Africa

Sudan’s Unbowed, Unbroken Inner Circle

by Emily Wax Washington Post May 3, 2005

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- The men who control Africa's largest country -- the key architects of the conflict in Darfur -- hail from two tiny, interwoven Arab tribes. Many of them grew up together and graduated from Khartoum University. They often sit together in cafés beside the Nile, bickering about poli...

President Mugabe Celebrates His Party’s Victory

Mugabe’s Party Sweeps to Victory

by BBC News April 1, 2005

President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has swept to victory in Zimbabwe's parliamentary elections. So far the party has taken 69 of 120 contested seats, official results show - enough to guarantee Mr Mugabe's party control of the legislature....

In Zimbabwe, Withholding of Food Magnifies the Hunger for Change

by Craig Timberg Washington Post March 30, 2005

ZHULUBE, Zimbabwe -- Hundreds of bags of cornmeal were stacked in front of a bar near here this month, rising as high as its roof. The only problem for the hungry people of this drought-stricken area was that the food, like the bar, was controlled by officials from the ruling party. With a crucial e...

U.K Aid Report Asks for Doubling of Aid to Africa

by BBC News March 18, 2005

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says the G8 has agreed a $50bn (£28.8bn) aid boost for Africa, as he unveils details....

Photo: BBC: Jonah Fisher. Just outside Nyala is Kalma, one of Darfur’s biggest camps of displaced people. Darfur Refugee Camp. Aid agencies estimate that between 100,000 and 150,000 people live here.

In Pictures: Darfur Journey

by Jonah Fisher BBC News March 2, 2005

The BBC's Jonah Fisher travels to western Sudan's Darfur province to assess the current situation. The road from Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, east to Labado, has seen intense fighting and activity from the Arab Janjaweed militia in recent months.Thousands more people have been displaced from...

Togo’s President–the Former President’s Son Who Used the Military to Take Over After His Father’s Death– Steps Down Afte...

by BBC News February 27, 2005

Togo's interim leader Faure Gnassingbe has said he is stepping down as president, after strong international pressure to leave office.In a statement broadcast on state media, Mr Faure said he would stand as a candidate in a presidential election due to be held in two months' time.Mr Faure said the m...

A Crushing Choice for Ethiopian Mothers With HIV: Facing Death, Women Leave Children at Orphanages

by Emily Wax Washington Post February 19, 2005

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The young mother sat in the orphanage waiting room, a baby playing in her lap. At 22, Adelaw Astake had become so gaunt from illness that her dirty skirt was wrapped twice around her narrow frame and held up at the waist with rags....

Born to be a Slave in Niger!

by Hillary Andersson BBC News February 11, 2005

Slavery continues to blight the lives of many millions around the world. Although officially abolished in some countries two centuries ago, people trafficking, bonded labour and child labour still exist.Niger nomads Slaves come from the poorest communities in Niger.There are some places on earth th...

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...