archives : December 2008


A prominent Zimbabwean human rights activist and nine other opposition members were expected to appear in court Wednesday, charged with recruiting people to undergo military training in Botswana to overthrow President Robert Mugabe’s government. - Thursday 25 December 2008

Nigeria’s network of Islamic boarding schools, known as almajiri habours children as young as four or five and exploit them by sending them into the streets to beg for food and money. - Thursday 25 December 2008

Following a statement from Guinean Army Captain, Mussa Dadis, that the military had taken over power, Aboubacar Sompare, the head of the national assembly has urged the international community to step in and prevent any ongoing military coup. - Wednesday 24 December 2008

Tiampati Ole Kirgoty, 45, looks tired and can hardly support his frail body. He and his two wives are HIV positive. They are supposed to pick up their monthly prescriptions of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) at the district hospital in Narok, capital of Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, but this presents a dilemma for the Kirgotys who belong to a nomadic Maasai community. - Wednesday 24 December 2008

Unicef has recently released a documentation of child soldiers in Sudan which stands at an alarming 6000 children aged between 11 and 16. The United Nations has called for demobilization. - Tuesday 23 December 2008

DR Congo
The UN has signed a new resolution that gives its forces the authority to deploy more troops and to protect civilians from rebel groups and from renegade Congolese government soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. - Tuesday 23 December 2008

"Christmas is cancelled this year in Zimbabwe," says Thabiso Nxumalo, 44. His wry remark reflects the almost complete absence of any festive season preparations in the predominately Christian country. - Tuesday 23 December 2008

Nigeria - United States
Nasir el-Rufai, ex-minister for the federal capital Abuja, who is wanted for allegedly misappropriating $246m (£167m), has locked himself away in the USA. - Tuesday 23 December 2008

Following the sudden death of the President of Guinea, Lansana Conte, who died, aged 74, Guinea’s army has announced, hours later, that the government of the country is dissolved and the constitution suspended. - Tuesday 23 December 2008

Racist acts against Muslims has taken the French press by storm. After the defilement of gravestones at the military cemetery of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, in Northern France, it is now the turn of the Saint-Priest mosque, situated in the suburbs of Lyon. A part of the Muslim holy grounds has been partially damaged by arson. This act, which has been widely criticized, reveals a growing trend of islamophobia in the French society. - Tuesday 23 December 2008

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