Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Being black in Nazi Germany

Film director Amma Asante came across an old photograph taken in Nazi Germany of a black schoolgirl by chance. Standing among her white classmates, who stare straight into the camera, she enigmatically glances to the side. Curiosity about the photograph – who the girl was and what she was doing in Germany – set the […]

Why is Libya so lawless?

Libya has been beset by chaos since Nato-backed forces overthrew long-serving ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011. The oil-rich country, a key departure point for some of the thousands of migrants travelling to Europe, once had one of the highest standards of living in Africa, with free healthcare and free education. But the stability […]

Libya at start of ‘long and bloody war’

The UN envoy for Libya has warned that the battle for Tripoli is “just the start of a long and bloody war”. Ghassan Salame is calling for immediate steps to cut off arms flows fuelling the fighting in Libya. One side of the conflict said it is receiving armoured vehicles from Turkey, while the other […]

Libya at start of ‘long and bloody war’

The UN envoy for Libya has warned that the battle for Tripoli is “just the start of a long and bloody war”. Ghassan Salame is calling for immediate steps to cut off arms flows fuelling the fighting in Libya. One side of the conflict said it is receiving armoured vehicles from Turkey, while the other […]

Sudan protesters plan general strike as talks falter

Call for strike comes as protesters and military fail to reach a deal on who will lead Sudan’s three-year transition. Sudan’s main protest group called on Tuesday for a general strike after talks with the country’s military rulers stalled on who will lead an agreed three-year transition. Protesters are demanding civilians head a new sovereign council […]

Nigeria widow testifies against Shell

The widow of a Nigerian activist suing oil giant Shell over the execution of her husband says his death left her “traumatised” and “poverty-stricken”. Esther Kiobel is testifying in court in The Hague, demanding compensation from the Netherlands-based firm. She is among four women who accuse Shell of being complicit in the hanging of their […]

South Africa: Zuma lawyers challenge corruption charges

Legal representatives for scandal-plagued former President Jacob Zuma argue he is a victim of ‘mob justice’. Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have alleged the former South African president is being treated unfairly by prosecutors amid a bid by the erstwhile leader to have corruption charges levelled against him dropped. Zuma, who resigned last year amid intense public […]

Boat carrying Uganda footballers capsizes

Seven people have been confirmed dead and dozens more are missing after a boat capsized in western Uganda on Sunday. The boat was carrying more than 50 football players and fans from the western Uganda district of Hoima. Witnesses say overloading and bad weather are likely to blame for the accident as rescue attempts continue. […]

Mozambique church a refuge for Muslim cyclone survivors

Parish houses those displaced by Cyclone Kenneth in Cabo Delgado province in the country’s predominantly Muslim north. Next to a marble pulpit inside a Catholic church, a young Muslim girl chases around with other children. The church has become a home for her and nearly 1,000 others from different faiths as they wait out the […]

Fighting Ebola When Mourners Fight the Responders

BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo — When Ebola came to this city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Janvier Muhindo Mandefu quit farming and got work burying the highly contagious bodies of Ebola victims. But Mr. Muhindo is less afraid of Ebola than of the mourners he encounters at funerals. He and his burial team […]