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· September, 2005

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from September, 2005

Nigeria: Variation on a theme of scam

Via lustig at, a hoax warning about an old Nigerian scam wrapped up in a Palestinian headscarf.

South Africa: Fasten your seatbelts

Says “There's a very well-sourced rumour flying about the South African aviation world at the moment about the South African Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) and its alleged failure to...

Sudan: Death toll rises

The Passion of the Present posts a comprehensive round-up of news out of the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur, where mounted Arab militia gangs are stepping up their attacks on...

Zimbabwe: Whither democratic change?

Top opposition political adviser Eddie Cross, guest-blogging on Zimbabwean Pundit, looks at the moribund state of the political opposition in Burma (Myanmar) after 17 years of campaigning for change, and...

Katrina: An African writes

africa-aphukira highlights a commentary by African author Mukoma Wa Ngugi on comparisons in mainstream media between New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and “The Third World”.

Ethiopia: Blame Lord Voldemort

Ethiopundit writes a detailed and hugely entertaining update on the withdrawal of the Ethiopian government's lawsuit in a Virginia court against Tensae Radio, which reported that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi...

Chad: Belgian court rules on Habre

A Belgian judge has issued an international arrest warrant charging Chad’s former dictator Hissène Habré with atrocities during his 1982-90 rule, reports Human Rights Watch.

Nigeria: Can this be democracy?

Chippla comments on parliamentary democracy, Nigerian style: “This crisis of Nigerian society lies in the fact that its ruling class sees no reason why it shouldn't live like the ruling...

D.R. Congo: Harder than bullets

Jewels in the Jungle warns us why diamonds–especially those mined in the D.R. of Congo–are not a girl's best friend. Via Congo Watch.

Sudan: Well, duh.

So the U.N. continues to say things are getting worse in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur. “What would really be news is if someone actually prosecuted the people behind...

Uganda: New IDP camps

Two new camps for internally displaced persons (IDP) are planned to cope with the humanitarian disaster in northern Uganda, reports UgandaCAN, adding that more than 1,000 people die each week...

African Aid: An anti-utopian view

African Bullets and Honey posts a self-styled anti-Western aid screed, citing a recent article on utopianism in the Foreign Affairs journal, and sparking debate in the comments section.

D.R. Congo: What shall we do with the Lord's Resistance?

Congo Watch picks up a report saying that the Congolese army has vowed to disarm 400 Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters who have crossed their border and were last...

Kenya: Visit to the British High Commission

What an African Woman Thinks has a beautifully written account of a recent visit to the British High Commission in Nairobi, in quest of a visa. Via Kenyan Pundit, who...

Equatorial Guinea/Nigeria: Disappearances, torture

Amnesty International is concerned about allegations of torture and the unfair trial of about 70 people charged with offences related to an alleged coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea on 8...

Somaliland: Suspects apprehended

Inside Somaliland picks up on a triumphant report from Awdal News, lauding the unrecognized country's police force for the prompt arrest of a group of suspected terrorists: “Somaliland has dissipated...

Sudan: Gallows humour

To an aid worker in Darfur whose boyfriend hasn't e-mailed her for a week: “It's not you, he's probably just been abducted by rebels.” This, reports Sleepless in Sudan, became...

Sudan: Darfur problems worsen

The United Nations does little more than wring its hands as fighting intensifies in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur; thousands more civilians flee their homes as U.N. officials admit...

Zimbabwe: Senate elections

Zimpundit comments on the decision of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to field candidates for forthcoming senate elections in Zimbabwe; gloomily he cites a proverb from his birthplace...

South Africa: News values questioned

The Fish Bowl notices starkly different treatment given in the South African media to murder stories, depending on whether the victim is black or white.

About our Sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Nwachukwu Egbunike is the Sub-Saharan Co-Editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.

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