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Counterfeit drugs put lives at risk

(January 15th, 2009)

DAR ES SALAAM, 15 January 2009 (IRIN) – The busy Kariakoo market in the Tanzanian capital is stocked with knock-off merchandise – from imported car parts to handbags – and traders from across Africa come to buy cheap imports to sell at home. But the most dangerous counterfeits are the imitation medicines sold to unwitting […]

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Private security firms look to Africa for recruits

(March 17th, 2008)

Namibia’s independence war ended nearly 20 years ago, but the experience gained by many soldiers during the conflict has made the country a fertile hunting ground for private security companies seeking recruits for the world’s 21st century wars.

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LESOTHO: Anti-Chinese resentment flares

(January 24th, 2008)

Anti-Chinese sentiment is on the rise in Lesotho, making it the latest site of such ethnic hostilities in Africa. A growing number of Basotho blame Chinese immigrants for the ongoing poverty of the small landlocked country, which has few natural resources and depends heavily on remittances from workers in its giant neighbour, South Africa.

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LESOTHO: Holiday gifts pave the way to self-sufficiency

(December 24th, 2007)

When Mamanuel Rampai heard she would receive a free pig for Christmas a few years ago, purchased by an anonymous donor in the US through an aid group’s online gift catalogue, she all but dismissed the present.

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Singing is solace for Soweto healthcare volunteers

(March 12th, 2007)

Volunteer health workers in Soweto – who provide home-based care for more than 700 local residents – have begun using song and dance as part of their outreach.

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Faith makes a difference in AIDS care

(November 23rd, 2006)

When Rev. John Thomas brought churchgoers together to serve people living with HIV/AIDS seven years ago, donations came from individual pocketbooks. Their work created a buzz, and by 2001 donations were pouring in from individual congregations around the world. But few orthodox donor agencies took note, reflecting an ambivalence – and sometimes scepticism – towards faith-based organisations.

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Research is discounting myths about orphans

(November 10th, 2006)

NEWCASTLE, 10 November 2006 (IRIN) – A few years ago Prof Timothy Quinlan was hearing horror stories about delinquency and abandonment among AIDS orphans that would spell trouble for their future social acceptance.

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Fleeing war, Somalis are targets of violence in adopted home

(October 10th, 2006)

MASIPHUMELELE, 10 October 2006 (IRIN) – Dozens of Somalis have allegedly been killed in South Africa’s Western Cape Province in the past few months in what appears to be an escalating campaign of xenophobic violence.

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Violence still haunts South Africa a decade after reconciliation efforts

(April 28th, 2006)

JOHANNESBURG, 28 April 2006 (IRIN) – South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime was officially dismantled 12 years ago, with the nation’s first democratic election. But in many communities, the violence of those years is hardly forgotten. In the early 1990s, as government officials and liberation leaders negotiated a peaceful transition of power, many local communities were […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: Tired of waiting – frustration mounts over promised change

(February 24th, 2006)

MUSINA, 24 Feb 2006 (IRIN) – Every day, Mashudu Beauty Mukavhatsindi fetches water from an outdoor tap. To get there requires an ankle-twisting walk down a potholed road, past garbage-strewn lots that reek of human waste. A resident of the Sihlala Nge Nkani informal settlement in the South African border town of Musina, 19-year-old Mukavhatsindi […]

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