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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Africa

All time
Column: Rwanda ... 20 years on, has the unforgettable country been forgotten?
Nearly one million people died in 100 days during the Rwandan genocide – an atrocity on a scale that horrified the world. But, asks John Fitzsimons, what have we really learned?
# Epidemic
Aid agency worker dies as Ebola outbreak spreads
Meanwhile, Senegal has closed border crossings to Guinea “until further notice” in an attempt to contain the deadly virus.
# South Africa
Children left homeless by fire 'went to school like it was a normal day'
Hundreds of Irish volunteers arrived in Cape Town last week to help build new classrooms for the children.
# Outbreak
DFA updates travel advice, as Guinea Ebola epidemic spreads
An outbreak of the virus has killed dozens of people in the West African nation’s southern forests.
# military crackdown
Egypt sentences 529 people to death after mass trial
A court has sentenced the Morsi supporters to death, most of whom are on the run.
# Ibadan
Rotting bodies and skeletons found in Nigerian ‘House of Horror’
Police also rescued several severely malnourished people found wandering nearby. It’s reported that others were found alive, shackled inside.
# highly contagious
34 dead, as Ebola confirmed as source of Guinea epidemic
There’s no treatment or vaccine available for the disease — which is transmitted by contact with blood, faeces, sweat, sexual contact or unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.
# World Water Day
Sunlight can make this dirty water clean...and save lives
Today is World Water Day…but clean tap water is a pipe dream for 780 million people across the globe.
# Nigeria
Nigerian police free pregnant teens in 'baby factory' raid
The teenagers and young women were found in a house that was stormed in the Akute district.
# building futures
320 Irish volunteers arrive in Africa to build classrooms and playground
The Niall Mellon Township Trust is aiming to help 10,000 pupils by the end of this year.
# attacks
Shot, burnt and 'hacked with machetes': Over 100 killed in three Nigerian villages
Around 20 assailants with guns and machetes stormed the villages in central Nigeria, local officials say.
# Abuja
Seven jobseekers killed in Nigeria stadium stampede
Witnesses said that only one entrance at the 60,000 capacity Abuja stadium was open as the crush occurred.
# South Africa
Pistorius trial dramatically interrupted after TV station shows witness photo
Judge Thokozile Masipa has warned the media to respect the court’s ruling that images of witnesses who ask for privacy cannot be shown.
# Africa
The Irish League of Credit Unions is to set up shop in Ethiopia
The charitable arm of the credit union group aims to help half a million people in Ethiopia access “affordable and flexible” financial services.
# unexpected move
Egypt's entire interim government has resigned
The move comes ahead of a presidential election which is expected to bring defence minister and army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power.
Column: What was once called 'the white gold' is no longer a source of hope
In the past three years, sales of Fairtrade cotton in Europe has fallen – leaving those who produce it without the support needed to build a better future, writes Dunstan Burke.
# Health
Over half of Africa remains at "moderate to high" risk of malaria
However, seven countries – Cape Verde, Eritrea, South Africa, Ethiopa, Swaziland, Djibouti and Mayotte- have low enough transmission rates to make elimination a feasible goal.
# Air Disaster
Lone survivor found after Algeria military plane crash kills 77
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced three days of national mourning to begin tomorrow, praising the soldiers who perished in the crash as “martyrs.”
Column: 'It was done one day without warning' – a terrifying story of genital mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation involves partial or total removal of the external female genitalia with the aim of reducing a women’s enjoyment of sex. This abominable practise must be stopped, writes David Dalton.
Column: Ireland is reviewing its foreign policy – but it's asking the wrong questions
Taking the example of Ireland’s evolving relationship with Africa, it becomes clear that the DFA’s review of external relations might not be on the right track, writes Andy Storey.
# horn of the dance
Environmental groups want to know if Flatley has a licence for that horn of his
The rhino horn was stolen from the dancer’s house in Cork last week.
# aid works
The numbers that show how UNICEF helps the world's poorest children
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed in 1989. How far have we come?
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland give aid to countries that deny gay rights?
We’ve given generously to countries that have outlawed homosexuality. But should aid ever come with conditions attached?
# tie-ins
Irish aid with strings attached: Should Ireland help countries that deny gay rights?
Conditional aid in return for human rights improvements – is this to be the future of development aid?
# Cairo
Nearly 50 killed across Egypt as country marks uprising anniversary
Of the 49 people killed, most died in Cairo and its suburbs — others in Alexandria and Minya. 247 people were injured.
# Egypt
Suicide bombs kill five in Cairo
The Egyptian capital was rocked by three separate blasts, as police prepare for pro-Morsi protests.
# Civil War
Ceasefire agreed in bloody South Sudan conflict
The United Nations has said it is investigating widespread reports of atrocities and war crimes, including massacres, gang rapes and summary executions.
Video column: Is there a viable solution to ivory poaching?
There were approximately 10 million elephants in Africa at the turn of the 20th century. Today, thanks to widespread poaching, that number has dropped to 500,000.
# Defence Forces
Gilmore: No Irish troops being made available for CAR mission
EU foreign ministers have agreed to send around 500 troops to the African nation to back up French and African forces.
# malnutrition
NUI Galway develops vitamin-rich crop to combat malnutrition in Africa
Up to 500,000 children in developing countries go blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency.
# shipping
Clampdown on Somali pirates leads to 40 per cent drop in incidents worldwide
15 incidents were attributed to Somali pirates last year — down from 237 in 2011.
# winning ways
And Yaya does it again: 3-in-a-row for Toure as he wins African Footballer of the Year
The Manchester City star beat John Obi Mikel and Didier Drogba to claim the award.
# Central African Republic
Threat of 'deadly outbreak of disease' in camps for children fleeing CAR violence
Over 935,000 people have been displaced across the country over the past year.
# In Memory
Orphanage in Ian McKeever’s name opens in Tanzania
The late McKeever died after being struck by lightning on Kilimanjaro. His cousin, Judy McKeever, travelled to Tanzania to see his legacy.
# Central African Republic
At least two children beheaded among 16 dead in Central African Republic – UNICEF
The UN’S children’s rights agency say that 60 further children have been injured since the outbreak of violence.
# South Sudan
A timeline of the violence in South Sudan
After two weeks of fighting in the world’s newest nation, thousands of people are thought to be dead. Here’s a timeline of the violence.
# Central African Republic
Ireland pledges €2 million in aid to Central African Republic
With over 700,000 people displaced, Ireland is stepping in to help.
# South Sudan
Countries and UN withdraw staff as South Sudan edges closer to civil war
The country’s army says it is preparing for a ‘major offensive’ against rebel troops.
# South Sudan
Rebels fire on US aircraft in South Sudan, wounding three
One of the US servicemen is believed to be in a critical condition after the attack.
# Juba
Hundreds dead, 20,000 flee to UN bases following South Sudan clashes
Some countries have withdrawn embassy staff amid fears of a descent into wider ethnic violence.