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"my heart's in accra"
this blog is very good on african affairs (and hacking the media)
just for his articles about africa

Pamela Bone: UN must act to save distant people
Ongoing genocide in Darfur region Sudan: "The Sudanese Government is blocking the deployment of a 22,000-strong UN peacekeeping force to take over from the under-resourced and inadequate African Union force. It is also doing its best to kick out the international aid workers who are feeding and sheltering the refugees."

Statistics about new arrivals in South Australia. 70% from African countries, average educational experience = 2.4 yrs and they need 10 years to achieve academic English proficiency.

Bill and Melinda Gates make progressive political and medical statements about AIDS. They criticised the ABC program (abstinence, be-faithful, condoms) and are funding research funding research into microbicides - gels or barrier creams a woman can use before sex that will kill HIV. They also criticised African government officials who didn't accompany them when they visited sex workers on fact finding missions.

Gateway to African studies on H-Net: interactive newsletter ... Subscribers and editors communicate through electronic mail messages sent to the group

... our mission is to provide rural communities throughout Africa with a uniquely sustainable, free supply of clean drinking water

the blogs must be crazy - podcast from Curt and Brian explaining the aims of Blogswana (Botswana, AIDS and Blogging)

http://www.eurekalert.org/images/release_graphics/aaas0531_1.jpg (before photo, 2002)
http://www.eurekalert.org/images/release_graphics/aaas0531_2.jpg (after photo, 2006)
Click on the before and after photo links, the comparison is amazing!! (evidence that the government of Zimbabwe has destroyed an entire settlement)

Satellite images captured under a pioneering program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) provide powerful evidence that the government of Zimbabwe has destroyed an entire settlement and relocated thousands of residents as part of a campaign against political opponents.

The images, analyzed by the AAAS staff, show two views of the settlement of Porta Farm, located just west of the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. The first, an archived image from June 2002, shows an intact settlement with more than 850 homes and other buildings; an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 people lived in Porta Farm at the time. The second photo, taken by satellite on 6 April this year, shows that the settlement has been leveled

list of projects to help africans, country by country

about nabuur.com (a brief history)
The focus for 2004 and 2005 was to solve the basic problems around self-organization and get concrete results on the ground, while slowly increasing the number of Local Communities. The staff grew to 5, working from home initially and at the end of 2005 from an office in Amersfoort (Netherlands). Lack of funding hampered the progress considerably and called for drastic measures from time to time. Considerable progress has nevertheless been made: several concrete results on the ground were obtained; the number of Local Communities grew to 40 and the basic problems around self-organization are sufficiently well understood now to implement the solutions. All in all, NABUUR.COM is well on track towards becoming a self-organizing and self-financing mechanism by 2007.

christian charity that sends cows to poor africans - elaborate flash infotainment about africa (for kids)

... negative attitudes towards people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA) could be associated with misconceptions about how HIV infection may be transmitted. "In other words, the perception of how HIV/AIDS was acquired is critically important on how people will treat a PLWA." Dr. Letamo stresses that "the information, education and communication campaigns on HIV/AIDS need to be intensified to dispel some of the prevailing misconceptions about HIV/AIDS transmission."

I've downloaded two pdfs from the blogswana site links which they contain quizes and other information that we could use in making a game about HIV/AIDS


Lost Boys of Sudan
Award winning video

Along with the full 87-minute film, educational purchase includes a second bonus dvd with supplemental educational materials, including: 55 minute version of the film, excerpted video modules, discussion guide, lesson plan ideas, background essays, community action ideas and additional reading lists.
Purchase includes public performance rights necessary for non-commercial screenings.
$75 K-12 ⁄ Community Groups

more information (and further links) at

Most of the boys were orphaned or separated from their families when government troops systematically attacked villages in southern Sudan killing many of the inhabitants, most of whom were civilians. The younger boys survived in large numbers because they were away tending herds or were able to escape into the nearby jungles. Orphaned and with no support, they would make epic journeys lasting years across the borders to international relief camps in Ethiopia and Kenya evading thirst, starvation, wild animals, insects, disease, and one of the most bloody wars of the 20th century. Examiners say they are the most badly war-traumatised children ever examined. When villages were attacked girls were raped, killed, taken as slaves to the north, or became servants or adopted children for other Sudanese families, very few by comparison made it to the refugee camps.

visualisations of world development statistics

Has the world become a better place
Very interesting flash animation which tracks child mortality over the past 40 years. Most countries have improved dramatically but not Africa

The first genocide of the twenty-first century is drawing to an end: There are no black people left to cleanse or kill

Although it is not correct to speak of a single African epidemic, Africa is without doubt the region most affected by the virus. Inhabited by just 10% of the world's population, Africa is estimated to have more than 60% of the AIDS-infected population


... a program in each country that would send people out to blog for people who could not do it themselves ... go out, at least once a month, interview this person, maybe take photos, video or audio, return to their computer and blog for this person. They would take the comments and questions out to the person the next time they went out....

We would like to create a blog site in which the reader is informed, not bludgeoned. We would like the blogs to be about the ordinary men and women of Botswana with the same concerns, hopes and dreams as the viewer. Some of these concerns will undoubtedly have to do with HIV/AIDS, but such concerns will not make up the entirety of the blogs. Reading about a sympathetic individual who is wrestling with an AIDS related issue may help the reader to come to terms with a similar issue themselves.

I think the above partly answers my question - how do we approach Africa, HIV/AIDS from a viewpoint that is not contaminated by "...sensational media and political agendas"? (Bill 25Apr)

With today's sensational media and political agendas affecting what we
see, this blog will offer you an opportunity to see first hand the
battle to control HIV/AIDS in the small village of Nata in Botswana.
Botswana, in Southern Africa, has one of the highest HIV infection
rates in the world. The pandemic has left Nata with over 400 orphans
(from April 19th entry)

I'm interested in this question - how do we approach Africa, HIV/AIDS from a viewpoint that is not contaminated by "...sensational media and political agendas"?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to grow up in Africa?
CBBC Newsround is investigating just what life is like for kids living on the vast and varied continent.

There are button about Living in Africa, Education, Conflict, Music, AIDS, Natural disasters, Gender divide, Famine, Sport, Water, Internet, Poverty, Animals, Crime

I clicked on some of these links and they all described a horrific situation

A couple of blogs from Zimabwe: "Enough is enough" and "the world as seen from the eyes of a Zimbabwean"

Once the “breadbasket of Africa,” in recent decades, under the increasingly tyrannical rule of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe has become a wasteland. However, in Zimbabwe, activists, including many bloggers, are attempting to reverse that trend. The editor of Enough is Enough, the blogger known as The Zimbabwean Pundit (http://zimpundit.blogspot.com/), is prominent among them.

Enough is Enough was conceptualized, planned and built by the Committee to Protect Bloggers’ (http://committeetoprotectbloggers.civiblog.org/) Curt Hopkins (http://morphemetales.blogspot.com), Marshall Kirkpatrick (http://marshallk.com) and Brian Schartz (http://blogswana.wordpress.com).

Enough is Enough is a translation of the Ndebele phrase, “Sokwanele” and the Shona equivalent, Zvakwana. These are also the names of two cooperating pro-democracy groups in the country. (http://www.sokwanele.com/) (http://www.zvakwana.com/). (They are not officially related to this project.)

Zimpundit will write regular postings for the site, which also contains automated feeds of news, blog posts, photos and multimedia files. Enough is Enough is designed to act as a blog aggregator, an information exchange for concerned Zimbabweans within the country, and a “bridge blog” to carry the news in that country (now completely devoid of an independent press) to the outside world.

Stop by and give Zim your support. He and his fellow Zimbabweans have got a long row to hoe.

... a scheme for a reality show that may just do good in the world. Teams of three highly-trained people under 30 from the developed world, have to solve a real Third-World problem (Peter Macinnis)

How to write about Africa - satirical, probably essential reading to avoid being patronising

witness the battle to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in an African Village

President for a Day is an educational computer game that enables the players to act as President of a fictional African country - taking it from independence up to the present day

... Lewis’s determination to bear witness to the desperate plight of so many in Africa and elsewhere is balanced by his unique, personal, and often searing insider’s perspective on our ongoing failure to help (audio)