Kate Pinock, University of Oxford In Tanzania, if you’re a schoolgirl and fall pregnant, it could mean the end of your education. Even though successive governments have made a push for girls education, those that fall pregnant are routinely expelled from school, and prevented from returning. Most recently this punitive...
People are fleeing to Nigeria from conflict-hit English speaking areas of Cameron, with the number of registered refugees in eastern Nigeria’s Cross River state reaching about 10,000. The conditions of women and children who constitute about 80% of the refugees is precarious, said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The...
John Filitz, University of the Witwatersrand Seven years ago in January a popular uprising in Tunisia ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. This year over 770 Tunisian civilians have been detained and one civilian has been killed in protests that commemorated what became known as the Jasmine Revolution. The protests which...
Armed groups and highly-militarized poachers cause a decline in the wildlife population of central Africa, putting many species under the verge of extinction, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has said. Data shows that while the Democratic Republic of Congo, for instance, had about 20,000 elephants in the Garamba National Park in...
The Senate of Nigeria rejected a report by a committee that probed fuel crisis in the country along with criticisms against the management of Nigerian oil industry, saying that the committee did not do enough to bring out the problems. The upper chamber of parliament rejected the report by Petroleum...
Ashwanee Budoo, University of Pretoria The African Union has taken several initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to eliminating injustices against women in Africa. The most recent has been a meeting ahead of the African Union (AU) summit scheduled for later this year to highlight the continent’s commitment to gender equality. Other...
The genocide memorial in Kigali. Humanitarian workers in Rwanda had to deal daily with the horrors of war. Trocaire/Flickr, CC BY-ND Marc Le Pape, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) and Jean-Hervé Bradol, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH) – USPC They are on the frontlines of any...
By GroundUp Staff A boy fills a can with water in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks. Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille has announced that Day Zero is now more likely than not. From 1 February, all households have to reduce their municipal water consumption to 50 litres...
The UN Security mission in the Central African Republic has given a 48-hour ultimatum to armed groups in the north of the country to clear off the region. The mission, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA has said that it wants a safe zone of 50-kilometer perimeter around the town...
Exploring ways to improve the turnaround times for HIV tests on babies. Shutterstock Jónas Oddur Jónasson, MIT Sloan School of Management They say timing is everything. And in sub-Saharan Africa, where roughly a third of untreated HIV infected babies die before they reach the age of one, a timely diagnosis is everything. According...

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