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'We don't have anything': the fight for survival after Cyclone Idai

In cities and villages across Mozambique the huge need for aid and assistance is not being met by a chaotic rescue effortCyclone Idai brings devastation to Mozambique – visual guideThe main road connecting the cyclone-devastated Mozambican city of Beira to neighbouring Zimbabwe comes to an abrupt end. A section almost 100 metres wide is almost entirely underwater, an angry muddy gash where the tarmac was ripped away by the floods and raging currents.A week after the onset of Cyclone Idai, as the...
Tags: Africa, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Global development, Zimbabwe, Flooding, Mozambique, Beira, Cyclone Idai


Cyclone Idai brings devastation to Mozambique – visual guide

Rescuers race to reach tens of thousands of people trapped by vast areas of flooding Idai first hit Mozambique on 4 March as a tropical depression with torrential rain that also affected southern Malawi. It then changed course, moving back over the sea where the storm strengthened to a cyclone with the equivalent force of a category 3 hurricane. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Idai, Cyclone Idai


Destroying Entire Villages, Cyclone Idai Leaves Africa With An Inland Ocean

Flooding continues, making Idai one of the most destructive natural disasters in southern Africa’s recent history.
Tags: News, Africa, Idai, Inland Ocean


'We are modern slaves': Mdou Moctar, the Hendrix of the Sahara

His first guitar was made from wood and bicycle parts and his first songs were shared via Bluetooth in the desert. But the Niger musician has become international – and is taking aim at FranceHow do you even dream of making music when your family and religious leaders disapprove, when you live at the edge of the Sahara desert, and you cannot afford an instrument?It helps that the Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar, from Niger, is not easily discouraged. Unable to acquire a guitar, he made one out of a ...
Tags: Music, Africa, US, Culture, World Music, Niger, Sahara, Mdou Moctar, Mdou Moctar the Hendrix


How Cyclone Idai tore into southern Africa

Parts of southern Africa have been left devastated after Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying towns and villages in its path.
Tags: News, Africa, Zimbabwe, Cyclone Idai, Mozambique Malawi


Cyclone Idai: How the storm tore into southern Africa

Parts of southern Africa have been left devastated after Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying towns and villages in its path.
Tags: News, Africa, Zimbabwe, Cyclone Idai, Mozambique Malawi


The Zara Studio Collection Will Inspire You To Book A Desert Vacation ASAP

Forget the tropics: desert landscapes are fashion's ecosystem of choice right now. H&M ’s latest studio collection takes inspiration from the canyons and desert lights of Sedona, while Zara found its desert on a separate continent: Africa, in Marrakech, Morroco, to be exact. The latest studio collection, developed with Karl Templer, utilizes organic textures, handcrafted details, and an easy silhouette. The result: Chunky macrame sweaters, linen trousers, and dresses so dreamy we can almost fee...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Africa, Morocco, Zara, Sedona, Jason Wu, Karl Templer, Marrakech Morroco


Cyclone Idai witness describes seeing hundreds of bodies by roadside

Stranded motorist tells of encountering scenes of ‘total devastation and death’A man who walked through an area of Mozambique’s flood-hit countryside in the wake of Cyclone Idai has said he saw hundreds of bodies by the side of the road, describing scenes of “devastation and destruction”.Graham Taylor was trying to drive home from the ravaged port city of Beira eastward to Chimoio on Saturday, two days after the cyclone made landfall. Stranded in the floods, he abandoned his car and walked more ...
Tags: Africa, World news, Mozambique, Beira, Lamego, Graham Taylor, Chimoio, Cyclone Idai, Nhamatanda


UN to explore wave of deaths linked to food aid porridge in Uganda

World Food Programme halts distribution of fortified cereal as four people die and hundreds suffer suspected food poisoningThe World Food Programme and Ugandan government have launched an investigation into deaths linked with the distribution of fortified porridge to refugees and people suffering from malnourishment.The health ministry was alerted to reports of possible food poisoning among people who had consumed Super Cereal, a blended food designed to prevent malnutrition, in the north-east r...
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, Hunger, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, North East, Karamoja, World Food Programme, Global Health


500 years in 59 seconds: the race to be the world's largest city

Fascinating interactive graphic shows changes in the globe’s 10 most populous cities from 1500 to 2018This compelling interactive “bar chart race” shows the top 10 most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018.“In the early 1500s most people lived in the east, either the east of Europe and north Africa or the east of the world itself in India and China,” says John Burn-Murdoch, who created the interactive for the Financial Times. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, China, India, Africa, World news, Cities, Data visualisations, Financial Times Continue, John Burn Murdoch


Cyclone Idai shows the deadly reality of climate change in Africa | Landry Nintereste

Vain promises and empty slogans have got us nowhere. Fossil-fuel extraction must end before more lives are lostAs Africa climate week unfurls in Ghana, the countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe count the costs of Cyclone Idai, which ripped through villages and towns, taking hundreds of lives and leaving a trail of destruction.For a continent already racked by the effects of the climate crisis, Idai is another chilling reminder of the destructive power of the kind of storms that will becom...
Tags: Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Idai, Mozambique Malawi, Landry Nintereste


A La Carte (March 21)

I came up empty looking for new Kindle deals today. You may be interested in subscribing to Ligonier’s Tabletalk magazine and getting 12 months for just $12. (Yesterday on the blog: Are You Writing Headlines for You or Articles for Them?) Is Missionary Work Colonialism? Certainly some has been in the past, but is it necessarily true today? “You might be a missionary – someone called and sent to serve God cross-culturally – but chances are, you don’t like being called a missio...
Tags: Singapore, Africa, America, Blogging, Rwanda, A La Carte, Don, Lifeway, Ligonier, Paul Carter, LifeWay Christian Resources, Tabletalk, Africa Video Rwanda, Bonnie Willoughby


Cyclone Idai: satellite images show extent of flooding around Beira

Tens of thousands still trapped by floodwaters as rescue teams in Mozambique race against clock to deliver aid and suppliesNew satellite images taken above the Mozambican port city of Beira show the vast scale of flooding there, as rescuers race to reach tens of thousands of people trapped by floodwaters from Cylcone Idai.The images released by the European Space Agency show a huge new inland “lake” measuring 125km by 25km. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Global development, European Space Agency, Humanitarian response, Flooding, Mozambique, Beira, Cyclone Idai


Cyclone Idai: thousands displaced throughout Southern Africa

Mozambique (MNN) – Weather forecasters warned this was a monster storm, and it turns out, they were right. Cyclone Idai struck southeast Africa last week with winds up to 100 miles an hour and a storm surge topping 20 feet. Heavy rains accompanied the storm and two more feet are in the forecast for this week. Rivers overflowed, adding to the deluge of water pouring into homes and businesses. In Mozambique, the country that took the brunt of the storm’s fury, survivors are still clinging to ro...
Tags: Africa, United Nations, Zimbabwe, Jesus, Mozambique, Malawi, Rivers, Southern Africa, Beira, Harrison, ASM, Filipe Nyusi, Joshua Harrison, Cyclone Idai, Beira BAY ra, Beira Photo


Floods, destruction from cyclone continue in Mozambique

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — A week after Cyclone Idai hit coastal Mozambique and swept across the country to Zimbabwe, the death, damage and flooding continues in southern Africa, making it one of the most destructive natural disasters in the region’s recent history. Floodwaters are rushing across the plains of central Mozambique, submerging homes, villages and […]
Tags: News, Africa, Nation, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, CHIMANIMANI Zimbabwe


NBA, YouTube unite for Africa channel

NBA Africa YouTube's first live game broadcasts will take place Sunday with Boston at Charlotte followed by the Los Angeles Clippers at New York
Tags: Boston, Africa, Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte, NBA YouTube, NBA Africa YouTube


Nigerian fintech startup OneFi acquires payment company Amplify

Lagos based online lending startup OneFi is buying Nigerian payment solutions company Amplify for an undisclosed amount. OneFi will take over Amplify’s IP, team, and client network of over 1000 merchants to which Amplify provides payment processing services, OneFi CEO Chijioke Dozie told TechCrunch. The move comes as fintech has become one of Africa’s most active investment sectors and startup acquisitions—which have been rare—are picking up across the continent. The purchase of Amplify caps off...
Tags: TC, Europe, Money, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Ipo, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Senegal, Banking, E-commerce, Ceo, Economy, Smartphone, Whatsapp


Sunday Times stripped of journalism award for Cato Manor 'death squad' reporting

In 2011, the paper ran a front page story titled "Shoot to Kill" which was authored by Stephan Hoffstatter, Mzilikazi wa Africa and Rob Rose
Tags: Africa, Cato Manor, Stephan Hoffstatter Mzilikazi


Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures

Vibrant youth culture and a flourishing music scene leap out of the west African photographer’s Peuple de la Nuit, featuring the musicians, dancers and lovers who graced his hometown’s hottest venues Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, Africa, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Young People, Burkina Faso, Clubbing, Art and design books, Ibrahima Sanlé Sory, Peuple de la Nuit


UN Libya envoy hopes reconciliation talks will bring stability

Ghassan Salamé warns conference failure will bring more violence to divided countryThe United Nations will stage a long-awaited national reconciliation conference in the Libyan town of Ghadames on 14-16 April, but there are growing signs that the military strongman Khalifa Haftar is capable of taking control of the country by force, including the capital, Tripoli.The UN special envoy Ghassan Salamé said that all Libya’s political groups had been invited to the the conference, which he described ...
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Libya, Un, Tripoli, UN Libya, Khalifa Haftar, Ghadames, Ghassan Salamé


Need for better forecasting and communication to mitigate repeat of Idai devastation

(University of Leeds) A better system for forecasting and communicating severe weather events in Africa is needed to reduce the impact of storms such as Cyclone Idai, say researchers. Not only do forecasters in Africa need training in spotting the formation of tropical storms and tracking their path, there needs to be a more robust way of anticipating the impacts of these events -- so the public and disaster relief organizations can be put on rapid alert.
Tags: Africa, University Of Leeds, Cyclone Idai


one from the archives: a ghost story

“Wall” (from the series “Ghosts”) by artist Tom Friedman, taken at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, September 2018. Earlier this week, my friend Jenny Lawson shared a ghost story on her Twitter account, and I was transfixed. And then I remembered that I had a ghost story of my own, that I shared almost 6 years ago here on Chookooloonks, on July 31, 2013. Inspired by Jenny, I tho...
Tags: Photography, London, Scotland, Africa, Chelsea, Chris, Marcus, Random Thoughts, Tom Friedman, Holly, Jenny, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Jenny Lawson, Chelsea Westminster, Marfa Lights, Brompton Cemetery


Southern Africa Is Still Struggling To Understand Scale Of Devastation From Cyclone

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Gerald Bourke of the World Food Programme, as relief workers in Africa are still learning about the scope of devastation from Cyclone Idai.
Tags: News, Africa, Npr, World Food Programme, Ailsa Chang, Gerald Bourke


History of popular condiments

Condiments can make or break a meal. They’re the addition that saves a dry sandwich and the extra touch that spices up a bit of sushi. No matter what you’re eating, there always seems to be a condiment on the side that is there to at least improve a dish, if not save it entirely. It’s something that has been done throughout history — something that’s immediately clear as soon as you take a deeper look at where your favorite condiments come from. This is how your favorite condiments came to do...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Florida, England, Africa, US, America, Spain, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vietnam, North Carolina, Heinz, Caribbean, All


Italian Driver Kidnaps Busload of Students

The driver held 51 seventh-graders hostage and set the bus on fire. All the hostages were rescued.
Tags: News, Africa, Italy, Middle East and Africa Migrant Crisis, Kidnapping and Hostages


Rescuers Battle Flooding in Desperate Bid to Save Cyclone Victims

Nearly a week after southern Africa was hit by one the worst natural disasters in decades, it was all rescue workers could do to try to reach the victims.
Tags: News, Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Floods, Malawi, Cyclones, Rescues


Days After Cyclone Idai, Rescuers Battle to Save Victims

Nearly a week after southern Africa was hit by one the worst natural disasters in decades, it was all rescue workers could do to try to reach the flooding victims.
Tags: News, Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Floods, Malawi, Cyclones, Rescues


Rescuers in Southern Africa Battle to Save Cyclone Victims

Nearly a week after southern Africa was hit by one the worst natural disasters in decades, it was all rescue workers could do to try to reach the flooding victims.
Tags: News, Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Floods, Malawi, Cyclones, Rescues


Jesus statues around the world

Everyone knows about the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but there are actually a number of dramatic statues depicting Jesus Christ around the world. Christ the King in Poland wears a gilded crown. Vietnam’s Christ of Vũng Tàu overlooks the ocean. In Nigeria, Jesus de Greatest is carved from white marble and is the largest statue of Jesus on the continent of Africa. In honor of Easter, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest Jesus statues around the world, be they un...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Nigeria, Africa, US, Spain, Grenada, Chile, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Argentina, South America, Jesus, John, Vietnam


I Took My Mother-in-law on Safari in Tanzania

Tanzania is a great place to take your Mother-in-law for her bucket list safari, viewing the wildlife and meeting the people in the Serengeti, Tanzania.
Tags: Travel, Africa, Tanzania