New Life for Kibera Residents as Slum Upgrading Takes Off

photo by Eric sande
photo by Eric sande

Residents of Kibera , sub-Saharan Africa’s largest slum settlement with an estimated population of one million have a story to tell.
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For years, residents have lived in muddy iron sheet-roofed hovels with no proper sanitation. Residents have resorted to relieving themselves in polythene sheets, populalry known as “flying toilets”, which are then thrown away with little regard to where they will land. A few lucky ones, however, visit public pay toilets, parting with as much as KES 3 ($0.2) which is way beyond the reach of most residents. Continue reading New Life for Kibera Residents as Slum Upgrading Takes Off

UPDATE: Oct. 24 International Day of Action for Climate Change

On 24 October, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.

Check out www.350.0rg for photos, videos, reports and more. Continue reading UPDATE: Oct. 24 International Day of Action for Climate Change

THE SETTING OF THE SECOND ASSEMBLY: AFRICA’S WOES OR CHALLENGES?

AFJN Blog – Rocco Populo

The “Relatio post disceptationem” was read out in English by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana. Extensive extracts from the document are given below:

THE SETTING OF THE SECOND ASSEMBLY: AFRICA’S WOES OR CHALLENGES?

Very many positive changes have been registered both in the Church and in the larger society in Africa since the First Special Assembly for Africa. … Nonetheless, there are still many shadows within the Church and in society, fifteen years after the conclusion of the First Assembly. Continue reading THE SETTING OF THE SECOND ASSEMBLY: AFRICA’S WOES OR CHALLENGES?

Exerpts from Final message from African Synod

Independent Catholic News

The final message of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops was presented and voted upon this morning. The president delegate on duty was Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier OFM, archbishop of Durban, South Africa. A first version of the concluding Message of the Synod has been published, extracts of which are given below: Continue reading Exerpts from Final message from African Synod

Corporate investors lead the rush for control over overseas farmland

GRAIN, October 2009

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Graeme Robertson of Vitagrain signing agreement with Mauritius Minister of Agro Industry Satish Faugoo. Source: Le MatinalWith all the talk about “food security,” and distorted media statements like “South Korea leases half of Madagascar’s land,” it may not be evident to a lot of people that the lead actors in today’s global land grab for overseas food production are not countries or governments but corporations. So much attention has been focused on the involvement of states, like Saudi Arabia, China or South Korea. But the reality is that while governments are facilitating the deals, private companies are the ones getting control of the land. And their interests are simply not the same as those of governments. Continue reading Corporate investors lead the rush for control over overseas farmland

National Academy Blockbuster: Coal’s Huge Hidden Costs

The Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)
Report: Pollution from Burning Coal Costs $62 billion a year
by Ken Ward Jr.
env4Coal industry lobbyists and coal-state politicians like to remind us that coal is a relatively cheap source of energy.

But in a major new report out today, the National Academy of Sciences details some of the huge “hidden costs” of coal: More than $62 billion a year in “external damages” – that is, premature deaths from air pollution. Continue reading National Academy Blockbuster: Coal’s Huge Hidden Costs