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Heather Bourbeau

Heather Bourbeau’s reporting has appeared in The Economist and The Financial Times. She was a political affairs officer for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Liberia, and a special rapporteur for UNICEF Somalia.

South Sudanese soldiers continue to attack civilians and disrupt aid shipments

By Heather Bourbeau / November 3, 2018 / Comments Off on South Sudanese soldiers continue to attack civilians and disrupt aid shipments

South Sudanese soldiers are reported to have attacked civilians and civilian property south and west of the city of Wau since June of this year. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced. Witnesses told the watchdog agency Human Rights Watch that soldiers attacked and shot civilians, burned and looted homes, looted a church and […]

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Free tuition at Liberia’s public universities

By Heather Bourbeau / November 2, 2018 / Comments Off on Free tuition at Liberia’s public universities

Last week, Liberian President George Weah declared that university tuition at the University of Liberia and Tubman University, as well as all community colleges, would be free for undergraduate programs. The announcement is part of Weah’s goal to develop Liberians’ capacity and skills. Noting the link between greater economic growth and a better-educated population, and […]

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Rwanda goes slow on Lake Kivu oil exploration

By Heather Bourbeau / November 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Rwanda goes slow on Lake Kivu oil exploration

Rwanda has halted bids from international oil companies aiming to explore Lake Kivu in the East Africa Rift Basin. The government of Rwanda is doing its own geological survey to assess the financial risks of any exploration. The survey involves digging shallow wells 10 meters deep for samples to see if there is any indication […]

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Will peace finally come to Western Sahara?

By Heather Bourbeau / November 1, 2018 / Comments Off on Will peace finally come to Western Sahara?

Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario Front have accepted a U.N. invitation to hold Western Sahara peace talks in December in Switzerland. Western Sahara is a disputed territory on the upper North African coast, one-fifth controlled by the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and four-fifths controlled by Morocco. It borders Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. The […]

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Coca-Cola’s bottle problem (opportunity)

By Heather Bourbeau / October 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Coca-Cola’s bottle problem (opportunity)

In response to new laws in East Africa and restrictions in China, Coca-Cola aims to recycle each bottle it manufactures by 2030, starting with the goal of recycling one-quarter of those bottles by the end of this year. The beverage giant also has plans to open a recycling plant in Kenya, and already operates one […]

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Jail time for Rwanda president’s critics

By Heather Bourbeau / October 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Jail time for Rwanda president’s critics

A Rwandan high court ordered the release on bail of a vocal opponent of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Diane Rwigara and her mother had been detained since August 2017 when she campaigned against Kagame for president. She was disqualified from the contest and arrested and charged with forgery, evading taxes and inciting insurrection. Her mother […]

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