Africa

'He Lies Motionless on the Road': Peacekeeping Soldier Shot in Central African Republic

Alex Thomson | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Alex Thomson

Almost at once one of the soldiers falls, apparently shot, a few metres forward of our position. He lies motionless on the road. Their target appeared to be civilians who had run up a side street from the main airport road.

The Situation for Elephants Is Desperate - Please Help

Evgeny Lebedev | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Evgeny Lebedev

The amount of money now washing around Asia and the seemingly unquenchable demand there for ivory, particularly in countries such as Vietnam and China, has caused the price charged on the black market to soar. Indeed in many places ivory is now worth more per ounce than gold. The result has been an almost unprecedented slaughter on the savannahs. Some 100 elephants are being killed per day in Africa, and at present rates of poaching the surviving population in the wild risks being decimated within a decade. Chad had 15,000 elephants. Now it is 400.

Volunteer Stories: Madagascar Maine Conservation and Diving

Frontier | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

For me, simply seeing these animals underwater is to understand their beauty, but they are not just beautiful; they play an important role controlling the distribution of algae along tropical coral reefs. They fascinate me and I hope that one day the world will begin to see them through my eyes.

Preventing HIV and Aids in Older People Across the World

Chris Roles | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Chris Roles

New data from UNAIDS, the UN's main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, reveals that an estimated 3.6 million people aged 50 and older are living with HIV. For the first time since the start of the HIV epidemic, 10% of the adult population living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries is aged 50 or older.

World Aids Day: In the 21st Century, Nobody, Anywhere Should Die of Cheaply Preventable Diseases

James Whiting | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
James Whiting

At Malaria No More UK we stand shoulder to shoulder with everyone whose lives have been affected and all those working tirelessly to fight this deadly yet preventable epidemic... World Aids Day is a day to spur ourselves on for action and refusal to accept that this is how things will continue to be.

Blair Denies Claims He Wanted To Topple Mugabe

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK

Tony Blair put pressure on South Africa to take military action to topple Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, the country's ex-president has claimed. ...

Developing Countries Are Finding Innovative Solutions to Their Health Challenges

Allan Pamba | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

Malawi might not spring to mind as a hot-bed of healthcare innovation. Neither might Bangladesh or Colombia. But that view is changing. All over developing countries, determined people are finding brilliant and creative solutions for long-standing problems. ..

Ethiopia - Time to Discover It for Yourself

Adam Stones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Stones

Many people feel sad when they think of Ethiopia; they think of the news reports, the aid work, the conflict - but they generally think of Ethiopia as it was in 1984 when Geldof and Ure amplified the world's attention to its plight.

Volunteers Stories: Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Frontier

The PADI course is stretched over four days. Where the first day is really easy which just involves watching the PADI open water video. It may not be the most exciting thing but it help give an idea of what the open water course entails.

'Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind' - The Mentally Ill in African Countries in Crisis

International Political Forum | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Politics
International Political Forum

A 13-year-old boy in Somalia has been tied to a stick for over ten years. An 8-year-old girl in Nigeria has been kept with high-risk inmates at the lo...

The First to Take the Stage

One Young World | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
One Young World

One Young World opened my eyes to the great impact youth can make in society. I was particularly inspired by Ambassadors like Ajarat Bada, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Bariq Rifki​, Parker Liautaud, Clinton Gachangi and many others. Until I started following One Young World online, I had not identified a particular area to make positive change.

87 Niger Migrants Die Of Thirst, Bodies Eaten By Jackals

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

The bodies of 87 people, severely decomposed and partly eaten by jackals, have been found by rescue workers in the Sahara, after their vehicles broke ...

Why Saving Is Not a Luxury

Pauline Ngari | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Pauline Ngari

If you are poor, living at the margins of society and excluded from financial institutions, can you really save? Do you have any 'spare' money? And if you do, can you save enough to make a difference? We often assume the answer is 'No', but I speak from personal experience when I say that the answer to these questions is emphatically 'Yes'.

Trust and Philanthropy

Carlos Miranda | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Earlier this month, the Stars Foundation - in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Charities Aid Foundation, GlobalGiving UK, the Pea...

Do Inheritance Laws Make Second-Class Citizens of Women?

Mary Morgan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Mary Morgan

Much has been made of the recent legal battle in Botswana in which a group of elderly sisters successfully fought off their nephew to hold on to the family property...

Seriously, Who Thought This Africa Party Was A Good Idea?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

Elephant and gorilla costumes, warpaint and youngsters blacked up as Nelson Mandela sounds like a cringeworthy colonial get-together from the 19th cen...

What Has Terrified This Baby Elephant, Wandering Alone Near Railway Line? (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK

Wrapped in a candy-striped blanket, rescuers can only imagine the trauma that baby elephant Bahati has been through. Just six weeks old, Bahati was...

Detained in DR Congo

Ben G. Jones | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben G. Jones

Last week I was detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My crime? Taking a photograph of a vegetable stall. Taking photos is officially illegal in Congo, though the law does not count for much here...

The Road From Hollywood to Uganda Is Paved With Chia

Nicholas Rutherford | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Rutherford

As we mark World Food Day, it would seem that not many things express the gap between how the world's rich and poor view food quite as well as Chia seeds.

A Terrorist Recruitment Video With a Difference

Cordelia Kretzschmar | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Cordelia Kretzschmar

He is speaking from Somalia in the name of Al Shabab, but he has an impeccable British accent and he's appealing directly to Muslims in the UK. He w...

Planet Appetite: Hunting Big Game in the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland, Africa

Rupert Parker | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

It's already striking how different the atmosphere here is from South Africa and I'm charmed by the gentle Swazi people - whenever you meet there's the complicated traditional handshake involving a double action with fingers and thumbs and enquiries after your health and well being.

A Disaster Resilient Planet? Living With Disability and Disasters

Hannah Wanja Maina | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK
Hannah Wanja Maina

We live in a precarious world. Disasters caused by floods, cyclones and earthquakes have become an increasingly common occurrence. Being involved in a disaster is terrifying. Think about how much more terrifying it can be if you have a disability...

Day of the Girl: Why Defeating Malaria Is About More Than Just Saving Lives

James Whiting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Whiting

Friday is the Day of the Girl - a moment to recognise that children, especially girls, despite their own enormous determination, often face insurmountable challenges to fulfilling their potential. They face wholly undeserved social, cultural and economic barriers. Although there are more obvious girl-specific barriers, in much of Africa malaria is one of the greatest single obstacles to the fulfilment of a girl's potential - and one of the cheapest to remedy. Not only is it one of the biggest killers of children under five (around half a million children a year in Africa), but for those who survive the bout of malaria, it can be recurrently debilitating for years afterwards.

My Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving Experience

Frontier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I chose to do the marine wildlife conservation project in Madagascar because not only do I want to work as a marine biologist in the future but being a qualified diver already and having a natural love for the ocean, I knew that I wanted to spend my summer working on it!

Taxing Plastic Bags Is a Step in the Right Direction

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

Just because you can't see those plastic bags hiding in the cupboard under the sink, in a bin or buried in a landfill, it doesn't mean the problem has gone away. No matter how developed your economy and society, plastic is a real cause of concern.