A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo who treats women raped by combatants in the war-torn country has been named “African of the Year”.
Denis Mukwege, 53, who runs a clinic in Bukavu, has said all sides have “declared women their common enemy”.
He says his award from the Nigerian Daily Trust paper of $20,000 (£13,700) will be used to fund a centre to help rape victims rejoin society. His clinic receives an average of 10 new patients every day. Continue reading DR Congo doctor is ‘top African’→
One in every three Kenyans is in danger of starvation due to crop failure and the Government plans to declare the food shortage a national emergency.
The 10 million Kenyans who are suffering food shortages include 1.5 million children under the school feeding programme, 2.5 million people suffering from various diseases including HIV and Aids and orphans, and further 2.5 million poor people in towns. Continue reading Kenya: State of emergency as hunger looms→
Recovery Package Should Include New Housing Vouchers and Other Measures to Prevent Homelessness Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Sent by Sr. Linda Bessom, SND
by Barbara Sard Executive Summary
New data indicate that the number of homeless families with children has climbed in recent months and continues to mount. Although the recovery package that Congress will consider in coming weeks is expected to include measures to restore several million jobs, an unusually large number of people are still likely to fall into severe poverty and to be at risk of homelessness, due to the depth of the recession. As a result, it is important that the package include funding for effective homelessness prevention strategies. Such measures could be included for a cost equal to just one-half of one percent of the cost of the overall package. Continue reading NUMBER OF HOMELESS FAMILIES CLIMBING DUE TO RECESSION:→