Kalahari Desert was declared off-limits by p...

Case lifts Nigerian police veil of impunity. Nigerian police kill six young people in car, plant weapons in the car, and pass deaths off as ‘fig...

by Craig Timberg October 10, 2005

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Shortly after midnight on June 8, Officer Danjuma Ibrahim fired an automatic rifle into a carload of six young people at a police checkpoint in this capital city, according to public testimony. The driver, Ifeanyi Ozor, 25, died instantly. His fiancee, Augustina Arebun, 22, bloodie...

Liberian ex-President Charles Taylor doing business as usual in Nigeria: international war crimes prosecutors, human rights groups and U.S. officials ...

by Craig Timberg Washington Post October 9, 2005

CALABAR, Nigeria -- From all appearances, Charles Taylor's life in this tourist town in southeastern Nigeria has been an extended holiday. The exiled Liberian president sleeps in a rambling, red-roofed mansion, travels in a pair of Land Rovers with tinted-glass windows and buys food and electronic g...

Virginity becomes a commodity In Uganda’s war against AIDS

by Emily Wax Washington Post October 9, 2005

KITATYA, Uganda -- Mousisi Anatolius moved from hut to hut, taking notes in a tattered ledger as he interviewed parents and their young daughters. He was searching for virgins. ...

Net tightens around northern Uganda’s brutal rebel militia: Lord’s Resistance Army unchecked for 20 years

by Emily Wax Washington Post October 8, 2005

KAMPALA, Uganda -- It was one more incident in what has been called Africa's forgotten war -- a 20-year crusade by a cult-like militia that has driven more than 1.6 million people off their farms, killed tens of thousands and become notorious for kidnapping children into slavery and mutilating civil...

Nigerian police clash with Nigerian troops

by BBC News October 5, 2005

Three Nigerians have died in clashes in Lagos as soldiers fought running battles with police....

Progress and Challenges in Strengthening African Agriculture

by Ousmane Badiane IFPRI October 2, 2005

For the first time, Africans are implementing a comprehensive, African-driven plan to strengthen their agricultural sectors, in which most Africans earn their livelihoods. This plan has a chance at real success in reducing poverty and improving human well-being if African institutions and policymake...

The rise of a market mentality means many go hungry in Niger

by Craig Timberg Washington Post August 11, 2005

MARADI, Niger, Aug. 10 -- With her family's stocks of millet long gone, Rachida Abdou tied her shrunken baby girl to her back and grabbed the emaciated hand of her 7-year-old son. Together, they set out in search of food, or for somebody who might help. ...

One-third of Zimbabwe’s teachers are HIV-positive

by NewZimbabwe.com August 10, 2005

(Harare, Zimbabwe August 10, 2005) Teachers are relied on to counsel their students about AIDS, but statistics indicate they are no more knowledgeable about avoiding infection than other Zimbabwean adults. "Teachers are at high risk of getting infected with HIV and AIDS, and already one-third of ...

In pictures: hunger hits Niger

by BBC News August 10, 2005

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