Estani Gbeya, an eight year-old orphan from the village of Betoko in Central African Republic. His mother died of disease a year ago. His father was shot and killed by a fighter from the Seleka rebel group that staged a coup in the country earlier this year.
When I interviewed the spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) earlier this year and asked him to tell me a real U.S. military success story in the region, guess what he said?
I bet he’s not going to be happy about this new article at DefenceWeb, “Pirate attacks in West Africa could double next year" which begins: "Africa’s west coast, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, has become the continent’s hotspot for piracy with warnings the rate of attacks could rise to two a day next year."
A court in South Africa sentenced a man to serve two life sentences for the rape and murder of 17-year-old Anene Booysen. Her injuries were so horrific that the doctors who treated her required counseling.
When I interviewed the spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) earlier this year and asked him to give me a real U.S. military success story in the region, guess what he told me?
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Faced with high food prices, low income and barely a patch of arable land, hundreds of residents of Nairobi’s densely populated slums have adopted a novel form of intensive agriculture: a farm in a sack.
"Thousands of landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) scattered in parts of Somalia over past decades of conflict are emerging as a threat to the relative security now being enjoyed there, with inadequate demining expertise posing a challenge, say officials."
For more, read the full IRIN article here.
A new report from the U.N.’s news agency, IRIN, begins: “Seyo Sangho’s husband was arrested by Malian army soldiers at the central market in Konna in central Mali… after getting into an argument with another man. ‘I haven’t seen him since,’ she says. ‘That was 10 days ago.’”
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This “new drone base in northwest Africa would join a constellation of small airstrips in recent years on the continent, including in Ethiopia, for surveillance missions flown by drones or turboprop planes designed to look like civilian aircraft,” writes Eric Schmitt in today’s New York Times. He continues: “If the base is approved, the most likely location for it would be in, a largely desert nation on the eastern border of Mali. The American military’s Africa Command, or Africom, is also discussing options for the base with other countries in the region, including Burkina Faso, officials said.”
The United Nations’ news service, IRIN, reports on the return of civilians to the Malian town of Diabaly following its capture by Islamist forces and subsequent air strikes by French forces.
“I no longer recognize Diabaly. Everywhere you look there are burnt-out cars and tanks, destroyed buildings, the stadium has been completely destroyed, frontless shops have been looted,” resident Mariam Sissoko told IRIN.
Several Southern African countries are dealing with the effects of flooding following heavy rains over much of the region in the past week.