Mozambique mourns as heat, heavy rains complicate Idai response

The nation of Mozambique begins three days of mourning Wednesday following the catastrophic strike of Cyclone Idai, even as the waters continue to rise and a new threat emerges: extreme heat. And more rain. The Instituto Nacional de Meteorología issued an alert warning that temperatures of 38C to 41C (100 to 106…

Beira bears the brunt as Cyclone Idai makes landfall

The city of Beira in Mozambique was in total darkness as Cyclone Idai arrived Thursday, cutting off the power to a half million people who were waiting for daylight to assess the destruction from the storm. Cyclone Idai made landfall with the city squarely in its sights, arriving late Thursday…

Flooded Mozambique coast braces for Cyclone Idai landfall

The nation of Mozambique is bracing for the impending arrival of Cyclone Idai, a powerful storm expected to make landfall late Thursday, in areas just north of the coastal city of Beira already flooded from recent heavy rains. The Instituto Nacional de Meteorología has issued a high-level red alert for…

Maputo youth aim to make the city safer with photography

They say the camera doesn’t lie, and young activists in Mozambique are using photography to speak the truth and make the streets of Maputo safer for themselves, especially women and girls in their communities.  Using a program called Photovoice – an empowerment technique used across the world – students are…

Anadarko confirms attack on Mozambique LNG contractors

Anadarko, an oil and gas company based in the United States, confirmed on Friday that at least one person was killed in an extremist attack on its project workers in the Cabo Delgado province of northeastern Mozambique. The death of an Anadarko contractor happened on the road between Mocimboa da…

Malaria report puts Mozambique’s challenge in focus

Mozambique serves as an example for why the global impacts of malaria must be remedied, the World Health Organization said Monday as it released an annual report showing stalled progress on the disease. In 2017, there were some 10 million cases in Mozambique, where about 40 percent of the population…

African leaders welcome Bolsonaro, but concerns over the ‘new’ Brazil

Among the first heads of state to congratulate Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Monday was President João Lourenço of Angola, leader of one of the six Lusophone nations in Africa that share membership in the Portuguese-speaking community (CPLP) and its most influential. Lourenço said he hopes the Bolsonaro victory will…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Africa’s micro firms are key to sustainable wood trade

Thousands of African businesses that rely on forests, whether to sell timber, make furniture or produce charcoal, need more support to ensure that woods are sustainably sourced and their work leads to better market access. That’s according to a new report from the Global Timber Forum (GTF) released in London…