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Zimbabwe under renewed pressure to give up Rwanda genocide suspect

Protais Mpiranya is top of a list of remaining fugitives indicted by an international tribunalUnited Nations investigators tracking one of the most notorious killers in the Rwandan genocide believe he is hiding in Zimbabwe and are launching a new effort to convince authorities in Harare to allow the 60-year-old fugitive to face trial.Protais Mpiranya, the former commander of the presidential guard of the Rwandan army, has been on the run for 27 years charged with war crimes, genocide and crimes ...
Tags: Law, Africa, World news, United Nations, International criminal justice, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Harare, Protais Mpiranya


‘Think of others’: elderly people in Zimbabwe dispel scepticism on Covid vaccine

While younger generations remain suspicious, growing numbers of senior citizens are taking up the jabThey may be old, frail, and vulnerable but they are the foot soldiers at the front of Zimbabwe’s Covid vaccination drive. Amid widespread scepticism among the younger population, it is elderly people who are coming out to lead by example.The queues at the vaccination centres in the capital, Harare, are dominated by older people. At Wilkins Hospital, Felda Mupemhi, 85, grasps her walking stick as ...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Older people, Vaccines and immunisation, Harare, Coronavirus, Wilkins Hospital Felda Mupemhi


'We forget our troubles': crystal meth use rises during lockdown in Zimbabwe

Harare’s drug dealers say business is booming as more young people, some at school, use mutoriroInside a tiny room in Kuwadzana, a township in Harare, Solomon Sigauke* and his friends talk animatedly about football and listen to loud music. The misty vapour from the crystal meth fills the room as they take turns on a fluorescent pipe.Sigauke, 25, has no cigarette lighter so he is improvises, holding a burning candle while his friend Kudzo puffs the smoke from the burning substance, known locally...
Tags: Children, Drugs, Africa, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Drugs trade, Young People, Harare, Kuwadzana, Solomon Sigauke, Kudzo


"It’s been quite baffling and painful for me to have people assume I’m a racist and believe that I said the ridiculous things I’m accused of saying..."

"... that 'racism is over,' that 'white supremacy doesn’t exist,' or 'white privilege doesn’t exist,' or that I defended the use of blackface or said horrible things about black teenagers in general. I’m surprised by how quick some colleagues who barely know me were prepared to accept those accusations and even add more on a Times alumni Facebook page. Someone to whom I don’t think I’ve spoken since 1994 said 'calling him only a racist is being nice.' An editor I happily worked side by side with...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Autism, Zimbabwe, Peru, Nyt, Times, Asperger, Moyo, Bulawayo, McNeil, Donald McNeil, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Insults, Ndebele


The international community must stop legitimising despots' regimes in Africa | Nelson Chamisa

The bright future of younger generations is being perpetually postponed by ageing authoritarian politiciansNelson Chamisa is leader of the MDC Alliance, Zimbabwe’s largest opposition partyAfrica cannot afford to continue with the despotic forms of governance that still proliferate across the continent. Authoritarian and dictatorial governments are repressive, corrupt and inefficient. Their main interest is to retain power and loot public resources for the benefit of a few political elites, leavi...
Tags: Human Rights, Africa, Society, World news, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Young People, Chamisa, Nelson Chamisa, MDC Alliance Zimbabwe


The teenage taekwondo trainer fighting child marriage in Zimbabwe – photo essay

Natsiraishe Maritsa saw so many friends being forced into marriage that she started a campaign to drive out the practiceIt is 11am on a Sunday and Natsiraishe Maritsa, 17, is running through some workout drills with a group of sweating teenage girls from her neighbourhood in Epworth, a poor township nine miles (15km) south-east of the capital, Harare.On a normal Sunday, Maritsa and her friends would be attending church, but the strict 30-day lockdown imposed by the government earlier this month ...
Tags: Africa, Women, Sport, Life and style, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Young People, Child marriage, Teenage pregnancy, Harare, Epworth, Natsiraishe Maritsa


UK trained military of 15 countries with poor human rights records

Campaigners seek inquiry into whether skills gained in UK were used to commit abuses in countries such as Bahrain, China and Saudi ArabiaThe UK government has trained the armies of two-thirds of the world’s countries, including 15 it has rebuked for human rights violations.An anti-arms trade organisation has called for an investigation into the use of UK military training by other countries to determine whether it has been used to perpetrate human rights abuses. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Bahrain, Arms trade, Sri Lanka, Bahrain China


UK trained military of 13 countries with poor human rights records

Campaigners seek inquiry into whether skills gained in UK were used to commit abuses in countries such as Bahrain, China and Saudi ArabiaThe UK government has trained the armies of two-thirds of the world’s countries, including 13 it has rebuked for human rights violations.An anti-arms trade organisation has called for an investigation into the use of UK military training by other countries to determine whether it has been used to perpetrate human rights abuses. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Bahrain, Arms trade, Sri Lanka, Bahrain China


'Colonialism had never really ended': my life in the shadow of Cecil Rhodes

After growing up in a Zimbabwe convulsed by the legacy of colonialism, when I got to Oxford I realised how many British people still failed to see how empire had shaped lives like mine – as well as their own There was no single moment when I began to sense the long shadow that Cecil John Rhodes has cast over my life, or over the university where I am a professor, or over the ways of seeing the world shared by so many of us still living in the ruins of the British empire. But, looking back, it is...
Tags: Race, Society, South Africa, Oxford, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Colonialism, University of Oxford, Orange, Rhodes, Cecil Rhodes, Cecil John Rhodes, Rhodesia, Erasmus Jacobs


Falklands cleared of nearly all landmines, 38 years on from war

Tens of thousands mines and bombs removed as part of UK-funded programme since 2009The Falkland Islands have been cleared of almost all landmines, it has been announced, nearly 40 years after the end of the war in which the British military retook the territory by force from Argentine troops.Tens of thousands of mines and bombs have been removed as part of a UK-funded programme since 2009, a task carried out by a team of specialist deminers, many of them from Zimbabwe. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Americas, UK News, World news, Military, Falkland Islands, Zimbabwe, Argentina


'Bus drivers were forced to play Russian roulette' – the shocking truth about the death of Mervyn Kennedy

‘Mally’ Kennedy was a dedicated father of three girls working as a London bus driver. Would PPE and an earlier lockdown have saved him?Ellen Kennedy had only been living with her dad for a few weeks, but already they had settled into an easy routine. Mervyn Kennedy, known to all as Mally, would wake up at about 9am and ask his youngest daughter to go for breakfast with him. Ellen, 31, would demur – the vegan options around their south London flat weren’t great – but Mally would insist, and so th...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Society, UK News, World news, Cities, Infectious Diseases, Transport, City transport, Zimbabwe, Road transport, Transport policy, Ellen, Tfl, Kennedy


Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono is freed on bail

Filmmaker was held in Harare for six weeks after carrying out investigations into corruptionHopewell Chin’ono, the Zimbabwean journalist held in a high-security prison for almost six weeks pending trial on charges of inciting violence, has been freed on bail.Chin’ono was arrested at his home in Harare in July after publishing a series of investigations into corruption in Zimbabwe. He has since been held in an overcrowded cell in Chikurubi jail on the outskirts of the capital, Harare. Continue re...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Africa, World news, Zimbabwe, Harare, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Chikurubi, Harare Continue, Hopewell Chin, Chin ' ono


Lawyers protest as Zimbabwean journalist's bail decision postponed

Hopewell Chin’ono arrested after reporting on alleged profiteering in deals for coronavirus suppliesLawyers of a prominent investigative journalist in Zimbabwe who was arrested this week have accused authorities of persecution after magistrates postponed a decision on bail for 24 hours, blaming a Covid-19 curfew.Hopewell Chin’ono, an internationally respected reporter, recently published documents raising concerns that powerful individuals in Zimbabwe were profiting from multimillion-dollar deal...
Tags: Human Rights, Media, Law, Africa, World news, Press freedom, Zimbabwe, Coronavirus outbreak, Hopewell Chin


Pandemic-induced human rights violations a double tragedy to humanity

The conflation of human rights violations and a pandemic leave the most vulnerable marginalised. Equitable and democratic societies are needed to fight against this The post Pandemic-induced human rights violations a double tragedy to humanity appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Human Rights, Nigeria, Africa, Uganda, Military, South Africa, Rape, United Nations, Zimbabwe, UN Security Council, World Health Organisation, Police Brutality, Rwanda, Botswana, Uhuru Kenyatta, Excessive Force


South Africa tobacco ban greeted with cigarette smuggling boom

With tobacco sales banned in effort to curb coronavirus, illegal trade has surged on border with ZimbabweSouth Africa and Zimbabwe have stepped up border patrols in a bid to stop cigarette smuggling, which has boomed since Pretoria banned the sale of tobacco in March.The country claimed smokers were more prone to Covid-19 – something that has been challenged by tobacco companies – but the illegal trade has increased, despite South Africa erecting a R37m (£1.7m) 25-mile fence across the border i...
Tags: Smoking, Africa, Society, World news, South Africa, Global development, Zimbabwe, Pretoria, Coronavirus outbreak, ZimbabweSouth Africa, Beitbridge Musina


Rule of law must first be strengthened by people power

Dynamic grassroots movements are especially needed in authoritarian states where institutions are fundamentally broken The post Rule of law must first be strengthened by people power appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Law, Democracy, Africa, United States, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Protests, Governance, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir, Sudan, Civil Society, Rule Of Law, Openaccess, Harare


UN sounds alarm over unprecedented levels of hunger in southern Africa

Women and children bear brunt as drought and extreme weather leave tens of millions short of foodSouthern Africa is in the throes of a climate emergency, with hunger levels in the region on a previously unseen scale, the UN has warned.Years of drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray have left 45 million people facing severe food shortages, with women and children bearing the brunt of the crisis, said the World Food Programme (WFP). Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Society, World news, Hunger, Global development, Zimbabwe, Un, Food Security, World Food Programme WFP


Depression and western cultural hegemony | Letters

It is wrong to brush aside non-western mentalities and understandings of distress, says Derek SummerfieldAs a teacher of psychiatry to medical students in Zimbabwe, I find Tina Rosenberg’s account of the work of Vikram Patel overly glossy (The long read: Busting the myth that depression doesn’t affect poor countries, 30 April). At issue is the globalisation of western psychiatry, for which Patel is a prominent salesman.In claiming that a local idiom of distress – “thinking too much” – is really ...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, Mental Health, Depression, Zimbabwe, Derek, Patel, Tina Rosenberg, Vikram Patel


Busting the myth that depression doesn't affect people in poor countries

For decades, many psychiatrists believed depression was a uniquely western phenomenon. But in the last few years, a new movement has turned this thinking on its head. By Tina RosenbergWhen Vikram Patel first began to study mental health, he believed depression only existed in rich nations. But today, he is the single most influential figure in the growing global movement to treat mental illness in poor countries, especially the most common disorder, depression.In 1993, Patel, who was born in Mum...
Tags: Health, London, India, Africa, Society, World news, Poverty, Mental Health, Depression, Psychiatry, Social exclusion, Zimbabwe, Mumbai, Harare, Patel, Tina RosenbergWhen Vikram Patel


'I don't know how my children will survive': Zimbabwe in crisis | Nyasha Chingono

Cyclone Idai washed away the crops that survived a savage drought, leaving 70% of the population in dire need of foodMutemarare, 61, walks through his corn field, desperately looking for remnants of maize.He’s not expecting to find any, as most of his crop wilted before reaching maturity, the result of the devastating drought that has hit Zimbabwe. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Society, World news, Hunger, Global development, Zimbabwe, Food Security, Cyclone Idai


Cyclone Idai death toll passes 750 with more than 110,000 now in camps

Scale of devastation across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi ‘extraordinary’Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers restore electricity, water and try to prevent outbreak of cholera.In Mozambique the number of dead has risen to 446 while there are 259 dead in Zimbabwe and at least 56 dead in Malawi. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Environment, Society, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Zimbabwe, Flooding, Mozambique, Cholera, Malawi, Mozambique Zimbabwe, Cyclone Idai


Doctors in Zimbabwe 'sending patients away to die' as drug shortages bite

Senior doctors go on strike as president is warned that lack of medicine could lead to collapse of emergency servicesA doctors’ strike in Zimbabwe entered its second day on Wednesday with health workers claiming patients in the biggest state hospital are dying due to a lack of drugs and medical supplies.Dozens of doctors picketed outside Parirenyatwa hospital demanding improvements and claiming government promises to improve the health service had come to nothing. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Global Health, Parirenyatwa


'My parents sold me': poverty drives trade in child brides in Zimbabwe | Nyasha Chingono

Married off at 13, Maureen lost her education and her health. Her plight is common in a country racked by economic turmoilThe end of Maureen’s days at a primary school in north-eastern Zimbabwe marked the beginning of her life as a wife.At 13, the brightest student in her class in Mudzi, Mashonaland, she was married to a man three times her age. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Society, World news, Poverty, Social exclusion, Global development, Zimbabwe, Child marriage, Maureen, Mudzi Mashonaland


Who would want to kill a lion? Inside the minds of trophy hunters

From the dentist who felled Cecil the lion to the woman who shot a goat on Islay, keen hunters are happy to fork out small fortunes to kill wildlife. But why do they do it – and what is the true cost of their obsession?The most elephants that Ron Thomson has ever killed by himself, in one go, is 32. It took him about 15 minutes. Growing up in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, Thomson began hunting as a teenager and quickly became expert. From 1959, he worked as a national parks ranger and was regularly ca...
Tags: Animals, Africa, Environment, UK News, World news, South Africa, Wildlife, Zimbabwe, Hunting, Cecil, Kenton, Botswana, THOMSON, Rhodesia, Ron Thomson


‘Medieval’ cholera outbreak exposes Zimbabwe's problems

Emergency in which 30 people have died shows up appalling infrastructure of Mugabe eraAuthorities in Zimbabwe are struggling to control a deadly cholera outbreak, underlining the enormous challenges that face the country’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.More than 5,000 people have been infected and 30 killed in the outbreak. A state of emergency has been declared and all public events cancelled, but the disease has nevertheless spread to five of the country’s 10 provinces. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Cholera, Mugabe, Emmerson Mnangagwa


‘Medieval’ cholera outbreak exposes huge challenges in Zimbabwe

Emergency in which 30 people have died shows up appalling infrastructure of Mugabe eraAuthorities in Zimbabwe are struggling to control a deadly cholera outbreak, underlining the enormous challenges that face the country’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa.More than 5,000 people have been infected and 30 killed in the outbreak. A state of emergency has been declared and all public events cancelled, but the disease has nevertheless spread to five of the country’s 10 provinces. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Africa, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Cholera, Mugabe, Emmerson Mnangagwa


Zimbabwe declares state of emergency after cholera outbreak claims 20 lives

Burst sewers prompt closure of schools and ban on meat and fish sales in Harare as council requests fresh water suppliesZimbabwe has declared a state of emergency after a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare killed 20 people and left more than 2,000 infected from contaminated drinking water.The government has also shut schools and banned the sale of meat and fish by vendors in affected areas, said the new health minister, Obadiah Moyo. Police are expected to enforce the ban. Continue reading.....
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Cholera, Harare, Global Health, Obadiah Moyo


'I fear for my life': UK urged not to deport Zimbabwean activist

Human rights organisations say Blessing Goronga’s life would be in danger if he was forced to return homeHuman rights organisations have accused the Home Office of breaking international law after it decided to deport a Zimbabwean member of the opposition party whose life would be in danger if he returned home partly because his brother fought in the British army.A senior British politician has written to the home secretary to say that if the deportation leads to Blessing Goronga’s arrest or per...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Law, Africa, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Home Office, Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Blessing Goronga, Goronga


Bowhunting in Zimbabwe

Bowhunting in Zimbabwe wasn't legal until 1989, when the government began to allow bowhunting under special exception of the law, and in 1999 Zimbabwe officially opened bowhunting under new legislation. The post Bowhunting in Zimbabwe appeared first on GotHunts.com.
Tags: Africa, Blog, Regulations, Zimbabwe, Hunting, Archery


High-profile recipient of federal clemency headed to prison once more, and then...

The life and legal sagas of Mel Reynolds could surely serve as a remarkable movie script, but today it was the subject of (another) federal sentencing proceeding. This USA Today article, headlined "Former U.S. congressman Mel Reynolds is headed back to prison -- and then Africa," provides highlights from a remarkable life story: Disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds is headed back to prison.  The controversial ex-congressman from Chicago was sentenced Thursday to six months in federal prison ...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, Africa, America, Chicago, Harvard University, House, Bill Clinton, Zimbabwe, Oxford University, Usa Today, Reynolds, Federal Election Commission, Gettleman, Douglas A Berman, Mel Reynolds



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