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The African News
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Vol. 1, No.1
International Edition
Outbreak of polio ravages the Horn of Africa
A child receives the polio vaccine from a vaccination team in the Al Salam IDP camp, North Darfur, Sudan.
NAIROBI, KENYA - The world has come very close to ridding itself of the terrible disease polio. Earlier in 2013, polio was con-fined to just three countries-- Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pak-istan--where the virus had never been eradicated, and there were less than one hundred cases of polio in those countries com-bined. But in May of this year, an outbreak of polio hit the Horn of Africa, crippling many people and killing others. It has been six months since the outbreak struck, but the risk of infection is still high. Some 200 people have gotten polio from this epidemic.

Most of the polio cases are in Somalia, and after an aggress-ive immunization campaign, not a single case has been reported from center of the outbreak, the Banadir region. Fortunately, Kenya and Ethiopia have had similar results.
Only 700 mountain gorillas left
Health Issues, 1A
Weather, 3A
Science News, 3B
Movie Review, 1C
Sports, 2C
Obituaries, 3C
Crossword, 3C
Evidence suggests species were 'rafted' to Madagascar
Great diversity of animals tied to rides on floating islands after land mass broke away
Woolly lemur (Avahi laniger), a primate species found on Madagascar.
First major outbreak since 2005
Today's Lows (in °C)
Today's Highs (in
Today's Briefs
Photo of the Day
African men use their cell phones.

Africa has the fastest-growing mobile phone market in the world, with over 650 million mobile phone subscribers, more than North America or the EU. Since 2000, the African mobile phone market has grown 40-fold.
Africa Celebrates World Toilet Day

UN - As the world celebrates World Toilet Day, United Nations Secretary-General, Ban-Ki Moon, has urged govern-ments to step up efforts to boost sanitation coverage in their countries. World Toilet Day is celebrated every Nov. 19 to raise global awareness for dignified sanitation.
Ban said : "We are a long way from achieving the ... target of reducing by half the proportion of people lacking adequate sanitation.

KIGALI, RWANDA - When Rwandan designer Colombe Ituze Ndutiye began drawing at the age of six, she thought she would grow up to be a cartoonist.
But now at the age of 25 she has the distinction of being the first Rwandan to own her own fashion label, “INCO icyusa“, and was one of 10 local designers who showed off their creations on the runway at the second Kigali Fashion Week on Nov. 8.
“I wanted it to be something young and more classic, but I added traditional accessories to combine the two very different cultures,” Ndutiye tells IPS of her new collection, Wild Identity.
Rwanda Kigali Fashion
Week 2013
Cost of Living Soars in Africa's Oil-Rich Capitals
LUANDA, ANGOLA - The capitals of Angola and South Sudan are the 1st and 3rd most expensive oil and gas towns in the world for expatriate workers, according to hydrocarbons news provider Rigzone. Rigzone says both capitals now beat Perth and Moscow, and are separated only by Norway's Stavanger, for living costs. Prices in Luanda, Angola's capital, are the stuff of legend. While some rumors sound far-fetched, such as $100 watermelons, you can expect to pay $200 for a pair of jeans, $50 for a hotel hamburger, and supermarket prices are 'absurd', says local lawyer.

Accra 80°...............................Partly Cloudy
Addis Ababa 49°....................Some Clouds
Alexandria 59°.......................Clear
Algiers 50°.............................Thunderstorm
Antananarivo 61°...................Partly Cloudy
Bamako 72°...........................Clear
Brazzaville 73°......................Partly Cloudy
Cairo 61°...............................Clear
Cape Town 55°......................Partly Cloudy
Casablanca 55°......................Partly Cloudy
Conakry 82°..........................Mostly Cloudy
Dakar 77°..............................Clear
Dar es Salaam 73°................Partly Cloudy
Giza 61°................................Clear
Harare 68°............................Clear
Johannesburg 58°................Thundershower
Kampala 64°........................Cloudy
Khartoum 68°......................Clear
Kinshasa 73°........................Mostly Cloudy
Lagos 77°.............................Partly Cloudy

Conditions in African Cities
Focus on
Moonrise: 8:13 PM
Moonset:9:19 AM
6:25 AM
Day Length:
10h 31m 19s
4:56 PM
KINSHASHA, DRC - Sadly, one of man-kind’s closest relatives--the mountain gorilla--is on the brink of extinc-tion. The ongoing war in Central and Eastern Africa has had a terrible effect on the already endangered mountain

Child marriage in Africa
LAGOS, NIGERIA - In sub-Saharan Africa, and many other countries across the world, child marriage is a very big issue. In Nigeria, for instance, 75% of girls will be married before the age of 15. And the numbers of child brides are growing. Every day, almost 39,000 young girls will become child brides. Being a child married to a much older man--husbands are nearly al-ways adults, some even in their 60s or 70s--is very harm-ful to the health of the bride. Child brides often die in child-birth because their bodies are not physically able to safely carry a child. Childbirth is the leading cause of death in de-veloping countries for girls aged 15-19, more than lack of

Learn more at:
Child marriage is a form of modern-day slavery.
Brides are bought and sold.

of the world's top
with the
highest prevalence of child marriage are in Africa:
Burkina Faso,
Central African
Republic, Chad, Guinea,
Malawi, Mali,

Niger and
water, AIDS, or starv-ation. Child brides also have an extremely high rate of contracting HIV/AIDS compared to other people in the same coun-try. They are more likely to be sexually abused, experience domestic violence, and experience obstetric fistulae, which cause incontinence. Child brides are often forced to drop out of school, sev-erely limiting their op-tions later in life. For every year a girl is in school, her future income increases by 10-30%.
Thirteen-year-old Tania, who is pregnant, carries a small jar outside her home. Tania was married at age 10, an arrangement made by her parents when she was just a year old. She advises against marrying at too early an age.
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gorilla population of the Virunga mountains, which range through Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. People often forget that war affects others species be-sides humans, but gorillas have been caught in the crossfire of gun battles and even been attacked while trying to prevent their off-spring being stolen from them. Rebels often take infant gorillas hoping to profit from their sale. Poachers are also a huge problem. Luckily, there are
few oases of calm within all this destruction. One of them, the Senkwekwe Orphan Mountain Gorilla Center in Congo’s Virunga National Park, provides care for juvenile gorillas who have become orphan-ed by the war. The center is most definitely not a zoo, but a refugee camp for young primate victims of war who have been traumatized by the on-going violence.

ARLIT, NIGER - Two weeks ago, the bodies of 92 migrants that were victims of human trafficking were found in the Sahara Desert. Nearly all were women and children, which is unusual for these migrants. Typically, most are men. They had died of thirst while trying to get to Algeria from Niger. They were believed to have died a few weeks before being found, and the bodies were partially decom-posed. The scene was quite trau-matic for the rescuers who discovered the bodies. Niger re-cently declared 3 days of mourn-ing in honor of the 92 dead.

92 found
dead in Niger
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ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR - It has always been a mystery to scientists how the creatures of Madagascar got to the island, since most of them evolved after it broke away from the mainland. Land-bound creatures would not have survived being carried by ocean waves. But new evidence suggests that the animals may have ‘rafted’ to Madagascar on large floating mats of vegetation. Until around 15 million years ago, ocean currents between Madagascar and Africa flowed primarily eastward, making it easy for rafters to reach the island. And there have been numerous historical sightings of animals adrift on ‘rafts’, usually formed after storms. These rafts have held large trees, fresh water, a puma, deer, monkeys, and even a human infant in one case.

number of
mothers under
the age of 15 is set
to double by 2030
in sub-Saharan Africa.
African Pink Diamond
Sold for World
Record Price
The 59.6-carat "internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond"--as described by the sellers--was renamed "The Pink Dream".
GENEVA, SWITZ. - A pink diamond has been sold for a record price for a gemstone. The gem was mined by the diamond company De Beers in an unknown location somewhere in Africa in 1999.
The gem is the most expensive jewel ever sold at an auction.
The stone was bought by the famous diamond cutter Isaac Wolf who has renamed it ‘The Pink Dream.'
It now holds the world auction record for a diamond; the world auction record for
a pink diamond, the world auction record for any colored diamond - and the world auction record for any jewel.

The ‘Pink Dream' was sold for a record $83,187,381.

The landmark figure eclipses the previous record at $46.2 million established by Sotheby's Geneva for the magnificent ‘Graff Pink' in 2010.
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Although this outbreak of polio is tapering off, it is important that authorities remain vi-gilant about immunizing people, especially vulnerable children. The vaccine is very easy to administer. Two drops of the oral vaccine will immunize a child.
Faisa Abdullahi, an eight-year-old girl, lives in the Dadaab refugee camp. She was a baby when the last outbreak hit in 2005, which was a result of a lack of vaccinations in Nigeria, one of the endemic countries. The disease has paralyzed her limbs. "Sometimes my legs are very sore and I can't stand up. I have to walk with a stick," she told UNICEF earlier this year. "Other kids at school are not nice to me because of that. They don't understand what it's like for me to not be able to walk."
Now dozens of other children will have the same experiences as Faisa because of this new outbreak.
Director Paul Greengrass
and screenwriter Billy Ray keep the central focus on Capt. Phillips (Tom Hanks), but never lose sight of
what’s going with the Maersk Alabama’s 20-man crew or with the scrawny quartet of Somali youths
who first try onto take over the ship and then later try to take flight with Phillips as hostage. A key drama within the larger one comes from the keenly nuanced battle of wits, male pride and all-round know-how that develops be-tween Phillips and the gaunt, rail-thin pirate called Muse (a haunting Barkhad Abdi). The film rises to its most impress-ive levels when we begin to see that the simplistic good
Movie Review:

Faysal Ahmen, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat Ali play Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips.”

guys/bad guys outlook that usually prevails in such stories gets deflected here in some very interesting and even moving ways. The screenplay and direction combine with Hanks' quietly multifaceted performance to portray Phillips as a genuine hero, but also as one deeply marked by the devastating cost of victory.
A cargo ship is captured by Somali pirates
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Nigeria's U-17 team beats Mexico to claim cup
Nigeria's Golden Eaglets won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the UAE.
ABU DHABI, UAE - Nigeria's Golden Eaglets became the most successful team in FIFA U-17 World Cup history with a 3-0 win over holders Mexico at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The final was a rematch of the 6-1 win Nigeria inflicted on the Mexicans in Group F play and sees the Golden Eaglets lay hands on the junior world trophy for the fourth time in their history, one better than South American giants Brazil. Mexico kept the ball for a full two minutes at the start of the game, moving it around well and making the Nigerians chase. El Tri even managed the first chance on goal after six minutes. Two minutes on and Ivan Ochoa - who scored twice in the semi-final win over Argentina - saw his off-balance header pushed over the bar by Dele Alampasu. The corner came to no-thing for the Mexicans, but Nigeria be-
nefited greatly by bursting out on a classic counterattack. Kelechi Iheanacho went flying up the pitch. With just one Mexican defender in position, the No10 Golden Eaglet laid the ball in for Taiwo Awoniyi who then fed it on to Musa Yahaha, who had a little help from Erick Aguirre. The Mexican mid-fielder mistakenly hit the ball into his own net in an attempt to recover. As the first half pushed toward the interval, the Africans upped their tempo in search of a second goal. Yahaya rattled the crossbar with a stunning effort from 20 yards out after 38 minutes. Awoniyi's bicycle-kick from the penalty spot forced Raul Gudino into a magnificent reaction save in the dying moments of the half. Anyone in the UAE who had the pleasure to see them will tell you that this Nigerian team were the best on offer.

Kenya's cycling team aims to be as famous as its runners
ITEN, KENYA — Kenya has long been known for its distance runners. But now its national cycling team is quickly gaining a reputation on the continent. The small town of Iten, Kenya, perched nearly 2,500 meters above sea level, has new athletes on the road. Iten is famous for pro-ducing the fastest men and women on earth. And now its Kenyan Riders have their sights set on the Tour de France, a race dominated by Europeans and Americans. In its 110 years, an African team has yet to qualify.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - A former first-class cricketer in South Africa has died after being hit in the head by the ball while batting. He was 32. The national body Cricket South Africa says Darryn Randall died Sunday at a hospital in the southern town of Alice in the East-ern Cape. He was struck on the side of the head and collapsed during a league match. It was not clear if he was wearing a helmet. Randall, a wicketkeeper-batsman, played four first-class games for the Border province in 2009.
CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat expressed the federation's con-dolences and said it would be offering coun-seling to those involved in the match.

Former dean at the Uni-versity of California San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Thomas McAfee, 58, tragically passed away on Saturday after being tram-pled by elephants while on vacation in Tanzania. Mc-Afee was three days away from starting his new job as the chief executive off-icer at University of South-ern California's Keck Med-ical Center. McAfee, who started as first physician-in-chief at UCSD Health Sciences in 2002, also ser-ved as the chief executive officer for UCSD Faculty Practices. His family has been informed of the tragic incident, and his body is currently being held in east Africa pending death cer-tificate approval. “It is with regret and personal sadness that we inform you that Dr. Thomas McAfee, until very recently, the Dean of Clinical Affairs for UC San Diego Health Sciences and CEO for UC

San Diego Faculty Practice, was killed in an accident while on vacation in Africa. We have no other details at present,” read an e-mail issued by McAfee’s colleagues from UCSD.
“Dr. McAfee served us and worked alongside us for more than 11 years, and his death is a great loss – both to many of us personally, and to the field of health care which would have benefited enormously from his talent and dedication in coming years.”
The incident occurred in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania’s sixth largest national park spanning 1,100 square miles, the Daily Mail reported. African elephants rarely attack people without being provoked; however, the 15,000-lb. animal has been known to aggressively defend its youngsters.






























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