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African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (Pic: AFP)
African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks
January 30, 2015
African leaders meet on Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola. While the official theme of the African Union meeting will be women’s empowerment, leaders ... Continue Reading →
A man holds a placard reading "I am Nigerian, stop Boko Haram" during a gathering at the trocadero place in Paris on January 18, 2015 to protest against Boko Haram islamists after a large-scale attack in Baga. (Pic: AFP)
Africa, can we speak? January 29, 2015

According to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights presented by the UN, everyone has the right to freedom of speech. But with every right comes a responsibility hence the classic philosophy that our freedom ends where the next person’s freedom begins. This of course is not easily understood. The Charlie Hebdo episode …

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A volunteer in protective suit looks on after spraying disinfectant outside a home in Waterloo, 30km outside Freetown. (Pic: AFP)
After Ebola: What next for West Africa’s health systems? January 28, 2015

As rates of Ebola infection fall in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, planning has begun on how to rebuild public health systems and learn lessons from the outbreak. Nobody is declaring victory yet. But in Sierra Leone, the worst-affected country, there were 117 new confirmed cases reported in the week to 18 January, the latest …

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Bone fragments are seen in a barrel of the cremated remains of Ebola virus victims in Boys Town on January 9 2015. (Pic: Reuters)
Families left haunted by Liberia’s Ebola crematorium January 26, 2015

Brian Lomax (26) sleeps on a pile of bones – the remains of cremated Ebola victims whose relatives may never get the chance to collect. He was hounded out of his community by neighbours who feared his work at the Margibi crematorium in Boys Town, Lower Margibi county, was helping to spread the disease rather than …

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“So what do you do daily?” “I just walk around looking for food... I’m 72.” “And you’re still strong ey?” “Yes, and if someone would hire me, I can still work.” (Pic: Homeless of Nairobi)
Homeless of Nairobi: Facebook project gives rough sleepers a voice January 23, 2015

“I’ve lived two lives in this life.” “How?” “I had things, now I have nothing.” “What are you afraid of most?” “El Niño is coming.” “And what makes you laugh?” “Life.” This was a conversation with Daniel, a destitute man in Nairobi, Kenya, posted on the internet last August. That night, thanks to a stranger, …

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Bill Gates on health and poverty in Africa
Bill Gates on health and poverty in Africa
January 21, 2015
Bill and Melinda Gates believe poor people's live will change rapidly in the near future. M&G's Health reporter Amy
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More forced evictions in Swaziland
More forced evictions in Swaziland
December 19, 2014
Family homes are being destroyed under the orders of King Mswati III, to make land available for a Science, Innovation a
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Swaziland royal family replace chief, torture opposition
Swaziland royal family replace chief, torture opposition
December 10, 2014
Footage obtained alleges that the Swazi royal family have forcibly replaced a local chief with a family member, torturin
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Q&A with Martin Meredith
Q&A with Martin Meredith
November 27, 2014
Author Martin Meredith, who writes about the continent's history and politics, speaks to Shaun de Waal about his latest
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‘Africa Stop Ebola': A better alternative to Bob Geldof’s Band Aid 30
‘Africa Stop Ebola': A better alternative to ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ November 20, 2014

Social media is rallying behind an alternative to Bob Geldof’s Band Aid 30, which champions advice and solidarity over scenes of desperation designed to tug at the heart and purse strings of the general public. Africa Stop Ebola was recorded before the release of Geldof’s third rehash of the charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas?, and …

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Here’s what’s wrong with voluntourism in Africa
Here’s what’s wrong with voluntourism in Africa November 11, 2014

In 2012, a spoof music video calling on Africans to donate radiators to Norway as part of a charity drive went viral on social media and made headlines across the world. The campaign, created by the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH) on a small budget, aimed to challenge the stereotypes people have of Africa and create a …

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