Tradition - : Africa and Maghreb's news - The panafrican daily newspaper, Africa's portal offers a daily online newspaper with information on what is going on in the world, culture, economics, sport, societies of 56 african countries. en : Africa news, Maghreb news - The african daily newspaper Royal Wedding article from Al Jazeera's wedding correspondent Tue, 10 May 2011 12:59:24 +0200 In his Confessions St Augustine describes how, when studying in Rome, he was persuaded by friends to go to the Colloseum to watch the gladiators do battle. Despite being an ardent pacifist he found himself “drinking in the frenzy, unawares, and was delighted with that guilty fight, and intoxicated with the bloody pastime.” A similar guilty pleasure was experienced by tens of thousands around the world as they watched the Royal wedding last Friday. People who, in principle, are implacably opposed to monarchy and have no interest in the Royals found themselves surprisingly moved by the occasion. Stefan Simanowitz Aiding Children Accused of Witchcraft Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:10:41 +0100 Over a year ago, Selene's nine-year-old daughter Emma began waking up every morning and saying that witches were taking her to the woods at night to teach her witchcraft. Selene, a gentle farmer in rural Malawi and fiercely protective mother, soon noticed that Emma was also experiencing weight loss, mood swings and chronic morning fatigue. Determined to help her daughter, Selene tried to save enough money to bring Emma to a powerful witchdoctor, despite her nagging suspicion that many are charlatans. And then Selene heard about our mobile legal-aid clinic, which was offering free legal services for witchcraft cases in her rural community. She came to us for help. Chi Mgbako Cremation of dead espoused in Southern Africa Fri, 04 Mar 2011 15:58:48 +0100 In most Africa cultures cremation is largely considered a taboo but due to increasing shortage of land it is now being touted as an alternative to burial in Southern Africa. Alice Chimora Ugandan children fall prey to human sacrifice Fri, 10 Dec 2010 14:26:47 +0100 In the last 4 days, two babies have been sacrificed in Uganda. Their bodies were found along roadsides by people going to work early in the morning. Their stomachs had been ripped open and vital organs removed. Geof Magga Sierra Leone youth call for an end to Female Genital Mutilation Mon, 29 Nov 2010 01:00:06 +0100 The perspective often missing in the debate regarding female genital mutilation (FGM), a harmful traditional practice involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitals, is the voice of African youth. Chi Mgbako Senegalese traditional dance, sex or pornography? Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:22:44 +0100 A new dance, known as the "Leumbeul", is attracting a growing number of Senegalese women who do not mind showing off their otherwise private parts. Controversy has been raging on for several months in Senegal over the "Leumbeul" dance, especially after the release of sexually provocative videos on the Internet. One of the videos shows women gyrating and rolling their behinds to the rhythm of drums without hesitating to show their most intimate parts. Many believe that "Leumbeul", which is originally a traditional dance, has morphed into a practice that they deem detrimental to the image of the Senegalese woman. Assanatou Baldé Shock over Zimbabwe's hard gang-raping women Fri, 08 Oct 2010 16:23:08 +0200 An unprecedented high rate of women gang-raping men in Zimbabwe has baffled the country and has forced police boss to institute full scale investigations into the motive. Alice Chimora Kenya's Akuku Danger goes to the Polygamy Hall Of Fame Thu, 07 Oct 2010 10:19:20 +0200 Famed internationally for his practice of extreme polygamy, 94 year old Acentus Akuku, aka "Danger", kicked the bucket on October 3 in Kenya after having been married 130 times and fathering nearly 300 children. Vincent Duhem Morocco's Ramadan culinary and lifestyle experience Mon, 16 Aug 2010 14:07:02 +0200 The holy month of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, begun on August 11 in the ninth month of the Muslim calendar all across the Muslim world. During this holy month, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking or engaging sexual relations from sunrise to dusk. In Morocco, this month comes with its own culinary experience and a celebration that is second to none. Kaci Racelma Death Becomes Him Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:55:04 +0200 I have created vivid scenes of my funeral in my mind many, many times. No, I am not imagining or conjuring up scenarios of the manner of my death – good heavens, no – I just imagine what my <i class="spip">funeral</i> will look like. Or rather, how I would <i class="spip">like</i> my funeral to look like. I don't enjoy entertaining morbid thoughts any more than the next person, but I am an event planner at heart and I have some definite thoughts about what I want my last event on earth to look, and, more importantly, feel like. R. Ayité Okyne Africa has more Serial-Killers than U.S. and Europe Fri, 16 Jul 2010 13:45:27 +0200 Given to ritual murders and a sedentary lifestyle, African serial killers are quite peculiar. And with most countries lacking the resources to keep DNA profiles and fingerprint records, Africans are much less protected than their U.S. or European counterparts against serial killers. Both in past and recent years, many crimes in Africa have been dismissed as ritual murders while some serial killers have been described as by-products of western civilization. French serial-killer specialist, Stephane Bourgoin who has traveled the length and breadth of the continent, talks to about a phenomenon that is widely misunderstood across Africa. Patrick K. Johnsson, Christelle Gerand Albinos seek electoral representation in Uganda Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:00:09 +0200 Albinos in Uganda want a representation in parliament to safeguard against witch-doctors who more often than not kill them to perform ritual sacrifices. Fixing the mutilated vagina Tue, 11 May 2010 13:20:06 +0200 A cut clitoris can be repaired. For about 3 decades now, Pierre Foldès, a French urologist, has been restoring clitorises that have fallen prey to the cruel blade of the mutilator's blade. The practice, mostly found in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of the Middle East, does not only put victims of this practice through excruciating pain but also, and very often, spells far reaching health consequences, including death during childbirth. He talks about what led him to specialize in clitoris reconstruction surgery. He also reveals the numerous death threats he has received. Habibou Bangré Zimbabwe: A new wife for Tsvangirai? Tue, 30 Mar 2010 12:50:53 +0200 Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai seems to have found new love in the person of his late wife's sister- Leah Mhundwa. Alice Chimora What's In A Name? Thu, 28 Jan 2010 03:25:36 +0100 “Good friend please help me. I need to know why you call yourself 'Different Devill?'” is how someone who read the first installment of <i class="spip">Random Thoughts</i> inquired about my moniker. Zubin Cooper