Special Reports

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Apr 23rd, 2013
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US State Department EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The government of the State of Eritrea is a highly centralized, authoritarian regime under the control of President Isaias Afwerki. The People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), headed by President Isaias, is the sole political party. There have been no el...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Apr 22nd, 2013
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(IRIN) – Moves to bring three regions in the deep south of Somalia together into the state of Jubaland have turned into a tussle with the central government, with regional powerhouses Kenya and Ethiopia playing important roles. After more than two decades of civil war and inter-clan conflict, S...
By IndepthAfrica
In Djibouti
Apr 18th, 2013
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Half a million Kenyans and Ethiopians are likely to be displaced, go hungry and face conflict due to a controversial dam linked to a forcible resettlment programme ‘bankrolled’ by British taxpayers, the lobby group Survival International said on Monday. The Gibe III hydropower dam, due fo...
By IndepthAfrica
In Letters & Interviews
Apr 18th, 2013
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By Samuel Burke & Claire Calzonetti [CNN] Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, is full of promise. But fulfilling that promise is often a struggle. Plagued by corruption and mismanagement, the resource-rich country has a poverty rate of over 50%. Maternal mortality is shockingly high and...
By IndepthAfrica
In Central Africa
Apr 16th, 2013
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KAMPALA, Uganda, (UNHCR) – Few customers come to the simply named Beauty Salon in Kampala’s Kisenyi slum, but for refugee owner Rosette Wabenga, it is still a dream come true. “I am a very lucky woman to have this shop,” Wabenga says. “Words cannot express how grateful I am to...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Apr 15th, 2013
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Three new reports predict disaster in Lower Omo Valley Three new reports predict ‘catastrophe’ for half a million tribal people such as the Mursi of Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley. © Survival Three independent reports have warned that the controversial Gibe III dam, and land grabs for ...
By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Apr 13th, 2013
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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Train horns now sound again across Nigeria’s lush south and the encroaching desert of its north, but the history of the nation’s 100-year-old railroad still sits rusting away. Old steam locomotives and railway cars that hold special places in the story of Nigeria sit...
By IndepthAfrica
In Djibouti
Apr 12th, 2013
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Written by Endalk from Global Voices Thousands of ethnic Amharas in western Ethiopia are being expelled en masse from the country’s Benishangul Gumuz region, where many have settled, in what some are condemning as a campaign of “ethnic cleansing“. Ethiopia has been divided into nine ethnically based ...
By IndepthAfrica
In Mali
Apr 12th, 2013
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(IRIN) – Hunger in Mali has reached crisis levels in the northern Kidal Region and has reached critical levels in Gao and Timbuktu regions, according to food security agencies and the government’s early warning body. One in five households in Gao and Timbuktu are facing severe food shortages, w...
By IndepthAfrica
In Djibouti
Apr 12th, 2013
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Photo: J.Björgvinsson/UNHCR Exhausted survivors of the Gulf of Aden crossing wait for help on a beach in Yemen SANA’A, 11 April 2013 (IRIN) – Record numbers of migrants from the Horn of Africa are crossing into Yemen, most of them on their way to find better opportunities in Saudi Arabia and ot...