Voice of America : Africa (58)

Smugglers Target Ethiopian, Somali Teens for Deadly Trip to Yemen

Despite being seven months pregnant, Mesno Taha left her home in Harerge, Ethiopia to find peace and a better future. She trekked to the Somali zone of Ethiopia, crossed the border into Somalia and paid to board a boat bound for Yemen. After traveling 18 hours at sea, she ended up near the shore of ...

Kenyan Girls Use Technology to Combat Female Genital Mutilation

At least 200 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries. And according to UNICEF, 44 million are girls 14 years old and younger. One group of Kenyan teens is standing up to this archaic so called “right of passage” and offering would be victims a ...

Somalia Forces Capture Key al-Shabab Town of Bariire

African Union and Somali government forces have captured the town of Bariire, a strategic militant base in the south of the country, officials and witnesses said Saturday. Commanders said the Islamist al-Shabab group fled following heavy fighting outside the town in which the joint troops approached ...

Kenya Opposition Files Petition on Presidential Election Outcome

Kenya’s opposition coalition has filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the re-election of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. The petition was filed 90 minutes before the deadline and includes more than 25,000 pages in an affidavit. Speaking after filing the petition the lead lawyer and ...

Nigeria's President Buhari Returns Following Extended Medical Leave

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the Nigerian capital of Abuja following an extended stay in London to treat an undisclosed illness. He's been away since May 7, and some Nigerians were beginning to demand Buhari return to work or step down from office. His supporters lined up to ...

DRC Landslide Death Toll Seen Topping 200

A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo most likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said Friday. The landslide struck the village of Tora, on the shores of Lake Albert, a seismically ...

Kenyan Opposition Files Court Challenge of Election Results

Kenya's opposition coalition went to the Supreme Court late on Friday to challenge the results of a presidential election that it said was  rigged Election authorities have said President Uhuru Kenyatta won the August 8 election by 1.4 million votes, but opposition leader Raila Odinga said the ...

South African Marks Year in Detention in South Sudan

The family of a retired South African colonel arrested for unclear reasons in South Sudan one year ago is calling for his release. Authorities took retired Colonel William Endley into custody in Juba, the capital, on August 18, 2016. According to his daughter, Gwyneth Endley, he is now jailed at a ...

Zimbabwe Declares Mugabe’s Birthday National Holiday

Zimbabwe's government has announced that President Robert Mugabe's birthday will now be a public holiday. The announcement is the latest in a series of efforts to secure the longtime leader’s legacy. Most cities and towns in Zimbabwe have a road named after President Robert Mugabe. In Harare, ...

Ruling Party Consolidates Power in Kenyan Elections

Nairobi roads have returned to their usual pre-election bustle and Kenyans have gone back to work. But the elections are not quite over, as opposition leader Raila Odinga insists the presidential poll was "stolen" and has announced plans to challenge the outcome at the Supreme Court. Official ...

Somali-American Picked as US Youth Observer to UN

A Somali-American from Minnesota will speak on behalf of youth at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York and other events. Munira Khalif, who will be a junior this fall at Harvard University, was chosen from 350 applicants as the 2017-2018 U.S. Youth Observer to the U.N. "When you ...

Somali Referee Dirah Killed by Gunmen

Popular Somali referee Osman Jama Dirah was shot to death Thursday evening near his home in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. “The sports officer was killed after leaving mosque on the way to his residence in Wardhigley district. Two men armed with pistols shot him several times,” said Anas ...

Deepening Drought Hits Ethiopia Herders as Millions Go Hungry

Livestock are dying in parts of Ethiopia that are overwhelmingly reliant on their milk as deepening drought pushes up the number of districts in need of life-saving aid by 19 percent, according to a report released on Thursday. At least 8.5 million people in 228 districts of Ethiopia need urgent ...

Simple Concoction Found to Halt Fall Armyworm

A farmers' group in South Sudan's Imotong state says it has found a way to combat the dreaded fall armyworm, which has devastated crops across the state. Robert Lokang, leader of the Bidaya Farm association, says he regularly sprays his crops with a concoction of tree leaves, ash, powdered soap and ...

US Says Airstrikes Kill 7 Al-Shabab Fighters

The U.S. military says seven al-Shabab militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes in southern Somalia. The military's Africa Command says U.S. forces conducted three precision airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday in Jilib, a town about 200 kilometers south of Mogadishu.   It says the strikes ...

Mass Burials Begin in Sierra Leone After Massive Mudslides

Mass burials will begin Thursday for victims of mudslides and floods that took place earlier this week, and officials fear more death and destruction is “imminent.” The death toll from the disaster has risen to at least 300, about a third of whom were children. The mudslides began Monday ...

Alleged Assault by Grace Mugabe in South Africa Becomes Diplomatic Headache

The claims that Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, assaulted a young woman in an upscale Johannesburg hotel have grabbed international headlines for their sordid details — and self-posted pictures of the alleged victim's deep wounds. The incident also has created a major diplomatic headache ...

UN: 1 Million South Sudan Refugees Now in Uganda

The number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in Uganda has reached 1 million, the United Nations said Thursday, a grim milestone for what has become the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis.    Ugandan officials say they are overwhelmed by the flow of people fleeing South Sudan’s ...

Chibok Girls: Our Abduction Was a Robbery Gone Bad

The mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok — the biggest publicity coup of Boko Haram’s jihadist insurgency — was the accidental outcome of a botched robbery, say the girls who spent three years in their brutal captivity. The Chibok girls made the surprise ...

UN: Finding Survivors in Sierra Leone Mudslide Unlikely

A United Nations representative in Sierra Leone said Wednesday he is losing hope that rescuers will find survivors after deadly mudslides in Sierra Leone's capital killed more than 300 people. Sunil Saigal, the U.N. Resident Coordinator for Sierra Leone, told British broadcaster Sky News he believes ...

South Sudan's Parliament Suspends Debate on Budget

South Sudan's parliament have suspended debate on a $451 million budget as questions linger over how government agencies will be financed and how money was spent during the past fiscal year. Oil production and other sources of revenue for the government have plunged since the start of the war ...

Opposition to Contest Kenyan Presidential Election in Court

Since Friday, when Kenya's electoral commission announced President Uhuru Kenyatta had been re-elected, opposition candidate Raila Odinga has been telling supporters to stay tuned for his NASA coalition's next steps. He ended the suspense Wednesday when he announced the coalition will take its case ...

UN Inquiry Finds Congolese Militia Likely Killed UN Monitors

A United Nations inquiry found that two U.N. investigators were murdered by a group of Congolese, likely militia members from central Democratic Republic of Congo, but an absence of evidence “does not preclude the possibility that others are involved.” Michael Sharp, an American who was ...

Kenyans Voted Along Ethnic, Geographic Lines to Re-elect Kenyatta

Kenyans voted mainly along ethnic and geographic lines to give President Uhuru Kenyatta a second term in office, according to election data analyzed by VOA. Over the weekend, the country's Elections Observation Group deemed the Aug. 8 vote valid and reiterated Kenyatta's victory, despite the ...

Grace Mugabe Seeks Diplomatic Immunity in South Africa Assault Case

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has sought diplomatic immunity in South Africa, where she is under investigation over the assault of a 20-year-old model in an upscale hotel, South African police said on Wednesday. Police also confirmed that Mugabe, the 52-year-old wife of Zimbabwe's leader Robert ...

Nigerians Demand Absent President 'Resume or Resign'

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has spent more time outside of the country than in it this year. Buhari returned from London in March after being away for nearly two months, seeking treatment for an undisclosed illness. He left again on May 7. During both absences, Buhari followed the ...

East Libyan Elite Forces Snub ICC Over Warrant for Commander

An elite forces unit linked to the army that controls much of eastern Libya has snubbed international efforts to bring to justice one of its senior officers for allegedly executing dozens of prisoners. The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for Mahmoud al-Werfalli, a ...

5 Yrs. After Mine Strike Killings, S. Africa Activists Say Little Has Changed

Five years after South African police shot dead 34 striking miners in the worst show of brutality since apartheid, South Africans are looking back on the Marikana Massacre and how it sparked frustration over unchanging conditions for the nation's poor. On Aug. 16, 2012, striking workers in Marikana, ...

5 Yrs After Mine Strike Killings, S. Africa Activists Say Little Has Changed

Five years after South African police shot dead 34 striking miners in the worst show of brutality since apartheid, South Africans are looking back on the Marikana Massacre and how it sparked frustration over unchanging conditions for the nation's poor. On Aug. 16, 2012, striking workers in Marikana, ...

Kenyan Election Official Delayed, Allowed to Fly to US

Kenyan officials say a top electoral official, among those who oversaw Kenya’s disputed presidential election, was delayed while on her way to the U.S. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said via Twitter Wednesday that commissioner Roselyn Akombe delayed at Jomo Kenyatta ...

Boko Haram Bombers Kill 20 at Village in Northeast Nigeria

Suicide bombers attacked a camp for internally displaced people and a nearby market in a northeastern Nigeria village Tuesday, killing at least 20 people, a local official said Tuesday. Village chief Lawan Kalli said Tuesday at least three suicide bombers entered Mandarari's market around 5 p.m. ...

Nigerian Military to Boost Security Amid Surge in Boko Haram Attacks

Since April, Boko Haram has carried out more than 100 attacks in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri. Efforts are underway to secure the city, including the relocation of military chiefs to Maiduguri, and to tighten security at the university after staff abductions and repeated suicide ...

Death Toll Passes 300 in Flood-Stricken Sierra Leone Capital

At least 300 people are confirmed dead a day after mudslides and heavy flooding struck Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Authorities say they expect the death toll to rise as search teams, military personnel and distraught relatives continue digging through the mud, looking for people buried or ...

Kenyans Await Word on Election Challenge From Odinga

Kenyans continue to wait in suspense for a statement by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has rejected the results of the presidential contest, announced Friday.  He claims the election was rigged. Odinga and his NASA coalition were scheduled to announce their next move Tuesday. But they instead ...

Doctor: Baby Girl 'Tear Gassed, Beaten by Kenyan Police' Dies

A six-month-old girl has died in Kenya, her doctor told Reuters on Tuesday, after her parents said she was tear gassed and clubbed by police in a security crackdown after last week's disputed election. Samantha Pendo was asleep in her mother's arms when police forced their way into their home and ...

Algerian Presidency Brings Ahmed Ouyahia Back as Prime Minister

Algeria's presidency has named Ahmed Ouyahia as prime minister, replacing Abdelmadjid Tebboune after just three months in the job, the president's office said on Tuesday. The statement from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's office gave no reason for the change. Ouyahia, 65, has already served three ...

Thousands Left Homeless, Prey to Diseases, After Sierra Leone Mudslide

Thousands of people in Sierra Leone left homeless by a mudslide which killed at least 270 people urgently need food, shelter and healthcare, aid agencies said on Tuesday, as they raced to prevent outbreaks of fatal diseases such as cholera and typhoid. A mountainside collapsed on the outskirts of ...

Former Al-Shabab No. 2 Quits Militant Group

The former number-two leader of al-Shabab says he has quit the Somalia-based militant group. Mukhtar Robow, also known as Abu Mansour, made the announcement to journalists at a Mogadishu hotel on Tuesday. “I would like to state to the Somali people and the international community that I quit ...

South Sudan's Rebels Recapture Pagak, Their Headquarters

A South Sudan opposition official says rebel forces have reclaimed their stronghold of Pagak, a week after being pushed out of the town by government forces.   Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, deputy spokesman for the opposition IO, told the Associated Press that the government troops were pushed out of ...

African Designers Show Eye-Popping Pieces at London Fashion Week

Young designers bring African-inspired color and ethical fashion to runways in London where fashionistas and industry professionals participated in this year's Africa Fashion Week. Mariama Diallo reports.

Gunmen Attack UN Base in Mali; 7 Dead

The United Nations says gunmen have attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu, killing seven people. U.N. officials say the dead include five Malian security guards, a gendarme and a Malian contractor working for the U.N. mission. They say six assailants were also ...

Zimbabwe Vice President in South African Hospital

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says one of his deputies is in a South African hospital, as local media reported he was poisoned at a political rally. Mugabe did not address the poisoning claims Monday. He told thousands at a national ceremony to honor independence heroes that Vice President ...

UN: Gunmen Attack 2 UN Peacekeeping Sites in Mali, 2 Killed

The United Nations says unidentified gunmen have attacked two U.N. peacekeeping sites in Mali, killing one Malian soldier and one U.N. peacekeeper. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the U.N. camp in Douentza in the Mopti region of central Mali came under attack Monday morning. He said in ...

Kenya’s Opposition Leader Calls for People to Continue Election Protest

Kenya’s opposition leader called on people to stay home Monday to protest the results of last week's election. Some have heeded the call, but many others returned to work, despite uncertainty about what the opposition will do next. After a week of mostly empty streets, Kenya’s capital city ...

Zambian Opposition Leader Pleads Not Guilty to Treason Charges

Zambia’s top opposition leader pleaded not guilty to treason charges in court Monday, disappointing those who had hoped the prosecution would drop the charges to make way for talks between Hakainde Hichilema and his arch-rival, President Edgar Lungu. The case has intensified the African ...

Sierra Leone: At Least 250 Dead After Mudslide, Flooding

Officials in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, say at least 250 people are dead after a mudslide and heavy flooding. Relatives dug through the mud in search of their loved ones Monday while military personnel were deployed to help with the rescue operation. Photos and video posted by local residents ...

Many Kenyans Go to Work in Capital Despite Call to Stay Away

Many residents of Kenya's capital returned to work on Monday despite a call by opposition leader Raila Odinga to stay at home to protest last week's disputed election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner.   Some street stalls were closed but others opened in the Nairobi slum of ...

Lift Off for Africa’s First Airport Brewery

There is a new addition to Africa’s busiest air transport hub, O.R. Tambo International Airport near Johannesburg: the continent’s first airport-based brewery. Airport Craft Brewers is a reflection of South Africa's burgeoning independent beer sector, with growing numbers of beer drinkers ...

Sierra Leone: At Least 200 Dead After Mudslide, Flooding

Officials in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, say more than 200 people are dead after a mudslide and heavy flooding. The catastrophe in the early hours of Monday followed hours of heavy rains.  Witnesses described a hillside collapse in the Regent area and said roads became "churning rivers of ...

Burkina Faso Ends Operation Against Suspected Jihadists

Burkina Faso's security forces have ended their operation against gunmen who opened fire Sunday on a restaurant in the country's capital, killing at least 18 people and wounding eight. Communications Minister Remis Dandjinou said the dead are "mainly children and women" and the toll would likely ...