Boko Haram deliberately massacres children

Several children are among the 68 people massacred by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern Nigerian village of Njaba. Witnesses say the children were deliberately targeted by the terrorists who destroyed the village by fire. Ends intro Boko Haram fighters are redoubling their efforts in the weeks running up the country’s most important election in […]

Libyan factions sit down in Morocco

Morocco’s hosting United Nations-brokered peace talks between warring factions who both claim to be running Libya. The opposing sides sat down in Rabat only hours after the airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli was bombed. Libya’s flimsy government is recognised by the United Nations but doesn’t control the capital Tripoli. From its base in the […]

Prioritise maternal health, Lesotho’s new government is urged

  Lesotho’s new coalition government’s being urged to prioritise universal free maternal health care. The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says four in ten women give birth at home, unsupervised by a skilled health care worker, with the poorest women being most likely to deliver at home.   Medicines Sans Frontiers says pregnant women […]

East Africa’s becoming an Afghan herion conduit

East Africa is becoming a major transit point for heroin from Afghanistan. Recent seizures along the Kenyan and Tanzanian coastlines show a southern route is beginning to rival that Balkan route through Iran and southeast Europe.   Africa’s sporadically identified since 2002 as an origin for heroin reaching Europe. For the past three years, however, […]