opinion By Tarila Marclint Ebiede
The recent presidential elections in Nigeria have bolstered hope for democracy, both in the country and across the African continent. The challenge now, as always, will be to realise the hopes and aspirations expressed by both voters and the victorious party.
At least 74 people were killed in fighting near Somalia's border with Ethiopia on Sunday, according to officials and witnesses. Somali and Ethiopian forces attacked the bases of Al-Shebab islamists near the south-western town of Ato.
Local people say that this is the worst fighting they have seen in the region and it is unclear how many were killed but the government claimed victory in this gruesome battle.
Hassan Ibrahim Lugbur, the deputy governor of Bakool region where Ato locates told RFI by phone that over 74 Al-Shebab fighters were killed in the battle.
By Holly Dranginis and Timo Mueller, 20 May 2014
Washington, DC — If Congo and the international community are to learn anything productive from the Minova trial, they will look beyond its verdict. The devil - and the value - is in the details.
By Carolyn Miles, 5 May 2014
Despite horrific abuses perpetrated on women and children, the atrocities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rarely make international headlines.
Kinshasa, the DRC's capital, is always bustling, clogged by traffic jams and swarming with people. Yet in the shadows children are growing up on the streets. This country is one of the toughest places I have seen for anything resembling a happy childhood.
SOME 41 people are feared dead as a result of floods caused by downpour that hit Dar es Salaam for about three days over the weekend, according to Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner (RC) Saidi Meck Sadiki.
Mr Sadiki, who by virtue of his position is the Chairman of the Regional Defence and Security Committee, noted, however, that so far 25 people have been confirmed by police to have died as a result of the floods.
BY C. WINNIE SAYWAH-JIMMY, 3 APRIL 2014
BY AL VARNEY ROGERS, 3 APRIL 2014
Monrovia — A woman confirmed to have traveled to the Firestone Plantation Camp in Liberia with the deadly Ebola virus has been pronounced dead.
Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale told the weekly Ministry of Information press briefing Thursday that the death now brings to total death in Liberia since the outbreak started to seven.
Hudur — Somali Government forces aided by battalions from the neighboring country of Ethiopia have liberated Bakool regional capital of Hudur from Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab fighters on Friday, Garowe Online reports. Before the allied forces began to thrust into the strategic town of Hudur, they Thursday afternoon clashed with Al Shabaab militants in Teed village which lies about 30 km from Hudur according to witnesses. 12 persons from the opposing sides were confirmed dead, Bakool region adminstration disclosed.
BY YEMI AKINSUYI, 6 FEBRUARY 2014
The estimated loss owing to lack of access to safe water and basic sanitation by the African continent is $28.4 billion a year, which is around five per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Cape Town — Although two of every three Africans believe their governments are performing well in the fight against HIV and Aids, fewer approve of their delivery of basic health services and education, and most say governments are failing to provide enough power, water and sanitation.
These are the findings of a new report from Afrobarometer, the 34-country survey which is becoming recognised as Africa's most comprehensive indicator of public opinion.
BY CINDY SHINER, 30 SEPTEMBER 2013
After the agriculture heyday of 30 years ago, the sector got scant attention, especially from African presidents whose nations were well endowed with natural resources, like oil-rich Nigeria. But many African leaders are returning to a focus on what their nations can grow.
Nairobi — From the scribble on the walls to mothers clutching crying babies, the bustling ward at Mbagathi District Hospital is unmistakable as the children's unit. But amidst the activity is a quiet problem -- newborns too weak to even whimper.
One of them is two-year-old Cynthia Akinyi, whose mother is struggling to stifle a cough as she explains to a nurse that her baby has had diarrhea for the last two days.
"What do you feed her?" enquires the nurse, who identified herself only as Josephine, as she writes in a logbook.
By Jaclyn Schiff, 5 August 2013
Zambia's government says it has met the challenge raised in the 2001 Abuja Declaration for African countries to spend at least 15 percent of their annual budgets on health care. Officials say part of that spending is helping keep a half million HIV-positive Zambians alive with antiretrovirals (ARVs).
But one prominant Zambian activist says the country's ARV program is not sustainable and the government lacks a clear plan for the future.
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will invest U.S.$787 million (£2.7 billion) to tackle undernutrition – which underlies over three million deaths of young children each year and causes lifelong intellectual and physical damage to another 165 million.
By Boakai Fofana, 25 April 2013
Monrovia — I woke up feeling the headache and chills, and made a couple of trips to the bathroom to ease the nausea. The experience was all too familiar; I was having another bout of malaria, even though that wasn't changing my day's routine. Growing up here, I have suffered more than a dozen times from the disease. A trip to the nearby clinic was going to be later in the day.
BY DAVID NJAGI, 28 FEBRUARY 2013
MOLO, Kenya — Fear of violence surrounding the upcoming general elections next week has raised anxiety among many Kenyans, but less so for Nyokabi Wamuyu. She is counting on a new initiative in communal agriculture to help unite communities that might otherwise be divided.
At the same time, this initiative could save the lives of some of the 700,000 Kenyans who would otherwise die over the next two decades from lack of adequate nutrition.
Monrovia — When 17-year-old Sona Traore represented the Child Protection Network of Liberia at a civil society event organized in conjunction with a three-day United Nations meeting in this capital city earlier this month, she knew she was not speaking for Liberian children alone.
By Tami Hultman
Abuja — Nigeria's agriculture minister today responded to a barrage of criticism about the planned distribution of cell phones to the country's poorest farmers.
Opposition politicians attacked the idea, and news articles and editorials criticized it as ill conceived. Yesterday, for example, the widely read Punch newspaper, said farmers need fertilizer and other goods, not phones. The paper quoted a farmers' association member saying the funds government approves for agriculture are "hijacked" before reaching farmers.
"We are now witnessing a true renaissance, an awakening, about malaria," Carlos (Kent) Campbell said when he accepted a lifetime achievement award in November at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Campbell attributed the progress to "a huge global effort". But the award was aimed at recognizing the critical contribution he has made to the development of effective malaria control strategies.