Monthly Archives: July 2011

Lord’s Resistance Army Activity in DRC

A new report from Oxfam in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) calls for an increase in UN peacekeepers for eastern and northern Congo. The UN force in the DRC (Monusco) has the 2nd highest number of peacekeeping troops in the world at around 17,000, but according to Oxfam … Continue reading

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No Fear: Explorations of a Congolese Refugee Camp in Rwanda

As we twisted up the hills outside of Kibuye, the beautiful resort town on the edge of Lake Kivu, I started to formulate elaborate metaphors that matched our drive.  Our intentions felt a bit twisted as well. Mine were out … Continue reading

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Africa: News Round-up

 UN declares Somalia famine in Bakool and Lower Shabelle Mau Mau torture claim Kenyans win right to sue British government Malawi: Anti-Govt Protests Spark New Clashes

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Boko Harem in Nigeria

Since the beginning of the month, dozens have been killed by followers of the “Boko Haram” sect in Nigeria. This post is an attempt to explain what “Boko Haram” is in the light of my own experience in Nigeria in … Continue reading

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New UN Report for East Africa Drought

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Report on East Africa Drought The new report from the OCHA indicates that the ‘total population in need in the region’ now stands at around 10.7 million. The situation in Uganda and Burundi … Continue reading

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“Mittelafrika”: The German Dream of an African Empire, 1884-1918

The Berlin Conference of 1884-85 is still seen by many historians as the high point of European imperialism in Africa: dominated by Bismarck’s diplomatic genius, the congress divided in fact the great Congo basin among various colonial powers, balancing their … Continue reading

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Top ten African film list

Do you agree with this list? Vote and propose your own top ten!

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