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Cameroon girls sell sex to survive after fleeing Boko Haram

Posted by on 10/05/2018
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Cameroon girls sell sex to survive after fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon girls sell sex to survive after fleeing Boko Haram

MAROUA: Djamila lowers her eyes and nervously fiddles with the veil covering part of her face. She has bathed, put on her nicest clothes and is heading out to a busy crossroads called the “Old Manor” in Maroua, capital of Cameroon’s far north. This is where the 16-year-old meets her friends most nights not for […]

‘Sea of water’ from Kenya dam burst kills at least 47

Posted by on 10/05/2018
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‘Sea of water’ from Kenya dam burst kills at least 47

‘Sea of water’ from Kenya dam burst kills at least 47

Weeks of torrential rain in East Africa   SOLAI: A dam on a commercial flower farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley burst after weeks of torrential rain, unleashing a “sea of water” that careened down a hillside and smashed into two villages, killing at least 47 people. The walls of the reservoir, situated on top of […]

New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

Posted by on 09/05/2018
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New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

New outbreak of Ebola kills 17 in northwest DR Congo

WHO releases $1mn from emergency contingency fund KINSHASA: Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a “public health emergency with international impact.” “Twenty-one cases of fever with hemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths” have been recorded in Equateur province, […]

Kenyan herders turn to grazing app to cut drought risks

Posted by on 07/05/2018
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Kenyan herders turn to grazing app to cut drought risks

Kenyan herders turn to grazing app to cut drought risks

Afriscout app uses satellite images to identify surface water ARKAMANA, Kenya: During times of drought, herder Buchu Boru has to walk tens of kilometers in search of pasture for his animals – with no guarantee he will find it. “Somebody tells you by word of mouth that there is pasture but on arriving you don’t […]

Artificial limbs give hope to Boko Haram amputees

Posted by on 07/05/2018
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Artificial limbs give hope to Boko Haram amputees

Artificial limbs give hope to Boko Haram amputees

ICRC sets up limb-fitting workshop at Kano hospital KANO, Nigeria: Njidda Maidugu breaks into a broad smile as he wobbles on his artificial leg with the support of crutches as a nurse walks alongside, helping him to keep his balance. Maidugu, 35, never thought he would walk on two legs again after he lost his […]

Gunmen kidnap German nurse in Somalia capital

Posted by on 03/05/2018
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Gunmen kidnap German nurse in Somalia capital

Gunmen kidnap German nurse in Somalia capital

Compound security guard involved in kidnapping MOGADISHU: Armed men abducted a German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross from a compound in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in what the government said yesterday was believed to be an inside job. The Red Cross said the attack happened around 8.00 pm local time on […]

Gulf states scrambling for Somalia

Posted by on 01/05/2018
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Gulf states scrambling for Somalia

Gulf states scrambling for Somalia

NAIROBI: A battle for access to seaports is underway in one of the world’s unlikeliest places: Somalia, now caught up in a regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on one side, with Qatar backed by Turkey on the other. At stake: Not just the busy waters off the Somali coast but […]

Tunisian Islamist party endorses a Jewish candidate

Posted by on 29/04/2018
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Tunisian Islamist party endorses a Jewish candidate

Tunisian Islamist party endorses a Jewish candidate

MONASTIR: Decked out in a striking blue suit and white shirt, matching his political allegiance, Simon Slama rubs shoulders with fellow candidates ahead of Tunisia’s municipal elections. Nothing unusual about that-except he is the only Jewish candidate, standing for the Islamist Ennahdha party. A public relations stunt for some; a sign of genuine liberalization for […]

Islamic State ally stakes out territory around Lake Chad

Posted by on 29/04/2018
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Islamic State ally stakes out territory around Lake Chad

Islamic State ally stakes out territory around Lake Chad

Islamists woo locals with seeds, fertilizer, grazing MAIDUGURI: From the shores of Lake Chad, Islamic State’s West African ally is on a mission: winning over the local people. Digging wells, giving out seeds and fertilizer and providing safe pasture for herders are among the inducements offered by Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), which split […]

Morocco’s child maids suffer like ‘slaves’

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Morocco’s child maids suffer like ‘slaves’

Morocco’s child maids suffer like ‘slaves’

Underage workers suffer from degrading working, living conditions RABAT: “Even a pet animal is better treated,” sobs 17-year-old Fatima, one of thousands of young girls exploited and too often abused while working as housemaids for unscrupulous employers in Morocco. She has managed to get to the Annajda help centre for battered women in the capital, […]

Migrants face rape, torture

Posted by on 18/04/2018
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Migrants face rape, torture

Migrants face rape, torture

DUBAI: Men, women and children fleeing the Horn of Africa have faced torture and sexual violence in conflict-wracked Yemen at the hands of government officials, Human Rights Watch said yesterday. The watchdog said researchers interviewed eight migrants at a detention facility in the southern city of Aden and Yemeni government officials. The United Nations refugee […]

Calls for ‘proof of life’ after Chibok girls death claims

Posted by on 17/04/2018
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Calls for ‘proof of life’ after Chibok girls death claims

Calls for ‘proof of life’ after Chibok girls death claims

KANO: Nigeria is facing calls to establish how many of the missing Chibok schoolgirls are still alive, after claims that nearly 100 of them may have lost their lives in captivity. Parents of the missing girls and supporters gathered in the small town in remote northeast Nigeria on Saturday to mark the fourth anniversary of […]