Latest posts by Jennifer Brea
ONE petitions to cancel Haiti's debt
The ONE campaign is trying to collect 100,000 signatures for a petition to cancel Haiti's debt.
Haiti: Mobile phones bring news of missing relatives
In Port-au-Prince, @guyadams , the Independent's L.A. correspondent, tweets: “People finally able to get mobile signals. Sadly, that means they're only now finding out about dead relatives…Our host just found out that three of his cousins are dead. Don't know what I can say to console him.”
Senegal offers free land to Haitian earthquake survivors
Senegalese president, Abdoulaye Wade, has been making headlines by offering free land to any Haitian earthquake survivors who wish to "return to their origins," according to a spokesperson. Online, the proposal has been received with almost universal ridicule.
Haiti: “Culture, Crossroads, Color”
Haitian-American writer and artist Lenelle Moise tries to: “balance the images of the devastation of my birthplace (injured bodies aching in wait, starving orphaned children, mass graves set amid rubble) with evidence of all the beautiful dynamic magic its descendants make.”
Dominicans aiding Haitians where no UN, Red Cross
@thehaitian: “Just saw group of Dominicans in pickup. No UN. No Red Cross. crossed border with bread, water, & salami to give.”
Haiti: Time Running Out for Earthquake Survivors
Keziah Furth is a 24-year old American nurse who works with kids in Haiti. Keziah warns that unless food, water, and medical supplies come quickly, many will die needlessly. She has so far not seen any foreign aid or rescue teams in the part of the city where she has been treating the injured.
Haiti: Rescuing Survivors, Searching for the Missing
Here are just a few of the online networks and databases which have mobilized in the last few days to help relatives abroad locate family and direct urgently needed help to survivors of the earthquake in Haiti, many of whom are still trapped beneath the wreckage of their own homes.
Haiti: Finding Trapped Survivors Using Twitter
Twitter users are using the tag #rescuemehaiti to direct help to specific locations in Port-au-Prince and around Haiti where there are known survivors who are trapped or in need of urgent care.
Diaspora Mobilize to Help Haiti in Earthquake Aftermath
As aftershocks continued to rattle Port-au-Prince this morning, Haitians in the Diaspora have started mobilizing prayers and financial support as they try to find word about friends and family.
Togo Disqualified from African Cup Following Deadly Attack
Togo's national football team has been formally disqualified from the African Cup of Nations following Friday's deadly attack on the team's convoy in Cabinda, a region of Angola long troubled by separatist violence. With plenty of criticism for the Angolan government and African football officials, Togolese bloggers ask hard questions about the tragedy.
Cameroon: Video Shows Harsh Conditions of Rural Medicine
As in many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, doctors in Cameroon work without adequate training or equipment--a fact that in itself is not surprising, but is made disturbingly real by four young Americans who shot this amateur video of surgery in a rural hospital in Cameroon. Posted on 20mai.net, a Camerounian citizen media site, the video provoked a heated discussion.
World AIDS Day: Fighting Discrimination Around the World
Millions around the world came together on Tuesday to show support for those living with HIV/AIDS. Online, in blogs and in forums, many assessed the progress made and the distance left to travel in the fight against discrimination and the spread of the disease. Here's a collection of text, images and video from those writing and speaking in French.
Morocco: Islamic Finance Banks
we are watching you [Fr] explains why you won't see any Islamic finance banks in Morocco anytime soon.
Gabon: Opposition Continues to Fight Election Result
Gabon's political opposition present a united front against the August election results, which handed the son of former dictator Omar Bongo the presidency. Politicians and citizens alike speak out against France's meddling in the country's politics.
Gabon: Presidential Candidate Uses Social Media in Historic Election
As Gabon prepares for its first election since the death of Omar Bongo, one candidate, whose rivals who include the current prime minister, Jean Eyeghe Ndong, and Bongo's own son, is using social media to level the playing field.
Obama's Ghana Speech Underwhelms
Two Congolese readers react to Obama's first-ever visit to Africa as president, each unimpressed by the speech he gave Saturday before the Ghanaian parliament.
Togo Abolishes Death Penalty
Togo's National Assembly voted on Tuesday to end the death penalty for all crimes, making it the 15th member of the African Union to abolish capital punishment.
Niger: Widespread opposition to president's bid to extend rule
Tensions are on the rise in Niger as President Mamadou Tandja moves forward with a referendum that, if passed, would allow the 71 year-old leader to modify the constitution and extend his 10-year rule.
Republic of Congo: Nguesso's reelection campaign
Congopage [Fr] announces Dennis Sassou Nguesso‘s reelection campaign team. Nguesso has been president of the Republic of Congo (more or less) since 1979. Readers lament another sham election.
Togo: Democratic culture
revedafrique, during a trip home to his village in Togo, was disappointed by the democratic spirit of the youth: “Some still believe, for example, that criticizing the government's policies can land you in prison” [Fr]
Paris court investigates three African leaders
A Parisian judge has ordered an inquiry into alleged corruption and embezzlement on the part of three African heads of state: Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville, Omar Bongo of Gabon, and Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.