News stories from Africa

22 August 2014

Appeal increased to support more families displaced by violence in Central African Republic

The impact of the violence that erupted in Central African Republic (CAR) in December continues to bite, seven months down the line.
South Africa Red Cross dispel sex workers myths in HIV education
18 August 2014

South Africa Red Cross dispel sex workers myths in HIV education

When MG first arrived in the dusty transit town of Musina, northern South Africa – fleeing from the fighting Zimbabwe in 2008 – as an undocumented worker, she started off doing odd jobs.
Red Cross ambulance service offers much needed assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
14 August 2014

Red Cross ambulance service offers much needed assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

Beyene Tafete, 27, a clinical nurse by profession, has just reported to his duty station at the Leitchour refugee camp, 900 kilometres west of Addis Ababa.
Heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan
13 August 2014

Heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan

Heavy rains and flash floods have affected nearly 170,000 people in Khartoum, Kassala, Gezira, Northern, Sennar, North Kordufan, South Kordofan, River Nile, West Darfur and White Nile states in Sudan.
Helping families build their resilience in the aftermath of a disaster
13 August 2014

Helping families build their resilience in the aftermath of a disaster

Families in Morogoro’s Dakawa and Kilosa area, 270 kilometres northwest of Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam, are rebuilding their lives following flash floods that left a massive trail of destruction earlier in the year.
Easing the burden of life by providing firewood to refugee women in Ethiopia
7 August 2014

Easing the burden of life by providing firewood to refugee women in Ethiopia

A simple project to bring firewood to South Sudanese refugee in Ethiopia is having a major impact on family life.
Zambia Red Cross a ‘global champion’ in climate games
5 August 2014

Zambia Red Cross a ‘global champion’ in climate games

When the Zambia Red Cross Society invited its volunteers to take part in a game that would change the way communities learn about climate change and flooding, they eagerly signed up.
South Sudan: Red Cross implements measures to prevent the spread of cholera in Torit
31 July 2014

South Sudan: Red Cross implements measures to prevent the spread of cholera in Torit

The Government of South Sudan declared a cholera outbreak in Juba in mid-May 2014.
Turning to traditional healers to help stop the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone
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.
Rains, food crisis and a continuing conflict: South Sudan battles with a cholera outbreak
30 July 2014

Rains, food crisis and a continuing conflict: South Sudan battles with a cholera outbreak

Alfred Lati Joseph has the butt of his cigarette tightly pinched between his thumb and index finger, his face animated as he makes his point.
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.

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