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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...

Malawi Government Security Vehicles Fuel Controversy

The spokesman for Malawi’s president Bingu Wa Mutharika denies that tensions between the president and Vice President Joyce Banda led to the removal of two vehicles from her security fleet. The spokesman, Heatherwick Ntaba, said the vehicles were needed to replace two from the president’s convoy that were damaged in a recent accident. “This...

Sub-Saharan Africa Girls Face High HIV/AIDS Risk

Teenage girls in sub-Saharan Africa are three-to-five times more likely to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS than boys their age. A new study in Malawi, Mozambique and Botswana explores why that is. Carol Underwood, senior research scientist at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, directed the initiative called...

African Gays Under Attack as HIV/AIDS Epidemic Turns 30

Thirty years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, stigma and discrimination continue to slow efforts to prevent and treat the disease. And more and more, gay men are becoming the targets in sub-Saharan Africa. In Uganda, for example, legislation had been pending that could have imposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts. In its final day of doing...

Malawi Authorities Close Two Colleges Over Teacher Boycott

The registrar of the University of Malawi has ordered the indefinite closure of Chancellor College and Polytechnic campuses, two constituent colleges of the University of Malawi, for not carrying out their duties to teach. The lecturers have been boycotting classes since February 12th to protest what they say is the infringement on their academic...

Malawi College Teacher Boycott Shows No Sign of Ending

Lecturers at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, continue their weeks-long boycott, despite an order by President Bingu wa Mutharika to return to the classroom. The lecturers say their academic freedom was infringed on when Inspector General of Police Peter Mukhito summoned an associate political science...

Researchers Developing New Techniques to Improve Food Security In Africa

Agricultural researchers from five African countries and Australia met in Kenya's capital recently to discuss how to improve food security in Eastern and Southern Africa. Under a four-year joint program called SIMLESA, researchers aim to increase the quality and quantity of maize and legume crops through the use of new or improved technologies....

Malawi University Lecturers Defy Presidential Order

In Malawi, lecturers at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, have defied a directive by President Bingu wa Mutharika to return to class Monday. The lecturers have not been teaching for nearly four weeks protesting what they call “interference in their academic freedom.” <!--IMAGE--> Malawi Inspector General...

Foreign Investors See Potential in African Agriculture

Agriculture is one of the most important economic activities in Africa.  In addition to providing employment, agriculture has the potential to transform African societies through the increased export of produce to Western markets. Many agree that transformation will not take place without increased investment in agriculture, including public or...

AU Chief in Ivory Coast for Talks with Rival Leaders

The leader of the African Union heads to Ivory Coast Tuesday in an attempt to mediate the country's political crisis. Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika is expected to meet with Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognized winner of November's presidential election. The meetings come after...

Malawi Journalist Reports His Own Arrest

A Malawi journalist who works for a newspaper that publishes scandals involving public figures has confirmed his own arrest.Kandani Ngwira contacted media outlets on Tuesday, saying he had been taken into custody and not told why.Ngwira works for the Weekly Times, a newspaper that the Malawian government tried to ban in November of last year....

In Malawi, Traditional Dance Called ‘Wicked’

Nyau is a secret society whose membership is usually open only to the Chewas in central Malawi. The tribe is mainly known for Gule wankulu, or Nyau -- literally its “big dance,” performed by masked men called spirits.  It’s restricted to the men of the Chewa ethnic group. Dyson Gonthi is the director of Chewa Cultural Heritage and Development, a...

Homophobia Sweeping Africa Like a Disease, says Rights Group

The group Aids-Free World says there’s a wave of “homophobia sweeping across Africa.”  It’s calling on the African Union to take urgent measures to stop “a growing and insidious contagion.” Co-director Paula Donovan says silence on the part of the AU about the issue is similar to silence during the early days of the AIDS epidemic. “The problem is...

New Program Works Towards Eliminating Pediatric HIV

In Malawi, the Call to Action project is working to eliminate HIV infection in unborn babies.  It’s designed to give hope to women infected with the HIV-virus that they can give birth to healthy children.  The project is funded by USAID and run by an American charity, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Statistics show that over 26,000...

Malawi Workers Push for Early Retirement

A draft pension bill has created frustration and sometimes even panic among workers in Malawi, with some seeking early retirement before it passes. The bone of contention is a section setting the retirement age for women at 55 and men at 60. Labor experts say the age requirement is far too high for a country like Malawi. The World Health...