Category Archives: Medical & Health

Think Tank: Violence in DR Congo’s Ituri Leaves 1,000 Dead

Violence in DR Congo’s northeastern province of Ituri has claimed nearly 1,000 lives and caused around half a million people to flee their homes, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said on Wednesday. The flareup has pitched the Hema ethnic group, who are predominantly herders, against the Lendu community, who are mostly sedentary farmers. The two

Zindzi Mandela, Daughter of South Africa’s Anti-Apartheid Icons, Dies

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African anti-apartheid icons Nelson and Winne Mandela, has died in Johannesburg at the age of 59. State broadcaster SABC said Mandela died at a hospital in the South African capital, but did not reveal a cause of death.  Her death was confirmed by the ruling African National Congress, which her father

Women, Children Suffer as Health Care Resources Go to Fight COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has caused more than half a million deaths so far in its sweep around the world. What isn’t included in this figure is the impact on the health of mothers and children who don’t have the virus but are suffering. For a real-life example of this situation, go to Nairobi at night

Sudan Bans Female Genital Mutilation

Sudan has passed laws banning female genital mutilation and allowing non-Muslims to consume alcohol, the justice minister said late Saturday. The move appears to be a reversal of nearly four decades of hardline Islamist policies which limited the freedoms of women. Along with banning female genital mutilation, Sudan’s Sovereign Council last week reversed a law

4 Killed in Protests Calling for Mali’s President to Resign

Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has dissolved the country’s constitutional court, after four people were killed in street protests over the weekend. Additionally, Keita said Sunday he would follow ECOWAS recommendations to re-run some contested legislative elections held in March. Opposition leaders said that Keita’s concessions, including dissolving the constitutional court, was not enough to

Five Killed in Attack on S. African Church, Hostages Freed

Five people were killed in an attack on a church west of Johannesburg in the early hours of Saturday, South African police said, with some of the attackers taking hostages who were later freed. Police arrested around 40 people and seized 40 firearms, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, related to the attack on the International

US Oromos Protest Singer Hachalu’s Death

Nearly two weeks after the slaying of a popular singer in Ethiopia, thousands took to the streets in diaspora communities in the United States and elsewhere to mourn his death and peacefully protest against the government in Addis Ababa. In downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, home to the largest U.S. population of ethnic Oromo, a crowd of

Spike in COVID-19 Cases Delays Plans to Reopen Schools in Malawi

A spike in COVID-19 cases has forced authorities in Malawi to delay plans to reopen schools on July 13. In addition, the country is running short of testing kits. The co-chair for the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, John Phuka, said Friday that a critical shortage of test kits has forced the government to stop mass