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24 Mar 2011 description
report Voice of America

Nico Colombant

The Maryland-based group Women for Democracy and Peace in Africa states as its goals helping African women displaced by violence and encouraging them to take part in politics and peacemaking.

Member Rebecca Affi is from Ivory Coast. She is nervously following the intensifying violence in her divided home country, where two men are claiming the presidency. U.N. officials report rapes are being committed by armed groups supporting both sides.

"Women are the first victims. When these problems occur, they are the ones who are persecuted.

03 Oct 2007 description
report Voice of America

By Howard Lesser

Some of the most widespread flooding in years has swept across Sub-Saharan Africa, from Ghana, Niger, Mali, and Togo in the west to Ethiopia, Uganda, and Sudan in the east. In the last 24 hours, the International Red Cross (IFRC) has added Burkina Faso to its emergency rolls after 33 deaths were reported and more than 75-hundred homes destroyed in torrential rains. In addition, the UN World Food Program (WFP) is appealing for three-point eight million dollars to feed 470-thousand victims in Mauritania, where saturated supplies are putting thousands at risk.

27 Apr 2005 description
report Voice of America

By Nico Colombant

Lome: 27 April 2005 - Togo's controversially elected president, Faure Gnassingbe, the son of the country's late leader, is trying to organize a national unity government, as soldiers and angry militants terrorize parts of the capital, Lome. At least a dozen people were reported killed in clashes Tuesday.

Youths remained agitated in opposition strongholds after a day of deadly clashes that erupted following the official announcement of Mr. Gnassingbe's election victory.