Africa

New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’

A young Zimbabwean living in direct provision in Cork has had to turn down good opportunities because of his status. Bernard Kudakwashe Matanire slept through his alarm on the morning of his visit to Áras an Uachtaráin. He was so late for the bus to Dublin he didn’t have… Source: New to the Parish: ‘I can’t work and I can’t go to a proper university’ Read More »

Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse

Rape is Malawi’s most reported crime. Ujamaa initiative is helping schoolkids defend themselves against perpetrators. Chimoya, Malawi –  Small fists fly towards throats, knees jerk from under pinafore dress hems up to groin level and two-pronged fingers shoot for the… Source: Malawi empowers children to fight sexual abuse – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s recent visit to Egypt, although aimed at cultivating Turkey and Egypt into a strategic alliance, has taken place at a time when things look really bad for it in Yemen. Never has the need for actualizing the paper-army, the coalition of 39 countries, been felt as badly as today. On the one hand, the… Source: Saudi Arabia looks for anchor as it inches toward defeat in Yemen – Asia Times Read More »

What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls

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“WHAT’S your name? Is that the name your parents recognise? Where were you taken from?” Those are the chilling words uttered by an unseen man behind the camera in a video of the Nigerian schoolgirls who vanished exactly two years ago… Source: What happened to Nigeria’s lost girls Read More »

Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has a formidable record in its efforts to promote peace in a particularly turbulent region. Still, reform is essential to give the organisation new impetus, and is ever more urgent as insecurity worsens throughout the Sahel and Lake Chad regions… Source: Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa – International Crisis Group Read More »

How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons

Minawao refugee camp, Cameroon (CNN)The question was always the same, she says. So, too, was the answer. “They came to us to pick us,” Fati recalls. “They would ask, ‘Who wants to be a suicide bomber?’ The girls would shout, ‘me, me, me.’ They were fighting to do the… Source: How Boko Haram is turning girls into weapons – CNN.com Read More »

Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court

Bribing a Nigerian official was just “a cost of doing business”, the former financial director for Australian Reserve Bank subsidiary Securency has told a London court.. “At the time there was disappointment, but I agreed to proceed with it,” said David Ellery, who was Securency’s financial controller and company secretary until 2010… Source: Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court Read More »

Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence

ISIOLO, Kenya. Until a decade ago, few ventured beyond Isiolo without armed police escort. A dusty frontier garrison town in central Kenya, it was the gateway into the badlands of Kenya’s former Northern Frontier District. In the last two decades, as Kenya’s economy and politics have liberalised, Isiolo has transformed into a vibrant commercial hub […] Source: Kenya: Development, County Governments and the Risk of 2017 Election Violence | Crisis Group Read More »

Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends girls back to school

‘ Theresa Kachindamoto, the senior chief in the Dedza District of Central Malawi, wields power over close to 900,000 people… and she’s not afraid to use her authority to help the women and girls in her district. In the past three years, she has annulled more than 850 child marriages, sent hundreds of young women back to school to continue their education, and made strides to abolish cleansing… Source: Female chief in Malawi breaks up 850 child marriages and sends ... Read More »

President Jacob Zuma to face impeachment motion in South African parliament

Johannesburg: South Africa’s parliament is set to debate a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said, after a top court ruled the president had violated the constitution. South Africa’s constitutional court ruled on Thursday that Mr Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring orders from the public protector that he repay some of the $16 million… Source: President Jacob Zuma to face impeachment motion in South African parliament Read More »

How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career

From refugee to CPA, Denis Yengi has overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve success.. By Louise McCabe and Stephen Craft Denis Yengi has faced struggles most of us couldn’t begin to imagine. His happy childhood in South Sudan ended abruptly at age seven, when he and his family were forced to flee the… Source: INTHEBLACK – How 13 years of poverty drove this CPA’s accounting career Read More »

Kenya to honor Muslim hero who protected Christian bus passengers

Muslim teacher Salah Farah stood in the way as Islamist militants stormed his bus in Kenya in December — refusing their demands to split from the Christian passengers and instead taking a bullet that would later kill him. Now, three months after the attack, Farah will be honored posthumously by Kenya for his act of courage… Source: Kenya to honor Muslim hero who protected Christian bus passengers | Fox News Read More »

Why are Nairobi’s lions suddenly being killed?

The growing populations of humans and lions is creating a deadly situation for the big cats in Kenya.. For the second time in two days, a male lion was killed outside Nairobi National Park. This one, 2-year-old Lemek, was found with a spear through his body. The previous day, a 13-year-old named Mohawk was shot by wildlife rangers who said he posed a threat to human life. They did not have tranquilizers… Source: Why are Nairobi’s lions suddenly being killed? – ... Read More »

Chad: Between Ambition and Fragility

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Ahead of Chad’s presidential election on 10 April popular discontent is rising amid a major economic crisis, growing intra-religious tensions and deadly Boko Haram attacks. The regime that portrays itself as spearheading the fight against regional jihadism could see all sorts of violent actors gain influence at home if it pursues exclusionary politics and denies its people a viable social contract… Source: Chad: Between Ambition and Fragility – International Crisis Group Read More »

France to end military operation in Central Africa this year

France will end its military intervention in the Central African Republic this year as it has achieved its objectives of restoring security to the country after three years of communal violence, the French defence minister said on March 30… Source: France to end military operation in Central Africa this year – EUROPE Read More »

Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism

Eastern Mediterranean cities that view migration as a threat today thrived on the ubiquitous presence of multicultural societies a century ago. Iason Athanasiadis opens our Reviving Cities series by explaining that the roots of today’s slow-motion refugee ‘disaster’ can be found in the region’s trend towards introversion… Source: Reviving the Mediterranean’s Lost Cosmopolitanism | Refugees Deeply Read More »