“We The Africans”: How Two U.S. College Students Are Fighting a Hunger Pandemic in Ghana and Nigeria

by SHRIYA BHATTACHARYA | MSMagazine

“Don’t wait until a tragedy strikes in order to act and implement change.”

These are the words that Mary Yeboah and Koluchi Odiegwu—two second-year college students at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia—live by.

Although these two young women have spent the past five months at home in isolation, beginning in April 2020, they’ve raised over $32,000 for remote villages in Africa whose inhabitants are facing mass hunger caused by the coronavirus.

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Inside the Secret World of US Commandos in Africa

BY NICK TURSE, SAM MEDNICK, AND AMANDA SPERBER | Mail & Guardian

United States Special Operations forces (SOF) — including Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and Marine Corps Raiders — are the US military’s most highly trained soldiers, specialising in counterterrorism, counter-insurgency, and “direct action” combat raids, among other missions. Their operations are shrouded in secrecy.

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African-Americans break silence on investing in Uganda, Africa

BY JAVIRA SSEBWAMI | PML DAILY STAFF WRITER

 Several African governments including Ugandan authorities have for long rallied African Americans and African scholars and business owners to refresh their memory on their remote by investing home.

In Uganda, President Museveni who is known for supporting the same, at a recent address said the country’s economy will grow in double digits in the near future when all its ongoing infrastructure projects are completed.

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South Africa: American Tourist Partners with Cape Town Activist for Pandemic Relief

By Saqib Ul Islam | Voice of America

Starting in late March, South Africa has had one of the most rigorous COVID-19 lockdowns in the world. At Level 5, all air travel was grounded and all non-essential businesses, such as restaurants, salons and tourism operators were required to cease all operations. Residents were required to stay home at all times with limited exemptions for trips only to the grocery store, pharmacy, or a doctor.

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Minnesotans help South Africans respond to COVID-19

 By Kiya Edwards | KARE 11

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — From first timers to co-founders, every year, a group of Minnesotans travels to South Africa through a non-profit called Arm in Arm in Africa.

One of their many projects involves distributing locally grown food to some of the country’s poorest areas. And just as they were returning from this year’s three-week trip, in March, their mission was forced to expand.

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The pandemic has stopped my wife and I from taking our baby back to America

by Stephen B. Wilcox | CNN

My wife and I, both American citizens, decided to work with a fertility clinic in Ghana in an attempt to have a child. Our reasons are a little complicated but not particularly relevant to what I have to say. We worked with an excellent clinic called Medifem in Accra, where we traveled in February.

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Police killing of George Floyd strikes a cord in Kenya

By Halima Gikandi | PRI

Early this week, Nafula Wafula, a Kenyan activist, got a call from an American friend living in Nairobi. They talked about the recent killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“When she called me, at the same time I was thinking about the police brutality that is happening here in Kenya,” said Wafula, who is the vice-chairperson of policy at the Commonwealth Youth Council. She also has a brother who lives in the United States.

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