Khat in the Horn of Africa – A Scourge or Blessing?

[IPS] Addis Ababa -Throughout a Sunday afternoon in the Ethiopian capital, Yemeni émigré men in their fifties and sixties arrive at a traditional Yemeni-styled mafraj room clutching bundles of green, leafy stalks: khat.

[IPS] Addis Ababa -Throughout a Sunday afternoon in the Ethiopian capital, Yemeni émigré men in their fifties and sixties arrive at a traditional Yemeni-styled mafraj room clutching bundles of green, leafy stalks: khat.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

Nation Refuses to Support Initiative to Restrict Deadly Asbestos Trade

[GroundUp] Asbestos is a toxic killer. The latest estimate is 194,000 occupational deaths globally in a year. South Africa banned asbestos in 2008. One would think, then, that the country would support a proposal by 12 African states to prevent a handf…

[GroundUp] Asbestos is a toxic killer. The latest estimate is 194,000 occupational deaths globally in a year. South Africa banned asbestos in 2008. One would think, then, that the country would support a proposal by 12 African states to prevent a handful of countries from continuing to block the listing of chrysotile asbestos under the Rotterdam Convention. But instead, South Africa is refusing to support the initiative.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Prominent Human Rights Defender Still Detained

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source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

SPLM-N Releases 127 Detainees in Goodwill Gesture

[Nuba Reports] For the first time since the war started in 2011, the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement — North repatriated 127 people captured in fighting back to Khartoum on Sunday.

[Nuba Reports] For the first time since the war started in 2011, the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement -- North repatriated 127 people captured in fighting back to Khartoum on Sunday.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

Food Insecurity in Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile

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source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

Sudan Insider – SAF and SPLA-N Trade Ceasefire Breach Accusations

[Nuba Reports] seven cattle herders from the Hawazma tribe and looted hundreds of cattle in the Al-Hujarat area, roughly 30 kilometers west of the government capital, Kadugli.

[Nuba Reports] seven cattle herders from the Hawazma tribe and looted hundreds of cattle in the Al-Hujarat area, roughly 30 kilometers west of the government capital, Kadugli.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

Women and War in the Nuba Mountains

[Nuba Reports] “This country is so beautiful but nobody is looking at it,” remarks Soad Dorjwat, an elderly woman from the Nuba Mountains. A grandmother, farmer and a traditional singer, Dorjwat has has lived through decades of armed resistance in the …

[Nuba Reports] "This country is so beautiful but nobody is looking at it," remarks Soad Dorjwat, an elderly woman from the Nuba Mountains. A grandmother, farmer and a traditional singer, Dorjwat has has lived through decades of armed resistance in the rebel controlled area of the Nuba Mountains.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

Protest Threatened at Entry Points Over ‘Rabidly Intolerant’ Mswati Regime

[News24Wire] A civil society group has threatened to stage a go slow protest at Swaziland’s entry points to put pressure on King Mswati III to end what they say is a “rabidly intolerant regime” in that country.

[News24Wire] A civil society group has threatened to stage a go slow protest at Swaziland's entry points to put pressure on King Mswati III to end what they say is a "rabidly intolerant regime" in that country.

source: AllAfrica News: Swaziland

Another Somalian Famine

[IPS] Kuala Lumpur -Last month, the United Nations declared another famine threat in Somalia due to yet another drought in the Horn of Africa. Important lessons must be drawn from the Somalia famine of 2010-2012, which probably killed about 258,000 peo…

[IPS] Kuala Lumpur -Last month, the United Nations declared another famine threat in Somalia due to yet another drought in the Horn of Africa. Important lessons must be drawn from the Somalia famine of 2010-2012, which probably killed about 258,000 people, half of whom were under-five. This was the greatest tragedy in terms of famine deaths in the 21st century, and in recent decades since the Ethiopian famine of the late 1980s.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia