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Community Gardens Contribute to Food Security In South Africa

A few years ago 66-year-old grandmother Regina Fhiceka and her family of five ate vegetables only once a week. They would survive on maize and bread the rest of the time -- the cheapest food available in the poor township of Philippi, just 15 minutes from the affluent business district of Cape Town. But then Fhiceka got to hear about a municipal...

JTF Kills Three Militants, Captures Four in Bayelsa In Nigeria

Three militants were shot dead and four others captured alive, yesterday, after a heavy exchange of gunfire between the Joint Task Force on the Niger-Delta and militants, who attempted to overrun an Agip flow station at Tebidaba, a creek community in Bayelsa State. A member of the task force was also seriously wounded. Reports said the entire...

Violence Intensifies in Darfur As UN-African Union Force Struggles to Fully Deploy

The violence in Darfur has intensified in recent months with attacks on humanitarian workers, peacekeepers and the growing number of displaced persons sheltering in makeshift camps, with inter-tribal clashes and fighting between the Government and armed militia adding to the mayhem, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council...

20 Feared Dead in Lower Shabelle Clashes between Ethiopian Soldiers, Insurgents In Somalia

At least 12 people were killed in Lower Shabelle region, southern Somalia, after Ethiopian troops clashed with suspected insurgents, Radio Garowe reported Saturday. The fighting erupted in Wanla Weyn, a district in Lower Shabelle where Ethiopian forces recently established a military checkpoint. Local sources told Puntland-based Radio Garowe that...

Human Rights Day is 'Just Another Day of Suffering'- Reports From Nairobi

War-weary Somalis have little reason to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights on 10 December. "I don't know what this day means," Faliz Ali, 33, a mother of two, said. "I am more worried about how I am going to take care of my children." She said human rights in Somalia were...

Africa Bids Farewell to Ma Makeba

Hundreds of mourners arrived at the Coca Cola Dome in Northgate on Saturday to say their last goodbyes to Miriam Makeba, who died in Italy after a performance there last Sunday. Described as a cultural icon of awesome proportions, Miriam Makeba's memorial service saw tearful politicians, celebrities, friends, family and fans gather in front of a...

Darfur fighting force thousands flee from villages

Khartoum: Thousands of villagers have been forced to flee their homes after more than a week of heavy clashes between Sudanese forces and rebels in North Darfur, aid sources said on Monday. Entire villages have been abandoned after residents took shelter in surrounding mountains and open land, cut off from food aid and clinics, humanitarian...

UN calls for escort to ensure aid off Somali pirates

Somalia: The United Nations appealed on Monday for international help to protect U.N. food shipments in Somalia's pirate-infested waters, warning of shortages if no country came forward. Heavily-armed Somali gunmen, usually using speedboats, have seized more than 30 vessels this year, making the waters off the Horn of Africa the most dangerous in...

Somali kidnappers free two aid workers

Somalia: Two kidnapped employees of the UN World Food Program have been released, a spokesman said Monday, but 11 aid workers remained in captivity following a series of attacks on the humanitarian community, which supports nearly half the population of this impoverished country. Peter Smerdon said the two Somali UN workers men, who had been...

Sudanese army accused of bombing in Darfur

Darfur: Darfur rebels claim government forces have launched more ground and air attacks on their positions and villages in North Darfur. Two rebel groups say the attacks started on Saturday morning and that civilians are fleeing the area. They say that government air assaults have struck the villages of Tarny and Khazan Tungur and other...

Somali coasts turned into heaven for pirates

Somalia: A flurry of attacks by Somali pirates is wreaking havoc with maritime traffic in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean amid complicated negotiations over the release of two kidnapped French sailors. An oil tanker and a French tuna fishing boat were hit by Somali pirates off the coast of the lawless Horn of Africa country on Saturday, Kenyan...

Nigerian militants warn oil workers in delta

Nigeria: Nigeria's most prominent militant group on Sunday declared an "oil war" in the restive Niger Delta after two days of major gunbattles with security forces. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), responsible for attacks that have cut a fifth of the OPEC member's oil output, repeated its warning for all oil...

Somali rebels threaten to shut down Mogadishu airport

Somalia: Somali Islamists have threatened to stop planes using Mogadishu's main airport as part of an escalating insurgency rocking the Horn of Africa nation. The hardline Islamist group Al Shabaab, which is fighting the Somali government and its Ethiopian military backers, said it would stop planes from landing after midnight on Tuesday. "We...

Somali hijackers free 13 seaman

Philippines: The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the M/T BBC Trinidad, the German-owned, Antigua-flagged container vessel, was freed Thursday around 6 p.m., Manila time, with its 13-man crew, by the ship’s hijackers. In a text message, DFA spokesman Claro Cristobal identified the freed seamen as: Antonio Calubiran, chief...

War affected Somalis flee towns amid fears of fighting

Somalia: Most of the residents of Bardale town, Bay region south-western Somalia have now fled after clashes between Ethiopian forces and Somali Islamist fighters. At least 20 civilians have shot dead by the Ethiopian troops on Friday after heavy clashes. Ethiopian troops came under attack from insurgents in the town, while they nmoved...