Older men exploit teen girls Rwanda with ‘gifts’ for sex

Older men exploit teen girls Rwanda with ‘gifts’ for sex

Rose Odengo – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/GPI) Kigali, RWANDA, AFRICA: It’s Friday afternoon at Groupe Scolaire St. André, a secondary school in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. Students are headed home for the three-week spring holiday. Clad in white shirts, khaki skirts and trousers with yellow sweaters, the nearly 700 students, who range in age from 11 […]

Rural women Cameroon work with environment for sustainable farming

Rural women Cameroon work with environment for sustainable farming

Wendi Bernadette Losha (as told to Leocadia Bongben) – WNN MDG Stories (WNN) CAMEROON: As a coordinator with ACTWID-Kongadzem (a non-governmental, non-denominational and non-profit-making organisation) I am going to COP17 (the ‘Conference of Parties’) in Durban to represent rural Cameroonian women’s views on climate change and what we need to change to farm sustainably. Agriculture as […]

Congo rape survivors need more than tears and talk

Congo rape survivors need more than tears and talk

Emma Batha for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN MDG Stories (WNN/TRF) LONDON: The first rape victim who doctor Denis Mukwege treated in his hospital in eastern Congo had been so badly mutilated he thought it was a one-off attack by “some nutter”. But she was soon followed by many others who had been subjected to […]

Is the poverty gap in Africa actually narrowing?

Is the poverty gap in Africa actually narrowing?

Charles Kenney and Andy Sumner – WNN MDG Stories (WNN) Global: Remember the poverty trap? Countries stuck in destitution because of weak institutions put in place by colonial overlords, or because of climates that foster disease, or geographies that limit access to global markets, or simply by the fact that poverty is overwhelmingly self-perpetuating. Apparently […]