December 26th, 2012
In today’s top news, President Obama cut his holiday vacation short to work on a fiscal cliff solution, a Wednesday night storm is leaving many holiday travelers stranded and Spike Lee calls Django Unchained “disrespectful.”
President Obama cut his holiday vacation short to work on a fiscal cliff solution. [AtlanticWire]
A Wednesday night storm is leaving many holiday travelers stranded. [NBCNews]
Spike Lee calls Django Unchained “disrespectful.” [Grio]
Meek Mill is donating $10,000 to one Philadelphia high school. [BET]
George Zimmerman is being sued by a security firm for $27,000 in unpaid fees. [Grio]
Nelson Mandela said to be “looking better and in good spirits.” [AP]
The National Museum of African American Music in Nashville is struggling to gather start-up funds. [Tennessean]
Katt Williams defended his assault of a Target employee by saying he was called a racial slur. [BET]
ESPN suspended Rob Parker for 30 days for comments about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. [BET]
International charity Oxfam says negative perceptions of Africa are affecting U.K. contributions to African causes. [BBC]
June 3rd, 2009
Zimbabweans Denied Medical Care in S.A. Zimbabweans, many of whom fled their homeland because of the poor economy and rights violations, are not getting needed medical care in neighboring country, South Africa, according to Doctors Without Borders. Many of the injured are charged astronomical fees by hospitals or are just being flat out rejected. About 25 percent of Zimbabwe’s population (three million people) has migrated to South Africa, reports the BBC. And while the country’s government announced that they would be giving out permits to Zimbabweans, which would allow them to stay in the nation for six month and receive employment and healthcare, they are still “treated very poorly,” the nonprofit claims. “Our medical teams see a shocking array of illnesses and they hear stories from our patients which are quite horrifying,” a representative told the BBC. “We are witnessing daily a kind of failure of the South African government, and also United Nations agencies that do have a mandate to protect refugees, asylum seekers and so forth.” Children traveling alone across the border also rises concern because they are exposed to all kinds of danger.
Somalia Experiencing Worst Crisis in Africa The humanitarian crisis in Somalia is the worst in Africa, according to representative from Oxfam International. There are currently 1 million displaced Somalis (many of whom are surviving with limited food or water) and 3.2 million residents are in need of food aid. “I have seen the situation in Darfur, northern Uganda, some parts of Congo, but what is actually happening now in Somalia is indeed the worse kind of humanitarian in Africa in many years,” Oxfam’s Somalia coordinator, Hassan Noor, told the BBC. ”There are hundreds of children all over the area with tubes on their faces and [saline] drips on their hands. Some of them are actually unconscious and suffering from all sorts of diseases, mainly acute diarrhea and cholera.” Many of the displaced were driven away by severe fighting between pro-government and guerrilla forces. The east African nation has not had a stable government since 1991. There are currently 4,300 African Union peacekeepers in the capital, Mogadishu, but they don’t have permission to go after insurgents, the news service reports.