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Archive February 2016

DRC: At the heart of the conflict minerals

Feb23

This video produced by the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation, Misereor, and filmed at the Fungamwaka mine in the DRC reveals the working conditions of artisanal miners who extract the minerals that enter many daily life products such as laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices.

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Uganda: Besigye detained by police over march protest

Feb22

Kampala – Uganda’s main opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, was this morning arrested from his home in Kasangati. Besigye who had earlier announced he would go to the electoral commission to pick the official declaration forms of the presidential race was stopped as he attempted to leave his home. He was taken to a blue police van and whisked away to Naggalama police station where he is cur-rently detained. Besigye has rejected the results of Thursday’s election won by veteran President Yoweri Museveni, and called on his supporters to join a protest march on Monday.

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Rice: Africa’s Ticket Out of Poverty

Cotonou – Africa is eating more rice than other food staples, though it produces less than it needs. This is good news for the cereal’s potential to help Sub Saharan Africa out of poverty according to researchers.

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Sterilisation of HIV-Positive Women

Kampala – Mayimuna Monica* has been living with HIV for over 10 years and wants to have a baby. But she can’t because her uterus was removed against her will at a government hospital where she had gone to deliver her last child now aged eight.

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The Burning

At the University of Cape Town (UCT) this week, a group of students protested the housing crisis that has affected the university for as long as black people have been present as students on the campus. 

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Africa Analysis: Harmonising R&D grant administration

An initiative to harmonise research grant administration in Africa is good news, Linda Nordling writes.

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