In our series of letters from African journalists, novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani looks at the impact of new economising measures in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to office in May, seems bent on making public office less and less attractive to the average Nigerian “big man.”
Beyond the unusually austere salary package for new members of his cabinet – in response to the country’s worst economic crisis in years – he has given an instruction that should drastically reduce the size of every serving minister’s entourage.
LIMA, Peru – An international law enforcement operation culminated Saturday with the arrests of six individuals involved in sex trafficking and the rescue of 36 sex trafficking victims, including 11 minors.
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A British couple have been jailed for six years each for keeping a Nigerian immigrant as a slave for more than two decades, a London court clerk said.
Emmanuel Edet, 61, and Antan Edet, 58, were sentenced at Harrow Crown Court in northwest London late on Monday after being found guilty last month of child cruelty, slavery and assisting in illegal immigration.
The couple brought the man to Britain in 1989 when he was 14 years old, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
BELTERRA, Brazil, Dec 8 2015 (IPS) – In the northern Brazilian state of Pará, the construction of a port terminal for shipping soy out of the Amazon region has displaced thousands of small farmers from their land, which is now dedicated to mono-culture.
The BR-163 highway, along the 100-km route from Santarém, the capital of the municipality of that name, to Belterra runs through an endless stretch of plowed fields, with only a few isolated pockets of the lush rainforest that used to cover this entire area.
State-of-the-art tractors and other farm machinery, a far cry from the rudimentary tools used by the local small farmers in the surrounding fields, are plowing the soil this month, ahead of the planting of soy in January.
José de Souza, a small farmer who owns nine hectares in the rural municipality of Belterra, sighs.
Catholic News Service Human rights need to be part of the final text, to protect people from projects that could be considered clean energy, such as dams to produce hydroelectric power, but would encroach on their lands and homes.
PARIS (CNS) — Major hurdles stand in the way of a global accord on climate change, including over the questions of human rights and who pays the costs for poor countries to transition into using greener energy, said Catholic and other church activists on the sidelines of the U.N. climate conference.
All You Need is Love’ is a documentary film, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, focusing on the lives and dreams of the children of Good Morning School in Mae Sot, a town on the Thai-Burma border.
Mae Sot is home to hundreds of thousands of Burmese nationals that have moved into Thailand to escape the repressive actions taken by Burma’s military junta. However, the vast majority of these Burmese refugees exist as people without nationality, rights or any solid future. This is the harsh reality that the Burmese children in Mae Sot have to face every day.
‘All You Need is Love’ will take you on an inspirational journey towards a greater understanding of the human spirit and the power of the positive. It is a testament to all the very best facets of the human character.
The screening will be followed by a short Q&A with Director, Stuart Cameron.
Entry is free but seating is limited. A collection will be taken for children on the Thai-Burma border at the end of the event.
The screening takes place on Friday, 5 February 2016 from 7-10pm in Room B102, The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.