RedskyNews Category: Africa

Earthquakes Hit Off La Palma


The Instituto Geografico Nacional (IGN) has reported surface deformations exceeding 35mm on the Spanish island of El Hierro, where residents have been alert for a possible volcanic eruption. The number of earthquakes recorded since July 17 on the smallest of

Climate Threatens Cocoa Industry


Climate scientists say that the booming cocoa industry in Ivory Coast and Ghana will be threatened by climate change. A report released by Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture says the expected annual temperature rise of more than two degrees

Land Grabs Leave People Homeless


Demand for cheap food and fuel in the rich world is driving poor people from their homes, according to Oxfam, as big business, including British companies, buy up millions of acres of land in the developing world in increasingly violent

Kenya Famine Refugees Under Attack

In this photograph taken Sunday Aug. 7, 2011,  A Somali refugee whose identity is being withheld to protect her as a rape victim, lays in her hut with her children at the Ifo refugee camp outside  Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. speaking to AP, she said she was gang-raped by five men after a group of families traveling together were ambushed. Sexual attacks against famine refugees from Somalis fleeing to Kenya are rising dramatically, but Kenyan police say they don't have enough manpower to stop the attacks. That lack of manpower underscores a larger problem for Kenya: Officials here say they are being overwhelmed by the influx of tens of thousands of Somali refugees, and they're letting U.S., U.N. and other world leaders know about it.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

DADAAB, Kenya – Marauding gangs and criminals are attacking Somali famine refugees more frequently as they flee across the border to Kenyan camps, but Kenyan police say they don’t have enough manpower to stop them. The lack of manpower underscores

Landslides Kill 15 In Uganda


Landslides triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 23 people in eastern Uganda, as mud engulfed homes and buried entire families. Local residents and Red Cross workers pulled 15 bodies from the rubble of Mabono village in Bulambuli district,

No Compensation For Ivory Coast


Five years after the dumping of toxic waste by oil-trading group Trafigura affected more than 100,000 people in Ivory Coast, thousands still await compensation, Amnesty International said Friday. “It is unacceptable that so many people who were affected by the

10 Dead In Nigeria Floods

Flooded crops are seen in the village of Hadeja, near Dutse in northern Nigeria, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. Farmers in northern Nigeria said Monday they feared their crops were destroyed in weekend floods that started when two swollen dams overflowed and displaced 2 million people. In the nearby village of Gudinchin, rice and corn stalks poked above a fast-moving river that had washed over the fields. A few houses in the village peered above the water, and people had constructed a makeshift embankment out of the remains of mud houses that had washed away.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Nigerian emergency authorities say at least 10 people have died in building collapses caused by heavy rains in the country’s north. A regional coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency said Monday that the victims include a

Nigeria Oil Spill Catastrophic


The air smells like poison, the creek water carpeted with crude, and the boat operator covers his nose as he steps on a jetty in a region hit by what may be the world’s worst oil contamination. “We have been

Nine Dead In Kenya Flash Floods


Nine people drowned on Monday when their vehicle was swept away in flash floods in Turkana County.It was a disastrous twist of fate in an area that has been suffering severe drought and the threat of famine. After a prolonged

“Drought Brides” Sold In Kenya


HABASWEIN, Kenya (TrustLaw) – “It’s done in the dark,” said Fatuma Ahmed, squatting inside her makeshift stick shelter. “Some people sell their daughters at a tender age so they can get food. It’s common but people are silent about it.”