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- Tanzania: Shoppers Snap Up Urban Vegetables Despite Polluted Water Warnings February 11, 2016[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dar es Salaam -Shoppers buying fresh vegetables from the maze of stalls at Dar es Salaam's Kariakoo market have no idea of the risks they are taking, but food safety officials are alarmed by the chemicals and effluent in the water used on the city's urban farms.
- Ghana: Ghana's Gold Diggers - Land and Rivers Laid to Waste February 10, 2016[SciDev.Net] Large swathes of Ghana's gold belt have been laid to waste in the search for the precious metal by illegal small-scale miners. Cocoa plantations have been cut down and rivers polluted with heavy metals, including mercury, used to extract gold.
- Rwanda: Studies On CoK Sewerage System to Be Concluded By March - WASAC Boss February 11, 2016[New Times] Preliminary studies to pave way for construction of the much-needed central sewerage system in the City of Kigali will be concluded by end of March.
- Zimbabwe: Typhoid Cases On the Rise February 11, 2016[Financial Gazette] THE Harare City Council's health department has issued a typhoid alert as the number of confirmed cases has increased from six early this month to 13 this week.
- Namibia: Katima Mulilo Resolves Water Woes, for Now February 10, 2016[New Era] Windhoek -All ministries and businesses that had their water supply disconnected in Katima Mulilo last week, due to owing the council millions of dollars in outstanding debts, have now been reconnected.
- Malawi: PRDO in Cleanup Campaign At Dzaleka February 10, 2016[Malawi News Agency] Participatory Rural Development Organisation (PRDO) has said sanitation issues need to be prioritized at Dzaleka Refugee camp in the wake of rising population at the camp.
- Tanzania: NGO to Boost Rain Water Harvest February 10, 2016[Citizen] Iramba -Singida regional commissioner, Dr Parseko Kone, has ordered all public buildings in the region to set infrastructure that will enable them to harvest water. He said the ongoing rain water must be harvested and preserved for future uses.
- South Africa: Protect Our Water and Environment February 11, 2016[IFP] The IFP is deeply disturbed and shocked at the slow pace of government to establish purification centres dealing with contaminated water from acid mine drainage, and all of this whilst millions of South Africans are faced with a threatening shortage of water crisis.
- South Africa: Water Crisis Still a Problem in the Moretele Municipality February 11, 2016[IFP] Water Crisis still a problem in the Moretele Municipality, after President Jacob Zuma undertook a visit and promised to address the issue in 2012.
- Rwanda: Hima Boosts Nyagatare With Clean Water February 11, 2016[New Times] Residents of Nyagatare District in Eastern Province will no longer have to walk long distances in search of clean water following the launch of a borehole in the area last week.
- Tanzania: Shoppers Snap Up Urban Vegetables Despite Polluted Water Warnings February 11, 2016
- The new normal in Fata February 11, 2016A military operation by Pakistan’s army has been proving fatal for Taliban militants who held sway over vast swathes of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for over a decade. They crossed over the border from Afghanistan and took refuge in Fata after their government was toppled by US-led forces towards the end of 2001. […]Ashfaq Yusufzai
- UN Chief Focuses on World’s First Humanitarian Summit February 10, 2016As the global humanitarian crisis continues to devastate civilian lives in conflict zones, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to the international community to ensure “no-one in conflict, no-one in chronic poverty, and no-one living with the risk of natural hazards and rising sea levels, is left behind.” Speaking to delegates during the launch of a [… […]Valentina Ieri
- Eight Cooperation Accords Strengthen Ties between Colombia and UAE February 10, 2016“I am honoured to be in Colombia at a time when important steps towards peace are being taken,” the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said after meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. In Havana, the Santos administration is holding peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces […]Constanza Vieira
- Kidneys going cheap in poor estate community February 10, 2016One and half years ago, Johnson, a 20- something youth, hailing from Sri Lanka’s tea plantations, received an unusual request. The caller, someone Johnson knew casually, made an offer for his kidney. “It was for a half a million rupees (around US $3,500),” he said. Johnson thought for a while and agreed. Mired in poverty […]Amantha Perera
- CTBTO’s Verification System Thwarts Nuclear Tests February 9, 2016The Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) – a 24-hour international watchdog body – is known never to miss a beat. The Organization’s international monitoring and verification system has been tracking all nuclear explosions -– in the atmosphere, underwater and underground –- including all four nuclear tests by the Democratic […]Thalif Deen
- Survivors Speak Out to End Genital Mutilation February 9, 2016“I had no identity, I didn’t know who I was, I didn’t know what I was going to do, I didn’t know what my place was in society because of what I went through,” Inna Modja said while recounting her experience with female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM, which consists of procedures involving partial or total […]Tharanga Yakupitiyage
- Violence is a preventable disease February 9, 2016Mairead Maguire, a peace activist from Northern Ireland is a 1976 Nobel Peace Laureatemairead-maguire
- The new normal in Fata February 11, 2016
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