Sunday 17 December 2017
(Voice of America 10/23/13)
Aid group Save the Children is highlighting progress in combating child mortality in many developing nations in Africa, while also warning of the need to address inequalities to help children have a better chance of surviving. The group issued a new report Wednesday saying the world has made "remarkable" improvements in child health, but that kids in poor and rural areas, as well as girls and infants, remain more at risk of dying. Its profile of Ethiopia spotlights the divide. The country has cut child mortality by 67 percent since the United Nations set a target to cut child moratlity by that rate worldwide by 2015. However, Save the Children says kids in the poorest 40 percent of Ethiopia's population...
(BBC News Africa 10/23/13)
South Korea's largest tobacco company has promised to change an advertising campaign after accusations of racism. Posters promoting a new line of cigarettes featured pictures of monkeys dressed as news reporters, declaring "Africa is coming!" The cigarettes are part of a new This Africa line. The company, KT&G, says they contain African tobacco roasted and dried in a traditional fashion. The cigarette packets contain images of monkeys roasting tobacco.'Mocking Africa'. "We are deeply offended by KT&G's shameless and insulting use of this mocking imagery," said the African Tobacco Control Alliance in a statement calling for the withdrawal of the ad campaign, saying it was "at a minimum culturally insensitive". Cigarette ad featuring a monkey in South Korea Ads for This...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/13)
MAPUTO, October 22, 2013 (AFP) - Mozambique's Renamo and the country's president are determined to avert a new civil war, despite the ex-rebels declaring a 1992 peace deal over, a negotiator said Tuesday. Schools have been shut in the region around Renamo's military base, in the mountains of central Mozambique, after two days of tit-for-tat violence raised fears the country could plunge back into what was one of Africa's bloodiest wars. The ex-rebel group attacked a police station on Tuesday, hours after declaring that a government raid on its base had broken the peace deal, which ended 16 years of fighting. But in talks with independent negotiator Lourenco do Rosario, Renamo said it "reaffirms that it does not want to...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/22/13)
MAPUTO/JOHANNESBURG | Tue Oct 22, 2013 (Reuters) - Mozambique's opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who is fleeing government forces in a remote jungle region, may have also exiled himself to the political wilderness by abandoning a 1992 peace pact that ended the country's civil war. His Renamo former rebel group, which embraced multi-party politics after the deal, said on Monday it was annulling the accord with the government after the army overran Dhlakama's base in the Gorongosa forest of central Sofala province. Suspected Renamo guerrillas fired on a police station at Maringue, just north of the Gorongosa district early on Tuesday, local media said. But no casualties were reported and many doubt Dhlakama still has the power to drag Mozambique back...
(Bloomberg 10/22/13)
Mozambique’s opposition and former rebel movement said a peace deal signed in Rome in 1992 with the ruling party is over following an attack by government troops on its headquarters today. The military today attacked the base of the Mozambique National Resistance party, known as Renamo, in Satunjira in the central Sofala province, Fernando Mazanga, a spokesman for the group, said at a press conference today. Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama was forced to take refuge in the nearby Gorongosa mountains, he said. “Dhlakama is alive and in good health despite that attack,” he said. “The attack definitely puts to an end the Rome peace agreement and from now on we cannot assure what will happen.” Renamo, which was once backed...
(BBC News Africa 10/22/13)
Mozambique's opposition Renamo movement has ended a 1992 peace accord after government forces attacked the jungle base of its leader, Afonso Dhlakama. The government forces captured the Sathunjira base in central Mozambique, forcing Mr Dhlakama to flee. About a million people were killed in the civil war that raged in Mozambique after it achieved independence from Portugal in 1975. Mozambique's economy has been booming since the civil war ended. Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga said that government soldiers had bombarded the Sathunjira base with heavy weapons before occupying it on Monday. "Peace is over in the country... The responsibility lies with the Frelimo government because they didn't want to listen to Renamo's grievances," Mr Mazanga told Reuters news agency. This irresponsible...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/22/13)
MAPUTO | (Reuters) - Mozambique's Renamo opposition movement said on Monday it was annulling its 1992 peace agreement with the ruling Frelimo party that ended the country's civil war, following the capture of one of its bases by government forces. "Peace is over in the country ... The responsibility lies with the Frelimo government because they didn't want to listen to Renamo's grievances," Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga told Reuters.
(Voice of America 10/22/13)
The international human rights N-G-O, Light for the World, dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through community rehabilitation, announced an alliance that will focus on giving a voice to people with disabilities in developing nations. The group says it has received a declaration of support from its newly formed international board of ambassadors, who have pledged to work towards creating an inclusive society for people who are treated as outcasts because of a disability. Light for the World says on average persons with disabilities and households with a disabled member experience higher rates of deprivations including food insecurity, poor housing, and lack of access to water and sanitation. Gabriel Muller is director of public relations and international alliances for Light...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/21/13)
MAPUTO | Mon Oct 21, 2013(Reuters) - Mozambique's Renamo opposition movement said on Monday that government forces attacked a jungle base in the centre of the country where its leader, Afonso Dhlakama, was staying, forcing him to flee to an undisclosed location. "He's no longer there. He's in an undisclosed location. He's called me and says that he's in good health," Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga told Reuters by phone. There were clashes last week in the area around the base in central Sofala province between Frelimo government forces and Renamo, a guerrilla group that waged a 1975-1992 civil war before making peace and becoming a political movement. Spokesmen for Mozambique's defense and interior ministries said they had no fresh information...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/21/13)
ROME | Mon Oct 21, 2013 (Reuters) - More than 100 survivors of a shipwreck in which hundreds of African immigrants died burst through the gates of a holding center on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Monday in a protest against the refusal of authorities to allow them to attend a funeral ceremony for the victims. The survivors of the October 3 disaster tried to catch a ferry to the Sicilian city of Agrigento, where an official ceremony was held 200 km (125 miles) from the island, Italy's southernmost point. When an interior ministry official denied them permission to board the ferry, the protesters sat down in front of the tiny island's town hall, blocking a main roads. "One...
(The Guardian 10/21/13)
For too long the status quo has been to simply make knowledge available. But that's not enough, data must also be actionable. Nathaniel Manning reiterates the importance of open data. It is paramount to share data throughout the development sector, most importantly getting it into the hands of the technologists in the developing world. The sector would benefit tremendously by embracing a collaborative, open development model in which not only financial and human capital is shared with the developing world but also the rich value of information capital. Open data has a multiplier effect for development. The original work creates the benefit that it was specifically intended to do, and opening up the data produced from that work ignites entrepreneurship,...
(Sunday Independent 10/20/13)
Johannesburg - This week, for a second consecutive year, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s committee of eminent persons resolved there was no African leader deemed worthy of the $5 million (R49m) Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. It is the fourth time there has been no winner in its seven-year history. As in previous no-awards years, the decision has been met with curiosity and derision. There’s no denying the prestige, if not the quantum, of the award for recipients. Comprising $5m over 10 years and $200 000 annually for life thereafter, as well as a possible $200 000 extra each year towards the winner’s philanthropic activities, it is a substantial award. Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire,...
(The New York Times 10/19/13)
FORT RILEY, Kan. — Here on the Kansas plains, thousands of soldiers once bound for Iraq or Afghanistan are now gearing up for missions in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy to train and advise indigenous forces to tackle emerging terrorist threats and other security risks so that American forces do not have to. The first-of-its-kind program is drawing on troops from a 3,500-member brigade in the Army’s storied First Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One, to conduct more than 100 missions in Africa over the next year. The missions range from a two-man sniper team in Burundi to 350 soldiers conducting airborne and humanitarian exercises in South Africa. The brigade has also sent a 150-member...
(Zimbabwe Independent 10/18/13)
The frosty relations between the International Criminal Court (ICC), which came into force on July 1 2002, and African leaders show signs of further deterioration with African leaders accusing The Hague of employing double standards against Africans. The conflict was sparked in July 2008 when the then prosecutor Moreno Ocampo applied for a warrant of arrest for Omar Al-Bashir, the sitting President of the Republic of Sudan. Al-Bashir was charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Darfur region of South Sudan. Since establishment, the office of the prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC has investigated eight cases involving alleged violations of international criminal law. Each of these investigations is related to situations in African countries, namely the...
(Voice of America 10/18/13)
UNITED NATIONS — Five countries have won two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council, including two potentially controversial countries. U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe announced the winners of the secret ballot vote. “Chad, Chile, Lithuania, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia are elected members of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning on 1 January 2014,” he said. They will replace outgoing members Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo. The seats are allocated regionally, and all five candidates had been agreed upon in advance within their regional groups, so they faced no competition. But they all were required to win a two-thirds majority approval of voting U.N. member states, which they did. Chad, Saudi Arabia and Lithuania have never served...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/13)
MAPUTO, October 17, 2013 (AFP) - Mozambique government forces on Thursday killed two fighters from former rebel group Renamo in clashes on the first anniversary of their leader's return to the bush, the president's office said. "Security forces were going about their normal work when they were surprised by a Renamo attack," presidential spokesman Edson Macuacua said late Thursday. "On Renamo's side there were two guerrillas killed. On our side there were no fatalities," he said in a statement, adding weapons were also seized. The attack took place fewer than 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the central Mozambique headquarters of Renamo's leader, Afonso Dhlakama, where the former civil war chief had called a commemoration to mark his return to the...
(Voice of America 10/17/13)
WASHINGTON — Significant oil reserves have been discovered in Uganda and Kenya in recent years. However before Kenyans and Ugandans can benefit from the discoveries infrastructure challenges, political issues and special interests must be overcome say experts. In the last two years the Irish exploration company, Tullow Oil, confirmed reserves of 1.7 billion barrels of crude oil buried near the shores of Lake Albert in Uganda. Across Uganda’s border to the north, the company next discovered an estimated 300 million barrels in Kenya and is now exploring in southern Ethiopia, tracing a Great Rift hydrocarbon basin that promises economic transformation for some of the world’s poorest countries. Tullow’s success has attracted major producers from around the world, including France’s Total,...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/13)
BUCHAREST, October 17, 2013 (AFP) - The president of the International Criminal Court said Thursday it has never targeted any African country, calling such criticism "regrettable". "We never chased any African country, we didn't do anything in this respect, they brought their own situation to us," Korean judge Sang-Hyun Song told AFP, speaking in English. His comments were the ICC's strongest response yet to accusations by made by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta at last week's African Union summit of "bias and race-hunting at the ICC". The African Union has called on the ICC to adjourn the crimes against humanity trials of Kenyatta and Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto. But Song strongly defended the court, speaking during a conference in Bucharest organised...
(Dw-World 10/16/13)
The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has no winner in 2013 - for the fourth time in five years. The award, set up by Sudan-born telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim in 2007, goes to a democratically elected African leader who demonstrated exceptional leadership, served their mandated term and left office in the last three years. It carries a $5 million (3.7 million euro) prize paid over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life from then on, with a further $200,000 per year available for 10 years for good causes backed by the winner. The London-based Mo Ibrahim foundation also publishes the Ibrahim Index of African Governance. Deutsche Welle spoke to a former award winner and president of Botswana about...
(Times of swaziland 10/16/13)
MBABANE –The power of nutrition to transform individuals, societies and economies will be the highlight in today’s celebration to mark World Food Day. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will further highlight the need to make nutrition central to all development efforts. WFP Country Director Heather Hill said the cost of hunger in the Swaziland study, published in July this year, showed that economic losses associated with under nutrition total E783 million annually. These results, Hill said, highlighted the need for all sectors including education, health, agriculture, finance and social affairs to consider the benefits, both social and economic of prioritising child nutrition today and in the future. WFP has many years of collaboration in food security and nutrition with...

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