Africa

08.09.2017

Open letter from Archibishop Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi

Open letter from Archibishop Desmond Tutu to Aung San Suu Kyi

My dear Aung San Suu Kyi I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya. In my heart you are a dearly beloved younger sister. »

01.09.2017

To Be a Nigerian Migrant in Italy

To Be a Nigerian Migrant in Italy

A Nigerian migrant, stairs at new comers at an old, local Roman bar. Extremely polite, he asks for money. If you offer to him to buy some food instead, he immediately accepts. Interviewed for IPS by Laurent Vercken, the young Nigerian migrant tells his story: originally from… »

28.08.2017

London is cloaking environmental racism in respectability – but Zambian villagers are fighting back

London is cloaking environmental racism in respectability – but Zambian villagers are fighting back

By Amy Hall 3 August 2017 for openDemocracy Zambian villagers await a landmark judgement that could help hold British companies to account for their actions abroad. Over 1,800 people from farming and fishing communities near Chingola, Zambia are waiting to hear if… »

15.08.2017

Kenya shows itself capable of holding a transparent election

Kenya shows itself capable of holding a transparent election

Finally, after decades of post-independence dictatorships, the shameful rigging of presidential elections, and post-election violence in 2007 that led to 1200 people slaughtered and hundreds of thousands of internally displaced refugees, Kenya can hold its head high and say it now knows how to run a transparent election. Let’s be… »

14.08.2017

Kenya: Women’s nonviolent protest attacked with stones as post-election tension increases

Kenya: Women’s nonviolent protest attacked with stones as post-election tension increases

Today women and disabled people in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera in Nairobi were attacked by stone-throwing hooligans as they peacefully protested against the police violence that they are facing.  “When the police come, we cannot flee!” they complain. Tension has been growing in Kibera since Friday when the election results… »

14.08.2017

Yemen: African Migrants Beaten, Starved, Sexually Violated by Criminal Groups

Yemen: African Migrants Beaten, Starved, Sexually Violated by Criminal Groups

By Baher Kamal African migrants who arrive on Yemen’s shores –that’s if they are not forced into the sea to drown—risk to fall in the hands of criminal networks who hold them captive for several days to extort money in exchange for their “freedom,”… »

13.08.2017

The Very Survival of Africa’s Indigenous Peoples ‘Seriously Threatened’

The Very Survival of Africa’s Indigenous Peoples ‘Seriously Threatened’

By Baher Kamal The cultures and very survival of indigenous peoples in Africa are seriously threatened. They are ignored, neglected and fall victims of land grabbing and land dispossession caused by extractive industries, agribusiness and other forms of business operations. These are some of the key… »

10.08.2017

Kenyans take democracy into their own hands to prove free and fair elections

Kenyans take democracy into their own hands to prove free and fair elections

Twenty-four hours after Kenyans woke up to learn that Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the country’s first post-independence president, Jomo Kenyatta, had regained power and will continue as president until 2022, Kenya is still in a sense of heightened tension. Some violent incidents have been reported with two people killed in… »

09.08.2017

Kenya votes to keep Uhuru Kenyatta in power; opposition disputes the results

Kenya votes to keep Uhuru Kenyatta in power; opposition disputes the results

With 92% of provisional results received, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta looks on course to be returned to  power with a 55% share of the vote, with opposition leader Raila Odinga trailing on 45%. Turn out has been high with over 70% of registered voters taking part. Although the election has… »

06.08.2017

Junior Nzita, ex child soldier: defeat the evil with the good

Junior Nzita, ex child soldier: defeat the evil with the good

The foundation „die schwelle“ in Bremen, Germany, has declared Junior Nzita to one of its laureates of the Bremen Peace Prize. Nzita is a former child soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and today he is a honorary UN ambassador for the topic of child soldiers. He was… »

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