Africa http://nhpr.org en Rwanda: Twenty Years Later http://nhpr.org/post/rwanda-twenty-years-later <p>It’s been two decades since the hundred-day mass slaughter, aimed at the country’s minority Tutsi population, and Rwanda is starting to see success in economic growth and public health. We’re talking about how far the country has come, the struggles it still faces, as well as ongoing soul-searching by Rwandans and the international community.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.anselm.edu/Academics/Majors-and-Departments/Politics/Faculty/Erik-Cleven.htm">Erik Cleven</a> – </strong>assistant professor in the politics department at Saint Anselm College. His research includes ethnic violence and conflict transformation, and he spent time in Rwanda and Burundi in 2005 as part of a project with Quaker Service Norway to promote post-conflict dialogue.</li><li><a href="http://dummy.stephenkinzer.com/"><strong>Stephen Kinzer</strong></a> - author and journalist, who has covered more than 50 countries on 5 continents. His books include "<a href="http://stephenkinzer.com/2013/09/a-thousand-hills-rwandas-rebirth-and-the-man-who-dreamed-it/">A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It</a>" in 2013.</li><li><strong>Augustin Ntabaganyimana </strong>– a refugee from Rwanda who came to New Hampshire in 2000. He was Program Manager at a refugee resettlement agency in the state, but recently moved to DC where he founded the company <a href="http://www.multilinguallinks.com/">MultiLingual Links</a>, which works in N.H. and Baltimore.</li></ul><p></p><p></p><p><strong>LINKS</strong>:</p><ul><li>Rwanda observes the <a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-04-07/many-its-confronting-presence-past-rwandans-observer-20th-anniversary-genocide">20th anniversary</a> of its genocide</li><li><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-13431486">quick BBC explainer</a> on how the genocide happened</li><li><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/jinamoore/why-paul-kagame-doesnt-give-a-damn">report on an interview</a> with Rwanda's controversial president, Paul Kagame</li><li><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/world/europe/colonialism-bloodshed-and-blame-for-rwanda.html?ref=rwanda&amp;_r=0">colonialism &amp; the Rwandan genocide</a></li><li>an <a href="http://healingandrebuildingourcommunities.org/">organization </a>working to heal and rebuild Rwanda's communities</li></ul><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 46741 at http://nhpr.org Rwanda: Twenty Years Later Portsmouth African Burying Ground Commemorates Past http://nhpr.org/post/portsmouth-african-burying-ground-commemorates-past-0 <p>During the 1700's, many Portsmouth residents were of African descent– some slave, some free— and were buried in a segregated cemetery. That cemetery was built over, its boundaries obscured. A public works crew rediscovered the site and now the restoration of its dignity has begun. Kelvin Edwards is working on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org/" target="_blank">Portsmouth African Burying Ground Memorial</a>.</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter, Lois Shea & Andrew Parrella 39406 at http://nhpr.org Portsmouth African Burying Ground Commemorates Past LIFTing Street Kids http://nhpr.org/post/lifting-street-kids <p>Before moving to New Hampshire, <strong>Merhawi Wells-Bogue </strong>earned his living on the streets of the Ethiopian city of Mekelle. Years later, while studying journalism at UNH, he went back and spoke with other street kids, often hearing stories of neglect and abuse. He’s since graduated, and was awarded a grant from UNH to do research on similarly neglected children. He also launched <a href="http://liftstreetkids.com/">LIFT Street Kids</a>, an organization designed to help children living on the streets of Mekelle. He is <a href="http://www.crowdrise.com/liftstreetkids/fundraiser/merhawiwellsbogue">raising money for a documentary film</a> using the crowd-funding site Crowdwise. Merhawi was with us to talk about the many children either orphaned or abandoned and left to fend for themselves on the dusty streets of Mekelle.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:07:22 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32910 at http://nhpr.org LIFTing Street Kids Portsmouth African Burying Ground Commemorates Past http://nhpr.org/post/portsmouth-african-burying-ground-commemorates-past <p>During the 1700's, many Portsmouth residents were of African descent– some slave, some free— and were buried in a segregated cemetery. That cemetery was built over, its boundaries obscured. A public works crew rediscovered the site and now the restoration of its dignity has begun. Kelvin Edwards is working on the <a href="http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org/" target="_blank">Portsmouth African Burying Ground Memorial</a>.</p> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 29768 at http://nhpr.org Portsmouth African Burying Ground Commemorates Past Speaking Up About Violence In A "Forgotten" Country http://nhpr.org/post/speaking-about-violence-forgotten-country <p>It may be the largest war in the world that we don’t hear about. The death toll of what is now called the Great War of Africa likely stretches into the millions.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 22:00:47 +0000 Brady Carlson 27424 at http://nhpr.org Speaking Up About Violence In A "Forgotten" Country Al Qaeda In Africa http://nhpr.org/post/al-qaeda-africa <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Although the death of Osama bin Laden was a major blow to the terrorist group, al Qaeda, &nbsp;it has found new life in Africa, where groups aligned with its goals and terrorist methods have created what NATO is calling an arc of instability stretching from West African into continent's Horn. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 22691 at http://nhpr.org Al Qaeda In Africa Exploring One Laptop Per Child in Ethiopia http://nhpr.org/post/exploring-one-laptop-child-ethiopia <p>The trope goes something like this: one minute you’re teaching your kid to tie his shoes, and the next he’s showing you how to use the new Blu-Ray player. No doubt, fresh minds tend to have an easier time adapting to new technologies – but <a href="http://dvice.com/archives/2012/10/ethiopian-kids.php">does the cliché hold water</a> in third-world countries where kids have never seen so much as a calculator?&nbsp; <a href="http://one.laptop.org/about/people/edward-mcnierney"> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:00:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 17120 at http://nhpr.org Exploring One Laptop Per Child in Ethiopia Fatoumata Diawara http://nhpr.org/post/fatoumata-diawara <p>West African singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.songkick.com/artists/1155500-fatoumata-diawara">Fatoumata Diawara</a> has a back story not unlike many of today’s cosmopolitan Africans. She was born in Ivory Coast to parents from Mali and now lives in Paris. She’s a stage and film actress, singer, and songwriter. There's a world of experience&nbsp;that shines through on her album ‘<em>Fatou</em>’ which plays to her roots, but retains an infectious western pop sensibility.&nbsp; Fatoumata and her band are playing tonight at the Dana Center, St. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:40:12 +0000 Virginia Prescott 13746 at http://nhpr.org Fatoumata Diawara After Decades Away, Tourists Return To Liberia http://nhpr.org/post/after-decades-away-tourists-return-liberia Liberia has been better known for conflict than tourism the past couple of decades.<p>But this week, a group of 150 tourists, many of them Americans, arrived for a brief stay in the small nation on Africa's West Coast. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:26:00 +0000 Tamasin Ford 3221 at http://nhpr.org After Decades Away, Tourists Return To Liberia Is The Old Regime Seeking A Comeback In Egypt? http://nhpr.org/post/old-regime-seeking-comeback-egypt In Egypt, next month's presidential election has undergone a wrenching several days.<p>First, leading Islamist candidates faced possible disqualification on legal grounds, and then, hours before the deadline to register, a leading face from the regime of Hosni Mubarak jumped into the race.<p>The appearance of 75-year-old Omar Suleiman, Mubarak's former intelligence chief, has sparked fears that the military council running the country is maneuvering to bring back the old regime.<p>Few could blame Egyptians for complaining about a severe case of political whiplash. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:29:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 3021 at http://nhpr.org Is The Old Regime Seeking A Comeback In Egypt? For The First Time, Mr. Gay World Crowned In Africa http://nhpr.org/post/first-time-mr-gay-world-crowned-africa At a golf resort in suburban Johannesburg, a group of men lounged by the pool. They cheered as five competitors sprinted around a grassy field — in Speedo swimsuits — to the sounds of "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini."<p>This was sports day at Mr. Gay World 2012.<p>Gay men from 22 countries took part, and this year's competition was noteworthy because it was the first time it was held on African soil. It addition, it also marked the first time that black African men participated, though there were just two.<p>Mr. Gay World was a five-day competition that includes a wide range of events. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:10:00 +0000 3016 at http://nhpr.org For The First Time, Mr. Gay World Crowned In Africa Once-Thriving Egyptian Port Suffers After Soccer Riot http://nhpr.org/post/once-thriving-egyptian-port-suffers-after-soccer-riot The Egyptian city of Port Said is the northern gateway to one of the world's key shipping lanes, the Suez Canal connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea. Mon, 02 Apr 2012 19:12:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 2892 at http://nhpr.org Once-Thriving Egyptian Port Suffers After Soccer Riot Nomad, rebel, expatriate, guitarist: Bombino http://nhpr.org/post/nomad-rebel-expatriate-guitarist-bombino <p>The film Agadez: The Music and The Rebellion is the collaborative endeavor between film maker Ron Wyman and Tuareg guitarist Bombino (Omara Moctar) that captures Tuareg Culture in the Sahara and the extraordinary desert musicians. Deemed an “Overlooked Gem of 2011” the film will be showing this Friday at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:54:13 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2808 at http://nhpr.org Nomad, rebel, expatriate, guitarist: Bombino Baloji: Finding A Home In His Music http://nhpr.org/post/baloji-finding-home-his-music Rapper Baloji was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but raised in Belgium. He's built a reputation for incorporating Congolese music into his mix, though he mostly raps in French, his deep voice full of cocky brashness. You can catch his vibe without translation, but it's worth reading the liner notes to get his messages, as well. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:21:00 +0000 Banning Eyre 2805 at http://nhpr.org Baloji: Finding A Home In His Music African Cuisine in the Upper Valley http://nhpr.org/post/african-cuisine-upper-valley <p>Authentic Tastes of Africa in the Upper Valley.</p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 17:32:49 +0000 Virginia Prescott 492 at http://nhpr.org African Cuisine in the Upper Valley