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Outside Aid Focuses on Africa's Growing Slums

Activists are increasingly looking to help the growing number of slum residents in Africa through local organizations and economic programs. This reverses previous activism in Africa focused on improving human rights and rural areas. A resident of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, introduces himself in an activist video on the Internet. "My name...

North and South Sudan: Challenge of Forming Cooperative Ties

    A political expert on Sudan compares the formal break-up of the country to a delicate medical operation. "The situation between north and south is like [separating] Siamese twins. Any surgical mistakes could destroy both of them, " says El Moiz Abunura, a political consultant on Sudan and former senior economist in the Ministry of Energy....

As Drought Intensifies, Kenya Fears Famine

Food shortages are looming in Kenya as last season's lighter-than-normal rains begin to affect harvests in the arid north. As Kenya begins its annual dry season, there are mounting fears of crop failure and a shortages of food for residents in the dry regions of the eastern and northeastern provinces. Last year brought early predictions of a...

Reports: Kenya Seeks African Support for ICC Withdrawal

The campaign to remove Kenya from the International Criminal Court appears to be gathering steam as the east African nation looks to rally diplomatic support across Africa. Members of Kenya’s cabinet are currently crossing the continent to gain African Union support for withdrawal from the court, the country’s major news outlets are reporting...

Southern Sudanese Vote in London

Europe’s Southern Sudanese Diaspora has headed to London to vote in Sudan’s referendum on independence. In the heart of central London southern Sudanese from around Europe have come to vote in the country’s referendum. The vote will decide if Sudan is to split in two, creating a new country for Africa. Rita , a southern Sudanese who has also been...

Kenya's War on Graft Continues

The War on Graft has sent shockwaves through the Kenyan Parliament in recent months, with several ministers being targeted in high-profile investigations.  But Kenya’s anti-corruption body says more are on the way. In recent months, Kenya’s notoriously corrupt public sector has received several wake-up calls as the so-called "War on Graft" sweeps...

Grassroots Innovation Helps Fight Hunger in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa harbors most of the world’s hungriest countries. But the report from the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based environmental group, says the continent is also home to a wealth of ideas that can help the rest of the world fight hunger and poverty. Report co-author Danielle Nierenberg spent a year on a 25-nation tour of...

Gbagbo Aide Calls Lethal Ivorian Clashes “Regrettable”

A special adviser to embattled Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has described as regrettable the eruption of violence that left at least five people dead and several injured in the commercial capital, Abidjan, Tuesday. Ambassador Yao Gnamien said President Gbagbo is committed to resolving the ongoing crisis with rival Alassane Ouattara peacefully...

Southern Sudanese in US Vote in Independence Referendum

Approximately four million people have registered to vote in southern Sudan’s independence referendum.  Roughly 60,000 of those registered voters are casting their ballot in countries other than Sudan.  In Chicago, Illinois, home to one of eight U.S. polling locations, voters are celebrating the historic moment in what could split the country of...

Sudan Referendum Clouded by Border Violence

Voting in very high numbers is continuing in South Sudan’s independence referendum, while violence persists in the Abyei border region with the north. Africa experts in the United States are worried about long term prospects for peace.Voters have been lining up at voting stations in massive numbers during the week-long referendum to decide whether...

Hope, Celebration as Sudanese Community Votes in Kenya

As the long-awaited Sudanese referendum begins, southern Sudanese from around the world are casting their ballots to determine the future of their country. VOA visited a polling center in Nairobi, Kenya to observe the historic vote. The scene at Nairobi’s Railways Sports Club could have easily been mistaken for a large family gathering, or a...

‘War on Graft’ Becomes Political in Kenya

As the Kenyan government returns for the New Year, the 'War on Graft' is heating up in the capital, but some are hitting back at allegations, accusing opponents of playing politics with the anti-corruption crusade. Just four days into 2011, the Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission added yet another member of Kenya’s Cabinet to its list of high-...

African Union Mediator Says No Power Sharing Deal in Ivory Coast

The African Union mediator to Ivory Coast's political crisis says the incumbent president's decision to accept negotiations does not include the option of a power sharing government. African officials insist he must yield power.The Economic Community of West African States says Ivory Coast's incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo has agreed to further...

Ivory Coast Political Crisis Deadlocked, West African Leaders Say

West African leaders say Ivory Coast's political crisis is deadlocked after another round of talks with rival presidents produced no apparent progress. The presidents of Sierra Leone, Benin, and Cape Verde met in the Nigerian capital to discuss the results of talks in Abidjan with Ivory Coast's presidential rivals, former prime minister Alassane...

Kenya-born U.S. Judge Outraged at Vote to Pull Out of ICC

A U.S.-based Kenyan law expert has described to VOA as ridiculous a decision by members of Kenya’s parliament to withdraw the country from the Rome Statute following a unanimous vote late Wednesday. Joab Okello, administrative judge for the U.S. State of New York, also called on Kenyans to protest and renounce the decision by the legislators not...