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South Sudan’s Hip Hop Artists call for Peace and Reconciliation Through the Unhip Practice of Farming

Thursday, August 28, 2014

JUBA, Aug 28 (IPS) - "What is the benefit when children are crying and people are dying due to hunger? There is no need to cry when you have the potential to dig," sings Juba-based dancehall reggae group, the Jay Family, in their latest single "Stakal Shedit," which means "Work Hard" in Arabic.

The Gambia’s Democratic Space ‘Constricted, Restricted and Shrinking’ Ahead of 2016 Polls 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BANJUL, Aug 28 (IPS) - With the approach of the Gambia's 2016 presidential elections, which will see President Yahya Jammeh seek re-election for a fifth, five-year tenure, more than a dozen opposition activists have been arrested, detained and prosecuted in the past eight months.

Civil Society Condemns Immunity for Sitting African Leaders Accused of Serious Crimes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NAIROBI, Aug 27 (IPS) - Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election.

How Midwives on Sierra Leone’s Almost Untouched Turtle Islands are Improving Women’s Health

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MATTRU JONG, Sierra Leone, Aug 26 (IPS) - Emmanuel is a male midwife.

At the age of 26, he lives and works on one of eight islands off the southwest peninsular of Sierra Leone, an hour by speedboat from Mattru Jong, the capital of Bonthe District.

Building Public Trust is a Key Factor in Fighting West Africa’s Worst Ebola Outbreak

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

KANDOPLEU/ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Aug 26 (IPS) - The nurse carefully packs the body into a plastic bag and then leaves the isolation tent, rinsing his feet in a bucket of water that contains bleach. Then he carefully takes off his safety glasses, gloves and mask and burns them in a jerry can.

Women’s Football Struggles for Equal Rights In Uganda

Saturday, August 23, 2014

KAMPALA, Aug 23 (IPS) - Growing up with five brothers, soccer-mad Majidah Nantanda had half a team to compete against at home in Makindye, a suburb in Uganda's capital, Kampala. But at her school, in the 1990s, there were two sports rules: "Netball for the girls and football for the boys," recalls the 32-year-old, as she stands on the sidelines of a boy's game in Makindye.

War Veterans Planting for Peace in South Sudan

Thursday, August 21, 2014

JUBA, Aug 21 (IPS) - Along the fertile banks of sub-Saharan Africa's White Nile, one of the two main tributaries of the Nile River, a war veteran's co-op is planting for a food secure future in South Sudan, a country potentially facing famine.

No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

Thursday, August 21, 2014

KAMPALA, Aug 21 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an "AIDS-free generation" now a "backwards" HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the "wilful and intentional" transmission of the disease has been signed into law.

Zambia’s Cash Transfer Schemes Cushion Needy Against Climate Shocks

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PEMBA DISTRICT, Zambia, Aug 21 (IPS) - "Last season, I lost an entire hectare of groundnuts because of a prolonged drought. Groundnuts are my hope for income," says Josephine Chaaba, 60, from Pemba district in southern Zambia.

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