Africa

Government officials joined Catholics and other citizens from across the country at a march against human trafficking on Aug. 26. (photo by Bishop José Luis Ponce de Leon)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.September 06, 2017
Swaziland's police commissioner praised the Diocese of Manzini and Bishop José Luis Ponce de Leon for organizing marches to help in "the fight against crime."
A supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga celebrates after hearing the decision of Kenya's Supreme Court on Sept. 1 to nullify President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win last month. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.September 01, 2017
Kenya's highest court finds irregularities in the vote tally from this summer's election, orders new vote within 60 days.
Mine workers sing during the commemoration ceremonies in Marikana, South Africa, on Aug. 16, 2017. Protestors complain that no one has been punished and conditions have not improved since Aug. 16, 2012, when police opened fire on workers demanding wage increases and better living conditions. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.August 29, 2017
Despite the fall of apartheid in 1994 and the reconciliatory tone set by the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, the demon of racism is very much alive here.
President Paul Kagame is sworn in for another term at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda, on Aug.18. (AP Photo Eric Murinzi)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganAugust 23, 2017
Two elections this month in eastern and central Africa—in Kenya and Rwanda—have brought out tensions and contradictions in the continent’s democratic process.
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"I hope that all forms of hatred and violence cease and that such shameful crimes are no longer committed in places of worship where the faithful gather to pray."
Politics & Society Dispatches
Anthony EganAugust 11, 2017
The no-confidence vote was called by the opposition in Parliament in the wake of overwhelming evidence of the president’s corrupt dealings with the Gupta family.