Magazine article New Internationalist

Africa: The Unreported Year 2003

Magazine article New Internationalist

Africa: The Unreported Year 2003

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO A UN inquiry uncovers systematic rape and torture being committed against civilians in the north-eastern forests.

ETHIOPIA Nestle, the world's largest coffee company, is forced to drop its six-million-dollar claim against the Ethiopian government after overwhelming public outrage.


ZIMBABWE Vice President Joseph Msika admits that farms intended for the resettlement of poor blacks have instead been seized by President Robert Mugabe's closest allies and relatives.

ALGERIA Thousands of workers from all sectors agree to a national strike against deteriorating social conditions and the Government's plans to privatize state-owned establishments.


CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC Rebels seize the capital and force the Government to flee to neighbouring Cameroon. General Francois Bozize declares himself head of state, suspends the constitution and dissolves the legislature.

MOROCCO A survey conducted by the Initiative for the Protection of Women's Rights (IDPF) reveals that seven out of ten women are victims of domestic violence and that five out of ten do not report it.


BURUNDI Retiring President Major Pierre Buyoya and three of four rebel movements sign ceasefire agreements to end the end-year-long civil war, but fail to honour them. In the first-ever peacekeeping mission of the African Union, more than 100 South African troops arrive in the capital, Bujumbura - the first of a force of some 3,500.


BOTSWANA President Festus Mogae publicly announces the results of his HIV test (negative) in an effort to combat the stigma associated with talking publicly about HIV/AIDS in a country with one of the highest incidence rates in the world. It is estimated that 40 per cent of the population are infected with HIV/AIDS.

CONGO 12,000 civilians take refuge in makeshift UN barracks on the perimeter of the deserted town of Bunia. 250,000 have already fled the chaotic inter-tribal conflict between the Hema (supported by the Ugandan and Rwandan military) and Lendu.

KENYA Residents of Dol Dol claim that, over the past 20 years, British soldiers stationed in Kenya have raped local women, and that no soldier has ever been investigated or punished.


ZIMBABWE Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), is jailed following charges of treason, as the oppression of Mugabe's political opponents intensifies. …

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