East Africa

Great Britain admits that its colonial forces tortured & abused Kenyan Mau Mau rebels in the 1950s and 60s

July 17, 2012

“The admission came during a hearing at the London High Court where three elderly Kenyans are suing Britain for damages claiming that they were tortured in detention camps run by British colonial forces.”

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The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, home to 465,000 people, faces a budget shortfall of $25 million

July 12, 2012

‘Last year’s famine in southern Somalia saw Dadaab’s population swell by 160,000 to its present 465,000. As a result, Dadaab is running desperately short of funds for food and vital services.”

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At least 95 people killed in an oil tanker explosion in Nigeria

July 12, 2012

“The Federal Road Safety Commission reported that 95 people died and 18 were injured. The accident occurred when the tanker driver lost control and his vehicle ran off the road.”

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Doctors Without Borders: Refugee Children in South Sudan dying at an ‘alarming’ rate

July 6, 2012

“Nine children are dying every day from preventable illnesses like diarrhea in an overcrowded, swampy refugee camp in South Sudan, and United Nations officials said Friday.”

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Ethiopia criminalizes Skype

June 15, 2012

“The new law, which came into effect on 24 May, makes use of Internet voice services punishable by hefty fines and up to 15 years in prison.”

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al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia offers ridiculous bounties for President Obama (10 camels) and Secretary of State Clinton (20 chickens)

June 9, 2012

“”Anyone who helps the Mujahideen find the whereabouts of Obama and Hillary Clinton will be rewarded with 10 Camels to the information leading to Obama and 10 hens and 10 cocks for Hillary,” said senior Shabaab commander Fuad Mohamed Khalaf.”

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United Nations: Sudan pulls its troops from the disputed Abyei region

May 31, 2012

“Sudan has withdrawn its soldiers from Abyei, a disputed border region also claimed by South Sudan, but has left police officers, the United Nations peacekeeping mission said Wednesday.”

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The European Union’s naval force has carried out its first air strikes against Somali Pirate targets on-shore

May 15, 2012

“The EU is the main donor to the Somali transitional government. It is also trains Somali army troops, and is reinforcing the navies of five neighboring countries to enable them to counter piracy themselves.”

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United Nations: Thousands of people trying to return to South Sudan from Sudan have been stranded for months at the Kosti way station

May 2, 2012

“The concern for their plight comes amid reports of military attacks along Sudan’s hotly contested border with South Sudan. Between 12,000 and 15,000 South Sudanese are at the Kosti way station, “many of whom have been waiting with their entire house holdings for months for transport to South Sudan,” a U.N. statement said.”

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Sudan declares a state of emergency as fighting along the border with South Sudan continues

May 1, 2012

“South Sudan, meanwhile, said Sunday that it would remove its security forces from the contested region of Abyei in response to demands from the African Union and the United Nations Security Council.”

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Grenade attack at a Church in Kenya kills 1 and injures 15

May 1, 2012

“Steven Mulinge, a church pianist who was among the wounded, recalled seeing a man walking through the entrance and hurling what looked like a stone at the altar.”

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir visits China

April 25, 2012

“That Kiir left home at a time when Sudanese warplanes are bombing his nation, and just after Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir vowed to “liberate” South Sudan from the “insects” who rule it, underscores China’s importance in a region that holds one of the most abundant reserves of oil in Africa.”

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir: Sudan’s hostilities amount to a declaration of war

April 25, 2012

“Weeks of cross-border fighting between the former civil war foes have threatened to escalate into a full blown conflict in a region that holds one of Africa’s most significant oil reserves.”

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Sudan launches a major attack against South Sudan

April 24, 2012

“Sudanese forces launched a major attack along the border with South Sudan after the South Sudanese army withdrew from a disputed oil field on Friday, signaling that the recent border war between the two countries is not yet over and might be entering a new phase.”

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls South Sudan’s capture of an oil border town “an illegal act”

April 20, 2012

“United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday blasted South Sudan for seizing an oil town on its border with Sudan, calling the military move “an illegal act” and demanding that the country, which split from Sudan last year under a U.S.-brokered peace agreement, withdraw its troops.”

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