Friday, December 19: Top 10 Weekly News Must Reads


1. Ebola: Inside Liberia's West Point slum

A look at the Masanga Mentor Ebola Initiative in Liberia's West Point slum is helping those most affected by the deadly virus.

Source: The Telegraph

2. Boko Haram Unrest: Nigeria Government 'Outraged' By Kidnap

What are the next steps Nigeria's government can take to protect the country from Boko Haram? The group kidnapped more than 200 people.

 
Source: BBC

3. Africa For Optimists: 2014 in Review

Why this year in Africa points to a bright 2015 despite fears surrounding Ebola, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab and civil wars. 
Source: The Guardian

4. Kenya President Signs Tough 'Anti-Terror' Law

In an effort to restore security and confidence in the country, President Kenyatta signed a law to crack down on militant groups like Al-Shabaab.  
Source: Al Jazeera

5. In S. Sudan, Churches Struggle to Keep Role as Trusted Peacemakers (+video)

"South Sudan's civil war recently entered its second year. Unlike in past wars, church leaders here are having an increasingly hard time participating in peace talks and mediation."  
Source: Christian Science Monitor

6. More Forced Evictions in Swaziland

Find out why Swaziland's forced eviction and demolishment of family homes in the town of Nokwane has human rights groups outraged.  
Source: Mail & Guardian

7. Organization Behind 'Kony 2012' Set To Close Its Doors In 2015

The US-based nonprofit, responsible for producing the viral video about Central African warlord Joseph Kony, is closing next year. Find out why.  
Source: NPR

8. Sierra Leone Cancels Christmas ‘to Reflect on Ebola’

The country made a public announcement banning public Christmas celebrations to control cases of new Ebola infections.  
Source: France 24

9. 2014 Deadliest Year Ever For Migrants

Why conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya, the Central African Republic and South Sudan are driving migration from Africa.  
Source: Voice of America

10. My 5 Most Epic Mugabe Moments, 2014

The Zimbabwean leader has been in power for more than 30 years and has given many memorable moments - some made us say 'wow'...while other left us scratching our head. Here are 5 of the biggest Mugabe Moments in 2014. 
Source: This Is Africa