Tag Archives: Africa

Mixed Picture for Ebola in Sierra Leone, as Victims Outpace Beds

Port Loko, Sierra Leone.  Witnessing yet again the challenging dynamics of the Ebola outbreak unfolding in West Africa, the United Nations envoy coordinating the global response visited Sierra Leone today, where he reported efforts to halt the virus in former hotspot Kenema are starting to pay off, while some 200 kilometres away, Port Loko is now [...]

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U.N.: Nearly $1 Billion Needed to Combat Ebola Outbreak

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations announced today that it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring: “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.” “This is not just a health crisis; it has grave humanitarian, economic and social [...]

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Film: Cameroon’s Response to ‘Born This Way’

New York, N.Y.  Director Shaun Kadlec and activist Bill Simbo talk about the challenges of filming Born This Way, a documentary which follows four gay and lesbian people in Cameroon and explores the difficulty of being queer in a country where homosexuality is illegal.  Director Shaun Kadlec and activist Bill Simbo talk about the challenges [...]

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Anglican Church Leaders Speak on Anti-Gay Laws in Africa

London, U.K.  The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have today written to all Primates of the Anglican Communion, and to the Presidents of Nigeria and Uganda, recalling the commitment made by the Primates of the Anglican Communion to the pastoral support and care of everyone worldwide, regardless of sexual orientation. In their letter, the Archbishops recalled [...]

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‘Ark of Return’ Tells Story of 15 Million Slaves as U.N. Memorial

New York, N.Y.  A Manhattan-based architect of Haitian descent was today announced as the winner of an international competition to design a memorial that will be permanently on display at United Nations Headquarters in New York to honor victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. Unveiling Rodney Leon’s ‘Ark of Return’, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [...]

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At Clinton Forum, Western Union Highlights ‘NGO GlobalPay’

New York, N.Y.  I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO Hikmet Ersek who I met last year at CGI, and Luella Chavez D’Angelo who I have interviewed in the past (piece). It was at last year’s breakfast I [...]

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Aid Organization Oxfam Criticizes U.K. Media Portrayal of Africa

London, U.K.  Oxfam, an international organization intending to eliminate poverty, has criticized the way in which Africa is depicted to United Kingdom (UK) audiences. In a press release, the charity said the continent was being portrayed in an “overwhelmingly negative” way which is “undermining popular support for efforts to bring an end to hunger on the continent”. Dame Barbara Stocking, [...]

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Photo of the Day: UNICEF – Family in Guinea-Bissau

Tebe-Zinho, Guinea-Bissau.  A family uses a rudimentary log bridge to cross a stream on their way to the village of Tebe-Zinho, Guinea-Bissau in order for the children to receive vaccinations and other health services. Political instability and deep poverty continue to limit economic and social development in Guinea-Bissau. The country has the world’s seventh-highest under-five [...]

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Mixed Picture for Ebola in Sierra Leone, as Victims Outpace Beds

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