Pambazuka News 175: The International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Africa: A 'disastrous' record

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has accused US leader George W Bush of behaving as though he is God, with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair his prophet. He said the US and the UK were "raining bombs and hell-fire on innocent Iraqis, purportedly in the name of democracy."

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On Friday, October 10 2003, before African head of states and foreign dignitaries in Kome, Chad, President Idriss Deby symbolically turned the tap that opened the flow of 225 000 barrels of oil. The $3.7 billion crown jewel project of the World Bank (WB) is the biggest foreign investment in sub-Sahara Africa. For the next 25 years, approximately 900 million barrels of oil will be pumped from 300 oil wells drilled in Doba, south of Chad, along a 1070km pipeline to Cameroon on the Atlantic more

While the Kenyan government was hosting an international conference on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Nairobi between 16-18 September, two Kenyan sisters mutilated two weeks before were calling for justice in their case. Santeyian and Dorcas Keiwua, 16 and 14 years old, respectively, were cut on August 28, 2004 in their home in Orkiriaine at Lolonga Division of Narok District.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and the Central African Republic (CAR) have embarked on a two-year project to provide low cost malaria treatment in the remote eastern province of Haut Mbomou, boosting countrywide efforts to fight the killer disease. "Now we have [the] necessary means to fight malaria in Haut Mbomou," Dr Daniel-Florent Dignito, the head of medical services in the province, told IRIN on September 21st. "The new low cost treatment of malaria in Haut Mbomou is aimed at assisting more