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Tough sell: Marketing Uganda to gay travellers
October 1, 2014
Uganda is probably the last place a gay holidaymaker would want to visit, but tourism bosses in the east African nation are nevertheless trying to achieve the seemingly impossible. Earlier this year the country drew international condemnation after passing anti-homosexuality legislation – ... Continue Reading →
A woman passes a sign posted in an awareness campaign against the spread of Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (Pic: Reuters)
Travelling with the extra baggage of Ebola stigma September 30, 2014

Upon landing at Kigali International Airport last month, I peered out the window and my eyes caught sight of an official clad in protective gear standing just under a sign that read ‘Arrivals: Ebola testing’. If I had ever been removed from what has been going on in my beloved Sierra Leone, it ended in …

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Former Rwandan trade minister Justin Mugenzi. (Pic: Reuters)
Rwanda court’s forgotten men pose challenge to international justice September 29, 2014

Justin Mugenzi was legally cleared of any role in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. But an oversight in the international justice system means he remains a virtual prisoner in a United Nations safe house in the eastern African state of Tanzania. “My wife and eight children are all Belgian citizens now,” the 75-year-old former trade minister told …

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A woman passes a sign posted in an awareness campaign against the spread of Ebola in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (Pic: Reuters)
Sierra Leone quarantines more than 1-million people September 25, 2014

Sierra Leone has ordered the quarantine “with immediate effect” of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms – affecting more than one million people – in the largest lockdown in west Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak. President Ernest Bai Koroma, in a national televised address late on Wednesday, announced that the northern districts of Port Loko and …

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Children play at the sprawling Mathare slums, one of the largest and poorest in Africa, near Kenya's capital Nairobi. (Pic: Reuters)
Lessons from the Kenyan classroom September 23, 2014

On a recent Thursday at around midday, I saw a group of kids, not more than 15, who by their size appeared to be in nursery school. The little boys and girls in pink checked shirts and grey pair of shorts were clustered in front of televisions on display. They were pointing at a monkey swinging on …

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Ebola: Getting to zero cases
Ebola: Getting to zero cases June 2, 2015

The Ebola outbreak has slowed across West Africa but every new infection continues to threaten millions of lives. This fatal disease claimed 7 000 lives by the end of 2014 in just Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Lione. Overcoming this complex emergency challenged governments and international aid organisations and brought fear to the rest of the …

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Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Waje and Judith Sephuma sing their hearts out in a song that addresses gender inequality and poverty. (Pic: Supplied)
Poverty is sexist, sing seven African performers in protest May 19, 2015

Singers Victoria Kimani from Kenya, South African Judith Sephuma, Waje from Nigeria, Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania, Arielle T from Gabon, Gabriela from Mozambique and Selomor Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe have now recorded Strong Girl to address the gender inequality that they believe goes hand-in-hand with poverty. The song is inspired by a recently released report by …

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