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The attackers crept out of a coffee plantation, smeared with clay and armed with spears, machetes, bows and arrows. Then they burned and looted the home that served as the only refuge for 130 children with troubled pasts
Although sub-Saharan Africa is home to just over 10 percent of the world's population, it is the most ravaged by HIV, carrying more than 60 percent of all people living with the virus that causes AIDS.
Its latest survey in the central African state found 45,000 people a month were dying from war-related hunger and disease, even though the conflict there had ended officially in 2003.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Crew members on a tugboat seized by pirates off the Somali coast are unharmed and have access to food and water, the ship's Danish owner said Wednesday.
Piracy is increasingly common along Somalia's 1,880-mile coast, which connects the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean. Pirates seized more than two dozen ships off the Somali coast last year.
The upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe will be held against a backdrop of economic disarray with an annual inflation rate of more than 26,000 percent, the highest in the world, and unemployment of around 80 percent.
During a walk the next day we found at least 12 bodies - some had been eaten by dogs. Most had deep cuts - some had cuts to the head, some had slashed throats, others had limbs cut off. It was ghastly...
We were disturbed to hear about the level of rape in the camps. The women told us that at night men would scream to make people start running away in panic. Then they would chase the women and girls, catch them and rape them. So, women were being told to watch over their girls. Women were also being advised not to go to the toilets at night.
I was also told of an elderly lady who was gang raped and then ripped open. The woman died.
Before people massacre others, they dehumanise and demonise the enemy. Walking around the Ponda Mali area we came across many bodies in the streets. We heard two young people refer to one body as "IT". They did not see this as a person - he had become an object. Down the road, a woman was selling her tomatoes unbothered by a body lying nearby. I wondered at this lack of fear or respect.
Originally posted by itguysrule
reply to post by TheWalkingFox
Oh give me a break! Africa has received more international aid than anyone else. The problem is that the people in power in Africa are almost all totally corrupt and care nothing about their own countrymen. They use war and famine as a reason to get more aid so they can steal it from their people and enhance their own wealth and power. No amount of foreign aid is going to help Africa until they figure out how to develop some kind of system of law and order that works for them. It is not a racial thing - it is a corrpution thing.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa will overcome an electricity "emergency" that has damaged the economy and cast doubts over its hosting of the 2010 soccer World Cup, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday.
In an annual state of the nation speech to parliament, Mbeki sought to calm fears among local and foreign investors over the power crisis which last month forced gold and platinum mines to shut down for five days.
South Africa is a leading world producer of both metals and the lack of capacity pushed global prices to record highs. The rand currency has fallen 12 percent this year.
JUBA, Sudan (AFP) - Ugandan rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army killed 136 people and looted property during an attack earlier this week in southern Sudan, a senior military officer said Friday.
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist rebels killed eight paramilitary gendarmes when they ambushed their convoy in eastern Algeria, a security source said on Friday
KHARTOUM (AFP) - Sudanese troops backed by Janjaweed militia attacked three communities in the western region of Darfur on Friday, killing dozens of civilians, a rebel chief said.
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - A senior UN official on Friday warned that a reported proxy war between Sudan and Chad through rebel groups on each side of their border threatened to destabilize the region and could lead to a wider conflict...
When fully deployed, UNAMID is to become the UN's largest peacekeeping operation with 20,000 troops and 6,000 police and civilian personnel...
UNITED NATIONS - In an unusual move, the United Nations is being forced to prepare an imminent pullout from Eritrea and plans to relocate all its peacekeeping troops there across the border in Ethiopia, senior U.N. officials and diplomats told The Associated Press on Friday.
LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The world's biggest seafaring union said on Friday it wanted Nigerian waters declared a war zone after an alarming rise in attacks and kidnappings on merchant shipping by rebels.
PARIS, 8 February 2008 (IRIN) - Cyberspace is the new frontier in the simmering Comoros conflict, with a surge in blogs by Comorians venting their opinions on the dispute between the semi-autonomous island of Anjouan and its renegade leader, and a Union government determined to bring him to heel.
"As He sat on The Mount Of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the close of the age?" And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. For many will come in My Name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs." (Matthew 24:3-8 RSV)
When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” 4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.
The Third Seal—Famine
5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
The Fourth Seal—Death
7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
The Fifth Seal—Martyrs
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.
The Sixth Seal—Terror
12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
GENEVA (AFP) - Heavy bombardment and armed attacks in Darfur by the Sudanese army and the Janjaweed militia on Friday and Saturday have forced 12,000 refugees to flee into eastern Chad, the UN refugee agency said.
KISUMU, Kenya - Children clustered around the charred body, its features melted into an unrecognizable black mask. The man, accused of being a thief, was the fourth person to be burned alive this month in this western Kenyan city.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Platinum hit another record high on Monday on the back of lingering supply concerns in South Africa, which produces four-fifths of the world's metal.
LILONGWE, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has denied the country is running out of maize despite a report that two people starved to death, and opposition claims that the government sold too much of its maize to Zimbabwe.
ALGIERS, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Algerian security forces, hunting militants linked to bombings claimed by al Qaeda, have arrested 11 people suspected of involvement in a car bomb attack on a police station, newspapers reported.
N'DJAMENA, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Chad's rebels said on Sunday they had occupied an eastern town after clashes with the army and mercenaries from neighbouring Sudan and said they were still in control of the centre of the landlocked country.