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War weary families in Central African Republic face dire food situation

War weary families in Central African Republic face dire food situation

Three years of conflict and ongoing displacements in the Central African Republic (CAR) continue to disrupt agriculture and severely constrain people’s access to food, as they struggle with the effects of multiple poor harvests, disrupted markets and soaring prices for many staple foods, two United Nations agencies warned today. The country’s overall crop production in […]

SDGs: UNDP advises Nigeria to prioritise poverty reduction, 4 others

SDGs: UNDP advises Nigeria to prioritise poverty reduction, 4 others

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has urged Nigeria to select and implement five priority areas out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fast-track development in the country. The Country Director of Programme in Nigeria, Dr Pa-Lamin Beyai, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday […]

Man, 65, who posed with his 12-YEAR-OLD ‘bride’ for photos Times Square is met with fury from onlookers who try to drag the girl away from him in social experiment clip

Man, 65, who posed with his 12-YEAR-OLD ‘bride’ for photos Times Square is met with fury from onlookers who try to drag the girl away from him in social experiment clip

Sometimes in order to understand the reality of an awful global issue, people need to be able to see it happening right in front of them. So in order to raise awareness about the global issue of arranged child marriages, 21-year-old YouTube star Coby Persin decided to push the envelope by asking a 12-year-old ‘bride’ […]

South Africa’s Zuma faces second no-confidence vote over economy

South Africa’s Zuma faces second no-confidence vote over economy

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma faced his second no-confidence vote in a year on Tuesday over what the opposition Democratic Alliance called his reckless handling of the economy. Zuma is likely to survive the vote, as he did in March last year, thanks to the support of ruling African National Congress (ANC) lawmakers, who control […]

Mali rebel destroyed ancient Timbuktu shrines, ICC told

Mali rebel destroyed ancient Timbuktu shrines, ICC told

An Islamist fighter caused irreparable damage to Africa’s cultural heritage by destroying religious sites in the ancient city of Timbuktu during the 2012 conflict in Mali, international prosecutors said on Tuesday. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a former trainee teacher, had led and personally taken part in the attacks on nine mausoleums and mosques in the city […]

Zimbabwe’s ex-VP launches party to challenge veteran Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s ex-VP launches party to challenge veteran Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s former vice president Joice Mujuru said on Tuesday she had launched a new party to challenge her ally-turned-adversary Robert Mugabe, promising to revive the economy and repair relations with the West. Mujuru was Mugabe’s deputy for a decade and seen as the veteran president’s likely successor until he fired her in 2014 on charges […]

Tanzania: Govt Urged to Punish Men Who Impregnate Schoolgirls

Tanzania: Govt Urged to Punish Men Who Impregnate Schoolgirls

Mwanza — Government has been urged to punish men who impregnate female students to serve as a deterrent to would be culprits. The appeal was made here Sunday by 17-year-old Julieth Mbalilaki, one of the 10 girls who excelled in last year’s Form IV examinations. Julieth is the first born of the Jones Mbalilaki family […]

Women are regularly being sexually abused under the pretence of ‘virginity tests’ carried out on girls accused of pre-marital sex in Afghanistan, say Human Rights Watch

Women are regularly being sexually abused under the pretence of ‘virginity tests’ carried out on girls accused of pre-marital sex in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch has claimed. Many are facing growing levels of violence and harassment in Afghanistan more than 14 years after the Islamist Taliban regime was toppled from power by a 2001 US-led […]

‘The Girl Without a Sound’

‘The Girl Without a Sound’

“Once upon a very long time ago, there was a little girl with a fluff of hair, a mouth the shape of a cherry blossom and brown pools for eyes…” Wait. That’s not how stories go. At least not the ones most girls were told growing up. Those short, shaping, sticking stories that reflected a […]

Police Launch Hunt for Girls Abducted From Boarding School in Lagos

Police Launch Hunt for Girls Abducted From Boarding School in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has said they are on the trail of the armed men who allegedly abducted about three school girls in Ikorodu on Monday night. ‎The students were taken from their hostel at the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Agunfoye Lugbusi‎, at about 8 p.m., reports say. “We are working on their rescue,” […]