Jennifer Brea · November, 2007

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Chinese Engineers in Central African Republic

  25 November 2007

Six Chinese engineers have arrived in Central African Republic to install two new turbines at the Boali electric plant, a US$117 million project [Fr] financed by the Chinese government. ENERCA, the state-owned power company, has not made any major machinery replacements since its creation in 1965.

Acoustic Debit Card for Africa

  13 November 2007

Olivier Gabirault writes [Fr] about Maâtcard, an acoustic, prepayed debit card for developing countries which will debut in Cameroon next April. The Maâtcard functions like a normal credit card, but also emits a unique, unfalsifiable sound, enabling users to securely make payments, buy air time, or transfer funds by telephone.

Burkina Faso: No famine, but farmers still in peril

  13 November 2007

In Burkina, the government's announced there is no danger of famine, but peasants say [Fr] this season's rainfall and agricultural production have been particularly bad, and many have had a difficult time harvesting enough to feed their families these last two weeks, writes Ramata Sore.

Nigeria: Deadly Fuel Tanker Accident Raises Questions

  5 November 2007

Grandiose Parlor on a fuel tanker accident in Lagos: “How long will people keep getting their lives snuffed out and suffer the most agonizing deaths because our national infrastructural system is in shreds and our social values and sensitivities long flushed down the toilet?”

Chad: French NGO Adoption Scandal

  2 November 2007

Six French NGO workers are facing prosecution after Chadian authorities thwarted a plan to "rescue" 103 children from the Chadian-Sudanese border from “certain death” by adopting them to France. French-Cameroonian blogger Le blog du Presi writes about the Zoe's Arc scandal, celebrity adoption, and a love that chokes, whatever its good intentions.

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