Latest News October 1, 2014

news From All Africa

  • Nigeria: Happy 54th Independence Anniversary
    [Vanguard]TODAY Wednesday, October 1, 2014, marks the 54th anniversary of our independence from our colonial genitors, Great Britain. It is a moment of triumph for both countries.
  • Mozambique: Op-Ed – Progressive New Abortion Law Shows Mozambique's Commitment to Women's Reproductive Rights
    [Daily Maverick]There are only a few countries in Africa where abortion is legal. In the next few weeks, Mozambique will become one of them, with President Armando Guebuza expected to sign a new bill into law. It is a major victory for women’s reproductive rights in Mozambique, and an important legacy for the president as he prepares to step down next month.
  • West Africa: Thousands of Ebola Orphans Shunned by Communities
    [VOA]Geneva -The U.N. Children’s Fund reports thousands of Ebola orphans in West Africa face stigma and rejection from their families and communities for fear of being infected. As a consequence, UNICEF said many of these orphans are abandoned and must fend for themselves.
  • South Sudan: Four South Sudan Soldiers Killed in Pay Dispute
    [VOA]Officials in Central Equatoria state said Tuesday that four soldiers were killed and several more wounded in a shootout at a military barracks in Yei River county, in the south of the country.
  • South Africa: Fringe Festival – Monstrous Tale Reels in All Ages
    [Daily Maverick]In a world where the sea harvest is getting less bountiful by the month, a young boy (Stephen Erasmus) and his perlemoen-poaching granddad (Dylan Esbach) get conscripted as crew on to a terrifying fully-mechanised submarine by a wily pirate (Jason Potgieter). After hearing the pirate talk of the robotic submarine captain’s (Shaun Acker) nefarious capitalist plot to harvest “the bounty of the ocean”, the two come to the horrifying realisation that they were hired solely to be bait for the largest fish o
  • Uganda: Pregnant Student Cries Foul Over Suspension
    [RNW Africa]Several female students from a university in Uganda are crying foul after they were suspended for conceiving from Uganda Christian University (UCU) in the city of Mukono earlier this year. Sylvia Arinaitwe (21), one of 27 students who have been recently suspended, says her dreams have been shattered.
  • Kenya: Teenager Arrested in 'Liz' Gang Rape Case
    [Thomson Reuters Foundation]Nairobi -The arrest of a second youth in a high-profile case in which a 16-year-old girl was gang raped and dumped in a pit latrine, breaking her spine, shows Kenya is starting to tackle its “epidemic” of sexual violence, campaigners said.
  • West Africa: UN Ebola Mission Wants 'Significant Progress' in 60 Days
    [Deutsche Welle]The UN mission to combat Ebola, which opened its headquarters in Ghana, is laying out a strategy to bring the disease under control. Another UN body reports that Ebola orphans are being shunned by suspicious relatives.
  • Congo-Kinshasa: Surrendered Fighters Starve in Camp
    [HRW]Kinshasa -Over 100 demobilized combatants, their wives, and children have died from starvation and disease in a remote military camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo after officials failed to provide adequate food and health care.

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