Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Health post-2015

Originally published by culturalsurvival.org. Putting African Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Health on the Post-2015 Development Agenda The right to health is the most basic of human rights, argues Indigenous Maasai scholar Ben Koissaba, of Kenya, in conclusion to his participation at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples that took place September 2014 in New York.  “[It’s]…

Jailed Zimbabwean human rights lawyer speaks out on South 2 North

This Friday on South 2 North, Al Jazeera’s new global talk show broadcast from Johannesburg, Redi Tlhabi discusses the worldwide plight of refugees with activists from Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Myanmar. This week’s guests include Rwandan human rights lawyer Kennedy Gihana and Myanmar human rights activist Maung Tun Khin, who is on a worldwide tour to raise awareness…

The Education of Auma Obama – A documentary film by Branwen Okpako

This is a follow up on one of our previous postings on the African Movie Academy Awards 2012, where we cross-posted the results of the winning films. We are here highlighting the winning Diaspora Documentary by Branwen Okpako: “The Education of Auma Obama”. Auma Obama has always been an activist for social justice and especially towards…

A Point of Entry into the World; Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa

By Octavia McBride Ahebee In 1994, I was a new, middle-aged American bride living in my husband’s home of Cote d’Ivoire. I had arrived in August and by November I was student at the University of Abidjan’s French language program for non-French speakers. At that time, Liberia’s civil war was in full rage and many Liberians…

‘Megaslumming’ – Why and how do people live in slums?

How did an informal settlement such as Kibera emerge in the first place? What are the economic forces that shape the reality of life for slum-dwellers? What does it mean to live in extreme poverty? Adam W. Parsons aims at giving answers to these and related questions in the book ‘Megaslumming‘, which was published by Share The World’s Resources and…

Who is to blame for recurring/continued famine and poverty? The bigger picture.

Here we are again: Disturbing images of thousands of starving Somali children. Families seeking refuge in Kenya, Ethopia, and other countries in the East African Region. Those countries are already struggling to manage their own challenges, facing increasing drought periods themselves.  The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR has made an appeal to the international community for…