In The Diaspora

By Dr. L A Morrison | Articles pertaining to Africa, and people of African descent. Articles, news clips, interviews, and media segments.

Kenya: Election Season Offers a Reminder That Kenya Remains Deeply Sexist

(Photo: The Nation)Kenyan folk stories celebrate women as strong, fierce heroines of the distant past. Women in some communities in western and …

Women's News

Paedophile got girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter pregnant, say Indiana police

Nicholas Deon Thrash, 34, faces 10 counts of child molestation and is held in Grant County.<p>A 34-year-old man has been charged after allegedly …

Crime

Cocoa glut leaves bitter taste for African farmers

A week ago, in the Ivorian city of Abidjan, the sound of gunshots reverberated through the streets. Offices, schools and banks in the city’s financial district shut their doors, and most of the population remained safely behind them.<p>Outside, a mutiny was taking place. Over four days, former rebels …

Ivory Coast

Photographers Capture African Culture in All Its Richness

30 photographers present a collection of photographs that celebrates a diversity of culture and confronts the misconceptions of Africa seen as a place of poverty, disease and war.<p>30 photographers present a collection of photographs that celebrates a diversity of culture and confronts the …

Africa

Kenyans query maize imports amid price hikes

<b>Kenyans have been facing shortages of basic foods following a drought last year that affected the country's food stocks.</b><p>The shortage is such that the price of maize flour, with which people make the staple ugali, is currently twice what it normally is, and people living close to the border have …

Africa

French Montana Teams With Global Citizen To Advocate For Health Care In Africa

The #2BSTRONG campaign focuses on helping mothers and children gain access to health care.<p>French Montana announced today that he is partnering with …

Health Care

Boko Haram kills six Nigerian farmers

Gunmen attack farmers over the weekend in city of Maidguri as food shortages in the country's northeast worsen.<p>Boko Haram fighters over the weekend killed at least six farmers who were working on their land near the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, according to civilian militia members and …

Nigeria

Meet The Incredible Young Woman Running Nigeria's Port Authority

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is saddled with the role of managing Nigeria’s seaports through which over 75 percent of imports and exports pass. However, a blend of corruption and cronyism has rendered ineffective what is one of the most critical agencies of government as a revenue generating …

Nigeria

Ugandan troops in CAR 'sexually exploited or abused' dozens of women and girls

Human Rights Watch and the United Nations report that soldiers threatened victims to remain silent.<p>Ugandan soldiers operating in the Central African …

Africa

Cocoa Jumps as Unrest Continues in Top Producer Ivory Coast - Bloomberg

Cocoa rose, extending last week’s surge in prices, following a failure of talks between army commanders and mutinous soldiers over the weekend in …

Ivory Coast

Uganda: Police Deployed As Evictions Starts Along Kampala-Entebbe Road

A UNRA official directs a driver of a bulldozer on the starting point.<p>Kampala — Police has deployed along Kampala- Entebbe road as Uganda National …

Africa

SC Mom Charged With Child Cruelty After Beating 6-Year-Old Son Who Made Mother’s Day Card for His Grandmother and Not Her: Report

A South Carolina woman is facing a child-cruelty charge after authorities say she beat her 6-year-old son because he made a Mother’s Day card for his …

Crime

My travels in Uganda, like life, were not as perfect as the pictures

<i>Dispatch is a series of first-person stories from the road.</i><p>‘So? How was it? You looked like you had so much fun!”<p>Photo after photo revealed a happy me – dancing or travelling or making friends in a country most people have never seen. And it looked really cool. It looked like fun. It looked like I …

Uganda

Ordered to Catch a Warlord, Ugandan Troops Are Accused of Hunting Girls

OBO, Central African Republic — The hunt is officially over.<p>“Joseph Kony is dead,” announced American-made leaflets dropped from a helicopter in Central African Republic in recent weeks. “The war is finished.”<p>The claims that Mr. Kony, the notorious leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, has died are …

Africa

Christian militias launch deadly assault in Central African Republic | News | DW.COM | 15.05.2017

After a week of deadly attacks in the Central African Republic, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said the situation "is still fragile." The UN …

Africa

Drinking Fanta With Islamist Militants

Nairobi — During my first trip to Mogadishu, Somalia, on my last night in town, as I was packing up my things, someone unexpectedly knocked on my door.<p>It was the hotel manager, and at first I thought he had come to settle the bill, but he remained silent in the doorway in a way that caught me off …

Africa

Video shows 'bullying' incident days before 8-year-old took his life

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Mother's Day, Cornelia Reynolds will remember her "only child, my best friend and my first true love."<p>Security footage shows her 8-year-old son, Gabriel Taye, falling unconscious at a Cincinnati school in an incident that may have led to the boy's suicide two days later, an attorney for …

Crime

Letter from Africa: Why age is just a number in Ghana

<b>In our series of letters from African journalists, veteran Ghanaian journalist Elizabeth Ohene reflects on why in Ghana a person's age is not etched in stone.</b><p>Ghanaians do not particularly love numbers. We tend to be quite lax, especially with figures that have to do with age.<p>Someone's date of birth …

Africa

Africa’s new slave trade: how migrants flee poverty to get sucked into a world of violent crime

Thousands who dream of a better life in Europe face horrors of modern slavery on way across the Sahara to Libya<p>Six months after Muhammed Yusuf had been sold, tortured and forced to watch as a friend died, he found himself back at the parched, dusty bus station where his ordeal began, facing the man …

Slavery

Grim torture images ignite anger against Ugandan police

Photos circulating online show detained mayor hospitalised with gaping wounds on his swollen knees and ankles.<p>Ugandan rights activists say grisly images of the torture of a detained politician showing septic wounds on his body highlight escalating brutality and impunity by the country's security …

Torture

Ebola outbreak reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Health<p>T<p>here is an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization announced Friday.<p>The epidemic, which is currently …

Disease

Damien Hirst’s replica of one of Africa’s oldest bronze artworks is being slammed for “appropriation”

Damien Hirst’s latest exhibition in Venice is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.<p>The British artist’s exhibition “Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable” opened last month in Venice showcasing a range of artwork imagined as debris from a fictional shipwreck discovered off the coast of …

Artists

Rescued Chibok girls will finally go back to school - three years after they were captured

A total of 103 girls will resume their studies, says Nigerian minister.<p>The Chibok schoolgirls freed from the clutches of Boko Haram will return to …

Nigeria

Mugabe's Party Said to Plan Disrupting Zimbabwe Opposition - Bloomberg

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party is discussing using a press clampdown and intimidation in rural areas to thwart a newly united …

Africa

Sex for fish: Women's reluctant trade on Kenya's Lake Victoria shore

ABIMBO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At midday in Abimbo village on the Kenyan shore of Lake Victoria, 32-year-old Rachel Atieno is busy spreading out her silver cyprinid fish to dry in the sun.<p>Atieno, a mother of five, has sold the fish since her husband died 10 years ago leaving her to …

Africa

Police Searching For Florida Teen Who Slammed Older Woman To Ground, Threw Her Into Pool

A shocking video of the incident hit the Internet over the weekend.<p><b>UPDATE: May 9 ―</b> A tipster on Monday evening identified the teenage suspect in the video, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He later showed up at the sheriff’s office with his mother and attorney. “I messed up and I have to …

Crime

Cases Pulled For Refusing The Death Penalty; Attorney Sues To Get Them Back

When State Attorney Aramis Ayala, a Democrat, announced in March that she would no longer seek the death penalty in capital cases, Republican Gov. Scott took away more than 20 murder cases in her jurisdiction. Now, Ayala is suing Scott to get them back.<p>At issue is whether Gov. Rick Scott has the …

Law

Demobilized rebels block road to Ivory Coast's second city

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Demobilized rebel fighters blocked access to Ivory Coast's second city on Monday, demanding bonus payments and jobs in the latest bout of unrest to strike the West African nation, which has been touted as a rare, post-war economic success story.<p>The former fighters, some wearing …

Africa

Nigeria: 82 Chibok girls freed by Boko Haram

Eighty-two Nigerian schoolgirls released by the armed group Boko Haram have arrived in the capital, Abuja, where they will meet the president. The girls were handed over as part of a prisoner swap on Saturday.<p>Eighty-two Nigerian schoolgirls released by the armed group Boko Haram have arrived in the …

Nigeria