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My shitty country
May 18, 2015
You should walk down First Street in Harare just before summer starts. You should smell the scent of the purple jacaranda flowers, it is a mixture of petrol and sugar, a scent that excites my senses. You should meet a ... Continue Reading →
Children play football in Bujumbura on March 19 2015. (Pic: AFP)
Coup or no coup, here are 8 things you should know about Burundi May 14, 2015

A top Burundian general launched a coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza on Wednesday, bringing to a head weeks of violent protests against the president’s bid to stand for a third term. General Godefroid Niyombare, a powerful former intelligence chief who was sacked earlier in the year, announced via a private radio station that the …

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Traders deliver khat to the market at IFO main camp of the Dadaab refugee camp. (Pic: AFP)
Life and opportunity in the world’s biggest refugee camp May 13, 2015

Soon after dawn Bashir Bilal sat outside on his usual plastic jerry can surrounded by young girls and boys chanting Quranic verses. Each child clutched a worn plank of wood instead of an exercise book, writing on it in Arabic script with ink made from charcoal and water. In Somalia the Islamic madrassa is often …

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A man walks past an Ebola campaign banner in Monrovia. (Pic: AFP)
WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free May 11, 2015

The UN health agency on Saturday declared Liberia Ebola-free, hailing the “monumental” achievement in the west African country where the virus has killed more than 4 700 people. “The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over,” the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement, adding that 42 days had passed since the …

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Namibia: Government to name and shame irresponsible fathers May 7, 2015

Namibian fathers who fail to pay maintenance for their children could soon have their photos published in the media. The Namibian reports that the country’s justice minister Albert Kawana announced the decision as a “desperate and last resort” to shame “dodgy” fathers into meeting their parental responsibilities. There are plans to begin publishing the photos in the next three …

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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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