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UNICEF Alarmed by Malnutrition in Horn of Africa

The U.N. Children's Fund says drought-stricken areas of the Horn of Africa are afflicted by record high levels of malnutrition among children.  The aid agency says tens of thousands of drought victims are fleeing to parts of Kenya and Ethiopia where they hope to find food.The numbers are extremely alarming.  The U.N. Children’s Fund estimates 480,...

Riot in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya Kills Two

Two Somali refugees are dead and about a dozen injured after rioting yesterday at the Dadaab refugee complex In Kenya. The U.N. human rights agency (UNHCR) says it began when police intervened over an illegally built structure near a food distribution point. The UNHCR says the incident was an indication of the pressures at the camp, which now...

Somalia Appeals for International Assistance as Drought Worsens

Somalia’s Council of Ministers issued a statement Thursday calling for dramatic intervention on the part of the United Nations and the international community to prevent the country’s current drought from becoming a major catastrophe.  Somali government spokesperson Abdirahman Omar Osman spoke with VOA just before the appeal was issued.“The...

Drug Firms Fight Spread of Counterfeit Drugs in East Africa

The world's largest pharmaceutical companies have gathered in Nairobi to develop a strategy to fight counterfeit medicines in East Africa. A two-day conference opened Wednesday to discuss the dangers of counterfeit medicine, as well as ways to limit the spread of the drugs in East Africa and around the world. Health officials, police, customs...

Crowdmapping Arab Spring: Next Social Media Breakthrough?

VOA Middle East Voices: Behind the Wall- Syria crowdmap Six months ago, if someone told you that activists in the Middle East would use social media platforms to revolutionize - literally - the way information is used and disseminated, you probably would have been skeptical. Six months later, Twitter and Facebook have played a crucial role in...

Refugees, Asylum Seekers in South Africa Brace For New Regulations

Refugees and asylum seekers from Somalia and other troubled African countries seeking a new life in South Africa are bracing themselves for tighter regulations as part of planned government amendments. Several dozen Somali men and women mill around the offices of human rights lawyers in Pretoria, showing the papers they have brought with them to...

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...

Thousands of Somalis Flee to Kenya to Escape Conflict, Drought

The UN refugee agency is expressing alarm at a dramatic rise in the number of new refugee arrivals from Somalia into Kenya. The UN refugee agency [UNHCR] reports more than 20,000 Somali refugees have arrived in the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya over the past two weeks.The new arrivals are mostly farmers and animal herders from Lower...

Human Resources Key to Southern Sudan's Success

After more than two decades of civil war with the North, Southern Sudan is set to become anindependent country on July 9.  The fledgling nation will be starting virtually from scratch in enacting policies, programs and institutions.  It will be a daunting task, given that few people who lived in Southern Sudan during the war were able to attend...

Somalia Wants Piracy Courts on its Territory

The United Nation’s top legal advisor says the Somali Transitional Federal Government is not in favor of having specialized courts in other countries try Somali piracy suspects. Patricia O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council Somalia says it prefers such a court be established in Somalia and is willing to work with the United Nations toward an...

Corruption Puts Kenya’s Educational Funding at Risk

With tens of millions of dollars already missing in Kenya’s Ministry of Education, the corruption scandal currently rocking Kenya’s schools threatens to cost the country millions more. With efforts to reform Kenya’s notoriously corrupt public sector ongoing, 2011 has already seen its share of scandals ripple through Nairobi and the halls of the...

Swiss Firm Seeks Carbon Credits in Kenya with Clean Water

The purchase and sale of carbon credits are relatively new concepts in Africa, accounting for less than three percent of the $144 billion global carbon credit trade. The system is designed to reduce carbon emissions worldwide by allowing projects that that produce low carbon emissions to sell credits to projects that want to reduce their carbon...

Kenya Anti-Graft Czar Denies Political Interference

The top official of Kenya’s Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) has denied suggestions that political interference is thwarting his organization’s mandate to investigate public officials accused of corruption. PLO Lumumba said since he took office eight months ago, he has not received any phone call from any quarter telling him not to investigate. “...

Higher Fuel Taxes Driving Togolese Motorists to Black Market

Higher fuel taxes in Togo are driving motorists to the black market for gasoline and diesel as service stations lose customers to the illegal trade. A five percent increase in Togolese fuel taxes has created a thriving black market for motorists unwilling to pay the equivalent of $1.24 for a liter of unleaded petrol when that same fuel was...

Michelle Obama's Africa Trip to Focus on Youth Leadership

The White House says First Lady Michelle Obama’s forthcoming trip to South Africa and Botswana is a continuation of her work to engage young people. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday ahead of next week’s trip, Tina Tchen, Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff, said the First Lady’s trip will emphasize youth leadership, education and health. “Our...