LAGOS, Nigeria (CNS) — Bishop Gabriel Dunia of Auchi, Nigeria has asked warring parties in the Niger Delta to put aside their weapons and allow peace to return to the region. The bishop’s June 9 appeal came on the heels of a report that Nigerian soldiers had uncovered two graves containing the bodies of 12 Nigerian troops who had been missing for nearly a month. Violence has flared off and on since mid-May when President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua ordered a crackdown on ethnic militias, which have been implicated in a series of attacks on the country’s oil industry in recent months. Continue reading Nigerian-bishop asks warring parties to end violence, embrace dialogue
The US president was speaking at the White House in Washington, where he met the visiting Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Continue reading President Barack Obama has announced $73m (£44m) in aid for Zimbabwe
Although 1.1 billion people lack access to drinking water and 2.4 billion are without adequate sanitation globally, governments have failed to implement a resource management system that can fulfil the universal human right to water. The March 2009 World Water Forum in Istanbul generated little progress in equitable water governance, recognising only that “access to drinking water and sanitation is a basic human need” in its official ministerial statement, rather than acknowledging water as a fundamental human right. Continue reading The Battle for the World’s Water Supplies: A Backgrounder
BBC News, Zimbabwe
By Mike Thomson
Growing numbers of children in Zimbabwe are turning to prostitution to survive, the charity Save the Children says.The aid agency says increasing poverty is leading girls as young as 12 to sell their bodies for as little as a packet of biscuits.It also claims that the coming football World Cup in neighbouring South Africa could soon make things worse. Continue reading Zimbabwe girls trade sex for food
Indigenous groups say government is just trying to stop efforts to protect jungle from oil and logging development. More protests are planned today.
Christian Science Monitor
By Lucien Chavin | Correspondent
and Sara Miller Llana | Staff writer
Lima, Peru; and Mexico City – Peru’s Congress is trying to diffuse some of the worst violence the country has seen in a decade.
The legislature voted Wednesday to temporarily suspend laws governing investment in the Amazon jungle that are at the center of mass protests by indigenous groups. Continue reading To quell protests, Peru suspends Amazon investment laws
Legitimate indigenous protests against Peru’s latest free trade agreements have led to bloodshed following the Government’s decision to send in the military. Ben Powless reports. Thousands of Indigenous Peoples from across the Americas gather in Puno, Peru for the 4th Continental Indigenous Summit of Abya Yala (America). Photo by: Ben Powless Continue reading Battle lines drawn over the Amazon
Action Alert: Peru
“As Dot Stang said, the destruction of the rain forest is the destruction of life. It isn’t just a problem for Peru or Brasil but for the whole world.” Therese Hartley, SND Continue reading Action Peru