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Most Southern African countries to miss 2015 MDG water and sanitation targets

By Magda Mis / / 03 Mar 2014

More than 40 million people in Southern Africa who should have received access to safe drinking water by 2015 will miss out, and 73 million will go without basic sanitation due to investment shortfalls, according to a report released on Monday.

Only two out of 15 Southern African countries - Botswana and Seychelles - are set to meet their 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets to reduce by half the number of people without access to clean water and sanitation, said the report by Water Aid.


50,000 children in Mali face death from malnutrition

Source : World Bulletin / 10 Feb 2014 

The United Nations has warned that thousands of children in Mali could potentially die if they do not receive the appropriate treatment in time.

"The malnutrition problem throughout the country has continued and we want it to be addressed in 2014," UN resident coordinator in Mali, David Gressly, said in a press conference in Geneva on Thursday.


Morocco seeks legalization of marijuana cultivation and exports

Source : RT / 5 Dec 2013

The Moroccan parliament has held a hearing into the industrial and medical benefits of marijuana use. The discussions, started by one of Morocco's main political parties are the first steps to introduce a draft law next year aimed at legalizing the plant.


Hunger strikes 842 million people between 2011-2013

Source : World Bulletin / 15 Nov 2013

A total of 842 million people arround the globe were estimated to be suffering from hunger in the period between 2011 and 2013 according to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Arround one in eight people in the world were estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger and regularly not getting enough food to conduct an active life in 2011-2013 according to a report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2013 published by FAO.


Malawi to feed poor with cash from selling president's jet

By Mabvuto Banda / 6 Sep 2013

Malawi plans to use the $15 million it gained from selling its presidential jet to feed the more than 1 million people suffering chronic food shortages, the Treasury said on Thursday.

Malawi angered Western donors, whose aid typically accounted for about 40 percent of the budget, when the government of late President Bingu wan Mutharika bought the 14-passenger Dassault Falcon 900EX aircraft in 2009.


Somali famine ‘killed’ 258,000, half of them young children

Source : AFP / 3 May 2013

Almost 260,000 people, half of them young children, died of hunger during the last famine in Somalia, according to a UN report yesterday which admitted the world body should have done more to prevent the tragedy.


IDB moves to ensure food security in Africa

Source : Arab News | 07 Aug 2012

The Islamic Development Bank has approved finances worth $ 275 million for a number of agricultural and water projects in some member countries in Africa as part of its efforts to ensure food security and boost development.

Ahmed Mohamed Ali, president of the bank, said: “The amount is allocated exclusively for the development of agriculture, livestock and water supplies in the rural areas of Cameroon, Chad, Uganda, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Togo.


Forgotten issues of Somalia

By Derya Goren | Muslimvillage | 29 May 2012

United Nations has officially declared the famine over but millions affected in Somalia are still in dire need of aid.


Country of Kings

By S.M.H.Akbar /Haj and Umra magazine/Jeddah/June 2009 

Ancient Ghana derived power and wealth from gold and the introduction of the camel as the Trans-Saharan trade increased the quantity of goods that wre transported. 

ISLAM in Ghana is said to have been brought by traders. Much of the information about Ghana comes from the Arab writers. Al-Hamdani, for example, describes Ghana as having the richest gold mines on earth. These mines were situated at Bambuk, on the upper Senegal River.


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