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- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Angola/DR Congo: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Angola: Drought - 2012-2014
- Angola: Cholera Outbreak - Dec 2011
- Angola: Floods - Dec 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Angola: Floods - Oct 2010
- Angola: Floods - Mar 2010
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BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Groups representing small-scale farmers, rural women and social activists from the countries of the Southern African Development Community, SADC, are asking the regional bloc to consider stop giving what they say is “red carpet” treatment to multilateral corporations at the expense of the poor.
The call is included in a joint statement issued by the Eastern and Southern African Small Scale Farmer’s Forum and People’s Dialogue which says the region is facing ongoing challenges and a deepening crisis due to neo-liberal economic policies.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reports that more than 6 million people in the southern African countries of Angola, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Malawi are facing severe food shortages.
People in Southern Africa are in the midst of the so-called lean season, which starts at the end of January and lasts until the end of March. It is a period, just before the next harvest in April, when food stocks are at their lowest.
"What we’ve seen in the past few years is the securitization of immigration in South Africa,” said Roni Amit, a senior researcher at the Center for African Migration and Society at Johannesburg’s Wits University.
“There’s just this increased sense that we need to protect our borders and stop people from coming in. There’s this perception that there’s a flood of African migrants coming into the country and that we need to restrict that and keep them out and that they are a drain on the economy.”
Agricultural experts are meeting in Addis Ababa (10/8-12) to discuss ways of making sub-Saharan Africa a major wheat producer. The region traditionally has played a small role in wheat production, but that could change in the coming years.
MALANGE, Angola – Ten years after the end of the civil war in Angola, the country still remains, despite its best efforts, one of the most unexploded mine-affected countries in the world. The African nation was due to finish the demining by 2013, but the Angolan government is requesting a five-year extension to complete the task.
Remnants of war, including unexploded ordnance and landmines, are still found in many countries around the world - even decades after conflicts have ended. Those dangers often devastate the lives of local inhabitants, who might not be aware they live in the middle of a minefield.
An international organization that helps clear and destroy weapons left behind in war zones recently screened a documentary called Surviving the Peace, which shows how remnants of a conflict affect people’s lives, even after their country has emerged from war.
15 November 2010, Joe DeCapua
The World Health Organization is conducting a mass immunization program in three Central African countries, after hundreds of polio cases were reported.
By Lisa Schlein
Geneva - The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, warns extreme poverty, climate change and civil strife are generating more refugees around the world. He says the growing number of refugees and migrants is leading to more intolerance and xenophobia. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, says refugee numbers were going down until 2005.
A project called the Zambian Initiative Development is alleviating poverty among refugees and communities near refugee camps. It has helped over 600 thousand people, some of them asylum seekers. VOA English to Africa's Danstan Kaunda reports from Lusaka that Zambia is home to more than 120 thousand refugees from Angola, Rwanda, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of these refugees fled their countries because of conflict.
The Zambia Initiative is funded by Denmark, Japan, Sweden and the United States.
TITLE=ANGOLA / UNITA (L)
INTRO: ANGOLA'S GOVERNMENT
AND THE UNITA REBEL MOVEMENT AGREED
EARLY LAST MONTH ON WHAT WAS DUBBED THE "FINAL" TIMETABLE FOR
IMPLEMENTING THEIR ALREADY MORE THAN THREE-YEAR-OLD,
DELAY-PLAGUED PEACE PLAN. THAT "FINAL" TIMETABLE IS NOW ITSELF
BEHIND SCHEDULE. AND, AS V-O-A SOUTHERN AFRICA CORRESPONDENT ALEX
BELIDA REPORTS, THERE ARE NEW SIGNS INDICATING THE ENTIRE PEACE
INTRO: JONAS SAVIMBI, THE LEADER
OF ANGOLA'S FORMER REBEL
MOVEMENT "UNITA," HAS REPORTEDLY AGREED TO A LONG-AWAITED MEETING
WITH ANGOLAN PRESIDENT JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS. THE SUMMIT IS TO
TAKE PLACE IN LUANDA BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH, BUT V-O-A
SOUTHERN AFRICA CORRESPONDENT ALEX BELIDA REPORTS SOME ANALYSTS
TITLE=ANGOLA / UNITA (L)
INTRO: IN ANGOLA, THE FORMER
REBEL MOVEMENT UNITA HAS DECIDED
TO STAY IN THE PEACE PROCESS -- DESPITE ANGER WITHIN UNITA RANKS
OVER THE U-N SANCTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST IT FOR FAILING TO COMPLY
WITH THE TERMS OF A 1994 PEACE AGREEMENT. V-O-A SOUTHERN AFRICA
CORRESPONDENT ALEX BELIDA HAS MORE DETAILS.
TEXT: A SENIOR UNITA OFFICIAL SAYS THE FORMER REBEL GROUP HAS
TITLE=ANGOLA NON-COMPLIANCE (S & L)
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INTRO: U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL
KOFI ANNAN SAYS THE FORMER REBELS
IN ANGOLA ARE STALLING ON THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER A 1994 PEACE
TREATY -- DESPITE A THREAT OF NEW INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS AT THE
END OF THIS MONTH. THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON SEPTEMBER 30TH
POSTPONED TRAVEL AND DIPLOMATIC MEASURES AGAINST UNITA -- GIVING
TITLE=SAF / CONGO (L ONLY)
INTRO: SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHORITIES ARE EXPRESSING DEEP CONCERN
ABOUT THE DETERIORATING SITUATION IN CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE AS WELL AS
THE APPARENT INVOLVEMENT OF ANGOLAN TROOPS. V-O-A SOUTHERN
AFRICA CORRESPONDENT ALEX BELIDA REPORTS FROM JOHANNESBURG.
TEXT: FOREIGN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN PETER SWANEPOEL SAYS
THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT IS SERIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE
TITLE=ANGOLA/TROOPS (L ONLY)
INTRO: U-N OFFICIALS SAY THEY
HOPE THE LATEST FIGHTING IN CONGO
BRAZZAVILLE DOES NOT IMPINGE ON THE PEACE PROCESS IN ANGOLA.
V-O-A SOUTHERN AFRICA CORRESPONDENT ALEX BELIDA REPORTS THE
OFFICIALS' COMMENTS FOLLOW WORD THAT ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT TROOPS
HAVE INTERVENED IN THE CONFLICT BETWEEN FORCES LOYAL TO PRESIDENT
PASCAL LISSOUBA AND THOSE OF RIVAL FORMER CONGOLESE LEADER, DENIS
TITLE=ANGOLA / SANCTIONS (S-ONLY)
INTRO: THE FORMER UNITA
REBEL GROUP IN ANGOLA FACES THE
LIKELIHOOD OF MORE INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONS NEXT WEEK. U-N
SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN REPORTED TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL
THURSDAY THAT UNITA HAS FAILED TO MEET IMPORTANT DEADLINES AND
REQUIREMENTS OF THE 1994 ANGOLA PEACE ACCORD. V-O-A
CORRESPONDENT ELAINE JOHANSON REPORTS:
INTRO: ONE OF THE MAIN CASUALTIES
OF ANGOLA'S LONG AND BLOODY
CIVIL WAR HAS BEEN THE COUNTRY'S EDUCATION SYSTEM. MANY MEN IN
THEIR 20'S AND 30'S HAVE LEARNED LITTLE -- OTHER THAN HOW TO
FIGHT. NOW THAT A TENTATIVE PEACE IS HOLDING, THERE IS A GROWING
CLAMOR FOR SCHOOLING AND A CORRESPONDING DEMAND FOR TRAINED
TEACHERS -- ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AREAS. V-O-A SOUTHERN AFRICA
TITLE=U-S / ANGOLA (S-ONLY)
INTRO: PRESIDENT CLINTON
WEDNESDAY ANNOUNCED HE IS RENEWING U-S
OIL AND WEAPONS SANCTIONS AGAINST ANGOLA'S UNITA REBEL MOVEMENT
BECAUSE OF ITS FAILURE TO LIVE UP TO TERMS OF ITS 1994 PEACE
ACCORD WITH THE LUANDA GOVERNMENT. V-O-A'S DAVID GOLLUST REPORTS
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.
TEXT: THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO CONTINUE THE SANCTIONS -- IN
THIRD OF A THREE-PART SERIES
INTRO: AFTER THREE DECADES
OF ALMOST CONTINUOUS ARMED CONFLICT,
ANGOLA IS TODAY AT PEACE. BUT IT STILL REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST
HEAVILY-MINED COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD AND THOSE LAND MINES
CONTINUE TO CLAIM VICTIMS ON A DAILY BASIS. V-O-A SOUTHERN AFRICA
CORRESPONDENT ALEX BELIDA HAS JUST BEEN TO ANGOLA AND REPORTS ON
THIS IS THE SECOND IN A THREE-PART
SERIES ON THE LAND
MINE PROBLEM IN ANGOLA. FEED WILL INCLUDE A "TEASER" RECORDED BY
BELIDA WHILE IN MINEFIELD.
INTRO: ANGOLA IS ONE OF
THE MOST-HEAVILY MINED COUNTRIES IN THE
WORLD -- A LEGACY OF ITS YEARS OF CIVIL WAR. HUNDREDS OF
ANGOLAN AND FOREIGN EXPERTS ARE NOW DEPLOYED THROUGHOUT MUCH OF
THE COUNTRY, TRYING TO REMOVE THE MILLIONS OF LAND MINES AND