Africa

A South African woman and a child sit at a vacant land, following the mass eviction of two weeks ago, in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, 18 June 2014. Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille confirmed the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) who own the land would be responsible for rebuilding the 849 homes destroyed in the evictions. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is probing the evictions due to the excessive use of force by police and the inhumane nature in which it was carried out. The families were evicted in the midst of a severe storm in the middle of winter with no alternate shelter being provided. They have now been told they can move back onto the land but are afraid to do so in case of further evictions. There have been numerous evictions across the country in the wake of the general elections with housing and the lack of it being one of the major issues facing the new government.

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A woman and a child sit at a vacant land in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, following a mass eviction two weeks ago

Residents chant slogans as they participate in a protest against the recent attack by unidentified gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni...Residents chant slogans as they participate in a protest against the recent attack by unidentified gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday that two days of attacks on the coast in which about 65 people were killed were planned by "local political networks", dismissing claims by Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group that it was behind the assaults. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga (KENYA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)

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Residents chant slogans as they take part in a protest against the recent attack by unidentified gunmen in the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said two days of attacks on the coast in which about 65 people were killed were planned by ‘local political networks’, dismissing claims by Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group that it was behind the assaults 

An African migrant looks out from his temporary accommodation in Ghat, southwest Libya near the border with Algeria May 28, 2014. Many migrants search for work in Ghat to save money to pay for their onward journey. Libya's southwestern tip in the Sahara bordering Algeria and Niger has turned into an open door for illegal migrants from sub-Saharan countries heading for Europe, with the chaotic government in Tripoli appearing to have abandoned all control. The revolt that overthrew Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi three years ago emptied Libya's arsenals, flooded the region with guns and dismantled much of the state apparatus, giving well-organised smuggler networks the run of the border. Border officials say up to 200 Africans cross the Ghat border strip every day, most headed north to the Mediterranean coast for the onward trip to Europe by boat. Picture taken May 28, 2014.

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An African migrant looks out from his temporary accommodation in Ghat, southwest Libya, near the border with Algeria. Many migrants search for work in Ghat to save money to pay for their onward journey.

A Seleka fighter stands in a village close to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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A Seleka fighter stands in a village close to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo

A trader arranges charcoal inside sacks along a street near the main Baraka market in Mogadishu, June 10, 2014.

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A trader arranges charcoal inside sacks along a street near the main Baraka market in Mogadishu

Workers collect sugar cane at the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo, 450Km East of the capital Bangui, on June 5, 2014. A sugar refinery -- the wartorn Central African Republic's biggest factory -- is back in business after soldiers recaptured it from former rebels who occupied it for more than a year. In a rare boost to the impoverished nation's battered economy, the plant's 150 employees are back on the job in Ngakobo in the east of the former French colony -- with African peacekeepers providing security.

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Workers collect sugar cane at the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo, 450km east of the capital Bangui.

Members of the South African ruling party African National Congress Youth League and supporters of the South African president demonstrate outside the Weely Mail and Guardian media offices, on Thursday, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The demonstrators were protesting against the election coverage by these media groups.

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Members of the African National Congress Youth League, and supporters of the South African president Jacob Zuma, demonstrate outside the Weekly Mail and Guardian media offices, on Thursday, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The demonstrators were protesting against the election coverage by these media groups.

French soldiers of the Sangaris contingent patrol the site of a barricade in central Bangui on May 30, 2014.  Security forces fired warning shots as protesters in Bangui demanded the resignation of the interim government and the removal of foreign troops from Central African Republic on Friday, a military source said. Central Africa's interim president Friday dubbed as a "terrorist act" this week's attack on a church in the capital Bangui that killed 17 people and led to 27 others being abducted on May 28.

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French soldiers of the Sangaris contingent patrol the site of a barricade in central Bangui. Security forces fired warning shots as protesters in Bangui demanded the resignation of the interim government and the removal of foreign troops from Central African Republic on Friday

A South Sudanese girl displaced by the conflict carries a younger boy on her back as they walk through mud in a flooded camp for internally displaced people at the UNMISS base in Malakal, Upper Nile State May 30, 2014. There are about 18,000 people sheltering in the United Nations Missions in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal.

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A girl in South Sudan displaced by her country’s conflict carries a boy through a camp for internally displaced people at a UN base in Malakal, Upper Nile State

A woman with a sticker on her head bearing the slogan "Bring back our girls" marches for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls' release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and on the occasion of Nigeria's Democracy Day.  Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed on May 29 total war against terrorism as the country's security forces stepped up efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists 45 days ago.

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A woman with a sticker on her head bearing the slogan “Bring back our girls” marches for the release of the more than 200 abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on Thursday, during a demonstration by civil society groups and celebrities of the film and entertainment industries to press for the girls’ release, seven weeks after their abduction by Islamist militant group Boko Haram

People angered by an attack on a church ...People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui hold a sign (L) reading "No! To Burundian MISCA" as they protest near a barricade of burning tyres in the Bea-Rex district of Bangui on May 29, 2014. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on May 28 in the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, a military source said. Deeply impoverished Central Africa has been in crisis since the Seleka alliance seized power in a March 2013 coup led by Michael Djotodia. AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARIMARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images

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People angered by an attack on a church in central Bangui, the capital of the strife-torn Central African Republic, take part in a protest. At least 15 people, including a priest, were killed and several others wounded in clashes on Wednesday, a military source said 

Sub-Saharan migrants scale a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, early in the morning on Wednesday, May 28,  2014. Several hundred African migrants charged the barbed-wire border fence in SpainÌs North African enclave of Melilla with many managing to get across while dozens of others were beaten back by Moroccan and Spanish police. During the pre-dawn border storming Wednesday, cries of pain and noises of people being hit could be heard as police from both sides tried to prevent dozens of the sub-Saharan migrants from entering the city from Morocco. (

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Sub-Saharan migrants scale a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, early in the morning on Wednesday. Several hundred African migrants charged the barbed-wire border fence in Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla with many managing to get across while dozens of others were beaten back by Moroccan and Spanish police 

Protesters carry a man who was shot by French soldiers after French troops opened fire at protesters blocking a road in Bambari

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An injured man is carried by protesters who were shot at by French soldiers as they blocked a road in Bambari, Central African Republic, on Thursday

A group of migrants from Somalia that survived from an accident in the Aegean Sea last week, arrive at the port of Piraeus in Athens on May 12, 2014. At least 22 migrants including four children drowned in the Aegean Sea on May 5, 2014 after a yacht and a dinghy carrying them towards Greek shores capsized. Eighteen people were found dead on board the 10-metre (33-foot) yacht after it was towed to shore, the coastguard said, adding that another four bodies were recovered at sea.

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A group of migrants from Somalia that survived an accident in the Aegean Sea last week, arrive at the port of Piraeus in Athens on Monday

Some of the hundreds of protests demonstrate outside the Nigeria Consulate to bring attention to the girls abducted in Nigeria, Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 May 2014.  The march by both South African and Nigeria women is to raise awareness for the 276 girls abducted from their school last month by the terror group Boko Haram. None of the girls have been found to date.

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Protestors demonstrate in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to bring attention to the more than 200 girls abducted in Nigeria.

Women and children prepare to flee with their belongings following incidents of sectarian insecurity close to the town of Grimari May 7, 2014. Inter-communal violence has gripped the former French colony since late 2012 when a struggle power degenerated into fighting between Muslims and Christian militias.

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Women and children prepare to flee with their belongings following incidents of sectarian violence close to the town of Grimari on Wednesday in the Central African Republic

Sub-Saharan migrants drink water as they sit on Spanish soil after jumping a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Spain says around 700 African migrants have rushed its barbed wire border fences in the North African enclave of Melilla, and although police repelled most, 140 managed to enter Spanish territory. The migrants charged the fences in two waves, with 500 arriving in the early hours and another 200 later Thursday morning. Spain and Morocco stepped up border vigilance in Feb. when 15 migrants drowned trying to enter Spain's other north African coastal enclave, Ceuta.

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Migrants drink water as they sit on Spanish soil after jumping a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Spain says around 700 African migrants have rushed the barbed wire border fences and although police repelled most, 140 managed to enter Spanish territory.

  A sick girl rests on the lap of her mother as another woman (top L) washes her baby by the side of the road during a break from their journey towards Chad's border escorted by African Union operation in CAR (MISCA) a few kilometres after the northern town of Kaga Bandoro April 29, 2014. All the remaining Muslims that have been sheltered from sectarian violence in the neighbourhood of PK12 in Bangui, over one thousand have been evacuated towards the northern town of Kabo and Sido on the border with Chad.  REUTERS/Siegfried Modola (CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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A sick girl rests on the lap of her mother, as another woman washes her baby, by the side of the road during a break from their journey to Chad’s border, escorted by members of the African Union operation in CAR (MISCA), a few kilometres from the northern town of Kaga Bandoro. 

Supporters of the South African opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) holds signs as they gather in Mamelodi during an election rally on April 28, 2014. South Africa celebrated on the eve the 20th anniversary of its first ever all-race, democratic election that ended decades of sanctioned racial oppression under the apartheid system. This year's anniversary of democracy coincides with South Africa's fifth democratic election on May 7 where voters will cast ballots in a fiercely fought contest.

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Supporters of the South African opposition party Democratic Alliance gather in Mamelodi during an election rally on Monday. This year’s anniversary of democracy coincides with South Africa’s fifth democratic election on May 7, when voters will cast their ballots in a fiercely fought contest

An internally displaced Muslim boy looks out of a house in the town of Boda April 15, 2014.

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An internally displaced Muslim boy looks out of a house in the town of Boda in the Central African Republic