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We think in our office that Sierra Leone, like Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi, Ouganda, Lybia, Cameroun, Gabon, Egypt, Erytrea, Ethiopia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, Congo Brazzaville, South Africa town ships will need urgent help of the peace task force of the world if we want to prevent future tragedy in Africa and the world. (courtesy of Rev. Dr. Daniel Diafwila-dia-Mbwangi)
Hopes ran high eighteen months ago, immediately following the election of reform-minded President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, that over seven years of virtual civil war in Algeria had come to an end. Today, in a fresh assessment of the situation in Algeria, the International Crisis Group concludes that the country's crisis is far from over - and the issues that lie at its heart have not been addressed. ICG's report The Algerian Crisis: Not Over Yet (20 October 2000) http://www.crisisweb.org/projects/algeria/reports/al05emain.htm highlights the core problems that need to be tackled by the Algerian government, with the involvement of the international community, if Algeria is to avert a re-ignition of conflict on the massive scale of the period 1992 to 1998. It sets out a number of policy recommendations - among them measures to stimulate dialogue between the government and the Islamists, redefine the role of the Algerian army in politics, and speed up and support a process of economic reform.
Angola: Diamond trade in conflict with human rights - report DATE: 5/10/2004 SOURCE: IRIN SOURCE WEBSITE: Http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=40974 SUMMARY & COMMENT: Angola's diamond mining industry continues to profit an elite few, despite claims by the authorities of increased efforts to spread the benefits. Little has been done to regulate the lucrative diamond trade
MOVING CHILD RIGHTS UP THE AGENDA - http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=40501 The plight of former child soldiers and war-affected children in Angola is beginning to ease as they slowly reintegrate back into their communities, but new threats such as child trafficking and HIV/AIDS are emerging, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. A post-war child protection strategy had shown "significant results", Abubacar Sultan, UNICEF's head of child protection, told IRIN. Around 3,500 children had been reunited with their families, and 3,480, including former child soldiers, were involved in reintegration programmes such as back-to-school schemes, micro-enterprise programmes for older adolescents, or child-friendly centres where they could socialise and discuss issues.
U P D A T E A N G O L A January/February 2001
STANFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ESTABLISH WORLD REFUGEE ACADEMY http://www.worldrefugeeacademy.org/ After completing an education project at Dukwi refugee camp, Botswana in July 2003, a team of Stanford University students is now pursuing a unique education programme for refugee youth: the World Refugee Academy (WRA). Its mission is to facilitate the development of young refugees into responsible leaders and candidates for world-renowned universities. WRA aims to provide more and better opportunities for refugee students pursuing higher level education. The project plans to offer an advanced two-year preparatory programme for refugee students who aspire to continue higher academic study at leading universities worldwide. Its curriculum is designed especially for refugee youth and integrates rigorous academics, leadership projects and a mentoring programme.
Peace prevails, poverty challenges remain AUTHOR: SARDC, Gaborone DATE: 12/16/2003 SOURCE WEBSITE: www.sardc.net SUMMARY & COMMENT: This is an overview of the Southern Africa region for 2003 from the viewpoint of SADC Executive Secretary Dr Prega Ramsamy. It touches on numerous major areas such as peace, poverty, HIV/AIDS and gender equality. Overall, while political stability has improved, there remains much to be done on many fronts for human development.
GOVERNMENT CAUTIONED NOT TO IGNORE YOUTH OPINIONS - http://allafrica.com/stories/200404090176.html - The government has been warned that should they exclude youth opinions in decision-making they would be sitting on a time bomb. According to Kagiso Ntume of the Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) "in most historical revolutions it was the young people who started the movement towards change." He also said that youth organisations that are in existence only encourage a lot of head nodding and do not accommodate the youth opinions at the macro level.
NGOS TRAIN YOUTH IN HUMAN RIGHTS http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=40211 A Burundian human rights NGO, Ligue Iteka, said on Monday it had begun the second phase of a programme aimed at training youths in human rights law. Launched at the weekend in collaboration with the French NGO Agir ensemble pour les droits de l'homme (Collective Action for Human Rights), some 25 youths aged 16 to 26 years from 18 human rights organisations will take part in the training.
REFUGEES, IDPS FACING PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA, AGENCY SAYS http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=41124 The Burundian Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) has found that the country's internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returning refugees frequently experience psychological trauma due to the severe living conditions they endure. Presenting ACORD's findings at a conference in Bujumbura, researcher Julien Nimubona said the psychological problems the IDPS and refugees experience was compounded by their state of dependence on humanitarian aid and their inability to participate in decision-making.
THE UNSUNG HEROES http://www.monitor.upeace.org/innerpg.cfm?id_article=151 The story of Burundi’s heroes is one of humanity against all odds. It is a story of courage in the midst of crisis, of defiance in the face of danger, of compassion in a sea of callousness. When everyone around them told them to accept the status quo of blood and brutality, these Burundian heroes chose to listen to their internal voices. It meant risking their own lives, and those of their family in some cases, to save that of another. For many, it meant ongoing danger and difficulty long after the moment of their act of courage. It was a moment for which they had not prepared or planned. Susan Koscis writes about these heroes in the latest edition of the Peace and Conflict Monitor.
GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES CHILD SOLDIERS' REHABILITATION PROGRAMME - The Burundian government, in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) international programme for the eradication of child labour, has launched a three-year programme on the rehabilitation of former child soldiers. During the launch on Monday, Labour Minister Dismas Nditabiriye said the US $1.4-million programme would work in conjunction with a national child demobilisation and rehabilitation programme already in place. Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=22251
WINNING BACK BURUNDI'S CHILD SOLDIERS http://irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=34033 In his December 2002 report to the UN Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan identified Burundi as one of five conflict-ridden countries across the world where children were being used as soldiers. However, while most of the armed groups named by Annan were opposition factions, his UN report pointed a finger at the Burundian government for abusing children by sending them to the frontline.
EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION IN PEACE IMPERATIVE FOR BURUNDI, International Alert, June 2000. This report from International Alert reflects recent interviews throughout Burundi with students, teachers, government officials and others: "Key to our analysis is the relationship between education and conflict. Exclusion has been at the heart of Burundi's cyclical conflicts since Independence: large sections of the Burundian people are in practice excluded from opportunities for personal advancement and entry into the institutions of the state. This exclusion begins with differential access to education, caused by factors which can include geography, gender, ethnicity, family poverty and a seriously under-resourced Ministry - all need to be addressed. "Our concern is that if the internal environment is not seen to be becoming more inclusive early in a transition period, the possibility of a lasting peace will be remote. Making educational opportunities fairer now is therefore vital - as a means to peace and an end in itself - and donor commitment and resources are urgently required. "Education is of key importance to the success of the Burundi peace process, now, it is hoped, in its closing stages. However, the education system urgently needs expanding and improving. By analysing the relationship between conflict and education in Burundi in the past we can argue its vital significance for the future." The report can be ordered in French or English by contacting: Antonia Thomas, International Alert, 1 Glyn Street, London SE11 5HT, UK. Tel: +44 20 7793 8383; Fax: +44 20 2293 7975; Email: email@example.com . The report can also be accessed (in French and English) on the International Alert website: www.international-alert.org
Burkina Faso -
HELPING GIRLS TO KEEP MARRIAGE UNDER WRAPS http://www.ipsnews.net/africa/interna.asp?idnews=23002 It is an article of faith in development circles that assisting girls to complete their education – and postponing the age at which they have children – benefits both the girls and the communities they live in. This truth is proving difficult to entrench in Burkina Faso, however, where early marriages – and, worse still, forced marriages – are often the norm. This is despite a 1990 law that sets the marriage age for girls at 18, and for boys at 22.
Central African Republic -
Central African Republic: Major challenges remain one year after end of rebellion. Daniel Boyssembe 3/16/2004 SOURCE: IRIN/ Bangui SOURCE WEBSITE: IRIN SUMMARY & COMMENT: To destroy is easier than to restore. Francois Bozize, Leader of the Central African Republic, learned this lesson well one year after he ousted President Ange-Felix Patasse. The transition is due to end in January 2005.
DARFUR ATROCITIES SPILL INTO CHAD Backed by the Sudanese government, Janjaweed militias are launching assaults across the border into Chad, attacking and looting Chadian villagers as well as refugees from Darfur, Human Rights Watch said recently. Despite a ceasefire agreement in Darfur, government troops and Janjaweed militias continue to commit atrocities in the western Sudanese region. Human Rights Watch documented at least seven cross-border incursions into Chad conducted by the Janjaweed militias since early June. The Janjaweed attack villages in Chad and refugees from Darfur, and also steal cattle. The same Arab and African ethnic groups live on both sides of border in Chad and Darfur.Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=22883
Cote d'Ivoire -
International Symposium on Côte
d'Ivoire: Consolidating a Fragile Peace 15 Jan 04 - Saint Paul
Guei, IBB, Abacha and the lesson of history By Francis Obinor, Foreign Affairs Reporter
IVORY COAST: ARMY CONTINUES GIVING GUNS TO LIBERIAN REFUGEES
The Cote d'Ivoire army is continuing to recruit young Liberians from Guiglo refugee camp in the west of the country to fight against Ivorian rebel forces in the area, according to UN officials and Liberian residents in the camp and the commander of French peacekeeping forces in the area.
WAR AND IMPUNITY IN THE DRC: SOWING THE SEEDS FOR CATASTROPHE
by Innocent Balemba
A HISTORY OF THE DRC IN ONE LINE: LEOPOLD, RESOURCES, COUPS, IMPUNITY an interview with Joseph Yav Katshung, Executive Director of CERDH (Centre d`Etudes et de Recherche en Droits de l`Homme et Démocratie)
A WEAPON OF WAR: SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN SOUTH KIVU, DRC by Arche D'Alliance
INFO-CONGO/KINSHASA April - May - June 2001
UN report on Congo minerals
Tshisekedi Proposals to USA re democratic reforms
Scramble for the
Congo: Anatomy of an Ugly War
Scramble for the Congo: Anatomy of an Ugly War
Proposals for Canadian government policy towards Congo and Central africa Region.
DRC: DRC CASTS OUT ITS
Witches haunt Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo's violent capital.
With pinched faces, bloodshot eyes and swollen bellies, they are horrifying
to see; plaguing the city's streets by day, and retiring when nights falls
to stinking graveyards and typhus alleys. And all of them are children.
Olivier's plight is all too common in war-ravaged Congo. According to Save
the Children, of Kinshasa's estimated 30 000 street-children, virtually all
have been abandoned by their families, having been accused of witchcraft.
SMALLHOLDER FARMERS BATTLING POVERTY THROUGH COOPERATIVES http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=41594 Cooperatives are playing a key role in helping impoverished Ethiopian farmers escape from the cycle of poverty, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Wednesday. Ethiopia's cooperatives were vital in helping to promote rural economic development and getting farmers a fairer price for their crops, USAID said in a statement. "Cooperatives are an important means to bring smallholder farmers together to open new markets and receive higher prices for their produce," it said.
ETHIOPIA RATIFIES PROTOCOL Almost a year after its adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa on July 11 2003, Maputo Mozambique, The Republic of Ethiopia on June 2, 2004 joined the Comoros to become the second country that has signed and ratified it. Twenty-seven other member states have signed it but are yet to ratify it as at June 7, 2004 . 13 more countries must ratify it in order for the Protocol to come into force.
has received numerous reports of genocidal massacres of Anuak people in and
GENOCIDE IN ETHIOPIA? - http://www.oneworld.net/article/view/83811/1/ A Canada-based representative of the Anuak Survival Organisation has given chilling testimony on a genocide being perpetrated against the Anuak people in Gambella Province, Ethiopia. Obang Metho spoke to a special UN Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva on April 8, 2004. Mr. Metho said, “I speak to you as the representative of a forgotten people, the Anuak (or Anywaa) of Ethiopia. We number only 100,000 persons in the Gambella province of south-western Ethiopia. Our province is the tongue of fertile land, rich with natural resources such as oil, gold and other minerals that extends into southern Sudan. In the past four months, over 1137 Anuak have been murdered by the Ethiopian defense forces and some others from the highland.”
LESSONS FROM THE PAST, AGENDAS FOR THE FUTURE - Contributor: June Rock, Lionel Cliffe, Seifulaziz Milas, Jalal Abdel Latif, Amanuel Mehreteab, Christian Sorensen, Yohannes Tseggay Berhe. Eritrea and Ethiopia surprised the world by going to war in May 1998 over the position of their common border, ending seven years of peace. A peace agreement signed in December 2000 brought hopes of a new era of reconciliation and rehabilitation. What challenges now face the two nations and their peoples, the region and the international community? Is peace sustainable? Research by the University of Leeds, the Inter-Africa Group in Addis Ababa and local partners in Eritrea explored the nature of conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia over the last four decades. What has the impact of war been on people's livelihoods, especially when combined with drought? What has been the role of humanitarian assistance? What difference have the policies of the Ethiopian Dergue regime, the Eritrean Peoples' Liberation Front (EPLF) and the Tigray Peoples' Liberation Front (TPLF) made in terms of rehabilitation and reconstruction? For further information, see: www.id21.org/society/S10ajr1g1.html
Text of Agreement Between Eritrea and Ethiopia to be signed in Algiers, 12 December 2000
PRICE OF AIDS TESTING AND ARV DRUGS SLASHED http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=41602 The government of Gabon has announced a further cut in the price of anti-retroviral drugs for people living with AIDS and has slashed the price of HIV/AIDS testing for the country's 1.2 million population. Both measures were introduced in April following an announcement by the Global Funds to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria that it would grant the West African country US $3 million grant to help fight AIDS.
HOLDS FORUM ON CORRUPTION http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=59434
The success of the anti-corruption crusade in Ghana depended on peoples' willingness to question the actions of people in authority at all levels. Mrs Hilary Gbedemah, Senior Legal Advisor of the Women In Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF), made the point at a public forum on how to deal with corruption in Ghana.
Great Lakes Region -
GREAT LAKES: Prospects for peace increase as region moves into 2004 AUTHOR: IRIN 1/9/2004 SOURCE: IRIN SOURCE WEBSITE: http://www.irinnews.org/print.asp?ReportID=38831 SUMMARY & COMMENT: Overview of developments in 2003 in DRCongo, ROCongo, CAR, Rwanda, and Burundi. Efforts for peace democracy and stability are touched on, and blocks to achieving these goals, in IRIN's usual measured but insightful way.
GREAT LAKES: Religious group opts for 'traditional' methods of conflict resolution. Author: F C C and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. DATE: 12/5/2004 SOURCE: UN Integrated regional information networks. SUMMARY & COMMENT: In preparation for as international conference scheduled for November in Dar es Salaam Religious groups in the Great Lakes region want to create and promote an environment for dialogue and consensus-building towards the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
THE RICH, THE POOR AND THE RESERVES OF OIL http://www.capetimes.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=334&fArticleId=379811 Equatorial Guinea has suddenly been brought into the world's spotlight as a result of a supposed coup attempt there by a group of former members of the South African special forces. The picture that is emerging is not a pretty sight. This country is a caricature of Africa, a microcosm of all that is bad about the continent. Because of the discoveries of bigger and bigger oil reserves every year in its waters, Equatorial Guinea has one of the highest economic growth rates in the world - nearly 17% in 2002 and over 14% in 2003. Yet 65% of the people still live in extreme poverty and the oil wealth is concentrated in the hands of no more than 5% of the population.
The Refugee Crisis in Guinea: Another Macedonia?
NEW PAY FOR DONS WON'T STEM BRAIN DRAIN - http://allafrica.com/stories/200404130063.html Will the recent salary and harmonisation of housing allowance for public university lecturers stem the brain-drain from the country? Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) secretary-general, Charles Namachanja, doesn't believe so. "What we have been offered is way bellow our expectations. We wanted to be paid salaries that could attract the best brains from any part of the world," says Namachanja.
FOUR TEACHERS DYING EVERY DAY OF AIDS - http://www.sarpn.org.za/newsflash.php#1280 The Ministry of Education loses between four to six of the 235,000 teachers daily through HIV/Aids. Permanent Secretary Prof Karega Mutahi said there was a large number of teachers already infected and that many others are bed-ridden. This has affected teaching and student performance in both primary and secondary schools, he added. "Sick teachers have to be on the payroll which means that the already stressed education system must carry a large proportion of unproductive persons. That means that work is piled up on those not sick," he said.
PARENTS STILL PAY FOR FREE PRIMARY EDUCATION - http://allafrica.com/stories/200404130088.html Parents with children in public primary schools had paid Sh2.64 million in "school fees" by early last year, despite a Government directive that made primary education free and compulsory. The directive was effected early last year but some schools continued to charge fees. The questionable payments were detected by an audit firm commissioned by the Government to establish the impact of a donor funded book project. Carried out in 25 districts countrywide to establish how the project was working, it discovered that nearly a quarter of the country's 18,000 schools had been charging fees. Parents were being forced to pay the money to the district education boards to finance "mysterious" projects.
EDUCATION SYSTEM SET FOR REFORMS - http://allafrica.com/stories/200405100622.html Kenya is studying the education systems of Japan, Korea and Malaysia to see how it can reform its own system to spur industrialisation. This was disclosed by the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, Mr Daniel Karaba, as his committee left for Japan. Karaba said during the two-week visit his 6-man committee would critically study the education systems of the three countries and Thailand if time allows. He said the trip has been necessitated by the envisaged reforms in the Kenyan education system to make it more responsive to the needs of the country.
LESOTHO: WOMEN UNDER-REPRESENTED IN LESOTHO’S MEDIA, SAYS
index.php?action=viewarticle&articleid=1234 The Lesotho Gender and Media Baseline Study initiated by the Media Institute of Southern Africa in collaboration with Gender Links, a South African non-governmental organisation that promotes gender equality in and through the media shows that women’s views and voices are under-represented in Lesotho’s media.
GOOD GOVERNANCE ORGANISATION FORMED http://www.transparency.org/cgi-bin/dcn-read.pl?citID=110048 An organisation seeking to promote and stimulate the ideals of good governance in the country has been established. The Liberia Organisation for Good Governance (LOGG) which is headed by Dr. Nathaniel R. Richardson as Interim President, was formed recently by a group of concerned Liberians. At a press conference to announce the formation of LOGG, Dr. Richardson said the organisation was not for profit, non political, non-governmental and represented no political group.
CHILD SOLDIERS TOO SCARED TO GO HOME - RELIEF AGENCIES http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=41477 Child soldiers, uprooted from their families and plunged into Liberia's civil war, are lingering in temporary camps because they are too scared to return home and insufficient facilities have been created to cater for them, child protection agencies and a government commission said. After turning over their weapons, the young ex-combatants are entitled to a three-month stay in care centres, which offer medical aid, counselling, reading lessons and help tracing families. But the stop-gap is turning more permanent for many.
UN CONFIRMS DISARMAMENT WILL RESTART ON 15 APRIL, 2004 - http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=40507 The United Nations has confirmed that the delayed disarmament programme in Liberia will restart on Thursday after a four-month delay. Jacques Klein, the head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), made the announcement on Saturday at a joint press conference with Gyude Bryant, the Chairman of Liberia’s transitional government, in the capital Monrovia.
MALI LOOKS TO CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY TO EMPOWER WOMEN http://allafrica.com/stories/200403200062.html Mali is promoting solar power and modern, clean energy such as butane to reduce poverty and improve the lives of rural women and safeguard the environment. The Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water is encouraging such new and renewable energy alternatives to wood through a project that aims to reach 250 villages in the southern regions of Koulikoro, Ségou, Sikasso and Mopti. Other partners are the Ministry of Environment; the Ministry for the Promotion of Women, Children and the Family; and UNDP.
The Mozambican Peace Process in Perspective http://www.c-r.org/acc_moz/contents_moz.htm
NATIONAL UN LITERACY DECADE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED http://portal.unesco.org/en/ ev.php@URL_ID=19500&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html Namibia is one of the first countries in the world to form a national coalition on the UN Literacy Decade. During a conference earlier this month, some 100 people representing various stakeholders in literacy came together to celebrate the launch of the Literacy Decade in the country. Representatives from Botswana and Cuba also attended the conference to share their experiences. The conference was organized by UNESCO Windhoek in collaboration with the Namibian Ministry of Basic Education, Sport and Culture.
WOMEN'S SHARE IN LOCAL GOVT UP- http://allafrica.com/stories/200405190090.html Women were, once again, winners in the Local Authority elections: their representation has increased by some two per cent - excluding the Grootfontein results. An initial study of the results revealed that women gained 123 seats of 283 countrywide - up to 43,4 per cent from 41,3 per cent during the last elections. Of the 123 seats for women, Swapo won 78 for its candidates, the DTA 18, Congress of Democrats 14 (their Lüderitz candidate excluded), UDF nine, National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) three and the Civic Association of Henties Bay one.
LABOUR STUDY SLAMS WATER CHARGES AS 'NEW APARTHEID' - http://allafrica.com/stories/200404070182.html An in-depth study of privatised water services in Namibia says that while prepaid water systems are being marketed as the solution to bad debts and water conservation, they are in fact worsening the plight of the country's most vulnerable. Titled 'Water Privatisation in Namibia: Creating a New Apartheid?', the report released by the Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI), contends that the system is exposing thousands of the country's poor to preventable diseases and death.
NIGERIA URGES LAKE CHAD ACTION http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3565015.stm Nigeria's president has warned that Lake Chad will soon disappear unless immediate action is taken. Olusegun Obasanjo said the shrinking water levels were threatening the livelihood of more than 20 million people in the region.
GOVERNMENT ASKS TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS TO BEGIN COURSES ON PEACE STUDIES - http://allafrica.com/stories/200404130383.html The Federal Government has directed all tertiary institutions in Nigeria to start the teaching of peace studies as part of courses for their students commencing from the next academic session. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayodele Falase dropped this hint at the closing of the first foundation course in peace practice organised by the peace and conflict studies programme of the university. The Vice-Chancellor, in an address read on his behalf by one of his deputies, Prof. Olusoji Offi, stated that violent conflicts rank amongst the most potent factors stifling the objectives of sustainable development in Nigeria today. He said: “This ugly situation can be reversed through both formal and informal peace education."
CONFLICT MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP FOR REFUGEES - http://www.dailytimesofnigeria.com/DailyTimes/2004/April/15/Conflict.asp - The National Refugee Commission has approved the proposal of the Nigerian Popular Theatre Alliance (NPTA) and African Youth Parliament (AYP), Kenya, in collaboration with Movement for Cultural Awareness (MOCA) to hold a conflict management and transformation workshop with refugees at the Oru Camp, Ogun State.
THE LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM - http://news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/story.jsp?story=510932Each year, more than 200,000 Nigerian children are forcibly taken from their homes to be put to work. Some go with the permission of their parents, and some do not. Many, especially boys who may be as young as five or six, end up as household slaves far from home, or as agricultural workers on smallholdings or in quarries, where they break large lumps of granite with heavy iron hammers and earn little more than a few cents a day. The dust they inhale will do them lasting damage. Some, especially the younger ones, die as a result; others end up with terrible scars, both physical and psychological.
WOMEN'S EXPERIENCES OF THE BIAFRAN WAR - What happened to Igbo women during the Biafran War / Nigerian Civil War? Why haven't their stories been told? Where are their voices in Nigerian history? This website is the result of a project by Azuka Nzegwu which focuses on Igbo women's experiences and personal accounts of the war. See: < http://www.westafricareview.com/war/vol2.2/biafra/index.htm >
AND RECONCILIATION IN RWANDA: TAKING STOCK Eugenia Zorbas
SAFE SANCTUARY?: THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH IN GENOCIDE Camille Karangwa
CHILDREN OF RWANDA: LEGACY OF THE GENOCIDE, THE FUTURE OF RWANDA Sara Rakita
NEUTRALISING THE VOICES OF HATE: BROADCASTING AND GENOCIDE Richard Carver
ANNAN ADMITS U.N. BLAME OVER RWANDA http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=483909§ion=news UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has accepted institutional and personal blame for the slaughter of 800,000 civilians in the 1994 Rwanda genocide that was initially ignored by world leaders. "The international community is guilty of sins of omission," said Annan, who was head of the United Nations peacekeeping agency at the time and had asked countries to provide troops. "I believed at the time that I was doing my best. But I realised after the genocide that there was more that I could and should have done to sound the alarm and rally support," Annan said in a speech on Friday to open the "Memorial Conference on the Rwanda Genocide" to mark 10 years since the massacre.
International Crisis Group's report Uganda
and Rwanda: Friends or Enemies? (4 May 2000) http://www.crisisweb.org/projects/rwanda/reports/rw02emaina.htm traces
in detail how two neighbours who had been the best of friends fell out over
differences of approach to the war in the Congo. Eight months after the bloody
clashes in Kisangani, which cost the lives of over six hundred troops and
civilians, communication remains at a minimum between Presidents Museveni and
Kagame; tension is building up again in Kisangani; and Uganda's and Rwanda's
two rebel Congolese "proxy" factions remain more divided than ever.
If early efforts are not made to ease tensions, Africa could see not only
further destabilisation of the Great Lakes region, but another disastrous
Ethiopia-Eritrea style war between "brothers".
The Lusaka Agreement may well be the only unifying factor between the Rwandan and Ugandan leaderships at this point. The report urges the UN Security Council to respond immediately to the current more stable situation on the ground by quickly deploying the second-phase MONUC peacekeepers, and pressing all parties to fully implement the Lusaka agreement.
The report also urges both Uganda and Rwanda to work harder at repairing their relationship through a summit meeting and by strengthening dialogue and co-operation channels at all levels, including that of civil society.
The Preventable Genocide July 2000 Don't Blame Africa for its Wars
RWANDA SEEKS TO MOVE FROM AGRICULTURE TO KNOWLEDGE IN 20
http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/back/balancing-act_81.html Imagine a tiny, beautiful, land-locked, densely populated and extremely poor African country that seven years ago was the site of a devastating civil war and genocide that left it in tatters. Now imagine a country that sets up an ICT Commission headed by its President; that adopts a national ICT Policy for the country and that sets up a top level national IT Agency to oversee a 400-page 5-year US$500 million plan and strategy for ICT. And finally imagine a country that commits to transforming itself from an essentially agrarian economy to a knowledge-based society within twenty years and that plans to become a services center in its region, despite being poorer than its neighbours and much less well-endowed with natural resources.
Sierra Leone -
SPECIAL COURT REJECTS AMNESTY http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAFR510072004 Amnesty International has welcomed the historic decision by the Special Court for Sierra Leone dated 13 March 2004 to refuse to recognize the applicability of a national amnesty for crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Special Court for Sierra Leone held that, in accordance with international law, the general amnesty granted in the 1999 Lomé peace agreement was "ineffective" in preventing international courts, such as the Special Court, or foreign courts from prosecuting crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The UN in Sierra Leone - tracing steps to a Stumbling PeaceSierra Leone: UN Report - Diamonds and Weapons
Sierra Leone: Diamonds and the Struggle for Democracy - In this
book, John Hirsch traces Sierra Leone's downward spiral, drawing on his
first-hand experience as US Ambassador in Freetown in 1995-1998. He
analyzes the historical, social, and economic contexts of the ongoing struggle,
as well as the impacts of regional and international powers. Topics
covered include the exploitation of mineral resources in the country, the
involvement of private security forces, and the flawed efforts at peace
negotiations. Without sustained international intervention, he cautions,
it is unlikely that Sierra Leone—a microcosm of much of Africa's post-Cold War
experience—can achieve stability and a renewal of democratic institutions.
Author: John L. Hirsch
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Report of the expert seminar on the Sierra Leone Peace Process: Learning from the Past to Address Current Challenges held in London on 27 September 2000. Executive Summary: The seminar explored the roles of civil society and international actors in peacemaking after the Lomé Peace Agreement in July 1999. In the discussion of the local dynamics, the main issues raised by participants concerned the importance of an inclusive peace process. The main lines of exclusion in the past have been a) regional, with excessive centralisation around Freetown; b) gender-biased; c) mitigating against effective civil society input into formal peace processes; and d) marginalising traditional peacebuilding practices. The primary focus of discussion about the influence of international actors was on the roles of the UN, the UK, and ECOWAS countries in both the peace process and in current attempts at 'peace enforcement'. Concern was expressed about the perceived partiality of interventions and the focus on a military 'solution.' Further issues raised were the lack of a clear mandate for peacekeeping or peacebuilding, and problems of timing and commitment in the international community. In discussions about how the provisions of the Lomé Peace Agreement might be improved, some participants suggested the need for an interim government of national unity. Others focused on the need to rethink the amnesty provision to include traditional conceptions of reconciliation. One theme that ran throughout the discussion was the argument that that a military 'solution' cannot in itself address the causes of war. Peace-making efforts should instead be directed toward fostering broad-based, inclusive processes capable of addressing the underlying causes of war, with support for economic regeneration to encourage the voluntary demobilisation of armed combatants. Complete report available at http://www.c-r.org/occ_papers/slsemreport.html
JUST MINING IN SIERRA LEONE - RESOLUTIONS FROM NATIONAL CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE
the price. The Sierra Leone process by ACCORD,
September 2000. The signing of the Lomé Peace Agreement in July 1999
sought to bring to an end one of the most brutal civil wars of recent times.
One year on and Sierra Leone is in crisis, as rebel forces challenge the
authority of both UN peacekeepers and government forces. The Lomé Accord has
fallen far short of the challenges inherent in peacebuilding after more than
eight years of civil war. Sierra Leone, its regional neighbours and the
international community are currently faced with the daunting task of moving
from a crisis of effectiveness and credibility to re-establishing an
environment for sustainable peace. Accord 9 explores earlier attempts to bring
the conflict to an end and in doing so seeks to draw valuable lessons for the
task ahead. Writers from within Sierra Leone and abroad focus on issues of
implementation and power-sharing, while also examining the role of civil
society. Contents include - Introduction: the struggle for power
and peace in Sierra Leone by David Lord; First stages on the road to peace:
the Abidjan process (1995-96) by Lansana Gberie; The Lomé peace negotiations
by Ismail Rashid; Lomé Accord summary; Implementing the Lomé Accord by
Early civil society peace initiatives: - The Mano River Bridge initiative, - The National Co-ordinating Committee for Peace, - Civil society 'contact group', - Diaspora actors; Civil society and peacebuilding: the role of the Inter-Religious; Council of Sierra Leone by Thomas Mark Turay; Grassroots peacebuilding in Pujehun by John Massaquoi and Frances Fortune; Sierra Leonean women and the peace process by Yasmin Jusu-Sheriff; Dialogue on justice and reconciliation; Chronology; Profiles; Further reading. For a copy, go to http://www.c-r.org/accord9/index.htm for an online copy, or write to Accord Marketing, Conciliation Resources, 173 Upper Street, London N1 1RG, UK; Telephone +44 (0)20 7359 7728 Fax +44 (0)20 7359 4081; E-mail email@example.com
Building mechanisms for conflict resolution in
South East Sierra Leone - by John Massaquoi, Coordinator of the Sulima Fishing
Community Development Project
Nigerian Intervention in Sierra Leone
Resources, Primary Industry and Conflict in Sierra Leone
Demobilisation, Disarmament and Rehabilitation
Gender and Conflict in Sierra Leone
Rural Women and Girls in the War in Sierra Leone
Building mechanisms for conflict resolution in South East Sierra Leone — by John Massaquoi, Coordinator of the Sulima Fishing Community Development Project
Nigerian Intervention in Sierra Leone
Resources, Primary Industry and Conflict in Sierra Leone
Demobilisation, Disarmament and Rehabilitation
Gender and Conflict in Sierra Leone
Rural Women and Girls in the War in Sierra Leone
Rebirth of the Somali State
Report on Peace-Making Initiative In Somaliland April 1995-January 1997 Council for Peace and Development - Somaliland http://www.c-r.org/occ_papers/occ_somali.htm
FXI WARNS OF DANGERS IN PROPOSED HATE SPEECH BILL http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/59374/? PHPSESSID=26b1be8ecf8bf80eedd544b80f26f5ec The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has sent a written submission to the Department of Justice in response to its draft discussion document for a proposed hate speech bill. The objectives of this proposed law are to, among others, criminalise hate speech and also to give effect to the Constitution as well as South Africa's commitments to international law, including its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
AIDS DRUGS ROLLOUT STARTS IN APRIL http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L2450377.htm South Africa's long-delayed national rollout of AIDS drugs will begin in April when the government makes funds available to all nine provinces, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The country's biggest AIDS pressure group, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), had threatened to take the government to court before the April 14 elections unless it began the rollout.
Civil liberties remain under threat in Southern Africa, Amnesty International. DATE: 5/27/2004 - SOURCE WEBSITE: http://allafrica.com/stories/200405270644.html - SUMMARY & COMMENT: In the Southern region of Africa, there has been "an escalation in state-sponsored attacks on its critics". "Incidents of ill treatment and torture were reported throughout the year". Civic groups remained under pressure, but journalists bore the brunt of the crackdown. Media legislation, introduced in 2002, was used by the authorities to "silence" reporters. Both local and foreign journalists were subjected to arbitrary detention and attacks. For the full report: http://web.amnesty.org/
UNPOLISHED GEMS - http://www.actsa.org/News/features/010504_SAmining.htm - During apartheid the mining industry was the biggest employer and the main generator of the country's wealth. It was also the central pillar for the structures of racial discrimination. Today a whole raft of progressive labour laws has given workers rights they could not have dreamt of before 1994. However now as before, in this dangerous occupation, miners continue to pay with their lives in order to multiply the profits of large multinational companies. Like in other sectors of the South African economy, workers in the mining industry are reeling from the hardship and suffering caused by the steady haemorrhaging of jobs and the toll of HIV/AIDS.
SOUTH AFRICA: INVESTING IN THE FUTURE AWARDS - http://www.thefundingsite.co.za/RFPs/detail.asp?ID=166The annual Investing in the Future Awards honour companies and organisations that are contributing to the well-being of South African society as a whole. Winning projects have to demonstrate sustainability, partnership building between the government, business and communities, and integration into the development of South Africa. The awards are designed to heighten public, government and business awareness of corporate social investment.
PRINCIPLES OF ELECTION MANAGEMENT, MONITORING AND OBSERVATION- http://www.eisa.org.za/PDF/pemmo.pdf Southern Africa has made significant progress in the past decade in institutionalising democracy. This is reflected in a number of developments in SADC countries including the holding of successful multi-party elections in several of them in the past ten years. There is evidence of increased popular participation in governance, and dialogue between governments and stakeholders has taken root. Democratic institutions have been set up and a number of major constitutional, legal and administrative changes have been undertaken with the objective of consolidating and deepening democracy. Notwithstanding these achievements, major challenges remain. There are pockets of conflict in several countries in the region and there have been situations in which election results have not been acceptable to all parties involved, resulting, on occasion, in violence and instability. The draft Principles for Electoral Management, Monitoring and Observation were developed by a Task Team and are premised on the understanding that every country has its own political, legal, social and cultural peculiarities. It is expected that countries will adapt the document to their particular national situations.
700,000 SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDREN ARE INFECTED WITH HIV- http://www.guardian.co.uk/aids/story/0,7369,1216350,00.html More than 700,000 South African children aged 14 years and younger are HIV-positive, according to figures reported last week. A survey by the Human Sciences Research Council found that the Aids epidemic was as widespread among the country's young as in the population at large. An estimated 5.7 million of South Africa's 45 million people are infected with the virus, giving it the largest HIV-positive population in the world. The survey found that 5.4% of two to 14-year-olds were HIV-positive, compared with 5.3% of the total population. Among two to nine-year-olds the infection rate was 6.7%.
AFRICA: SHOCKING NEW DATA ON SA WOMEN- http://www.sarpn.org.za/newsflash.php#1437
About 77 percent of young South Africans infected with HIV are women and 62
percent of them had believed they had a small or no chance of contracting
the virus. The new figure tallies with a growing worldwide trend showing a
far higher incidence of HIV infection among women than men. The figures
were the highest authoritative results that local researchers have seen.
South African Crime Research Guide - Online resource for crime researchers and law enforcement officers.
SOUTH AFRICA: FXI RELEASES REPORT ON THE STATE OF CENSORSHIP
The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has just released a report on the
activities of its Anti-Censorship Programme (ACP), which has been in
existence since June 2002. A decision was taken to establish the Programme
last year, after the FXI experienced a sharp rise in the number of
censorship cases it was being called on to handle. In the report, the FXI
notes that its decision to establish the Programme has been vindicated, as
censorship is clearly increasing in South Africa. Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/newsletter.php?id=14993
Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) "... a commission is a necessary exercise to enable South Africans to come to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the cause of reconciliation." Mr Dullah Omar, former Minister of Justice. The TRC effects its mandate through 3 committees: the Amnesty Committee, Reparation and Rehabilitation (R&R) Committee and Human Rights Violations (HRV) Committee. The Commission is currently in suspension while the work of the Amnesty Committee is completed. The remaining work of the R&R and HRV Committees has been designated to the former chairs of those Committees, and now forms part of the Amnesty Committee. HEAD OFFICE: 9th Floor, Old Mutual Building, 106 Adderley Street, Cape Town, 8001 PO Box 3162, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa; Tel: +27 21 424-5161 Fax: +27 21 424-5225; email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ; web site http://www.truth.org.za
PEACE UNSUSTAINABLE WITHOUT DEMOCRATISATION http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=41617 Sudan will fail to enjoy the fruits of peace if it does not democratise both its peace process and its political system during the six-year transitional period following the signing of a comprehensive agreement, according to the South Africa-based think-tank, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). "A sustainable peace is unlikely unless a government is established that enjoys the confidence of the Sudanese masses and demonstrates an unqualified commitment to peace," said ISS in a report issued this week.
INCOMMUNICADO DETENTIONS, UNFAIR TRIALS, TORTURE AND ILL-TREATMENT - THE HIDDEN SIDE OF THE DARFUR CONFLICT While international attention has focussed on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, the failure of the legal system which underpins the human rights crisis has gone largely unnoticed, Amnesty International said in a memorandum to the Sudan Government and the recently-appointed Sudanese Commission of Inquiry. The vast majority of detainees in Darfur and those arrested outside Darfur in connection with the conflict are not told the reasons for their arrest and are not allowed access to lawyers, families, and medical assistance. They are denied their right to be brought promptly before a judge or other judicial official; the right to challenge the lawfulness of their detention and the right to be treated humanely. Torture is widespread. Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=22550
The World Has Failed Again. Darfur Now Presents a Ghastly Question: Will the Deaths be Tens of Thousands...or Hundreds of Thousands? Eric Reeves - April 30, 2004
Open letter to Paul Martin: Don't let Sudan become the next Rwanda Globe and Mail Update Tuesday, May. 11, 2004 - Dear Prime Minister Martin, Given the worsening human-rights and humanitarian crisis in Sudan, we, the undersigned individuals and organizations, are extremely alarmed by the weak international response. Observers in the region are warning of another Rwanda. Atrocities committed by Sudanese government forces and armed militia in both the south and west of the country have led many to speak of another genocide if nothing is done. We urge Canada to work with African and international partners to do as much as possible to halt another tragedy in the region.
U.N. PROBES CLAIMS OF "ETHNIC CLEANSING" IN SUDAN - http://www.unwire.org/News/328_426_22571.asp Four U.N. human rights experts have begun an emergency 10-day mission in Sudan to investigate claims by a senior U.N. official of "ethnic cleansing" in the western Darfur region, Reuters reports. The team, led by Bacre Waly Ndiaye, director of the U.N. human rights office in New York, will interview refugees from Darfur in Chad before going to Sudan to investigate what the United Nations has called one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. According to relief agencies, tens of thousands of refugees - mainly black Muslims from Darfur - have fled to eastern Chad over the past few months to escape attacks from Arab militias and Sudanese government troops.
LAUNCH OF THE COLLAGE NETWORK - The Collage Network, an online Cultural Directory that promotes the work of Sudanese refugee artists living in Cairo, has been launched. The first of its kind, The Collage Network seeks to unite the Sudanese community through participation in the arts. The site features an online gallery, artists profiles, video and audio downloads, information on workshops, performance groups and an online booking form that makes engaging Sudanese culture for special events easy and accessible. Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=22297
SUDAN: DARFUR - AN INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT http://www.crisisweb.org/home/index.cfm?id=2700&l=1 The United Nations must urgently pass a resolution on Darfur that contains five main points: The condemnation of what has been happening and a demand that it stop; The imposition of an arms embargo, A call for the safe return of displaced persons to their villages of origin; The authorisation of a high level team to investigate the war crimes and an unambiguous warning to Khartoum. This suggestion comes from the International Crisis Group, which calling for major international action to address the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Darfur, western Sudan. According to USAID, even if the war were to stop immediately, as many as 100,000 people will likely die in Darfur in the coming months due to the desperate humanitarian situation. Visit the ICG's campaign page to find out more about how you can help.
Human Security in Sudan: The Report of a Canadian Assessment Mission Prepared for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, January 2000 http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/foreignp/3110186-e.pdf (Adobe Acrobat report format)
on Sudan, August 08, 2000
SWAZI HIV RATE SURPASSES BOTSWANA'S AS WORLD'S HIGHEST http://www.unwire.org/News/328_426_14207.asp A senior U.N. official criticized Swaziland's monarchy Saturday for failing to rein in HIV/AIDS, which now infects 38.6 percent of Swaziland's population, making the southern African nation's prevalence rate the highest in the world, Agence France-Presse reports. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, closed his three-day visit to Swaziland by slamming the kingdom's leadership for being "too slow to recognize the threat of HIV/AIDS on people's lives" and saying it would have to act with "lightning speed" if it wanted to reduce the prevalence rate.
Foreign forces meddling in budget, says Church AUTHOR: CISA
DATE: 4/23/2004 SOURCE: CISA 318 SUMMARY & COMMENT: As the
Tanzanian government prepares to table this year's national budget in June, the
Catholic Church in that East African country has said that a good budget should
involve civil and non-governmental organizations in its preparation, and be able
to tackle the plight of the poor in the long term. In other words, the IMF and
the World Bank policies are interference in the local economy that is more
harmful than beneficial.
INTERNET USERS' JAILED - A Tunis court has sentenced eight Internet users from the southern city of Zarzis to up to 26 years in prison. The convicted Internet users were accused of promoting terrorist attacks on the sole basis of files they downloaded from the Internet. Reporters sans frontières (RSF) has voiced shock and outrage over the sentences and called for the Internet users' release when their appeal is heard. "The trial of these young people demonstrates the Tunisian judicial system's outrageous contempt for the rights of the defence. Simply consulting Internet sites cannot be considered evidence of a terrorist plot. The Tunisian regime is trying to terrorise Internet users and silence dissent," the organisation said. Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=21447
LRA USING FEAR TO MOULD RECRUITS http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=40151 Samuel Opong can hardly believe his luck. The 15-year-old was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels last year, forcibly trained to fight and, soon afterwards, forced to fight. In three fierce battles with the Ugandan army last December, he was hit by bullets in the left leg and arm. The rebels had forced him and other recent recruits to attack an army unit near the Sudan border. "I lost so much blood I started fainting, so they left me," he told IRIN at Gulu Support the Children Organisation (Gusco) counselling centre for former LRA abductees. "I woke up from the cold next morning and then [government] soldiers found me."
MINISTRY TO CLOSE UN SCHOOLS IN LIRA http://allafrica.com/stories/200403220909.html United Nations schools in Lira district will be closed, the inspector of schools, Norman Okello, has said. "We are fighting to close down unregistered private schools," he said. Addressing parents, teachers and students at Ngetta Unity College in Lira recently, Okello said the schools were operating without authority from the Ministry of Education and Sports. "We have learnt of some 'brief case' schools that are operating in the municipality without authority from the Ministry of Education and Sports. We are fighting to close all the unregistered schools in the district and later a countrywide operation will be carried out," he said.
Stop the genocide in northern Uganda AUTHOR: Coalition of NGOs/Acoli Community in the Diaspora and written by Ochan Otim DATE: 4/18/2004 SOURCE WEBSITE: http://www.petitiononline.com/savacoli/petition.html SUMMARY & COMMENT: Add your name to this on-line petition to voice your concern over the "continuing genocide that is ravaging the Acoli, Lango and Teso sub-regions of Uganda and "the maturation of militarism in the country as manifest by the growth of 'Tribal Militias'." This action is put forth by a coalition of concerned local and international human rights and peace movement groups.
CRISIS IN NORTHERN/EASTERN
FROM COFFINS TO ABCS: AIDS PREVENTION IN UGANDA, by Sara Rakita
WOMEN FORM COALITION- http://allafrica.com/stories/200405130272.html Women have formed a coalition to build and maintain a non-partisan initiative during and after the transition to multipartyism. They resolved to demand 40 to 50 percent representation in Cabinet and at all national levels. However, they ranked aspiration for presidency as the least priority among the nine major areas of concern they identified at the end of a three-day national women's conference. "We have decided to move forward, no turning back, no turning back," they chorused at the end of the conference.
VIOLENT CONFLICTS IN UGANDA: A Manifesto for Peace
Zambia: Proof of IMF/World Bank criminality AUTHOR: Sanjay Suri DATE: 5/24/2004 SOURCE: Inter Press Service - The Zambian economy has collapsed heavily as a result of World Bank and IMF intervention, a major new study reveals. The reforms forced on Zambia by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have "directly resulted in making tens of thousands unemployed, destroyed key industries, caused extensive social unrest and increasing poverty," says a report published by the World Development Movement (WDM), a leading London-based non-governmental organisation.
MDG REPORT JUSTIFIES MORE SOCIAL SECTOR INVESTMENT http://africa.oneworld.net/article/view/82278/1/ Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has said the glaring failure revealed in the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) report on Zambia justifies the call for more investment in the social sector. Commenting on the contents of the MDG report that was released recently, CSPR assistant co-ordinator Gregory Chikwanka said the report's revelations heralded the need for the government to revisit the resource allocation procedures. The report states that of the 10 MDG targets, Zambia could probably achieve one while possessing the potential to achieve only six others.
CONGOLESE REFUGEES WOULD BE WELCOMED http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=41449 Zambia is to continue with its "open door policy" towards refugees fleeing renewed fighting in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a senior official said on Monday. "So far there are no confirmed reports that there has been an influx of Congolese [into Zambia] since the renewed violence, but it is still too soon. On average we receive around 20 refugees a week from the DRC because of the general instability in that country. But should we see larger numbers coming in, we will remain welcoming," the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs Commissioner for Refugees, Jacob Mpepo, told IRIN.
Zambian government blames IMF/WB for lack of teachers AUTHOR: The Post, Lusaka DATE: 2/3/2004 SOURCE: The Post, Lusaka SUMMARY & COMMENT: The Post, Lusaka, quotes the country's education minister, saying IMF and World Bank conditionality, not a lack of resources, are responsible for the government's failure to hire the 9,000 teachers needed to meet education goals. The IFIs do not allow Zambia to exceed a fixed limit for the public-sector wage bill if Zambia is to qualify for debt relief under the HIPC initiative. Western donors provided funds to rehabilitate schools and purchase desks. The required teachers have been trained and are ready to work.
ONLY 6,000 ZAMBIANS ON ARVS - http://allafrica.com/stories/200404090158.html Only 6,000 people out of an estimated population of 800,000 Zambians living with HIV/AIDS have been availed with the anti-retroviral (ARV's) drugs since last year. Health Minister Brian Chituwo said this in Lusaka when he received a consignment of ARV's worth K55 million donated by the Indian government.
MORE THAN HALF CHILDREN UNDER FIVE ARE STUNTED - http://news.hst.org.za/view.php3?id=20040529 More than half of Zambia’s children aged under five are stunted –one of the highest levels in Africa, according to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). "The levels of child malnutrition in Zambia had showed improvement throughout the 1990s, but since 1999 have deteriorated quite significantly," UNICEF’s nutrition and health officer, Claudia Hudspeth, told IRIN.
CONDEMNED TO DEBT- http://www.wdm.org.uk/campaign/colludo/zambia/enews.htm Zambia was once one of the wealthiest countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet after the oil crisis and commodity price collapse of the early 1970s, it was forced to turn to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank for assistance. So began some thirty years of Bank and Fund intervention in the Zambian economy, a period of increasing debt, economic stagnation or collapse, and social crisis. From the early 1970s to the late 1980s, Zambia's total external debt rose from US$814 million to US$6,916 million. And yet, by 2003, Zambia had received only 5 per cent of the debt service reduction committed to it under HIPC. A forthcoming World Development Movement report on Zambia clearly demonstrates that the IMF and World Bank's involvement in Zambia has been unsuccessful, undemocratic and unfair. The evidence suggests that the past twenty years of IMF and World Bank intervention have exacerbated rather than ameliorated Zambia's debt crisis.
ZAMBIA: HARD HIT BY AIDS http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3016051.stm The southern African country of Zambia has set a new record - one which no country would wish to hold. The average life expectancy in the country is 33 years - by far the lowest in the world - and it is all due to Aids.
TSVANGIRAI THREATENS MASS ACTION http://www.zvakwana.org Morgan Tsvangirai has announced that the MDC is organising a national alliance with other "democratic forces" in Zimbabwe to force Robert Mugabe to come to reason, reports the website Zvakwana.org in their latest newsletter. This grouping of labour, women, activists and others will work out a "programme of rolling mass action designed to push the regime to the long awaited negotiated settlement." "It is impressive that, with two treason charges against him, Tsvangirai continues to speak out boldly and forcefully against the regime. But people - we have to transform these words into action! Last year's "Final Push" failed because neither the people nor the leaders were ready for it," says Zvakwana.
GOVT MOVES TO NATIONALISE ALL PRODUCTIVE LAND http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=41476 Zimbabwe's controversial land reform programme took a significant turn this week when the government announced its intention to nationalise all productive farmland in the country. "In the end all land shall be state land and there will be no such thing called private land," the official Herald newspaper quoted Lands Minister, John Nkomo, as saying on Tuesday.
YOUTH IN ZIMBABWE PROVIDE LEADERSHIP FOR AIDS EFFORT- http://www.globalhealth.org/news/article/4558 With young people in Zimbabwe most at risk from HIV/AIDS, a new project is seeking to empower youth representatives to make a difference among their peers. The District Response Initiative (DRI), which works to reduce the effects of HIV/AIDS on rural youth in seven of the country's most impoverished districts, is already using trained peer educators to encourage HIV/AIDS awareness at youth-friendly clubs and centres. Now the DRI has drafted youth office-bearers - teenagers appointed as young parliamentarians, governors and councillors by the ministry of youth - into the cause.
LAW MAKERS GO FOR HIV TESTS - http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-259_1523700,00.html
In a rare show of unity, several lawmakers from Zimbabwe's two rival parties on Friday underwent voluntary HIV tests in a bid to inspire
others to do the same to curb the Aids pandemic in the southern African country. Zimbabwe is deeply divided politically, but at a news
conference ahead of the testing, lawmakers from the ruling party and the opposition said they stood shoulder-to-shoulder in trying to combat
the HIV virus.
MEN BREAK WITH TRADITION TO BECOME AIDS CAREGIVERS - http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=41090 Zimbabwean men have become increasingly involved in caring for AIDS patients, challenging the stereotype that caring for the terminally ill is women's work. For 48-year-old Luckson Murungweni, until recently it would have been inconceivable that he would one day be actively involved in caring for the chronically ill, let alone those dying from AIDS. Now his attitude is different and he has become the focal point of a home-based care project in rural Goromonzi, some 35 kilometres east of the capital, Harare.
International Crisis Group's briefing paper Zimbabwe: Three Months after the Elections (26 September 2000), http://www.crisisweb.org/projects/zimbabwe/reports/zim02rep.htm examines the situation in the country in the aftermath of historic elections that almost brought down the government. In the immediate wake of the 24-25 June poll, many Zimbabweans were optimistic that a new era of democratisation and economic reform was about to begin, after six months of violence, intimidation, farm invasions, racist political rhetoric, and erosion of the rule of law. Today, those hopes have been largely dashed. The prevailing mood is one of uncertainty, frustration and anger. There is no positive leadership: no one has a sense of where the country is headed except down. In these grim circumstances, it is imperative that the international community and regional neighbours continue to provide wise counsel and bring whatever pressure they can to bear on President Mugabe and his regime, along the lines recommended in ICG's 10 July report, Zimbabwe: At the Crossroads. http://www.crisisweb.org/projects/zimbabwe/reports/zim01emai.htm
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