Somalia: Piracy and the Policy Vacuum

AfricaFocus Bulletin
Nov 22, 2008 (081122)
(Reposted from sources cited below)
Editor’s Note

“While the responsibility for this crisis [in Somalia] lies first and foremost with the Somali leadership, the international community, principally the U.S. government and members of the UN Security Council, has also failed … They have failed repeatedly to take a principled engagement to solve the crisis, acknowledge the power realities on the ground, support peace negotiations without imposing external agendas, or provide independent humanitarian assistance.” – Refugees International
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NEWS from AEFJN

April 2009 N. 32

GENDER AND CLIMATE CHANGE: A PRESENT DANGER
http://www.africafiles.org/atissueezine.asp

By Anene Ejikeme

Resource scarcity and conflict in Africa are both caused and exacerbated by climate change. As the author shows in examples from Sudan and Chad, where these are present the burden on women and the violence they suffer clearly increase. Positive examples from Kenya and Senegal also show the strength and resourcefulness of African women and what they are doing to tackle the adverse effects of climate change. Continue reading NEWS from AEFJN

Another 36 Trafficked Children Rescued by IOM and its Partners

IOM

Posted on Tuesday, 14-04-2009

IOM staff Eric Peasah negotiates the release of Stephen Akwetey, a thirteen year old boy identified for rescue by IOM and its partners three years ago.    © IOM 2009
IOM staff Eric Peasah negotiates the release of Stephen Akwetey, a thirteen year old boy identified for rescue by IOM and its partners three years ago. © IOM 2009

Ghana – Since 2002, IOM has rescued 684 children who had been trafficked to work with fishermen in Ghana, West Africa.

The children, trafficked for forced or bonded labour into fishing communities in Kete-Krachi and Yeji along the shores of Ghana’s Lake Volta had been sold for little money by impoverished parents in the belief that the children would be adequately fed, educated and taught a useful trade.
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No Quick Fix for Malnutrition and Hunger

Common Dreams
by Kristin Palitza

Somalis carry sacks of food aid distributed by the World Food Program near Mogadishu in 2008. Global food production, already under strain from the credit crunch, must double in the next four decades to head off mass hunger, the head of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said. (AFP/File/Abdurashid Abikar)
Somalis carry sacks of food aid distributed by the World Food Program near Mogadishu in 2008. Global food production, already under strain from the credit crunch, must double in the next four decades to head off mass hunger, the head of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said. (AFP/File/Abdurashid Abikar)

ROME – Almost five million children under the age of five die of malnutrition every year in the developing world. Food aid – which mainly contains nutrient-poor carbohydrates – does little to address the absence of a diverse diet that would prevent the condition.

Humanitarian relief organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is therefore urging policy makers to boost food security and improve the quality of food aid that feeds the world’s hungry. To fight malnutrition in the long-term, however, African governments need to invest in small-scale farming to create food autonomy.

More than 20 million children suffer from severe, acute malnutrition in the developing world. Half of the 9.7 million deaths of children under five each year are caused by the condition, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). It will cost $5 billion a year alone to feed children under the age of three in developing countries, MSF said.
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IOM Rome, UISG Continue Cooperation in Fight against Human Trafficking

International Organization for Migration

Posted on Tuesday, 07-04-2009
Italy – The IOM Mission in Rome and the International Union of Superiors General (UISG by its Italian acronym) are this week starting a new phase of their joint programme: “Counter-Trafficking Training for Religious Personnel”.
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Action Alert: Call and/or write Congress and Tell Them to Support the DREAM Act

USCCB/MRS

Background:  On March 26, 2009, Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) (S.729).  A nearly identical bill (H.R. 1751) was introduced in the House by Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA).  The DREAM Act permits certain immigrant students who have grown up in the United States to adjust to temporary legal status and eventually obtain permanent resident status provided that they attend college or enter the U.S. military. Continue reading Action Alert: Call and/or write Congress and Tell Them to Support the DREAM Act

Three Million Customers and Still Counting: The Bank Getting Rich by Helping the Poor

Homegrown lender draws in customers shunned for decades by multinationals
The Guardian

by Xan Rice

NAIROBI – In his 14th floor corner office overlooking the city, James Mwangi sits at the very top of Kenyan society. He got there by understanding the needs of those at the bottom. Continue reading Three Million Customers and Still Counting: The Bank Getting Rich by Helping the Poor