Africa

South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias

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The 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan reached a milestone with the formation of a transitional government in Juba in April. Yet fault lines like those in the Equatorias remain outstanding. A committed, inclusive political response is vital to stop low-level conflicts continuing indefinitely… Source: South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias – International Crisis Group Read More »

Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court

Government lawyers expected to make a last-minute application to delay case over translation dispute.. Compensation claims for torture, rape, wrongful detention and forced labour brought by 40,000 Kenyans who allege they were mistreated by British officials during the Mau Mau insurgency are due to be heard in the high court in London on Monday… Source: Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court | Law | The Guardian Read More »

What China Knows about Africa That the West Doesn’t

Europe has always misunderstood what Africans want.. “Take up the White Man’s burden, Send forth the best ye breed Go bind your sons to exile, to serve your captives’ need;” —Rudyard Kipling Throughout the last five centuries, Africa has existed in the Western imagination between two polarized extremes. One is the Africa that exists as treasure trove of spoils, a source of slaves to take as free labor, and a vast land full of natural riches for the taking. The ... Read More »

CAR sets up anti-genocide committee

The government of the Central African Republic on Thursday launched a national committee for the prevention and punishment of crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and all forms of discrimination, an initiative aimed at helping the beleaguered nation to turn the page from its recent turmoil. The structure will among others, contribute to the strengthening of national reconciliation, but also to identify early warnings of communal violence… Source: CAR sets up anti-genocide committee | Africanews Read More »

Brawl erupts in South African parliament

Johannesburg: South African opposition politicians, who tried to disrupt President Jacob Zuma in parliament, brawled with guards before being ejected from the building. Red-clad members of the Economic Freedom Fighters party were bundled out of parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, after they said Zuma himself should leave because of corruption allegations against him… Source: Brawl erupts in South African parliament Read More »

Why is the cost of hosting refugees falling on the world’s poorest states?

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As long as rich nations pay lip service to meeting the needs of the world’s displaced, they cannot blame Kenya for closing refugee camps like Dadaab.. The government of Kenya says it plans to close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, which hosts approximately 330,000 people, as well as shutting theDepartment of Refugee Affairs (DRA). The announcement, on Friday 6 May, was… Source: Why is the cost of hosting refugees falling on the world’s poorest states? | Global development | ... Read More »

Rape is black people’s ‘pastime’, white South African judge says in Facebook rant

South Africans aren’t blind to the fact that race still divides their country. But when an activist named Gillian Schutte went public recently with messages she had exchanged with a high court judge a year ago, she certainly achieved her stated goal: to expose the “deep racism and colonial thinking” that still pervade upper echelons of South African society. Mabel Jansen, who is the daughter of a former governor-general of South Africa during the apartheid years, sent the messages last ... Read More »

Nigerian President Buhari ‘not demanding’ Cameron apology

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he wants the return of stolen assets, not an apology, after UK PM calls his country “fantastically corrupt”. Speaking at an anti-corruption event in London, Mr Buhari said he was more interested in the return of stolen assets held in British banks. Mr Cameron made the unguarded comments in a conversation with the Queen… Source: Nigerian President Buhari ‘not demanding’ Cameron apology – BBC News Read More »

Zimbabwe is trying to sell its wildlife because of severe drought

First, it sold its elephants to China. Now, the Zimbabwe government has placed an ad in its state-run newspaper asking members of the public – at least those who have the money and space – to buy some more of the country’s wild animals. The reason is a devastating, relentless El Nino-induced drought that has left as many as 4 million Zimbabweans in need of food aid and ravished the country’s natural resources… Source: Zimbabwe is trying to sell its ... Read More »

Boko Haram on the Back Foot?

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Boko Haram is losing ground, resources and fighters. But defeating the group and preventing a future insurgency needs more than military success. The 14 May summit in Abuja is an opportunity for Nigeria and its Lake Chad basin neighbours to prepare and implement what’s been long overdue: a holistic response to the extremist group… Source: Boko Haram on the Back Foot? – International Crisis Group Read More »

Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns

Malawi’s albinos are at risk of “total extinction” amid escalating attacks against them for their body parts, the United Nations warned. Albinism is a genetic condition that leads to little or no pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. The southern African nation has about 10,000 albinos, according to the U.N… Source: Malawi’s albinos at risk of ‘total extinction,’ U.N. warns – CNN.com Read More »

Elephant summit: Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an effort to show his country’s commitment to saving Africa’s elephants, but the move has its critics. More than 100 tonnes of ivory was stacked up in pyres in Nairobi National Park where it is expected to burn for several days… Source: Elephant summit: Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile – BBC News Read More »

South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Fiery South African opposition politician Julius Malema told 40,000 cheering supporters that President Jacob Zuma should step down before the army turns on him because of the corruption allegations against him… Source: South Africa: Opposition leader warns president to step down – Washington Times Read More »

The war on elephants

How the very existence of Africa’s elephants is threatened by poachers, traffickers and Asia’s appetite for ivory. WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Bloated and eerily upright the large adult elephant was still standing where it had been killed – just next to the stream – its face hacked off… Source: BBC News – The war on elephants Read More »

Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has unveiled a statue of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The unveiling ceremony on April 27 was attended by Palestinian government ministers, diplomats, the leaders of various Palestinian factions and hundreds of Palestinian citizens… Source: Nelson Mandela statue erected in Ramallah – MIDEAST Read More »

Labour says ‘fight will go on’ after Tories vote down child refugee plan

Government defeats immigration bill amendment that would have let 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian minors enter UK. The shadow immigration minister, Keir Starmer, has promised that “the fight will go on” to force the UK to do more to help some of the thousands of… Source: Labour says ‘fight will go on’ after Tories vote down child refugee plan | World news | The Guardian Read More »