Friday, April 14, 2006

The Little Continent That Couldn't

Today's news from Africa. (Malawi seems quiet today, though some are upset that Mugabe is coming to visit.)

  • Lake Chad has shrunk from 15,000 to 500 sq miles. Baga was a waterfront town. Now it is stranded many miles from the lake as the land around it becomes desert.

  • Burundi has lifted a midnight to dawn curfew that has been in place for 34 years, saying the country is stable. This, following a civil war that killed 300,000.

  • Chad's government has announced it has cut off diplomatic relations with Sudan after repelling a rebel attack on the capital. The 200,000+ Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad will likely be expelled. Don't all volunteer to take them in at once!

  • A Rwandan ex-mayor has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for aiding and abetting killing in the 1994 genocide. 800,000 people were killed in about 3 months.

    Blogger lucky doubles roller said...

    I'll be in Nigeria in a week or so, so will post many reports from the field.

    Most likely they will involve witch doctors, bribery, kidnapping or perversions of christianity. I am also looking forward to the food.

    7:41 PM  

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