Sierra Leone marks a year free of ebola with a minute’s silence

sierra-leone-ebola-freeIngrid Gercaman, IRIN,  8 Nov 2016 It was an unusual day in Freetown, a West African city that loves to be loud. For three long minutes yesterday, it was eerily quiet.  The reason was that a year ago, on 7 November, Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free. The virus had killed 3,580 people and terrorised the nation for 18 months. The three-minute silence was organised by the government to remember those who lost their lives. Continue reading

Global Goals will not work unless Least Developed Countriese are made a top priority

post2015_cover24 September 2015: LDC Watch, the umbrella group for civil society organisations from Least Developed Countries has insisted that the Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed unless there are additional measures to help LDCs. These include an increase in ODI to LDCs, debt cancellation, technology transfer without intellectual property rights, measures to protect against the plunder of LDCs’ natural resources, common but differentied responsibilities and immediate finance to mitigate the effects of climate change. Continue reading

Afrique: La Menace des dechets plastiques

SenegalLa menace des déchets plastiques ou « péril plastique » est de plus en plus prise en charge en Afrique. Après plusieurs pays de la sous-région, le Sénégal écologique a entamé la croisade en prenant le taureau par les cornes, d’une législation prudente qui circonscrit l’interdiction aux « sacs en plastique à bretelles et d’une épaisseur inférieure à 30 microns » Continue reading

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza postpones parliamentary polls to June 2

238964-01-02AFP, 20 May 2015 : Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has postponed parliamentary elections by one week to June 2, presidential official Willy Nyamitwe told AFP Wednesday, following weeks of violent protests and a failed coup. Legislative elections had been due on May 26, but were pushed back a week following “a proposal from the electoral commission, to respond to a request from opposition parties, and finally to answer calls of the region and the international community,” Nyamitwe said. Continue reading

La réconciliation après le génocide pour booster la croissance économique

images (8)20 May 2015  (IPS) Aimable Twahirwa – Cela fait près de 20 ans que Sylidio Gashirabake, un Hutu, était un auteur dans le génocide au Rwanda. Cela fait également près de 20 ans que son voisin, Augustin Kabogo, un Tutsi, a perdu sa sœur et sa famille dans les violences. Mais aujourd’hui, les deux hommes travaillent côte à côte dans leur entreprise commune dans le district de Kirehe, dans le sud du Rwanda. Continue reading

Un “plan Marshall” pour l’après-Ebola ?

20-04-2015 (BBC) Les présidents guinéen, sierra-léonais et libérien sont à Washington pour participer aux réunions de printemps de la banque mondiale et du FMI et trouver des fonds pour redresser leurs économies durement touchées par l’épidémie d’Ebola. Mercredi, le chef d’État guinéen Alpha Condé, la présidente libérienne Ellen Johnson Sirleaf et le président Sierra-Léonais Ernest Bai Koroma ont rencontré le président américain Barack Obama. Continue reading

Vanutu cyclone: country will have to rebuild everything

download (3)Obinna Anyadike (IRIN),  17 March 2015:  – The scale of Vanuatu’s cyclone disaster is matched only by the complexity of the required humanitarian response, according to both the government and aid workers arriving on the battered Pacific islands. Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale was reported by the BBC as saying the 13 March storm had “wiped out” all recent development and the country would have to rebuild “everything” Continue reading

Myanmar: Foreign Companies Profit from Abuse-ridden Mine Project: says Amnesty International


Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia, 6 March 2015: Foreign mining interests have profited from and sometimes colluded with Myanmar authorities in serious human rights abuses and illegal activity at a controversial copper mine project in the northern part of the Southeast Asian country, according to an investigative report by Amnesty International, the London-based international human rights group. Continue reading