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Ethiopia’s Civil War Fueled By Weapons From UN’s Big Powers

By Thalif Deen In Hollywood movies, the legendary Wild West was routinely portrayed with gunslingers, lawmen and villains—resulting in the ultimate showdown between the “good guys and the bad guys”. Linda Thomson-Greenfield, US ambassador to the UN, told the Security Council early this month that the warring parties in the devastating 12-month-long civil war in Ethiopia …

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Corrected Version: Vaccine Famine & Its Impact On African Economies

By Ahunna Eziakonwa We are about to start a third year of living with COVID-19. The world’s humanity and solidarity are now at a further test – and yet implications of the absence of solidarity keep us all in the boat of mutations, lockdowns, quarantines and delayed SDGs – denied prosperity for all. 2021 has unearthed …

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Clean Water, Decent Toilets, Hygiene Challenge For Southern African Community

By Charles Mpaka The toilets in the maternity wing of Namatapa Health Centre in the populous Bangwe Township in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial city, fell into disrepair a few years ago. So, pregnant women who come to deliver their babies and their guardians use two pit latrines. The faulty facilities also serve as bathrooms. Visiting the bathrooms …

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Female Black Filmmakers Are Claiming Their Seat At The Table

Female black filmmakers are still underrepresented in the film industry, as in most other public spheres of society, compared to their male counterparts. Between 2007 and 2016, from the 1,000 top-grossing films around the world, only 4 percent of all directors were black and female. However, the last years have seen a gradual emergence of female …

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How Place Of Birth Shapes Chances Of Going To University

Many newly independent African countries in the 1960s inherited regional and ethnic inequalities in formal educational attainment. These new states bound together sub-national regions of diverse ethnic and religious communities. The regions differed in their exposure to missionary activity – the main vector in the spread of formal western education in the colonial era. Inequalities in …

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Underfunded And Deadly Tuberculosis Needs Its Own Bill Gates

By Busani Bafana Global efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) are futile without dedicated investment in research into the debilitating disease that is killing 4000 people a day, Stop TB Partnership warns. “TB is a disease that is not a darling of donors and investors,” Lucica Ditiu, the Executive Director of the Stop TB Partnership, told IPS …

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Free At Last: Trafficked Woman’s Story A Warning To Other Vulnerable Job Seekers

By Aimable Twahirwa When Kamikazi* from Gisagara, a district in Southern Rwanda, was forced to quit her job due to COVID-19 last year, she desperately sought other employment. A former co-worker in the food processing firm where Kamikazi once worked introduced her to “agents”. They assured her she would find decent employment in the Middle East, …

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Specialist K9 Units Deployed At Table Mountain National Park In Response To Illegal Wildlife Poaching

Paramount K9 Solutions, a subsidiary of global aerospace and technology company, Paramount Group, announced that it has delivered specialist canines and handler training to SANParks’ Table Mountain National Park, in a move that will bolster the counter-poaching capabilities of the park. Last week, Table Mountain National Park announced the establishment of a first-of-its-kind Sea, Air and Mountain …

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South Africa’s Historic Parliament Complex Ravaged by Fire

In a statement on Sunday night, South Africa’s parliament confirmed that there had been “significant damage” to the New Assembly Wing of the building, which includes the National Assembly chamber where lawmakers sit. It also said some offices had been “severely gutted”. The fire, which began shortly after 06:00 local time (04:00 GMT), came the day …

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Body of Desmond Tutu To Be Aquamated

Thousands of South Africans have been paying their last respects at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town where Tutu’s body has been lying in state There has been an outpouring of emotion since his death a week ago, aged 90. He had insisted there should be “no ostentatiousness or lavish spending” on the ceremony and …

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