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MAKING IT BETTER: Grief, Mourning, Memories…and 2017

This is a time for celebration for many, but it will also be a time when many might be in mourning or grieving over some recent or past loss. I lost my beloved brother a week before Christmas four years ago. I can hardly believe it’s been that long. In my mind it was only […]

MAKING IT BETTER: …..Saying Goodbye To 2016!

As the curtain begins to close on the year 2016, I pray it quietly exits by itself, taking no more prisoners, causalities, causes no more heartbreak and disasters. The year has gone quickly but it was packed solidly with unforgettable events and with such pain. I always feel anxious as we come to the end […]

Congolese Gynaecologist, Two Aid Workers Nominated For 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

Congolese Gynaecologist, Two Aid Workers Nominated For 2016 Nobel Peace Prize

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s ‘Mama Jeanne’, ‘Mama Jeannette’ and Dr. Denis Mukwege are contenders for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for their fight against sexual violence. Mukwege is the director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu, which offers physical and emotional treatment to some hundreds of women who are raped […]

IMF Predicts Nigeria’s Economy Will Contract By 1.8 pct In 2016

IMF Predicts Nigeria’s Economy Will Contract By 1.8 pct In 2016

Nigeria’s economy, the biggest in Africa, is likely to contract by 1.8 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday, as the country grapples with the impact of low oil prices. The sharp fall in global prices since 2014 has led to a prolonged economic crisis since the crude sales make up […]

From A Refugee Camp To Rio

From A Refugee Camp To Rio

Mangar Makur Chuot left Sudan as a child after his father was killed during the civil war. He lived for eight years in a refugee camp in Kenya before his family were granted asylum in Australia. To launch the Guardian’s Dear Australia series, we tell the remarkable story of South Sudan’s 200 metres hopeful and […]

2016 Risks Becoming The Year Of All Dangers For Africa

2016 Risks Becoming The Year Of All Dangers For Africa

For the past three weeks, most of the news coming from Africa has been negative. Dramatic images of terrorist attacks in Ivory Coast and Mali played out on TV, as did national elections in Niger, Benin and Congo, held in a climate of popular resentment and very low turnout. However, this is only the tip […]