Twenty five years after the infamous genocide in Rwanda, there are still a handful of top fugitives from justice out there. A US$5 million reward is still being offered by the US State Department for "individuals who furnish information leading to the arrest, transfer, or conviction" of Felicien Kabuga, a wealthy businessman who had bankrolled the genocide by importing 500,000 machetes. In 2002 they came close to catching Kabuga. An informant set up a meeting with him in Nairobi, Kenya, and hopes were high that he would finally be caught. — Human Rights Watch (@hrw) 4 April 2019 But somehow he caught wind of the trap, the meeting was cancelled and the informant ended up dead. Kabuga, who had funded the "hate radio" station Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM), fled Rwanda in June 1994 as the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) rebels advanced on Kigali. He … [Read more...] about Why Are Some Ringleaders Still Free 25 Years After Rwanda Genocide?
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Travel back to the Dark Ages for a thrilling adventure, help solve a batty mystery at an old tower, and enjoy a story full of magic, mayhem and muck as publishers roll out an exciting assortment of new children’s books. Age 9 plus:She WolfDan SmithJourney back to the Dark Ages where death, darkness and prowling wolves are never far away in a thrilling new adventure story from Newcastle-based author Dan Smith.The star of this compelling and atmospheric story is Ylva, an unforgettable Viking girl whose mission of revenge through a wild, dangerous and untamed landscape is guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of spellbound youngsters.In Northumberland in the year 866AD, a young Viking girl is swept away at sea by a storm and washes up on a frozen and desolate beach in northern England. Ylva has survived and she will not cry… she is meant to be strong because she has Viking blood.But when her mother is killed by a three-fingered man with lupine teeth, and the wolves of the … [Read more...] about Vicious Vikings, a cowgirl sheriff and a cat and dog double act
ALIZEA SMIT sits on a plastic crate in front of her fruit and vegetable stand in Wynberg, Cape Town. It is a convenient spot. There is brisk custom for her oranges and avocados. And her heroin dealer is on the corner, just a few metres away. Ms Smit (not her real name) has used the drug for six years, buying three or four pellets a day at 30 rand ($2.21) each. If she does not sell enough fresh produce to feed her habit, she works as a prostitute in the evening. “Heroin is the worst,” she says. “It’s the first drug I’ve taken that you can’t escape.” Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. Until recently heroin addicts were rare in Africa. In the 1980s and 1990s users could be found largely in tourist spots, such as Zanzibar, or in enclaves of white hipsterdom in cities like Johannesburg. Since 2006, however, heroin consumption has increased faster in Africa than in any other continent, … [Read more...] about Africa is heroin’s new highway to the West
Nairobi (AFP) From the countries who share the Democratic Republic of Congo's vast border -- some of which stirred its devastating conflicts -- to international powers invested in peace efforts, the impact of upcoming elections looks set to reverberate far and wide.Here are some of the implications of the DR Congo's crucial December 23 vote to replace President Joseph Kabila, for nations in the intertwined region and the international community working in the resource-rich country.- Ashes from a regional fire -It has been over a decade since Kinshasa's neighbours fought Africa's "Great War" on its soil, but from across its borders they still jealously guard their interests in the troubled nation. The current regime in the DRC is the direct result of its neighbours' interventions in two conflicts between 1996 and 2003 that drew in troops from up to seven African countries and left millions dead.The regional fire was lit by the 1994 Rwandan genocide, as some two million mostly Hutu … [Read more...] about High stakes for friends and foes as DRC heads to polls