Africa

The Guardian view on famine: sitting by as disaster unfolds

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Millions face starvation, but the world is turning away. The Guardian We are too late to prevent this severe food crisis – but we can and must act now to save lives How can a… The Guardian view… Read More »

Watchmen of Lake Chad: Vigilante Groups Fighting Boko Haram

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Regional armies in the Lake Chad basin deploy vigilantes to sharpen campaigns against Boko Haram insurgents… ICG But using these militias creates risks as combatants turn to communal violence and organised crime… Over the long term they must be disbanded or regulated… Watchmen of Lake… Read More »

The Regional Risks to Somalia’s Moment of Hope

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Eruptions of joy across the Somali-speaking Horn of Africa greeted the election of President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo, but to deliver a cure for Somalia’s chronic ills he will need to counter distrust in neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya and… ICG The election of Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo offers the country’s international partners a… The Regional Risks… Read More »

After Slavery, Searching For Loved Ones In Wanted Ads

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In the waning years of the Civil War, advertisements like this began appearing in newspapers around the country: “INFORMATION WANTED By a mother concerning her children. Ari Shapiro npr “Mrs. Elizabeth Williams, who now resides in Marysville, California was formerly owned to-gether with her children, vis: Lydia, William, Allen, and Parker, by one John Petty, who lived about six miles from the town of Woodbury… After Slavery, Searching… Read More »

Famine declared in South Sudan

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‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the… Ben Quinn The Guardian Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000… A further 1 million people were classified as being on the… Famine declared in… Read More »

How to tackle repetitive droughts in the Horn of Africa

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Investing in localised initiatives to mitigate drought can help the continent to break the cyclic nature of disasters. Esther Ngumbi Al Jazeera News The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently declared that millions of citizens in the Horn of Africa face food shortages. Owing to a persistent… How to tackle… Read More »

Olympic runners train with amateurs at Ethiopian camp

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A simple Ethiopian athletics camp which is attracting elite runners from around the world has opened its doors to state-run Anadolu… ADDIS ABABA – Anadolu Agency Hurriyet Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah is just one of the top-tier competitors using the facilities at Yaya Africa Athletics Village near the… The athletics village – owned by… Olympic runners train… Read More »

South Africa Zuma: Violence at State of Nation address

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Punches have been thrown in South Africa’s parliament as opposition MPs tried to disrupt the State of the Nation address by President Jacob… BBC Members of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF), all dressed in red, scuffled with security guards who ejected them from the… Mr Zuma had… South Africa Zuma… Read More »

Kenya’s high court declares move to close the world’s largest refugee camp illegal

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A Kenyan court has ruled that the government must not close the world’s largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn… ABC The decision that eases pressure on Somalis who feared the camp would close by the end of… Kenya’s Internal Security Minister abused his power by ordering the closure of Dadaab camp, Judge… Kenya’s high court… Read More »

S Sudan not facing ‘genocide’, but violence is constant

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Constant talk of genocide blurs more prevalent forms of violence that are prolonging the bloodshed in the country. Zachariah Mampilly Al Jazeera News On New Year’s day, I boarded an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Entebbe, Uganda. Formally dressed members of the South Sudanese diaspora crowded the propeller plane alongside businessmen from Uganda, Kenya and South India. We were headed… S Sudan not facing… Read More »

Big hopes for the New Gambia

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What is next for Africa’s newest democracy? Robin Renee Sanders Al Jazeera News The Gambian political crisis appears to be over with President Adama Barrow having taken the reins of power, successfully and peacefully, with the backing and support of ECOWAS. So, what is next… Big hopes for… Read More »

The Egyptian roots of feminism

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The history of ancient Egyptian woman can teach the West that it is not the first region in the world to empower women. Khaled Diab Al Jazeera News Like our Greek cousins across the Mediterranean, Egyptians take outsized pride in their contributions to shaping human civilisation, partly as an antidote to our contemporary state of disarray. For their part… The Egyptian roots… Read More »

Is Africa the Next Big Economic Success Story?

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A hodgepodge of modernization and tradition, Africa has the second-fastest growth rate in the world. Eliot Pence The National Interest The morning after the American presidential elections, I flew home to Washington, DC from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. I didn’t know the… Is Africa the Next… Read More »

The African Union Deserves Another Look

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This isn’t the slow African kleptocracy you’re used to. Ahmed Charai The National Interest In Western public discussions today, the word “refugees” triggers an association with Syria; “terrorism,” ISIS and Iran; and “democracy,” an inwardly focused debate about the implications of a wave of populism on governance in… The African Union… Read More »

All Gambians need to rebuild their country, even members of the old regime

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New president Adama Barrow should not be criticised for reaching out to an ‘enabler’ for former leader Yahya Jammeh Sait Matty Jaw The Guardian How do countries with no history of political transitions survive one when it comes along? How will Gambians endure… All Gambians need to… Read More »

Victory for democracy in The Gambia

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Celebrations can now begin in The Gambia, with new leader Adama Barrow set to return home on Thursday. Daily Nation President Barrow, who defeated long-serving despot Yahya Jammeh, moves into the presidential palace to complete a transition that would probably never have happened had the regional leaders and the international community… Victory for democracy in… Read More »