Category Archives: Africa

Report: U.S. Africa Aid Is Increasingly Military

Advocacy Group Cites Development Needs

By Stephanie McCrummen
Washington Post Foreign Service

NAIROBI, July 17 — U.S. aid to Africa is becoming increasingly militarized, resulting in skewed priorities and less attention to longer-term development projects that could lead to greater stability across the continent, according to a report released Thursday by the advocacy group Refugees International.

The report warns that the planned U.S. Africa Command, designed to boost America’s image and prevent terrorism, is allowing the Defense Department to usurp funds traditionally directed by the State Department and U.S. aid agencies. Continue reading Report: U.S. Africa Aid Is Increasingly Military

Peace with sexual violence is still war!

Stephen Lewis (2008-06-05)

Pambazuka News

When my co-Director of AIDS-Free World, Paula Donovan, visited in November, and observed that the war being waged against women “may well be the most savage display of misogyny ever orchestrated in a conflict zone”, she was right. Terrible, unspeakable things have been done to the women of DR Congo, writes Stephen Lewis. It isn’t enough to stop the shooting when the raping continues apace. The only worthwhile armistice restores peace for the entire population, male and female. There can be no satisfaction in claiming a truce or a peace treaty which is soaked in the carnage of the women of the land. If all the peacekeepers were women, and the men of a country were under pervasive sexual assault, do you think the women would simply observe the carnage? Continue reading Peace with sexual violence is still war!

U.S. Africa Command Trims Its Aspirations

African nations loath to host force; aid groups resisted military plan to take on relief work; no one consulted the Africans

By Karen DeYoung

Washington Post Staff Writer

The U.S. Africa Command, designed to boost America’s image and prevent terrorist inroads on the continent, has scaled back its ambitions after African governments refused to host it and aid groups protested plans to expand the military’s role in economic development in the region. Continue reading U.S. Africa Command Trims Its Aspirations

Marking the Africa Day May 25; Africa Must Produce or Perish

News from Africa

Tuesday, 13 May 2008
13 May 2008 – Philip Emeagwali

Imagine that it is May 25, 2063, the 100th anniversary of Africa Day, a day for reflecting on Africa’s successes and failures. The newspaper headline announces, “Last Remaining Oilfield in West Africa’s American Territory Dries Up.” Continue reading Marking the Africa Day May 25; Africa Must Produce or Perish

Women Say Regional AIDS Plan Falls Short

By Nergui Manalsuren

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 10 (IPS) – Despite the admirable progress made by some African countries in preventing and treating HIV/AIDS since 2000, 14 million Africans have died of AIDS in that time span, and an additional 17 million have been infected, says a new report on HIV/AIDS on the continent.

According to the report “Securing Our Future” launched Monday by the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa, the disease is reducing capacity in all social and economic sectors, undermining and slowing the overall development of the region. Continue reading Women Say Regional AIDS Plan Falls Short

Sick But Silent

The East African

By Francis Ayieko – Nairobi

WHEN JOSEPH, A PHARMACIST at one of Kenya’s Ministry of Health facilities, died from tuberculosis-related complications, his colleagues were lost for words.

“We had worked with Joseph for two years but hardly any of us knew he was suffering from TB,” said Jane, one of his colleagues. “The doctor who had checked him said he could not be helped because his lungs had collapsed. He had sought medical help too late.” Continue reading Sick But Silent