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Senegal Child Help Hotline Offers Safety for Victims of Abuse

A child help hotline in Senegal provides around-the-clock counseling and protection for young people suffering physical or emotional harm. The free phone service is working to help vulnerable children from across West Africa.At Dakar’s Ginddi Center for children in difficulty there has not been electricity for most of the week, something of the...

Nigerian Sect Targets Security Forces, Non-Muslim Civilians

Islamic militants in Nigeria belonging to the Boko Haram group are being blamed for a series of attacks in the city of Maiduguri including bombings on Sunday and Monday that killed at least 28 people. Boko Haram began in 2004 as a gathering of fundamentalist, middle-class university students united behind the meaning of the group's name, which in...

Cameroon Electoral Chief ‘Impressed’ With Voter Registration

The chairman of the Electoral Board of Elections Cameroon [ELECAM] says he is impressed with the number of voters registered for next October’s general elections, despite what he called a “timid” start. Samuel Fonkam said the electoral body is continuing to look for better ways to compile a credible voter list, a process that’s scheduled to end on...

Migrant Workers Stranded in Conflict-Ridden Libya

The International Organization for Migration expresses great concern about the plight of thousands of migrant workers stranded in conflict-ridden Libya. IOM says the migrants have been abandoned by their employers and have few means of survival.  According to the IOM, migrants in Libya had a tough life even before the conflict broke out.  It says...

Thousands of sub-Saharan Africans Remain Stranded in Libya

Many sub-Saharan migrants remain stranded in Libya as the conflict there continues. Most are from Ghana, Togo, Sudan, Nigeria and Cameroon, but many Malian and Egyptian migrants are also unable to return home. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] says the migrants, often unskilled and undocumented, have been without jobs since the...

Cameroon Government Dismisses Opposition Threats to Disrupt Polls

Cameroon’s information minister has dismissed a threat by the main opposition Social Democratic Front [SDF] to disrupt the October presidential election. He calls the threat “overly ambitious and pretentious.” Issa Tchiroma, who also heads the opposition Front for the National Salvation of Cameroon, says allegations of repression, intimidation and...

Africa's Domestic Violence, Rapes Extend Far Beyond Congo

While a recent U.S. report has staggering statistics about ongoing mass rapes and domestic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, human rights activists say the problem exists across Africa.  Our correspondent caught up with African lawyers who are in the United States getting advice on how to confront the situation.At a meeting in the...

Online Archive Preserves Images from Christian Missions in Africa, Asia

An ambitious Internet project is bringing to light forgotten images from Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world during the period when missionaries were active.  The International Mission Photography Archive contains more than 60,000 historic photographs that show cultural interaction - through missionaries - with the West.  In some cases, the...

Scientists Work to Prevent Cameroonian Lake from Exploding

Lake Nyos sits on the flank of an extinct volcano in Cameroon's remote northwest. It’s a crater lake, 200 meters deep, located along an area of volcanic activity stretching southwest to Mt Cameroon. The lake is both beloved and feared. Beloved, because of its beauty and because it sits on ancestral land. Feared; because 25 years ago it brought...

Cameroon-Nigeria Border Demarcation Due to be Finished Next Year

An agreement between Cameroon and its western neighbor, Nigeria, is serving as a model for the peaceful resolution of border disputes. The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission was created a decade ago to map out the boundary between the two countries. It consists of representatives from Nigeria, Cameroon and the United Nations. The commission says it...

UN Suspends Food Aid Deliveries to Chad Through Libya

The United Nations World Food Program says political violence in Libya has forced it to suspend the delivery of food through the Libyan corridor to hundreds of thousands of people in Chad.   The WFP says it has diverted two ships carrying 10,000 metric tons of food aid to the Red Sea port of Port Sudan.  Chad is a landlocked country.  The World...

Large Turnout in Egypt for Constitution Vote

Large Turnout in Egypt for Constitution Vote Egyptians came out in large numbers Saturday to vote on a group of constitutional changes that will pave the way to presidential and parliamentary elections within six months. Observers said some polling stations have stayed open late to accommodate the large turnout. The country's estimated 45 million registered voters are being asked to vote on...

Oxfam: Ghana's New Oil Law Leaves Room for Financial Mistakes

Oxfam says Ghana's new oil law will not protect it from making the same financial mistakes as established oil producers such as Angola and Nigeria. The Petrol Revenue Management Bill that Ghana's parliament ratified on March 2 is to regulate how the country spends and saves the $1 billion in oil money it expects to reap this year alone, an amount...

Jailed Cameroonian Musician Fights for Freedom of Expression

One of Cameroon's best known and most controversial musicians, Lapiro de Mbanga, is spending this year's fifth annual International Music Freedom Day at a Douala courthouse not far from his jail cell.  Lapiro is citing wrongful imprisonment for a song that put him behind bars nearly three years ago. Since April 2008, Lapiro has been detained at...

Increased Investment Rapidly Changing Africa’s IT landscape

Africans must have greater access to new technologies if they are to catch up with the developed world, say development experts.  Technology improves the lives of consumers and attracts foreign investors eager to profit from a growing consumer population. McKinsey & Company, a leading global management consulting firm, estimates Africa’s gross...