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Africa

# africa - Yesterday’s News

At least 57 dead, death toll still rising as train flies off rails in Congo swamp

The train crashed in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bodies are being being buried after being taken from the wreckage, as there is no morgue in the area….

# africa - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Column: I watched thirsty children collect water contaminated with sewage

There are clear signs of impending famine in South Sudan – immediate, focused humanitarian efforts are needed to prevent imminent disease and starvation.

# africa - Friday 18 April, 2014

58 killed, including women and children, in attack at UN base in South Sudan

48 bodies were recovered from inside the base, which is sheltering thousands of displaced civilians. The bodies of ten attackers were found outside.

# africa - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Column: The forgotten crises that don’t make the evening news still deserve our attention

In marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, we should also look to conflicts in Central African Republic and South Sudan, writes Joe Costello TD.

# africa - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Column: ‘Memories of the genocide drew screams and wails that echoed around the stadium’

The atmosphere in Rwanda as it remembers its horrific genocide of 20 years ago has been equal parts sombre and hopeful, writes Karen Power.

# africa - Friday 4 April, 2014

Column: Rwanda … 20 years on, has the unforgettable country been forgotten?

Nearly one million people died in 100 days during the Rwandan genocide – an atrocity on a scale that horrified the world. But, asks John Fitzsimons, what have we really learned?

# africa - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

Aid agency worker dies as Ebola outbreak spreads

Meanwhile, Senegal has closed border crossings to Guinea “until further notice” in an attempt to contain the deadly virus.

# africa - Friday 28 March, 2014

Children left homeless by fire ‘went to school like it was a normal day’ South Africa This post contains images

Children left homeless by fire ‘went to school like it was a normal day’

Hundreds of Irish volunteers arrived in Cape Town last week to help build new classrooms for the children.

# africa - Thursday 27 March, 2014

DFA updates travel advice, as Guinea Ebola epidemic spreads

An outbreak of the virus has killed dozens of people in the West African nation’s southern forests.

# africa - Monday 24 March, 2014

Egypt sentences 529 people to death after mass trial

A court has sentenced the Morsi supporters to death, most of whom are on the run.

# africa - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Rotting bodies and skeletons found in Nigerian ‘House of Horror’

Police also rescued several severely malnourished people found wandering nearby. It’s reported that others were found alive, shackled inside.

34 dead, as Ebola confirmed as source of Guinea epidemic

There’s no treatment or vaccine available for the disease — which is transmitted by contact with blood, faeces, sweat, sexual contact or unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

# africa - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Sunlight can make this dirty water clean…and save lives

Today is World Water Day…but clean tap water is a pipe dream for 780 million people across the globe.

Nigerian police free pregnant teens in ‘baby factory’ raid

The teenagers and young women were found in a house that was stormed in the Akute district.

# africa - Friday 21 March, 2014

320 Irish volunteers arrive in Africa to build classrooms and playground

The Niall Mellon Township Trust is aiming to help 10,000 pupils by the end of this year.

# africa - Sunday 16 March, 2014

Shot, burnt and ‘hacked with machetes’: Over 100 killed in three Nigerian villages

Around 20 assailants with guns and machetes stormed the villages in central Nigeria, local officials say.

# africa - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Seven jobseekers killed in Nigeria stadium stampede

Witnesses said that only one entrance at the 60,000 capacity Abuja stadium was open as the crush occurred.

# africa - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Pistorius trial dramatically interrupted after TV station shows witness photo

Judge Thokozile Masipa has warned the media to respect the court’s ruling that images of witnesses who ask for privacy cannot be shown.

# africa - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

The Irish League of Credit Unions is to set up shop in Ethiopia

The charitable arm of the credit union group aims to help half a million people in Ethiopia access “affordable and flexible” financial services.

# africa - Monday 24 February, 2014

Egypt’s entire interim government has resigned

The move comes ahead of a presidential election which is expected to bring defence minister and army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power.

Column: What was once called ‘the white gold’ is no longer a source of hope

In the past three years, sales of Fairtrade cotton in Europe has fallen – leaving those who produce it without the support needed to build a better future, writes Dunstan Burke.

# africa - Thursday 20 February, 2014

Over half of Africa remains at “moderate to high” risk of malaria

However, seven countries – Cape Verde, Eritrea, South Africa, Ethiopa, Swaziland, Djibouti and Mayotte- have low enough transmission rates to make elimination a feasible goal.

# africa - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

Lone survivor found after Algeria military plane crash kills 77

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced three days of national mourning to begin tomorrow, praising the soldiers who perished in the crash as “martyrs.”

# africa - Thursday 6 February, 2014

Column: ‘It was done one day without warning’ – a terrifying story of genital mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia with the aim of reducing a women’s enjoyment of sex. This abominable practise must be stopped, writes David Dalton.

# africa - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Column: Ireland is reviewing its foreign policy – but it’s asking the wrong questions

Taking the example of Ireland’s evolving relationship with Africa, it becomes clear that the DFA’s review of external relations might not be on the right track, writes Andy Storey.

# africa - Friday 31 January, 2014

Environmental groups want to know if Flatley has a licence for that horn of his

The rhino horn was stolen from the dancer’s house in Cork last week.

# africa - Thursday 30 January, 2014

The numbers that show how UNICEF helps the world’s poorest children

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed in 1989. How far have we come?

# africa - Monday 27 January, 2014

Poll: Should Ireland give aid to countries that deny gay rights? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Ireland give aid to countries that deny gay rights?

We’ve given generously to countries that have outlawed homosexuality. But should aid ever come with conditions attached?

Irish aid with strings attached: Should Ireland help countries that deny gay rights?

Conditional aid in return for human rights improvements – is this to be the future of development aid?

# africa - Sunday 26 January, 2014

Nearly 50 killed across Egypt as country marks uprising anniversary

Of the 49 people killed, most died in Cairo and its suburbs — others in Alexandria and Minya. 247 people were injured.

# africa - Friday 24 January, 2014

Suicide bombs kill five in Cairo

The Egyptian capital was rocked by three separate blasts, as police prepare for pro-Morsi protests.

# africa - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Ceasefire agreed in bloody South Sudan conflict

The United Nations has said it is investigating widespread reports of atrocities and war crimes, including massacres, gang rapes and summary executions.

# africa - Monday 20 January, 2014

Video column: Is there a viable solution to ivory poaching?

There were approximately 10 million elephants in Africa at the turn of the 20th century. Today, thanks to widespread poaching, that number has dropped to 500,000.

Gilmore: No Irish troops being made available for CAR mission

EU foreign ministers have agreed to send around 500 troops to the African nation to back up French and African forces.

NUI Galway develops vitamin-rich crop to combat malnutrition in Africa

Up to 500,000 children in developing countries go blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency.

# africa - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Clampdown on Somali pirates leads to 40 per cent drop in incidents worldwide

15 incidents were attributed to Somali pirates last year — down from 237 in 2011.

# africa - Thursday 9 January, 2014

From The Score And Yaya does it again: 3-in-a-row for Toure as he wins African Footballer of the Year Winning Ways

And Yaya does it again: 3-in-a-row for Toure as he wins African Footballer of the Year

The Manchester City star beat John Obi Mikel and Didier Drogba to claim the award.

Threat of ‘deadly outbreak of disease’ in camps for children fleeing CAR violence

Over 935,000 people have been displaced across the country over the past year.

# africa - Saturday 4 January, 2014

Orphanage in Ian McKeever’s name opens in Tanzania

The late McKeever died after being struck by lightning on Kilimanjaro. His cousin, Judy McKeever, travelled to Tanzania to see his legacy.

# africa - Thursday 2 January, 2014

At least two children beheaded among 16 dead in Central African Republic – UNICEF

The UN’S children’s rights agency say that 60 further children have been injured since the outbreak of violence.

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