New concern for albino attacks as Malawi elections loom

New concern for albino attacks as Malawi elections loom

A group of United Nations experts called on the Malawi government on Friday to act quickly to prevent people with albinism from attacks and killings linked to cultural superstitions, especially as the May elections approach. Malawi has seen 150 such cases since 2014, with an uptick in recent weeks that…

Research: What Africans in five nations think about climate change

Research: What Africans in five nations think about climate change

From flooding to drought, countries across the African continent experience climate change in environmentally and economically diverse settings – but what do its citizens really think about it? The Ghana-based Afrobarometer research organization checked in with five different countries for their 2018 reports, from West Africa to the south, and…

What’s caused a river to turn red in Malawi?

What’s caused a river to turn red in Malawi? There’s been no official word from government sources since women discovered the Linthipe River at Dedza, near the border with Mozambique and along the M1 route, had turned blood-red when they arrived about 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Photos of the phenomenon were…

Melania Trump visits Malawi on Africa goodwill tour

First Lady Melania Trump of the United States continued a four-nation tour of Africa with a visit to Malawi on Thursday, where she was greeted by Gertrude Mutharika, wife of Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika, at the airport in Lilongwe. Trump, married to controversial U.S. President Donald Trump, is making her…

Amnesty calls on Malawi to ensure justice for albino victims

Amnesty International has called on authorities in Malawi to ensure justice for victims targeted because they are albinos, a practice that has claimed the lives of 21 people since 2014 and amounts to nearly 150 total cases. The attacks against people with albinism are fueled by stereotypical beliefs that their…

Malawi’s Banda considers 2019 presidential run

Former president of Malawi Joyce Banda plans another run at the office in the 2019 elections, if she’s elected as chairwoman of her opposition People’s Party (PP). Banda made the announcement during a political rally Sunday in Blantyre, one of more than a dozen she has held since returning to…

Namibia shaken by 5.0-magnitude quake

Authorities in Namibia confirmed that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck the country Wednesday morning in the northern part of the southwestern African nation. The Geological Survey of Namibia, part of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, confirmed the shaking was a quake, with seismic data picked up by three network…

Malawi launches new sustainable development strategy plan

Malawi launched its new five-year development plan on Tuesday during a ceremony at Kamuzu Palace, the State House in Lilongwe. The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) III emphasizes climate priorities, alongside agriculture and water resources, in a vision that runs through 2022 and builds on the previous version. It…