Africa World 

Newborn girl found buried alive in Indian cemetery

A newborn baby girl was found buried alive when another man was digging a grave at a cemetery in northern India. Police in Uttar Pradesh said the man Hitesh Sirohi was digging a grave to bury his own daughter who died a few minutes after birth on Wednesday. Sirohi was quoted by the Times of India as saying that “When he noticed a newborn girl inside it, he immediately rescued her and dialled … for help.” “At one point I thought that my daughter had come alive. But the voice…

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Africa World 

India: Two kids killed for ‘defecating in the open’

In India, two men in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being held for allegedly killing two children for defecating in the open. Indian police say Roshni, 12, and Avinash, 10, were attacked on Wednesday while defecating near a village road. BBC reports that the children’s family revealed that they had no toilet at home. Roshni and Avinash were cousins. Avinash’s father, Manoj, says he cannot afford to build a toilet at his house. Police superintendent Rajesh Chandel was quoted by the BBC Hindi’s Shuraih Niazi as saying that “The…

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Africa World 

Woman gives birth to twins at the age of 74

Mangayamma, a 74-year-old woman in India’s Anthar Pradesh state, recently became the oldest woman in history to give birth, after successfully delivering twin baby girls following an IVF procedure. The Indian woman had married Yaramati Sitarama Rajarao, a farmer from Nelaparthipudi village, back in 1962, but despite visiting countless doctors and temples, the couple were unable to bear children for 54 years of their marriage. Mangayamma remembers people looking at her as if she had committed some kind of sin, and some calling her cursed, but luckily her husband stuck…

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Africa Nigeria West Africa World 

Nigeria’s Shia leader refuses medical treatment in India

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who traveled to India for medical leave has refused to undergo medical treatment. He traveled to India this week with his wife after securing a medical leave from custody since their detention in 2015. El-Zakzaky and his wife visited the Medenta Hospital in New Delhi but he reportedly discharged himself from the hospital to return to Nigeria. He had demanded to be treated by doctors of his own choice, an act that the Nigerian government has described as “unruly”.…

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Nigeria: Court grants Shia leader medical leave in India

A court in Nigeria’s Kaduna State on Monday granted the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife Zeenatu Zakzaky bail for medical leave in india. He and his wife are to seek the medical treatment at the Mandeta Hospital, located in New Delhi, India. Ibrahim Zakzaky was arrested and detained in 2015 during a security operation that resulted in the death of at least 347 of his supporters called the Shiites. His detention was declared illegal with the court on several occasions ordering his release.…

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Kenya Solar Energy East Africa 

Low-income earners in Kenya can now access Solar energy through d.light Partnership with Microfinance Institutions

Microfinance institutions remove the cost barrier by extending credit to customers to acquire a solar home system, which they then pay back over time through mobile money.   10 May 2017, San Francisco, CA; Nairobi, Kenya; New Delhi, India. Off-grid solar solutions provider d.light has signed a new partnership with micro lender Musoni to enable low-income consumers in Kenya to access solar energy at affordable prices. More than 47 million households in Africa and Asia have no electricity and do not make enough money to afford connection to the grid.…

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Nigerian Police Human Rights World 

‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

The State of the World’s Human Rights, delivers the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights around the world, covering 159 countries including 10 in Southern Africa. It warns that punishment of dissenting views and politically-motivated attacks on peaceful protests and the right to freedom of expression are on the rise in countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.   “From #FeesMustFall in South Africa, to #ThisFlag in Zimbabwe and the #UnemploymentMovement in Botswana; 2016 was a difficult year for human rights defenders and activists in the…

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