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Traditional, Western Medicine Treat Cancer in Senegal

With cancer rates in Senegal rising, traditional healers and medical doctors hope to collaborate for better treatment. Serigne Samba Ndiaye was trained by his father as a traditional healer and herbalist. At his private clinic on the outskirts of Dakar, he treats everything from insomnia to cancer.Ndiaye say he grinds kola nuts into a powder that...

Kenyan Gays Battle Prejudice

Greasy cheese, pasta and minced meat splatter onto a table in a shabby restaurant in Nairobi’s city center.  Charles Ichuliza is coughing and spluttering into his meal after being asked to give his views on homosexuals. Abandoning a steaming plate of spaghetti and sauce, the young businessman seethes and says, “Gays! I hate them, I hate them; I...

Female Genital Mutilation Threatens 3 Million Girls Each Year

International agencies are calling for an end to female genital mutilation, which every year threatens some three million girls in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and in some Western countries. The appeal is part of the observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women...

Somalia Conflict takes Toll on Civilian Mental Health

A new report says the prolonged conflict in Somalia has taken a big toll on the mental well-being of civilians. The World Health Organization (WHO) says many are suffering from mental illness and have become socially isolated and vulnerable. In Nairobi, Dr. Marthe Everard, the WHO representative for Somalia, says, “The situation is not very good...

Egyptian PM Apologizes for Violent Clashes

Egyptian soldiers have taken positions between pro- and anti-government protesters in Egypt's capital, where gunfire erupted early Thursday after violent clashes between the two sides.Several tanks were stationed near Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square, as thousands of anti-government protesters gathered there and built barricades. Listen to VOA’s...

Photos Explore Life of Immigrant Nannies

Immigrant nannies. Stroll through any residential Manhattan neighborhood and you’ll see these private child-care providers walking hand in hand with their young charges, feeding them, comforting them, taking them to the park. What is life like for these women? New York photographer Ellen Jacob wanted to find out. Substitutes It’s mid-afternoon in...

Mubarak Appoints New Ministers; Protesters Call for Strike, March

Egyptian media say President Hosni Mubarak has appointed a new interior minister and finance minister, as protesters continue to press for an end to the president's nearly 30-year rule.Reports from Cairo say former director of prisons General Mahmoud Wagdy will replace Habib Adly as the interior minister, who oversees the police and...

Uncertain Sunday Dawns in Cairo, Israel Monitoring 'With Vigilance'

Egyptians are watching an uncertain Sunday, wondering if more violent anti-government protests are possible.There could also be an announcement identifying new members of embattled President Hosni Mubarak's government, after he named aviation minister Ahmed Shafiq prime minister on Saturday and asked him to form a new cabinet.Many residents of...

Former President Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital

Former President Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital The medical panel attending to former President Nelson Mandela is satisfied with the progress the elder statesman has made to the extent that he has been discharged from hospital. South African National Defence Force Surgeon General Vejaynand Ramlakan announced on Friday that the 92-year-old was in good spirits, and could return to his Houghton...

Southern Sudanese Expats Return Home to Help Rebuild

As southern Sudan tries to re-build its institutions, infrastructure and services following decades of conflict, it faces a severe shortage of skilled professionals. Some help, however, is coming from southern Sudanese who have returned home after years abroad. William Deng Deng is a tall man who looks older than his 45 years.  He is one of the...

Mandela Released from Hospital

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from a Johannesburg hospital after being treated for a respiratory infection.The anti-apartheid icon, who is 92, left Milpark Hospital and returned to his nearby home Friday.He was admitted to the hospital Wednesday for what his office initially described as routine tests.  His...

Botswana Bushmen Win Right to Access Water on Ancestral Land

In Botswana, Bushmen of the Central Kalahari are celebrating Thursday’s court decision granting them water rights on their ancestral lands. In 2002, the Bushmen were evicted from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.  While they won the right to return in 2006, the government said they could no longer use a vital water borehole. Now the Court of...

Zimbabwe Civil Servants Consider Strikes

Zimbabwe’s government and its employees are in salary negotiations for the first pay increases in two years. The employees have rejected a 24 percent pay increase. Zimbabwe's government, the country's largest employer, is meeting with some civil service leaders for talks on wages. The increase in salaries and some allowances for civil servants...

Aid Agencies Want More Preventative Action to Fight Malnutrition in Niger

Relief officials say better access to health care and family planning education can help reduce the number of malnourished children in Niger, where malnutrition rates remain above emergency levels, despite stronger rains and better harvests. Despite record harvests in October, more than 300,000 Niger children were treated for severe acute...

Southern Sudan Rebuilding Prisons After Years of War, Neglect

Southern Sudan expects to become Africa’s newest nation after the results of this month’s independence referendum are officially released February 7.  Building the new nation will not be easy.  Years of neglect and civil war virtually destroyed the region's infrastructure and social services, including its prison system. It is morning inspection...