Kenya: Anti-Terror Border Wall Sparks Heated debate

Nairobi — Kenya this week began building a barrier along its entire border with Somalia, in a purported effort to prevent incursions by fighters from al-Shabab, an insurgency based mainly in Somalia which has carried out numerous attacks in Kenya, including the 2 April shooting of 147 students in the Kenyan town of Garissa. This…

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Sudan: Counting of Ballots Starts in Sudan

Khartoum — The counting of the ballots started on Friday, after the presidential and parliamentary election, extended with a fourth day on Thursday, was concluded. The National Election Commission (NEC) will announce the results on 27 April. The chairman of the AU Election Observation Mission, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, confirmed the weak turnout at…

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Sir Emeka Offor Foundation and Books For Africa (BFA) Donate 20,000 Books to Tanzania Schools

Abuja — Over $18 million worth of books and computers have reached African schools through the support of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation since 2010 The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), a non-governmental, philanthropic organization focused on youth employment, widows cooperative, education, healthcare and infrastructural development, is set to deliver a total of 20,000 academic books…

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Africa: Going Cold Turkey – African Migrants in Istanbul See Hopes Turn Sour

In a nondescript cafe in one of Istanbul’s more rundown neighborhoods, migrants from Africa watch a Congolese soccer match as Afro-pop music blasts in the background. “We feel comfortable in here, everyone is from Cameroon or Congo,” Patrick, the leader of an informal Cameroonian community organization, told IRIN. “But outside of this restaurant, it’s a…

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Africa: Record-Breaking Year for Asylum Claims: 8 Key Trends

2014 was a year of records for asylum claims, according to an annual round-up released today by UNHCR, which noted that 866,000 claims were made in the world’s industrialized nations, double the figure for 2013. That figure will undoubtedly grab headlines, but the report reveals many other important trends. IRIN has highlighted a few of…

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Africa: Lights, Roads, Water, ICT – Invest! Addis Forum Call

Addis Ababa — Africa needs huge financial investments to achieve its development goals, UN Under Secretary General Carlos Lopes told delegates at a finance conference in Addis Ababa. “We have major deficits in infrastructure as you know – massive investment in transport, energy, ICT and water could strengthen the platform for development”, said Lopes, who…

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