Rights group documents fresh South Sudan ‘war crimes’

A rights group on Wednesday accused the government of South Sudan and its allied militias of carrying out “war crimes” of “staggering brutality” during an offensive earlier this year.Amnesty International’s report, based on research following a government offensive on Leer and Mayendit counties in the northern Unity State between April and June, catalogued the testimonies…

Two African Heroes Leave Prison in Rwanda

Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame has released two of his best known political prisoners: Victoire Ingabire, a Hutu political activist, and Kizito Mihigo, a Tutsi gospel singer. “Ingabire said that she would continue trying to open political space and free all political prisoners.” On September 15, Rwandan political prisoners Victoire Ingabire and Kizito Mihigo walked out…

Congo-Kinshasa: ‘La Lucha’ – Goma’s Own Brand of Indignados

I can't remember exactly when I first heard about them, but suddenly they were there. Not as a new organisation with a clear leadership, goals or statutes, but rather as a permanent buzz. You knew they were somewhere out there, even if you did not see them. Suddenly they came together at one place, made…

Tell Kirr and Marchar, the taste of the pudding is in the Eating

The much-anticipated first face-to-face talks between South Sudan’s President Kiir and his former vice president turned rebel leader Machar culminated in a peace accord. The talks that the IGAD Chairperson and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne personally facilitated took place in two rounds. In the first round, PM Desalegne held separate talks with Kiir and…