Africa

Rwanda Rugby: Sport helps heal wounds in ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’

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(CNN) – Kamanda Tharcisse’s voice is barely a whisper as he recalls the events of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Matt Majendie CNN An estimated one million people were killed during a 100-day period, among them Tharcisse’s father and two brothers. Aged 13, he… Rwanda Rugby: Sport… Read More »

Africa’s most misunderstood country?

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Benjamin Zand spent a week in Sudan – a country long-ravaged by terrorism and civil war – to uncover the timeless beauty and rich humanity beneath its fraught exterior. Benjamin Zand BBC News For travellers, Sudan’s secret treasures are captivating. From discovering what… Africa’s most misunderstood… Read More »

Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

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Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior… Murithi Mutiga ICG Measures taken now can avert the risk of a repeat of electoral violence that killed hundreds of people in… Kenyans go to the polls in August, and fierce contests are likely in the race for the… Kenya: Avoiding Another… Read More »

Where is Britain’s version of Roots? David Olusoga

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The series that shook America in the 1970s has just been remade. David Olusoga The Guardian The tale of the British empire’s slave history should be told too For more than… Where is Britain’s… Read More »

‘Control’ is the new core of Germany’s refugee policy

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The purpose of the German chancellor’s trip to Egypt and Tunisia is to help to reduce irregular migration into the EU. Thorsten Benner Al Jazeera News On March 2 and 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Egypt and Tunisia. Concerns about migration… ‘Control’ is the… Read More »

Even in an age of austerity, aid works. We have to keep giving

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Altruism aside, it makes sense to help fragile states as best we can. David Cameron The Guardian We suffer the effects when they fail There’s a big… Even in an… Read More »

Xenophobic violence in the ‘Rainbow’ nation

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In the post-apartheid South Africa, resurgence of xenophobic violence is a symptom of the deep leadership deficit. Jean Pierre Misago Al Jazeera News For the fourth consecutive week now, South Africa is witnessing what many analysts call a “resurgence” of xenophobic violence in parts of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the country’s capital city. The reality is… Xenophobic violence in… Read More »

Niger and Boko Haram: Beyond Counter-insurgency

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The struggle against Boko Haram in south-eastern Niger is increasingly sharpening local conflicts over access to… ICG There is no military solution to this insurgency, and the authorities should instead put the emphasis on demobilising militants, solving local conflicts, reinvigorating the economy and… Niger and Boko… Read More »

‘I spent the night at my Muslim friends”: Christians flee Islamic State in Sinai

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Ismailia, Egypt: Some fled with little more than the clothes they were wearing, terrified that the militants of Islamic State would come for them… Omar Medhat and Laura King WAtoday Los Angeles Times For a fourth day on Sunday, Coptic Christians – one of Egypt’s most vulnerable minorities – sought safe haven after a series of sectarian killings in and… ‘I spent the… Read More »

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 »