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Senegalese President Facing Unrest Over Power Cuts, Electoral Changes

Security forces in Senegal have put army tanks on the streets of the capital as President Abdoulaye Wade faces the most serious unrest of his ten-year rule. These protests began over a ruling-party push to change the constitution to make it easier for President Wade to win re-election next year. The government quickly abandoned those changes, but...

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...

Senegal Protests Disrupt Plans for Vice Presidency

Violent protests and opposition from his own party this week forced Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade to give up changes that would have made it easier for him to win re-election. Objections to creating a vice president for Senegal focus chiefly on concerns, both within the ruling party and within the opposition, that President Wade would use...

Working to reunite Parents and Children along Tunisian/Libyan Border

At least 150 unaccompanied minors and children have been identified along the Tunisian-Libyan border since the early days of the Libyan crisis. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), along with other NGOs and local authorities, has been working aggressively to reunite these children with their parents. They are mostly boys from 15 to...

African Officials Urge Country Control of Health Care

Health ministers from four African countries – Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone – are in Washington to push for greater ownership of their national health care programs. They are expected to issue a “Call to Action” to help make country ownership of health programs a reality. Dr. Medhin Zewdu, Director-General of the Office of the...

Guinea-Bissau's Lone Brewery Hopes to Tap National Pride

Through coups, conflicts and other upheavals, one constant for many West African countries has been the presence of a national beer. After going years without one, Guinea-Bissau is now hoping to revive its own local beer tradition following the reopening of its only beer factory. The sound of clinking bottles echoes in the humming Pampa beer...

Senegal's President, in Libya, Urges Gadhafi to Quit

Senegal's president has called on embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down, saying "the sooner you leave, the better."President Abdoulaye Wade spoke Thursday from the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi, where he met with officials from the rebel leadership council.Wade said Colonel Gadhafi should step aside in the interest of the...

Mobile, Wireless Devices Save Lives, Money

World Health officials have released the most comprehensive global survey to date of how mobile phones and other wireless communication technologies are improving health care delivery around the world. The World Health Organization survey notes that there are more than five billion mobile phone subscribers in the world today. That means more than...

Cell Phone Text Technology Helps Promote Health in Senegal

A pilot project in rural Senegal uses text messaging to remind women of upcoming doctor’s appointments and local health meetings.  Health reminders The sound of a text message, recognizable the world over, but in a small village tucked away down the sandy back-roads of Senegal, a few short beeps can be vital reminders.  For mothers living in and...

NGO: Guinea-Bissau to be Land Mine Free by Next Year

An organization dedicated to the removal of land mines from three conflicts in the small West African nation of Guinea-Bissau says the country will become mine free in 2012. The land mine removal group HUMAID says it is close to completing its work in the mine-riddled countryside of Guinea-Bissau, a country of 1.6 million people that is nestled...

AU Summit Endorses Libya Peace Map, Demands Air Strikes Halt

An African Union summit has demanded an immediate end to NATO airstrikes on Libya, and backed a “Road Map” peace plan calling for a ceasefire and negotiations. A small but growing number of African nations are suggesting Moammar Gadhafi must be excluded from any peace deal.The African Union Thursday endorsed its own peace plan for Libya. The so-...

AU Security Summit Considers Post-Gadhafi Libya

African leaders are holding a two-day security summit focused on shaping more timely and coordinated responses to crises on the continent.  The opening day's discussions at African Union headquarters revealed deep divisions about how to move to a post-Gadhafi Libya.Moammar Gadhafi's government asked for the continental summit after initial AU...

Guinea-Bissau Wants More Money for Fish Agreements

Officials in Guinea-Bissau say the European Union is paying too little for the right to fish in their seas, and must pay more if they want to continue doing so.This wetland country off Africa's Atlantic coast is no rich nation.  In fact, the United Nations ranks it the world's sixth poorest.Yet just off shore, under the waves that batter its 80...

Graffiti Coming of Age in Senegal

Graffiti art in Senegal's capital city is fast becoming a popular and socially accepted way for a young generation eager to speak out.  Graffiti in Dakar can be considered a tool for development, rather than a pointless form of vandalism. Below a cement overpass leading into downtown Dakar is a bright pink, 88-foot graffiti mural. Every day...

In Senegal, Concerns Linger after Gambia Blockade Lifted

Senegalese truck drivers are resuming transport through Gambia after a two-month blockade imposed due to complaints of mistreatment and harassment by Gambian security forces.  Trucking in Senegal involves a long, often pot-holed route that cuts across Gambia, the small, 35-kilometer-wide country along the Gambia River.It is an important road for...