ZAMBIA: A 'crushing' life for children forced to work

Besides losing out on schooling, children working in the quarry sites are exposed to hazards such as 'injuries from heavy tools, inhaling of dust ... and damage to eyes and skin from flying chips of stones'.

The Swaziland situation calls for urgent action from all true democrats

The [Swaziland] reality has been sustained through...an ideological appeal to Swazi culture (including women’s oppression), ban on political parties, torture and violence against democratic and worker movements, political persecution and imprisonment of democracy activists, and total control by the monarchy

LIBERIA: Women snub police recruitment drive

Police officers on the new force will be paid US $10 to US $20 a month, equivalent to typical wages in the Liberian civil service. A sack of rice, one of the staples in the Liberian diet, costs around US $22.


Darfur: Coming Weeks Crucial For International Action

With the security situation in Darfur, Sudan, continuing to deteriorate, Africa Action today emphasized the need for urgent international action on this crisis in the coming weeks, as several key deadlines approach.


Report Details Dire Human Rights Situation in Sudan

Despite the 2005 comprehensive peace agreement between the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and an agreement on national reconciliation between the government and the opposition political coalition known as the National Democratic Alliance, widespread atrocities continue in that country.

Posturing on Genocide in Darfur and Eastern Chad

The international community seems to have an inexhaustible capacity for disingenuousness, expediency, and bad faith in responding to resurgent genocide in Darfur and eastern Chad.

ANGOLA: China entrenches position in booming economy

Chinese loans have allowed Angola to forego IMF lending that would subject government finance to greater scrutiny. 70 percent of the population lives on less than $1 a day, and nearly half of children are severely malnourished.

CHAD: President threatens to expel Darfur refugees as attacks surge in lawless east

The Darfur conflict erupted in early 2003 when the rebels took up arms against the Sudanese government in Khartoum to end what they call the neglect and oppression of the inhabitants of Darfur, western Sudan.


African National Congress: An Inspiration for Palestinians

The success of calls for international isolation was partly due to the role that was played by South Africans in exile. They worked tirelessly at raising the level of awareness of the international community to the atrocities being committed by the apartheid regime.


Recent Media Coverage of the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Africa

Two pieces in The Washington Post in the past week - an article entitled 'How AIDS in Africa was Overstated' (April 6) and an editorial on 'Assessing AIDS' (April 10) - have disputed the accuracy of UNAIDS’ estimates of HIV/AIDS infection rates in Africa.

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