Africa

  • RAS JDIR, TUNISIA - MARCH 08: A migrant worker from Ghana sits his luggage at a United Nations displacement camp after crossing into Tunisia from Libya on March 08, 2011 in Ras Jdir, Tunisia. As fighting continues in and around the Libyan capital of Tripoli, tens of thousands of guest workers from Egypt, Tunisia, Bangladesh and other countries have fled to the border of Tunisia to escape the violence. The situation has turned into a humanitarian emergency as fledgling Tunisia is overwhelmed with the workers. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has vowed to fight to the end. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    To each their own story

    During the first six months after the breakout of violence in Libya in 2011, an estimated one million people crossed the border from Libya into Tunisia. Among those, at least 200,000 were non-Libyans. To respond to this emergency situation, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) established a camp in...
  • UNMISS SRSG briefing the Security Council on the current situation in South Sudan. Source: UNMISS

    Is peace possible in South Sudan?

    The crisis in South Sudan is now daily in the news. The extensive media reporting on the human suffering and the tireless efforts of NGOs, the UN and other humanitarian agencies to help captures for the world the dire situation. But what is the cause of this deepening crisis...
  • Domino effect

    The 2016 United States presidential elections, and later the policies implemented by Donald Trump with the closing of the borders, have generated great collateral effects in the Central and Latin America regions. Since the end of 2015, there has been an increase in the migratory traffic in this area,...
  • Be aware brother, be aware sister – Rokia Traoré

    According to William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of migrants that arrived in Europe in 2016 is equal to 363,348, of which 181,436 arrived in Italy and 173,561 in Greece. 5,079 people lost their lives in the Mediterranean sea, 1,300 more than in 2015....
  • Lessons for Africa

    Jubilation and ululation gripped Banjul after an election held in a tiny Western African nation called The Gambia on 1 December 2016 led to the defeat of a long time military dictator. Women, men, the elderly, the young, teemed the streets of Banjul defacing the portraits of Jammeh, some...
  • More than medals

    This year’s Olympics will be one of the most special ones yet.  As citizens around the world anticipate the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and as their teams prepare for the various competitions taking place in August, a new team has just joined the game. In early...
  • African Indigenous People against Climate Change

    Readers, if they are avid followers of international climate negotiations, may have heard of Raoni Metuktire, chief of the Brazilian Kayapo indigenous people, who rose to fame through his struggle to preserve the rain-forest and the livelihood of his people, but they may be less aware that the indigenous...
  • The Stalemate: Precarious Peace in Mozambique

    Mozambique is back in the news, and has been for the last couple of months, but unfortunately not in the most positive way. Recently, the news coming out of Mozambique has been rather concerning and hints at an intensification of the simmering conflict between the government and the opposition....
  • Mother Earth?

    Africa has, for a long time, been plagued with unending challenges: a shrinking land base, effects of climate change, waste dumping, inadequate energy, loss of bio-diversity, illegal fishing, water scarcity, disease volatility and institutional challenges. As a way to address these shortcomings, the Organization of African Unity, now called...
  • The Never-Ending Refugee Camp

    By now, most people have heard of Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, which houses tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the war at home. There is, however, a refugee settlement in the world that is even bigger, and more a city than a camp. Its population size resembles...
  • Crime in the Desert

    We have all by now heard and read about the substantial influx of Syrian refugees into Europe, especially this year. Syrian refugees clearly make up the biggest group of people currently fleeing their home country in search of peace and security in Europe and elsewhere. Another big group, though, consists...
  • A Woman’s Journey to Parliament in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe is a beautiful country whose legacy has been messed up by a bad politics whose “democracy” is deeply embedded in one man holding onto power for over three decades. Besides this, we seem to be a friendly, resilient and happy lot. The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education...
  • Aid: The Formula of Economic Disaster

    Aid, this assistance to achieve development has been idolised for many years, and was seen as the ultimate tool that can help Africa to end the economic struggle. Many economists and aid agencies have identified Africa as the region in most need of Aid because the high poverty rate,...
  • Africa’s road to a renewable future

    Africa’s population is set to double by 2050 and its energy needs will grow even faster. If current growth rates are maintained Africa’s GDP will increase seven-fold by 2050. Providing full electricity access to all Africans will require at least a doubling of total electricity production by 2030 from...
  • “International Thief Thief”- Fela Kuti

    International Thief Thief” was written by the pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti (1938-97). Born in an upper middle class family – his mother was a feminist activist, his father a teacher and his brothers well-known doctors- and strongly influenced by his meeting with a partisan of the Black Panther Party in...
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