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A demonstrator uses a slingshot during clashes with government security forces in Cibitoke, a district in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 29, 2015.

Burundi’s Political Crisis May Become Humanitarian One

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FILE - Journalist Rafael Marques is interviewed at his home in Luanda, Angola, May 12, 2015.

US Expresses Concern About Angolan Journalist's Conviction

It fears Rafael Marques' defamation conviction could have negative impact on press, speech freedoms in African country More

FILE - U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Russel Feingold, center, talks to reporters in Kinshasa on the last leg of a 10-day visit to the country on January 28, 2014.

DRC Asks US for New Great Lakes Envoy

Lawmakers seek new appointee quickly because of growing regional insecurity, credit US special envoy Russ Feingold with playing key role in defeat of M23 rebellion in Congo in 2013 More

State Department's Smith Discusses Zimbabwe Visit

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US denies Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's charges that sanctions have been responsible for his country's economic woes More

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Audio Uganda Parliament Concerned About Troops in South Sudan

Ruling party legislator says government was right to maintain troops in neighboring country to improve regional security More



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Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenyai
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Mohammed Yusuf
May 26, 2015 10:48 PM
The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
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Video Al-Shabab Recruitment Drive Still on In Kenya

The al-Shabab militants that have long battled for control of Somalia also have recruited thousands of young people in Kenya, leaving many families disconsolate. Mohammed Yusuf recently visited the Kenyan town of Isiolo, and met with relatives of those recruited, as well as a many who have helped with the recruiting.
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Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
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Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.
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Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
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Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
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Video Some AGOA Renewal Supporters Call For Amendments

The African Growth and Opportunity Act - a trade provision that allows thousands of products from African countries to enter the U.S. tax-free - is due to expire in September. While the U.S. Senate has recently passed legislation to extend the Act for another 10 years, it still has to go through the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, many say the program has only benefited a few sub-Saharan African countries and needs some revisions. Mariama Diallo reports.
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Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
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Video Liberia Ponders Site for a National Ebola Monument

With Liberia being Ebola-free since the beginning of May, the government is discussing plans for erecting a national monument to remember the horrific time during which more than 4,000 Liberians died. One possible site is a cemetery outside Monrovia. It was built to get the crisis under control and symbolically stands for the magnitude of the human tragedy of the epidemic. Benno Muchler reports from Liberia.
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Video Somalia Listed as Worst Country for Maternal Health

Somalia’s health institutions collapse but the government and international partners The British aid group Save the Children ranks Somalia as the worst country on Earth for being a mother. The ranking is based on statistics for maternal health, child mortality, education and women’s income in Somalia. Nearly 25 years of instability has seen Somalia’s health institutions collapse but the government and international partners hope to soon change this narrative. Abdulaziz Billow reports for VOA.
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Video Malnutrition Remains Serious Problem for South Sudanese Refugees

As the civil war in South Sudan rages on, more than 100,000 refugees have fled to camps in neighboring Uganda. The United Nations Children's Fund says $36 million is needed to meet these refugees' basic needs. Recently the European Commission donated $1 million, which to UNICEF is significant, but far from enough. Serginho Roosblad has more from a camp in northern Uganda.
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Video Protests Back On in Burundi Capital After Failed Coup

Protesters resumed demonstrations in the streets of Bujumbura against President Nkurunziza’s bid to run for a third term in office. It was the first time demonstrators took to the streets since a failed coup attempt last week divided factions of the armed forces.
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Video Control Over Media at Center of Burundi Violence

The battle for Burundi has centered on control of the country’s influential radio stations. VOA’s Gabe Joselow reports from the capital, Bujumbura, that private and government media have both been casualties of the recent political violence.
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Video On The Scene: Burundians Celebrate President's Return

Thousands of people took to the streets of Bujumbura, Friday, to welcome the return of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza after a failed coup attempt. Gabe Joselow reports from Bujumbura.
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Video Doctors Look To Prevent Another Ebola Epidemic

Even before the World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free, health experts the world over were talking about why the outbreak in West Africa became an epidemic that claimed more than 11,000. VOA's Carol Pearson reports.
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Video Mentors Help S African Students Reach Their Potential

Poverty and lack of guidance often leave young people in South African townships in the same cycle of poverty that the previous generation experienced. A mentorship program in Johannesburg seeks to counter this problem by giving students the opportunity to broaden their horizons. VOA's Emilie Iob reports.
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Video On The Scene: Burundi Tense a Day After Coup Attempt

In Bujumbura, sporadic gunfire could be heard from the direction of the ruling party headquarters, a day after a former army commander declared a coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza. Residents say the police and armed youths are keeping people away from the area, and may have entered into nearby residential neighborhoods, shooting at people – either coup supporters or other perceived threats.
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Video Burundi Protesters Clash with Police

Protesters in Burundi clashed with police on Wednesday May 13 in the Musaga neighborhood of Bujumbura during demonstrations against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s plans to run for a constitutionally dubious third term in office. Protesters threw stones and police fired tear gas, water cannons and may have shot live rounds to disperse them.
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Video On The Scene: Burundi Coup

VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from Bujumbura, Burundi on the reaction to General Godefroid Niyombare's announcement that he has ousted President Pierre Nkurunziza.
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Video On The Scene: Celebrations in Burundi After Coup Announcement

A general says he has ousted Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, who left the country to attend a regional summit on Burundi's political crisis. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports that tens of thousands of Burndians, including soldiers, are in the streets of the capital, Bujumbura, celebrating the apparent coup.
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Video Kenya Imam Denies His Mosque Is Center of Radicalization

The Riyadh Majengo Mosque on the outskirts of Nairobi has been accused of being a hub of radicalization, for youth turning to the Somali militant group al-Shabab. But the imam of the mosque says he and others work to turn youngsters away from extremist activity. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi.

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