News stories from Africa

31 July 2014

Turning to traditional healers to help stop the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

In a land where voodoo, witchcraft and curses are the norm, Fallah James is a sought-after man.
Burying Ebola’s victims in Sierra Leone
26 July 2014

Burying Ebola’s victims in Sierra Leone

They are all young men, in their early twenties who, just a few short weeks ago, would have been studying, going to work at a construction site, or ferrying passengers around on their taxi motorbikes.
Northeast Nigeria: Tales of widows
26 July 2014

Northeast Nigeria: Tales of widows

The Red Cross assists women whose husbands were killed during uprising.
One family’s flight from conflict in South Sudan
17 July 2014

One family’s flight from conflict in South Sudan

Thousands have fled violence in South Sudan into surrounding countries.
The atrocities of conflict in South Sudan and the struggle to rebuild
10 July 2014

The atrocities of conflict in South Sudan and the struggle to rebuild

A bit later, I speak to a ten-year-old boy. His story is so sad, that I question whether to record it using the video camera.
Engaging with women’s groups to improve access to community-based health in South Sudan
10 July 2014

Engaging with women’s groups to improve access to community-based health in South Sudan

Due to long running tensions, the border areas between South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic have been largely abandoned.
The story of Musu Dolo – a mother of five, now widowed by Ebola
8 July 2014

The story of Musu Dolo – a mother of five, now widowed by Ebola

When my husband tested positive for the Ebola virus, my children and I were isolated by our community and our neighbours.
Nigerian Red Cross provides psychosocial support to blast survivors
8 July 2014

Nigerian Red Cross provides psychosocial support to blast survivors

Psychosocial support helps and inspires long-term recovery following a crisis in Nigeria.
Using a multi-faceted approach to stop the transmission of Ebola virus disease
3 July 2014

Using a multi-faceted approach to stop the transmission of Ebola virus disease

This is the first time an Ebola virus disease outbreak has surfaced in Guinea, and it caught communities and health authorities unaware.
The scars of conflict on the youth of South Sudan
1 July 2014

The scars of conflict on the youth of South Sudan

The challenge of getting emergency supplies to remote sites and of keeping the youth engaged.
Wasting away in camps, hoping for peace to return to the Central African Republic
27 June 2014

Wasting away in camps, hoping for peace to return to the Central African Republic

Martin Ongola is a 62 year old teacher who lives in a camp, forced from his home by violence.
Ebola, a threatening disease for health workers
25 June 2014

Ebola, a threatening disease for health workers

Pierre Kabouro is a nurse who is now scared and anxious after coming into contact with a person suffering from Ebola.
Ebola, snakes and witchcraft: Stopping the deadly disease in its tracks in West Africa
24 June 2014

Ebola, snakes and witchcraft: Stopping the deadly disease in its tracks in West Africa

They call him by his surname, Konneh. His manners are gentle and his voice calm. He is a volunteer with the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, always willing to help.
Community comes to the rescue of a vulnerable family in Burundi
24 June 2014

Community comes to the rescue of a vulnerable family in Burundi

From a two room thatched hut to a five room house, Esperance Mukarugamba and her family now live comfortably thanks to community efforts and the Red Cross.
Fighting malnutrition among refugees in Cameroon
20 June 2014

Fighting malnutrition among refugees in Cameroon

Central African Republic refugees flee to safety in neighbouring Cameroon, many suffering from the effects of malnutrition
Cameroon Red Cross Society fights polio epidemic in six regions
11 June 2014

Cameroon Red Cross Society fights polio epidemic in six regions

Red Cross establishes itself as a trusted partner in the eradication of polio
“I was so scared to die.” Living with the fear of Ebola in West Africa
11 June 2014

“I was so scared to die.” Living with the fear of Ebola in West Africa

A Red Cross volunteer in Guinea overcomes his fears of Ebola to ensure the community he loves is cared for.
Raising three children in a camp amid the insecurity of the Central African Republic: A single mother’s story
11 June 2014

Raising three children in a camp amid the insecurity of the Central African Republic: A single mother’s story

Tatiana Feikiram, 30, has just given birth in a camp for the internally displaced in the capital of Bangui.
Hoping for peace in the midst of surging violence in Central African Republic
30 May 2014

Hoping for peace in the midst of surging violence in Central African Republic

The toll ongoing violence is taking on an 80 year old grandmother
South Sudan Red Cross responds to cholera outbreak
27 May 2014

South Sudan Red Cross responds to cholera outbreak

More than 100 volunteers mobilized as outbreak in capital of Juba leaves 14 dead

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