Category Archives: Democratic Republic of Congo

One college fights South Sudan’s civil war in the classroom

At the chiming of small hand bells, 100 teachers-in-training at the Yei Teacher Training College (YTTC) shuttle between lectures on education philosophy, mathematics, and English. There are no holidays here – seats are filled year round – and classes run from 9 am to 5 pm.

“Not even a second lost,” read signs posted in the classrooms and along shady walkways. Read more…

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In Kenya, islanders on heritage site count cost of $25 billion mega-project

Lamu Island on Kenya’s northeast coast was established some 700 years ago as part of a thriving Indian Ocean trade network that eventually stretched to Oman, India, Portugal, and China.

The mixing of those cultures produced the Swahili people and language, as well as an Islamic renaissance of architecture, poetry, and cuisine.

Lamu is regarded as the best preserved Swahili settlement in existence. The history, the remote white beaches, the carved wooden doorways, and the winding alleys, all make it a top Kenya tourist destination.

But change is coming – more drastic than any in Lamu’s history – that could irreversibly transform this ancient place. Read more…

Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

Can the AU deliever Pax Africana?

Yayi Boni, president of Benin and African Union assembly chairperson, speaking to press at the recent AU summit. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.
Yayi Boni, president of Benin and African Union assembly chairperson, speaking to press at the recent AU summit. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:

Last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, African Union (AU) leaders celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) – the AU’s predecessor. They spoke of the OAU’s leadership in past liberation struggles and offered lofty visions for the future.

But, in his final speech as AU assembly chairperson, Benin’s President Yayi Boni took a more critical look at the present.  Read more…

AU Summit: Money for Mali, but Diplomatic Delays on DRC and Sudans

The African Union building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.
The African Union building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photograph by Jason Patinkin.

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The African Union (AU) has raised over $450 million in pledges from the international community for an African-led force to fight against militants in northern Mali. The donations were the major outcome of a week-long African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which saw no similar advances regarding ongoing conflicts in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and between Sudan and South Sudan.  Read more…

High stakes for Sudan and Mali at the African Union Summit

South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on December 2, 2012. EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images
South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on December 2, 2012. EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images

Addis Ababa – African leaders gather this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the annual African Union Summit, marking the 50th anniversary of the Pan-African body. AU commission chairperson Nklosazana Dlamini Zuma of South Africa opened the week-long event Monday with a speech focusing on development challenges, but major conflicts in the Sudans and Mali are sure to dominate the agenda as heads of state begin to arrive tomorrow.  Read more…