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Child soldiers freed in South Sudan

Unicef said it would try to reunite the young fighters with their families
by Scoop Hunter - 27 January 2015

A South Sudanese militia has freed 280 child soldiers as part of a wider deal to release about 3,000 underage fighters, the UN’s children agency Unicef has said. More releases will occur in the coming weeks, said the agency, which helped negotiate the children’s freedom. The soldiers were recruited...

Politics

Child soldiers freed in South Sudan

Unicef said it would try to reunite the young fighters with their families

A South Sudanese militia has freed 280 child soldiers as part of a wider deal to release about 3,000 underage fighters, the UN’s children agency Unicef has said. More releases will occur in the coming weeks, said the agency, which helped negotiate the children’s freedom. The soldiers were recruited into an armed group which has now made peace with the government. South Sudanese rebel...

Business

Local vendors, not supermarkets, key to Africa food security

Local vendors, not supermarkets, key to Africa food security

By Chris Arsenault Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say. Contrary to popular conceptions, open-air local markets often have safer milk and meat than supermarkets in much of Africa, according to a book released...

Opinion

Forget the West, Nigerian lives don’t even matter to Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria

By Ra’eesa Pather African lives are not as valuable to Western leaders as Western lives. We know that. But it’s time to talk about African leaders, particularly Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, and why they don’t care about their people. The bodies of women, children, men, and the elderly still lie in the streets where Baga once stood. The north-eastern Nigerian town has been totally annihilated,...

Crime & Courts

Botswana government to appeal ARV prisoner ruling

Foreign prisoners in Botswana

Foreign prisoners in Botswana with HIV/Aids will have to wait longer before they receive free antiretroviral medication from government. The country’s government has appealed a ruling by high court Justice Bengbame Sechele that it should provide free medication to foreigners living in Botswana. The case has not been included on the roll of the Court of Appeal, which is currently in session...

General

Botswana government to appeal ARV prisoner ruling

Foreign prisoners in Botswana

Foreign prisoners in Botswana with HIV/Aids will have to wait longer before they receive free antiretroviral medication from government. The country’s government has appealed a ruling by high court Justice Bengbame Sechele that it should provide free medication to foreigners living in Botswana. The case has not been included on the roll of the Court of Appeal, which is currently in session...

Showbiz

Thando Thabethe on her way to the top

Thando Thabethe

Just over a year ago Thando Thabethe become the ambassadress as the face of Nivea. The talented actress and radio personality has now landed a plum role by joining the cast of Generations: The Legacy and her star keeps on rising. The 24-year-old Thabethe underwent a transformation by cutting her hair for the role where she is cast as Nolwazi, a well educated woman who is fascinated by people, different...

Sports

Le Roy thrilled with Congo run

Claude le Roy

Veteran French coach Claude le Roy struggled to contain his emotions on Sunday after his Congo Brazzaville side qualified for the last eight of the Africa Cup of Nations. “It’s incredible. I feel a lot of emotion and incredible happiness. These guys are incredible,” Le Roy told Canal Plus television after Congo beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in Ebebiyin to progress to the quarter-finals...