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Zimbabwe Rains Raise Hopes for Food Production

The World Food Program says it needs $103 million to meet urgent food assistance in Zimbabwe, where more than half the population is food insecure due to recurring droughts and a declining economy.  Columbus Mavhunga reports from eastern Mudzi district, one of the country’s most affected areas
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A Popular Children's Cartoon made in Nigeria Targets Global Markets

A popular children's cartoon by Nigerian animator Adamu Waziri has flipped the narrative of foreign domination of the African animation market by promoting African culture and African stories.  The Bino and Fino cartoon series, which first aired ten years ago, is now broadcast in 15 countries, including some in Europe.  Timothy Obiezu reports from Abuja
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South Africa-Mozambique Cooperation Reduces Rhino Poaching

Officials at South African National Parks say cooperation with neighboring Mozambique has been a key factor in reducing rhinoceros poaching in the famous Kruger National Park.  Kruger is home to the world's largest wild rhino population, and has proven a tempting target for poachers who for years jumped the park’s borders.  Marize de Klerk reports from Kruger National Park, South Africa. 
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Lesotho Wool Industry Crisis Plunges Farmers into Despair

Wool and mohair are the bread and butter of many of the Basotho, the people of Lesotho.  The tiny nation, surrounded on all sides by South Africa, owns 17 percent of the world's mohair market. But this industry has been rocked in recent years after Lesotho's government struck a deal with a Chinese entrepreneur that turned the wool export business into a monopoly. Wool farmers say the terms have driven them to bankruptcy and desperation, with millions of dollars' worth of product they can't sell. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Maseru.
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Uganda Deploys Army to Battle East Africa’s Locust Invasion

As desert locusts spread across East Africa, Uganda has deployed its army to battle the all-consuming horde.  The pests are laying countless eggs that are expected to hatch within weeks, raising concerns among farmers that the worst is yet to come.  Halima Athumani reports from Otuke district, in northeast Uganda.
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Kenya Struggles Against Al-Shabaab Terrorists in Boni Forest

Kenya launched an operation to flush out Al-Shabab terrorists from the northeast Boni Forest on the border with Somalia in 2015.  The operation was meant to last a few months but - nearly five years later - security forces are still struggling to stamp out the Islamist militants.  Villagers are afraid to venture into the forest and a deadly January attack on the county's joint Kenya-US military base has highlighted ongoing insecurity.  Mohammed Yusuf reports from Kiangwe, Kenya.
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Ugandans Tackle American Football

More young people in the East African nation of Uganda are tackling the sport of American football after learning the game from American volunteers in the country.  As Halima Athumani reports from Kampala, some schools want to include the game into their sports curriculum but there is an urgent need for coaches. 
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US NGO Installs Solar Panels in Maternity Wards in Zimbabwe

A U.S.-funded charity has started installing solar panels to provide electricity to the maternity wards of rural hospitals in Zimbabwe. The move should come as a relief to new and expecting mothers, as power cuts have left many Zimbabwean hospitals without working lights. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Beatrice Government Hospital, about an hour's drive south of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.
 
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Ugandan Official, Traditionalists Clash Over Female Genital Stretching

Uganda’s minister for gender and culture is facing a backlash after equating the cultural practice of labia stretching with female circumcision, known as female genital mutilation because of the damage caused.  The traditional stretching of the female genitals by Bantu-speaking tribes in Uganda, Rwanda and Zambia is believed to have benefits, including greater sexual pleasure. But the pre-marriage practice is criticized for being forced on young girls, as Halima Athumani reports from Kampala. (Warning: This story includes content of a sexual nature and descriptions that some may find disturbing.)
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Global Companies Find Themselves Ensnared in Angolan Corruption Case

A growing list of consulting and accounting firms are distancing themselves from Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former president, and her husband, because of their alleged involvement in a corruption case.  Accounting firms such as Price Waterhouse Coopers and Boston Consulting Group are among the few that have openly expressed their disappointment and have started internal investigations. Salem Solomon has the story.

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