Southern Africa cries for help as El Nino and climate change savage maize harvest

Only half of $600 m promised in aid has come Two-year-old Zeka shriekings as a health worker measures the circumference of her arm while another holds her legs and presses her flesh. The nurses agree: Zeka has clear signs of edema, a swelling condition caused by extreme hunger. She will live, but she needs to…

Children increasingly used as weapons of war, Unicef warns

2017 was a brutal year for young person caught in conflict, UN agency says, citing their recruitment as fighters and bombers Children caught in war zone are increasingly being used as weapons of war- recruited to fighting, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human shields- the United Nation children’s agency has warned.…

Climate change could render Sudan ‘uninhabitable’

( CNN) Sudan’s ecosystems and natural resources are deteriorating. Temperatures are rising, water supplies are scarce, soil fertility is low and severe droughts are common. After years of desertification, its rich biodiversity is under threat and drought has hindered the fight against hunger. This burden is affecting is not merely the country’s food security and…

A black superhero who’s no second prize- Black Panther is a Marvel | Eliza Anyangwe

The comic-book adaptation is both a perfectly timed political commentary and a celebration of blackness, says the freelance writer Eliza Anyangwe Black Panther Opinion A black superhero who’s no second prize- Black Panther is a Marvel Eliza Anyangwe Not since Blade has a hero of colour held the limelight: the comic-book adaptation is both a…

Climate change is wiping out the baobab, Africa’s’ tree of life’ | Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

The trees are a scientific wonder, once capable of living for thousands of years, but now becoming endangered species, says former president of Mauritius and biodiversity scientist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Morondava in Madagascar, the skyline in Senegal and Kruger national park all have something in common. These places are home to some of the largest trees…

A black superhero who’s no second prize- Black Panther is a Marvel | Eliza Anyangwe

The comic-book adaptation is both a perfectly period political commentary and a celebration of blackness, says the freelance writer Eliza Anyangwe Black Panther Opinion A black superhero who’s no second prize- Black Panther is a Marvel Eliza Anyangwe Not since Blade has a hero of colouring held the spotlight: the comic-book adaptation is both a…

A black superhero who’s no second prize- Black Panther is a Marvel | Eliza Anyangwe

The comic-book adaptation is both a perfectly timed political commentary and a festivity of blackness, says the freelance novelist Eliza Anyangwe Black Panther Opinion A black superhero who’s no second prize- Black Panther is a Marvel Eliza Anyangwe Not since Blade has a hero of colour held the limelight: the comic-book adaptation is both a…

No pain relief , no working water: the perils of childbirth in Tanzania | Leah McLaren

Natural birth is the only option for many females here, and though dedicated midwives do their best, the risk of infection and sepsis is high At the Nyarugusu medical dispensary in north-west Tanzania, Eva Paulo, 23, is in her 36 th hour of labour. She paces barefoot in circles around the dusty yard behind the…

‘Why would we invest in a disabled person? ‘: struggle bigotry in Mozambique | Lucy Lamble

In poorer countries, more than 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed and struggling to survive. A educate strategy is helping break down barriers At 21, Mateus Mbazo from Sofala province in Mozambique faced a stark selection: starve or steal. Recently orphaned, with physical disabilities on his right side affecting his arm and leg, Mbazo…

Celebrating gay pride in Uganda: ‘We want to show that we’re not aliens’

( CNN) Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex( LGBTI) community is preparing for its annual lesbian pride parade, taking place on Saturday 8 August. This year’s event has special significance — it’s been a year since the controversial anti-gay law was scrapped. Pride parades are held all over the world and are an opportunity…