The Latest News from the Motherland

 

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA
So as many of you know, I am very passionate about what goes on throughout the continent of Africa, and there are some countries that I zoom in on the most (Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, DRC, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, and several others). I wanted to share the latest happenings and headlines with you, so that you too can expand your mind and vision beyond what you see and read in American media. Enjoy, and of course share your thoughts if you like.
Sudan: Locals Taking Part in Ethiopia’s Trade, Bazaar *
 A number of Sudanese firms and businessmen are taking part at a trade
 and bazaar in Ethiopia’s Amhara state.

http://www.sudantribune.com/Sudanese-taking-part-in-Ethiopia-s,41222

South Africa: Will Country Continue to Buckle Under Pressure
 From China?
 As the ANC celebrates its 100 years of existence, South Africa this
 year faces a number of important foreign policy decisions, including
 how to manage its relations with China.
South Africa: ANC At 100 – From Struggle to Power *
 Africa’s oldest liberation movement celebrated 100 years in power on
 Sunday. The highlight should have been a speech by ANC leader Jacob
 Zuma, but while his dancing may have entertained, his words didn’t.
* Zimbabwe: Chinese Become Unwelcome Guests *
 Alec Marembo has built his family fortune making bricks in
 Dzivarasekwa, a sprawling high-density suburb north of the capital of
 Zimbabwe. But due to the economic crisis of the last decade, his
 fortune started crumbling. Although he could break even when the
 downturn started, he finally gave in to competition from the Chinese.

http://www.ips.org/africa/2012/01/zimbabwe-chinese-become-unwelcome-guests/

Rwanda: Genocide Suspect Living in Canada Faces Deportation *
 Rwandan scholar Léon Mugesera, who has been living in Canada
 since 1993 was notified on December 27 that he would face deportation
 on January 12, his lawyer told Canadian media on Friday.
Rwanda: Law On Organ Donation Might Remove Taboo and Save Lives *
 A new ministerial order makes it possible for people to volunteer to
 be an organ donor. For that to succeed, some resistance, especially
 from certain religious groups, will have to be overcome.

http://focus.rw/wp/2012/01/law-on-organ-donation-might-remove-taboo-and-save-lives/

Copyright 2012. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Sudan: 20,000 Refugees From Sudan’s Blue Nile State in Ethiopia, Numbers Rising

A UNHCR assessment team returned yesterday from the Assosa region of
western Ethiopia, where refugees have been arriving since late last
week amid fighting across the border in Sudan’s Blue Nile State. The
refugee population has swollen to around 20,000 people, and as our
team was there more were arriving.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201109060900.html

Mother’s Day 2011- Clessence’s Story

As a supporter of Women for Women International I of course had to share this with all of you. This information can be found on Women for Women International’s YouTube page:

This Mother’s Day send a message to a mother you care about by sending a gift to Women for Women International. Choose a virtue that is close to your heart and share her story – like Clessence from Rwanda. She is a twenty-nine-year-old mother to a girl and a boy. Before joining the Women for Women International program, Clessence performed manual labor, cultivating others’ gardens so she could have a source of food. Clessence and her husband are divorced, and her husband never provided any support — not even for their three-year-old son’s medical care. Send an eCard to an important women in your life today! Visit: http://www.womenforwomen.org/clessence

Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman