Africa

Thousands starve in Niger while world doesn’t watch

by BBC News July 20, 2005

Niger's President Mamadou Tanja has visited the country's south, where severe food shortages are affecting at least 2.5 million people....

Botswana’s gains against AIDS put U.S. claims to test

by Craig Timberg Washington Post July 1, 2005

GABORONE, Botswana -- As global leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum in January, officials from President Bush's $15 billion anti-AIDS program issued a news release citing their accomplishments. Nowhere were the numbers more impressive than in Botswana, where 32,839 A...

Bush pledges (multi-year) $1.2 billion plan to fight malaria; vows to double aid to Africa by 2010 (though he will be out of office by then)

by Peter Baker Washington Post July 1, 2005

President Bush announced a $1.7 billion aid package for Africa devoted primarily to combating malaria, unveiling the initiatives yesterday in advance of an international summit next week dedicated to breaking the continent's perpetual cycle of poverty, disease and famine. ...

Among Ordinary Africans, G-8 Seems Out of Touch

by Emily Wax Washington Post July 1, 2005

KOMOTHI KIRATINA, Kenya, July 2 -- Peter Kanans, a coffee farmer whose house has no running water and a leaking roof, said he had a message for the leaders of the world's richest countries who will meet at the G-8 summit next week: Unfair trade practices are enriching African officials and internati...

Photo: AP.  Child sits in the rubble of his destroyed home. The Zimbabwean government bulldozed thousands of ‘illegal’ homes and small businesses affecting approximately  700,000, according to the UN, which in its report on the situation says “he scale of suffering is immense, particularly among widows, single mothers, children, orphans, the elderly and disabled persons.”

A place where women rule: all-female village in Kenya is a sign of burgeoning feminism across Africa

by Emily Wax Washington Post July 1, 2005

UMOJA, Kenya -- Seated cross-legged on tan sisal mats in the shade, Rebecca Lolosoli, matriarch of a village for women only, took the hand of a frightened 13-year-old girl. The child was expected to wed a man nearly three times her age, and Lolosoli told her she didn't have to....

A Culture Vanishes in Kalahari Dust

by Craig Timberg Washington Post June 3, 2005

MALAPO, Botswana -- In the Kalahari Desert, where the landscape stretches brown and dusty in every direction, water is power. So when the truckloads of men from the government rumbled up to this ancient Bushmen village three years ago, they found the steel drums that held the community's precious re...

In Africa, Lifting the Pall of Smoke From Cooking

by Susan P. Williams Washington Post May 23, 2005

In the highlands of Ethiopia, the temperature dips to an average 37 degrees at night. A typical family's one-room house has no chimney, and the stove consists of three stones supporting a pot over an open wood fire. The mother fixes dinner as her toddlers edge closer, trying to stay warm in the swir...

High-Profile Help for Africa: Mandela, Tony Blair and Bono–Will the U.S. Respond?

by Sebastian Mallaby Washington Post May 23, 2005

On the question of Africa right now, the Bush administration is up against Nelson Mandela, Tony Blair and the rock star-industrial complex, not to mention Sun Microsystems and Pat Robertson. It's one of those occasions when the sole pole in our (supposedly) unipolar world looks pretty much surrounde...

In Darfur, Both Sides Want to Fight

by Emily Wax Washington Post May 17, 2005

MUHAJARA, Sudan -- Tarjab Jalab, a sinewy, bearded rebel commander in the Sudan Liberation Army militia, limped across this scarred and half-empty village on a bandaged foot. Dozens of leather pouches hung from his arms and legs, each containing Koranic verses. The amulets had not saved Jalab from b...

Oil Giant ChevronTexaco Admits Nigeria Aid Woes

by BBC News May 5, 2005

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