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Three Years after Peace, Many Victims Still Waiting for Homes in Kenya

February 28th marks the three-year anniversary of the peace agreement which ended Kenya's post-election chaos. But many are still waiting for help and a chance to begin their new lives. Three-year annivesary of peace agreementFrom late December, 2007 through February of 2008, the world watched as a country once praised for its stability proceeded...

Sub-Saharan Africans Stranded in Libya

Thousands of people are pouring from Libya's borders, but the International Organization for Migration says Sub-Saharan Africans are not among those leaving.  Jemini Pandya is from the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration."On the Tunisian border with Libya in the past three day there have been nearly 7,000 Tunisians who have...

Kenya Reform Moves Forward

Kenya’s coalition government is finally moving forward with its judicial reform agenda after President Mwai Kibaki’s surprise withdrawal of key nominations after nearly a month of controversy. Since late January, Kenya’s coalition government has been engulfed in a bitter struggle between President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga over...

Kenyan President Withdraws Controversial Nominations

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has withdrawn four nominations that threatened to split the country's fragile power-sharing government.Prime Minister Raila Odinga had objected to the president's nominations for chief justice, attorney general, director of public prosecutions, and controller of budget.  He said Mr. Kibaki made the nominations without...

US Flagged Ship Hijacked In Arabian Sea

U.S. authorities are weighing possible responses to the hijacking of a yacht carrying four Americans in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Somalia.A spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, Matt Goshko, says all relevant U.S. government agencies are monitoring the situation.Officials say pirates commandeered the U.S. flagged yacht Quest off...

Madagascar Crisis Sparks Worry, Hope Among Businessmen

Madagascar’s ousted President Marc Ravalomanana is due to return home Saturday from exile in South Africa despite a warrant for his immediate arrest. It has been almost two years since a coup d’etat and ensuing political standoff sparked an economic crisis in Madagascar characterized by the freezing of most foreign aid and investment. The...

Kenyan President, PM, to Rethink Judicial Appointees

Kenya’s Parliamentary Speaker Kenneth Marende has rejected controversial judicial appointments made by the President last month. As key deadlines for judicial reform approach, the process is back in the hands of Kenya’s divided leaders. The appointments of major positions within Kenya’s Judiciary are back in the hands of President Mwai Kibaki and...

Lack of Infrastructure a Major Challenge for South Sudan

South Sudan is due to become the world’s 193rd nation on July 9, following a referendum last month in which nearly 99 percent of its voters chose to separate from Sudan. Africa’s newest nation will also join the ranks of the world’s least-developed countries because of decades of war and neglect by the government in Khartoum. The new government...

Humanitarian Groups Call for Investment, Infrastructure to Prevent Famine in Kenya

As drought continues in Kenya's arid north, a coalition of humanitarian groups is urging the east African nation to combat future shortages through infrastructure development and economic reform. It has been months since parts of northern Kenya have seen any rainfall. Though the region is accustomed to sparse conditions, alarm is beginning to set...

Development Experts Ring Up Kenya's Mobile Money Success Story

The success of the M-Pesa mobile money system in Kenya is attracting the attention of development experts, aid organizations and companies seeking to replicate its effectiveness. An award-winning advertisement for M-Pesa shows money flying from a smiling son's mobile phone, handled from his luxurious city desk, into his mother's cell phone, which...

New Vaccine to Combat Infant Mortality in Kenya

A coalition of non-governmental organizations has partnered with the Kenyan government to tackle the leading cause of infant mortality in the east African Nation.   As Kenya strives to meet the Millennium Development Goals, one of the largest battles facing the east African nation is infant mortality. According to the United Nations Children's...

Highway Project Will Connect Southern Sudan to Outside World

Work crews have started paving Southern Sudan's first highway, which will connect the new nation to the international community.  This highway brings the south one step closer to full independence. A military band welcomed Southern Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, the American consul general in the south, Barrie Walkley, and local officials to a...

US President Obama Nominates Scott Gration as the Next Ambassador to Kenya

U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the next Ambassador to Kenya. Gration’s arrival will end the term of influential and often controversial envoy Michael Ranneberger.After much speculation, U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration as the next U.S....

Ivory Coast UN Ambassador Seeks More Pressure on Gbagbo

The Ivory Coast ambassador to the United Nations is calling for more international pressure to make incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo cede power. The Ivorian diplomat warned the situation could turn more violent if outside help is insufficient to force out Gbagbo. Youssouf Bamba was the first appointee by internationally-recognized President...

Confusion Reigns as Kenya’s Judicial Crisis Continues

As a key deadline for judicial reform approaches, Kenya remains in a state of limbo regarding the posts of chief justice and attorney general. A ruling in parliament Thursday ensured the uncertainty will continue a while longer. The confusion over the positions of chief justice and attorney general is set to continue after Parliamentary Speaker...