Political geography

ZIMBABWE: Typhoid and cholera return

HARARE 27 July 2012 (IRIN) - More than 100 people in the Zimbabwean capital Harare and Chitungwiza, a dormitory town 35km southeast of the city, have contracted typhoid this month, and the dilapidated water and sanitation systems are again being blamed for another round of water-borne diseases.

MALI: Negotiating humanitarian access in the north

DAKAR 01 May 2012 (IRIN) - Aid agencies in northern Mali are debating how or whether they should negotiate with newly installed rebel groups such as the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and Ansar Dine, which is affiliated to Al Qaeda, to reach people in need.

NIGER: In deep water

JOHANNESBURG 30 May 2012 (IRIN) - Right now, people in Niger, Mali and Nigeria could be sipping 50,000-year-old water from a two-aquifer system buried below their feet. But some of it may be contaminated.

Giant solar plane lands in Rabat

 Solar ImpulseOriginally Published by BBC - A giant solar-powered plane lands in Morocco's capital Rabat after flying from Spain, completing the second leg of its pioneering journey.

Action Plan to End Banishing of "Witches" in Burkina Faso

It's called "the bearing of the body" in Burkina Faso: when a death is deemed
suspicious and a group of men carry the corpse through the community,
believing the deceased will guide them towards the person responsible for the
death. The accused - almost always women – are then chased out of their

Cambodian Forest Activist Shot Dead by Military Police

Originally Published by ENS

– Chut Wutty, a prominent Cambodian forest defender, was fatally shot today in an incident in Koh Kong province in which a military police officer also died.

First School for Transvestites Opens in Buenos Aires

With 35 students, the first secondary school specifically for transvestites and other members of sexual minorities who face discrimination in mainstream schools opened in March in the Argentine capital.

Taking Solace from a Verdict that Can't Bring Back Loved Ones

Saffa Momoh Lahai was just two years old when his father was killed
Sierra Leone's civil war. Rebels attacked their family home in Kailahun
District, in
the eastern reaches of the country, and shot Lahai's father when he
tried to

Mali - Barely Surviving As One Country, Let Alone Two

It was the middle of the day when Tabisou, 72, suddenly saw people from her
town of Amderamboukane in Mali fleeing for their lives. Her family had no
time to pack their things; the fighting had already begun.

Guinea-Bissau Junta Presents ECOWAS With a Fait Accompli

Six West African heads of state will attend a regional summit in Guinea on
Monday, to discuss the situation in neighbouring Guinea Bissau,
where an Apr. 12 coup d'état aborted presidential elections.

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