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DRC: On the campaign trail in an African war zone | Africa | DW


Chrispin Mvano is on the campaign trail. Gasping for breath, he trudges up a hillside in sandals. The air thins out in the high mountains of his Masisi constituency in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The roads are steep and bumpy — certainly not easy terrain, concedes the 40-year-old candidate.

Mvano works as a journalist and also writes conflict analyses for international nongovernmental organizations. Sometimes he advises the United Nations mission in Congo.

In August, Mvano nominated himself as a candidate for parliament in his home district of Masisi, in the eastern province of North Kivu. Voters in DRC head to the polls on December 23 for an election that will also see the selection of a new president.

Finally peace for the Masisi people?

The district of Masisi, with its…

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South Africa crime: Can the country be compared to a ‘war zone’?


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South Africa’s police minister Bheki Cele has said a surge in murders has turned his country into a place that “borders on a war zone.”

“Our bottom line is that this situation must reverse,” he said.

Crime statistics released by the government show there were more than 20,000 murders in 2017, a 7% increase over the previous year.

The minister highlighted that this was 57 murders every day.

But was he right to compare South Africa to a war zone?

The murder rate, which takes into account a country’s population, is a good way to show the scale of the deaths.

Nationally the figures paint a pretty grim picture.

In South Africa last year there were 35.8 murders per 100,000…

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ASALH Conference Explores African-Americans’ Role in Times of War



Thousands of historians, public school teachers and others committed to learning about the role of African-Americans in times of war will gather at the 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Indianapolis next month. 

Commemorating the centennial of the end of “The Great War,” the conference will explore the paradoxes of war and the Black liberation struggle for freedom and equality abroad and at home in America.

“We look at war in the United States as a way to say, ‘What does it mean to love your country, and yet, have unrequited love returned?’ or ‘What does it mean to love your country and proudly wear the uniform of your country?’” said Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham,…

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Musicians and JROTC Students from Chicago High Schools Prepare for World War I Centennial Trip to France


CHICAGO, Sept. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Student musicians and JROTC members from two Chicago high schools are preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to France this month for performances and visits to historic locations once the scenes of the heaviest battles of World War I.

Along with school administrators and adult chaperones, 40 students from the Chicago Military Academy JROTC High School and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School will connect for musical performances with French high school students, many of whom they met before during a French trip to the United States earlier this year. Additionally, the trip will provide opportunities for students to experience WWI battlefields, walking in the footsteps of…

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Facebook warned about becoming an accessory to war crimes


UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

By Caribbean News Now contributor

GENEVA, Switzerland — The United Nations has warned Facebook that it risks being dragged into international war crimes trials for its role in future human rights violations, as it called on the social network to address hate speech more quickly.

Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the UN’s human rights chief, said the company risked becoming an accessory to horrific war crimes and that the company had not taken violence in Burma incited on the social network seriously.

The warning comes four year after Caribbean News Now first revealed that Facebook had ignored a previous warning that its ongoing failure to enforce its own terms of use prohibiting the use of fake accounts ultimately led to…

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LU’s Civil War Chaplain Museum adds African-American exhibit


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) — Liberty University’s National Civil War Chaplains Museum has added a new exhibit.

It highlights the important role black chaplains played during the war.

The exhibit shows photos of the 18 African-American Chaplains from both the Union and the Confederacy.

The project took about two years to put together.

Four photos of Union Chaplains are still missing. “We really thank the people who have made things available to us. So we’re really hoping at some point and time of some of these photographs of chaplains whom we don’t have maybe they’re out there in someone’s attack, someone’s closet, someone’s book and…

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